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  1. Where to Find Great Beer on the Central Oregon Coast: Homegrown Brewpubs With a Beachy Vibe

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2016

    Just last year, Charlie Van Meter was brewing tiny 20-gallon batches of beer from his tap room in Yachats. Today, he’s producing about 200 gallons of experimental ales from the new seven-barrel custom brewhouse at Yachats Brewing + Farmstore, positioned midway between Newport and Florence on the Central Coast. “We’re busier than we thought we’d be,” says Van Meter, the brewmaster who came on board…

  2. Destination Rockaway Beach: Mini Golf, Pronto Pup, Cedars, Chowder and More

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2016

    As you stroll along Rockaway Beach’s laid-back main street — amidst the ice cream shop, candy shop, pizza shop and vintage treasure shops — don’t be startled when you stumble onto what looks like a circus. The bubble machine, sandbox, mini volcanoes and blaring punk music are part of the zany ambiance at the mini golf course designed in summer 2016 by the owners of…

  3. 5 Incredible Fall Hikes on Oregon’s South Coast: Find Riches on These These Trails Less Traveled

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2016

    There’s a whole lot of coastline out here, and it’s ripe for exploring on foot this fall — when the air is clean and crisp and the crowds of summer have gone. Specifically, there’s 101 miles of rugged coastline between Reedsport and Brookings on Oregon’s South Coast, dubbed the Wild Rivers Coast because of the pristine nature of the Umpqua, Coquille, Rogue and Chetco rivers…

  4. Go Clamming and Foraging Around Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / September 15, 2016

    Food is never fresher than when it comes personally harvested straight from the source, and autumn on Oregon’s North Coast offers opportunities from both the forest and the beach. Ninety-five-percent of all of Oregon’s clams can be found on the sandy shores of Clatsop County, between the city of Seaside and the Columbia River. “The long, broad and flat beaches are really good habitat,” says…

  5. Thousands of Volunteers Clean Up Oregon’s Beaches

    Posted by OCVA / September 15, 2016

    This year, 2016, marks the 33rd time thousands of volunteers will gather on Oregon’s beaches to give our cherished coastline a serious housecleaning with the annual SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup. Volunteers can pitch in to help at 46 beach sites from Fort Stevens to Brookings, but few sites are as popular as one North Coast beach town. “Seaside has been a very popular site…

  6. Six Lesser-Known Wildlife Watching Spots

    Posted by OCVA / July 29, 2016

    A chance encounter with wildlife can be the most memorable part of any trip. Running into rabbits on a hike or seeing a family of deer or elk on the side of the road are a huge treat for kids and grownups alike. At the Oregon Coast, wildlife is everywhere — not just at visitor attractions that charge a fee for entry. Whale-watching and tide-pooling…

  7. Discover SOURCE, a Culinary Maker Space

    Posted by OCVA / July 29, 2016

    From oysters to olive oil to organic produce, visitors to Oregon’s North Coast now have a one-stop shop for many of their favorite hand-grown and handmade provisions. Earlier this year, a collective of 10 local craftsmen, fishermen and farmers opened a tiny retail shop in Garibaldi, right off Highway 101. It’s called SOURCE, and it’s become a hotspot for souvenir shopping, product sampling, take-and-go meals…

  8. Destination Bandon: South Coast Flavor

    Posted by OCVA / July 29, 2016

    Sure, Oregon is famous for its marionberries, but down on the South Coast, cranberries are king. Bandon (pop. 3,057) — a remote little city at the mouth of the Coquille River and Pacific Ocean, between Coos Bay and Port Orford — has been called the cranberry capital of the West Coast, if not the world, and every fall visitors find out why. The town will…

  9. Ultimate Summer Road Trip on the Oregon Coast

    Posted by OCVA / May 24, 2016

    Few highways capture the traveler’s imagination like U.S. Route 101, which spans all 363 enchanting miles of the Oregon Coast and winds through its storied towns and cities. The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, as it’s known, was designated an All-American Road in 2002, and it’s easy to wax poetic about its awe-inspiring highlights: secluded beaches open to everyone by law, coastal mountains forested with towering…

  10. Six Scenic Spots for a Waterfront Picnic

    Posted by OCVA / May 24, 2016

    What makes a great waterfront picnic spot? Let’s start with the basics: A table, if you don’t like sand in your food. And a view — of water, of course, but also with an element of the unexpected, where you can see eye-catching rock formations or bridges or harbors from a different perspective. Here are six scenic spots for a DIY picnic along the Oregon…

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