We traveled along Oregon Highway 101 to enjoy the beach campgrounds and lighthouses on this lovely stretch of coast. Here are the highlights.
We camped in a field right on the water in Charleston (thanks, Seamus and Pa Kelly!!) where we had water and electric hookup to their house. We woke the next morning to the sound of sea lions barking, which totally scared me at first. After a little exploring we found a few places to recommend:
We really liked La Herradura restaurant. Their flautas were perfect and their margaritas are HUGE (as are their plates so go knowing there will be leftovers).
From Coos Bay you can quickly drive to the following scenic sites:
- Sunset Bay State Park
- Lighthouse @ Cape Arago
- Botanical gardens @ Shore Acres State Park
- Trails all along Cape Arago Highway
- Egrets and blue herons were nesting (early June)
Most of the congregations were attending the regional convention in nearby Salem but we were able to go to meeting with Bayview Cong in Coos Bay. Brother Ortiz gave a great talk and afterwards gave us some good recommendations for restaurants in Newport.
We did need to get an oil change because we had driven over 3,600 miles since leaving home on May 5. We took Smokey (our Ford Expedition) to Tower Ford and had a terrific experience with their master mechanic, Ron.
We reserved an RV spot at South Beach State Park in Newport, which was a nice park with great bike trails… but since there is marsh nearby there are millions of mosquitoes. Maybe not when it gets more sunny, but when it’s overcast they’re out in force.
Nye Beach is a historic neighborhood with cool little shops and restaurants. The nice lady at Shipping Solutions in town recommended we go there and we can’t thank her enough. We ate at Nana’s Irish Pub and had the most amazing dessert that has renewed my faith in dessert — it’s called Banoffee Pie, which is a banana-toffee extravaganza. Near Nana’s is Enrique’s Taqueria and a restaurant called Table of Contents, both of which we will be sure to try next time because their reviews are excellent.
Georgie’s is a nice restaurant on the main Highway with an AMAZING view of the beach and ocean. Wait for a window table. Try the Dungeness Crab Louie.
The Newport Bridge is a lovely Art Deco bridge in town with great views of the bay — when it is not overcast.
Fred Meyers, my old favorite from when I worked on a fire crew on the Siuslaw National Forest at Hebo Ranger District. Oh… the memories…
Pacific City & Hebo
Pelican Brewery is the place to go as they’re right on the water near Haystack Rock and the Cape Kiwanda dunes. They have decent food and beer, of course.
I spent my first summer working for the Forest Service in Oregon on the Siuslaw National Forest for the Hebo Ranger District. For a City Girl I have done some decidedly non-city stuff like working out west on a wildland fire crew especially when I had never really been in a forest or on a mountain! We visited Mount Hebo and Lake Hebo on this trip.
From the top of Mount Hebo you can see Haystack Rock in Pacific City. Camping at Hebo Lake is quiet and secluded.
Nearby you can visit Cape Meares and the Octopus Tree plus view the Three Arch Rocks from The Goonies movie.
Tillamok cheese factory has the best cheese. Plus their exhibits teach you about dairy farming.
Blue Heron Cheese & Wine is a must visit in Tillamook, Oregon. Ask for Steve, a font of Oregon wine knowledge 🙂
Trask River Auto Sales… for pet, car, and RV washing!
I didn’t get to visit the Air Museum, but next time!
Steve suggested that next time we try to see a few other spots along the coast:
- God’s Thumb in Lincoln city
- Munson Falls near Tillamook
- Saddle mountain in Astoria
I’ll cover the drive though wine country to Portland and Olympia in the next post.