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15 July . 2021

Hidden Gems of the Oregon Coast

Summer has arrived, which means it's the perfect time to take advantage of Oregon's beautiful, temperate weather with a trip to the coast! Whether you're looking for a getaway filled with eclectic shopping, scenic hikes, or total relaxation, here are some of our favorite day trips from Hillsboro – all located about 2-3 hours from Reed’s Crossing.

Oceanside: A lesser-known darling of the Oregon coast, this quaint town perched on a steep hillside feels straight out of a quirky rom-com. Just 74 miles from Reed’s Crossing, Oceanside is one of the best places for bird watching along the coast – so pack some binoculars to catch a glimpse of the Tufted Puffins and Common Murres nesting at the famous Three Arch Rocks Wildlife Refuge. Then, after you’ve worked up an appetite exploring, head over to Roseanna’s Cafe, where you’ll find everything from fresh local oysters and grilled wild salmon to some of the state’s best clam chowder.

Seaside: A popular summer escape, Seaside is home to one of the oldest aquariums in the world, established in 1937. The picturesque downtown features fun for the whole family: you could win big at Funland, the largest arcade on the Northern Oregon coast; take a spin on the must-see Seaside Carousel; or rent a bike from Wheel Fun Rentals to tour the town in style. For all the fresh seafood you could ever want, check out popular local haunts Dooger’s Seafood & Grill or The Crabby Oyster, whose fish & chips get rave reviews. 

Tillamook: Located on Oregon’s northern coast, Tillamook is perfect for history buffs and dairy lovers alike. While most notably known for the delicious ice cream and cheese produced in the Tillamook Creamery (where visitors flock for their popular cheese curd samples), the town also offers relaxing kayak tours on the surf. Not looking to get your feet wet? No problem. With over 20 artisan shops, there’s something for everyone to explore, from eateries like Pelican Brewing and Dutch Mill Diner to unique boutiques like Food Roots, Salty Raven, and Madeline's Vintage Marketplace.

Yachats: Located along the base of the Oregon Coast Range, Yachats is a darling destination for those in the know and the perfect spot for a quiet retreat. Home to myriad tidepools and a quiet beachfront, Yachats’ popular annual Mushroom Fest draws visitors from around the state. Nestled between Newport and Florence – and thus often overlooked – Yachats is home to the endlessly grammable Thor’s Well and Devil’s Churn, and lies just about 20 minutes from the famous Sea Lion Caves, America's largest wild sea cave (a must-visit!). In between your adventures, pull up a seat at the Green Salmon Coffee Company for artisanal coffee and treats, or check out the fisherman-owned Luna Sea Fish House’s scrumptious salmon hash. 

Manzanita: This rustic, dreamlike coastal town is popular not only for its shops and restaurants, but also for the wonderful hiking trails found throughout Oswald West State Park – with nearly 2,500 acres of lush forest, you’ll have 14 different beautiful trails to choose from. Then, when you’re ready to settle down for the day, enjoy small-batch Pacific Northwest wines while building tasty s’mores at the dog-friendly Manzanita Winery or visit Nehalem Bay Winery, the coast’s very first winery.