NEWS YOU CAN USE
Covering 160 miles of Oregon coast
travel: Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway,
Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe
Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Tourism on the North Oregon Coast
Coast) – The top portion of the north Oregon coast is sometimes
called the “final golden 35,” referring to the fact
the last 35 miles of the coast includes Manzanita, Cannon Beach,
Seaside and Astoria. It’s also a reference to the fact this
is the favored section of the coast to many, for a variety of reasons.
lodging, dining and hidden beach treasures lurk here, so it’s
not unimaginable this area snags such accolades.
some of the best hidden gems begin another 20 miles south, such
as the delirium-inducing seafood on the scenic, pristine Tillamook
Bay at Pacific Oyster.
up front is a cioppino to die for. It’s thick, hearty and
so stocked full of a variety of fish it puts a hatchery to shame.
The oysters are like tender little chunks of beef: extremely rich
and flavorful, quite powerful for their miniscule size. The smoked
salmon burger is wonderful as well, and the view of the bay magnificent.
5150 Oyster Drive. (503) 377-2323.
the road a ways, stay at the Old Wheeler Hotel: a wildly romantic
hotel in the tiny town of Wheeler that was carved out of an old
building once ready to fall apart. The place is extremely manicured,
with a cozy old world charm, hard wood floors, chandeliers, clawfoot
bathtubs and views of the untouched and pure Nehalem Bay. It’s
been nicknamed the “Westin-Benson of the Oregon Coast,”
and it is one of those places where first discoveries turn people
into addicted, returning customers. Hwy 101 and Gregory. www.oldwheelerhotel.com.
Guido's: broccoli and mushrooms stuffed with crab on one pizza
next door, it’s pure pizza heaven at a fairly new eatery called
Guido’s Ristorante. The staff here is constantly hilarious
– a little like watching the cast of “Seinfeld”
interacting. But it’s the grub that’s the real star
of the show, with a thick, even juicy crust beneath a forest-like
covering of innovative ingredients. The main chef there calls himself
Guido, but this is likely part of the continual gags. He often asks
customers to let him create a pizza masterpiece based on a few guidelines
– such as one or two favorite ingredients. From there, he
takes control and adds innovative toppings according to inspiration.
example, ask for meatballs to be the base of your pizza toppings,
and he may throw together a work of art with various kinds of cheeses,
a delicious marinara sauce drizzled on the meatballs and a variety
of garden vegetables. There is a group nicknamed the “three
guinea pigs” who come in regularly to be “experimented”
on by the chef’s mad – but ingenious – creations.
They always let him take control and surprise them.
place also had an outstanding view of the bay, and a deliriously
hip retro lounge in the back. 675 Hwy 101, Wheeler. (503) 368-7778.
for your slumbering pleasure, there is a real charmer of a motel
called the San Dune Inn in Manzanita. This place is super dog friendly.
They have a large selection of movies, as well as other unique things
rather uncommon to motels, like bikes for use of guests, volleyball
equipment, beach balls and other beachy equipment. It isn't your
average little motel - but then Manzanita is not your average sleepy
coastal town, either. 428 Dorcas Lane. www.sanduneinn.com.
wander up just north of Manzanita to check out one of the incredible
hidden spots. A set of grandiose cliffs and a small mountain hovers
over the sleepy little beach resort, and on its north face lie some
wild, weird slopes. It resembles Ireland in some spots, and scenes
from “Planet of the Apes” in others, creating a wild
and wondrous place. You walk down these steep, grassy areas to come
across a strange seascape of jagged, freaky rock structures and
boiling surf. It is, however, quite a dangerous drop off, so use
extreme caution when venturing and do not take children.
up the road there’s Hug Point, near Cannon Beach, with an
array of veiled pleasures and interesting details tucked away in
one rocky area or another. There’s a waterfall, a few sea
caves (one has some intricate structure inside that’s fun
to crawl), and a rather mysterious road going around the point.
In the early part of the century, when Oregon’s beaches were
the only coastal highway, the state had dynamited this out of the
rock so old horse ‘n’ buggies and Model T’s could
make their way around during high tides.
area is a geologist’s wonderland too, with intricate features
showing a remarkable progression of land features through time and
hunger strikes in the Cannon Beach area, you’ll be more than
a little pleased with the tiny little wonder called Fultano’s
Pizza. Try the penne pasta with meat sauce and meatballs. These
handcrafted delights are exceptional, with a marvelously multi-layered
taste to them, like the subtleties you find in fine wine. The meat
sauce is partially responsible for this, also with a few layers
of goodness all its own. This place is a truly gourmet discovery,
yet it’s not only totally kid friendly but thoroughly has
its romance element as well.
highlight: the seriously delectable pizza with a sauce made from
mashed grapes. This is absolutely fantastic and truly unique. 200
N. Hemlock and Second Street. (503) 436-9717.
another wonder of the coast is the castle-like bed & breakfast
called Arch Cape House - just a ways south of Cannon Beach. Here,
antiques fill these rooms, and the place looks like something between
a castle and a ski lodge. The garden is a bit of fantasia come to
life, and the gourmet breakfast in the morning is legendary for
good reason. East Ocean Rd. - S. of Cannon Beach. www.archcapehouse.com.