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One of Oregon's nicest beach towns
It was a gorgeous day and we wanted to see some whales, so we went to Marine Discoveries and took a cruise of the bay and out into the ocean----we didn't see any whales but had a good time watching the birds, the harbour seals on the bouy and the staff providing entertainment for the kids on board. Got some good photos of lighthouses and such from...more
Beautiful but small aquarium featuring some of the local fish and wildlife you would be most likely to see in the area of the country.Interactive pools where you can touch sea anemones and star fish, puffin and guillemot display and a Sea Otter exhibit.Additionally, they have a large shark tank where you walk through a large enclosed tube and...more
By far our favorite hotel during our 2 week/multi city trip to the Pacific Northwest. Huge room,...more
My husband and I stayed at the Elizabeth Street Inn for four nights, and wished it could have been...more
This is one of the best deals going around town right now..the winter rates are low, the pool is...more
We came here as per recommendation of a guy who helped us at a local gasoline station. We were heading back to Washington State and we wanted to eat and relax after driving for about 8 hours! This restaurant was packed when we came here. There was a bar, eating area and there was also a place to eat outside. (We were here during the summer of...more
Reviews were mixed for Mo's but we wanted to try the chowder and Mo's Annex on the Bay was handy-----The chowder was a little doughy/thick...We did have a pretty good shrimp salad that was big enough to share (using those tiny little shrimp). The oyster stew was OK.sun-fri 11-3sat 11-8more
Located right on the Bay, Local serves up great food, but at a price. We ordered 4 appetizer plates including dungeness crab cocktail, mussels, calamari, and spicy noodle salad, with 1 beer and 2 glasses of house wine---came to $71.00 w/o tip. Really good food tho---near where all the boats sit in the bay.... crab cocktailmore
We had high hopes for Astoria and the Wet Dog Cafe. While the Oregon coast had been stunning, none of the towns had the kind of English atmosphere we had secretly hoped for. From photos of Astoria, this looked like our best shot and it was the end of the coast so our last one too. The Wet Dog sounded like a great little place with Sheppard's pie and their stout had won a medal or two so despite our having been to quite a few brewpubs on the coast, we decided to give it a try.
It was located down on the waterfront in the historical town center and the pub itself was a big but homey enough place. It was happy hour but not very crowded. The bartender was pretty bad and had obviously just started working at the pub. It is possible she had just started in the service industry too. She was none too quick in getting us our beers and while of no fault of hers, the restaurant had decided to change its menu from an English theme to more typical pub grub. This did not sit well with us who had greatly anticipated our Sheppard's pie. Even worse, they were out of their Kick Ass Stout. Doreen was not a happy camper since she loves her dark beers and we hadn't eaten yet either.
Since it was happy hour, we decided to have a couple beers anyway. I managed to get a sample of their Volksweissen Ale which was one of the first true Bavarian style wheat beers of the trip though it was a bit thin on flavor. It was kind of cold and damp out (perfect weather for Sheppard's pie and stout, eh?) so Doreen had the Poop Deck Porter (6%) which was a serviceable chocolatey porter with some coffee notes that finished semi-dry and bittersweet. I opted for the Stone Cold Strong Ale (7.5%) which was a malty amber brew that was balanced but a bit simple. I finished up with the Bitter B#$ch Imperial IPA (8.5%) which had a big floral citrus nose and a surprisingly easy drinking balanced palate. It was again a bit simple for the style and alcohol content. We paid up $11 including a small undeserved tip and headed back to the campground to cook up dinner in the dark. :S
The Yaquina Bay Bridge came as a bit of a surprise to us when driving down Highway 101 along Oregon's rugged coast. This 3200 foot stunner was built in 1936 for $1.3 million and straddles Yaquina Bay. Some of the best views of the bridge can be had from the beach of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.
The Oregon Coast is best explored by car. There are likely fair bus connections between the towns but many of the best stops are between those places. This would certainly be an area for extended bike tours if you are so inclined.
The distance from Reedsport to Astoria is 200 miles and even driving straight through would take over 5 hours. We spend four days doing it and could have used more time to explore in more depth.
The Blue Heron French Cheese Factory was a real find. We had come to Tillamook to visit the Tillamook Creamery but could not help but notice another one just up the road. Tillamook specializes in cheddar cheeses and this one features softer varieties like brie. Since they are not really overlapping too much it seems they are both doing just fine....more
The shop of the Tillamook Cheese Factory is one of its biggest attractions. After doing the free self-guided tour, you can either grab a bite to eat in their cafe, have ice cream, or shop in their gift/cheese shop. It's a good sized shop full of people buying up cheese, cheese, and more cheese. Who can blame them, the cheese is pretty darn...more
Aquarium Village is worth a visit just because it's so bizarre. It's set in the middle of an Industrial area, and it looks like they just converted a few empty auto body shops and created one of the strangest shopping experiences you'll find. You'll find pirates hanging from the roofs, giant walrus and sea creatures, Italian false fronts and other...more
You can get dungeness crab at lots of places in Newport and they are also pretty easy to catch in the bay----our whale watching cruise put down a couple of traps for about 30 minutes and brought up 6-8 dungeness crabs and also some red rock crabs, which you can also eat.....more
These Sea Lions on the waterfront in Newport are sunning themselves very close to tourist destinations and are subject to many pollutants, including restricting fish line and the like....This old guy obviously has had this necklace for awhile...they are very hard to catch to remove these problems and therefore need preventative protection. Please...more
Oregon has some of the biggest tides in the United States so if you are planning on doing any extensive beach walking, you need to pay attention to your tide charts. Some rocky outcroppings hemming in beaches can become completely submerged at high tides. Tide pools are great to explore but generally are at their best just after the tide have gone...more
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The Sea Lion Caves are one of the Oregon Coast's big attractions. For $12, you descend into a huge sea cave (purportedly the biggest in the world!) that is home to a big pride of sea lions. It was a bit crazy when we stopped and getting across highway 101 from the parking lot into the ticket center was no easy task. It was very touristy with a big...more
I personally pass on Mo's now - and here are the reasons:*Servers are generally not friendly (of course there are exceptions) some are downright rude.*Place is usually crowded with tourists*Many years ago the food was a real value for the large amount you got. Now portions are smaller and prices are higher. Expect to pay $25-40 for 2 adults and 2...more
The Oregon Coast requires layers. It can be quite breezy and with the wind coming off that 50 F degree ocean, it can be nippy. It is especially cool in the morning and after the sun does down. Hiking boots are best for tackling trails to waterfalls but sandals can come in handy for the beach. A wide angle lens for those atmospheric beach shots...more
Your choice. No one else will care. Winter time on the Oregon coast means be prepared to get blown off the map with potentially high wind and driving rain. On the other hand, if its a nice lull between storms, long sleeve shirt and jeans, sneakers that can get soaked in the waves (watch those waves!!), a snug hat (or you're going to lose it), a...more
Sometimes it really pays to pick up those local brochures when you are traveling in unfamiliar territory especially if you do not have any kind of guide with you. Oregon's visitor centers were crammed with them and you just have to spend a few minutes to make sure you get the ones that best suit your interests. We picked up lots for camping and in...more
The Tahkenitch Dunes Trail is a great way to get acquainted with Oregon Dunes. This 2 mile trail initially climbs through a conifer forest before opening up into an area of big dunes. It then goes through a small strand of beach pines before coming to the end of the Tahkenitch Creek and eventually out onto the beach. This trail can be combined with...more
The Eager Beaver Store in Newport, on the West side of Olive St. is a REAL SECRET TREASURE! Shop at the coolest "second hand" store ever! They sell new and used at great discount prices! Souveniers, house hold misc., furniture, appliances, clothes, antiques.........You name, It's been there! With a wide range of vintage to modern, the Eager Beaver...more
Blue Heron Creamery was a bit more upscale and their specialty was brie cheese. We had bought a fair amount of Tillamook cheddar cheeses the day before but Blue Heron had a tasting area so we lined up for a sample. Their regular brie was quite good but a mesquite smoked version was too good to pass up. Despite having a cooler full of cheese I was...more
Expansive empty beaches, huge dunes, lush forest hikes, waterfalls, quaint historical lighthouses, great beer and food....oh, and ice cream. You cannot forget the Tillamook ice cream! Returning to a place just for a particular beer or local dish is nothing new for me. Local delicacies drive me. But going back for ice cream, that's another story....more