1. Guide to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / January 15, 2018

    One of the largest temperate coastal sand dunes in the world, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area was created in March, 1972, in order to protect the unique formations of shifting sand, coastal forest, and rugged beaches. At 31,500 acres, this is no small patch of sand! With everything from OHV access and mountain biking to challenging sandy trails and beautiful camping, you’ll see why this is a popular destination for Oregon coast visitors. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this large recreation area so that you can maximize the fun on your visit.

  2. 3-Day Itinerary For Florence, Oregon

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / January 15, 2018

    On the Central Oregon coast, away from the crowds of SeasideAstoria, and the northern beaches, the small beach town of Florence sits at the mouth of the Siuslaw River. Well known for its proximity to the Sea Lion Caves, this quaint community offers an abundance of adventure for those willing to make the drive.

  3. Romantic Escapes on the South Coast

    Posted by OCVA / January 9, 2018

    Dinner and a movie is nice for Valentine’s Day, but we have a hunch that what your sweetie really wants is a romantic adventure, no planning required. From its wild, secluded beaches to majestic old-growth forests, Oregon’s South Coast is made for dreamy winter road trips. So before you buy that gift card, pack up instead for one of these ready-made escapes.   Brookings At…

  4. Yurt Glamping on the Central Coast

    Posted by OCVA / January 9, 2018

    Camping on the Coast can’t be beat. But in the wetter, chillier months, tent camping turns into an adventure sport. Enter the humble yurt — an ideal retreat after a day of storm watching, whale watching, beachcombing for agates and exploring the trails. The domed, wood-framed fabric tent can fit up to six people, and offers a unique glamping experience, with views of the trees…

  5. A Life and New Hotel on the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / January 9, 2018

    Back in 1990, Mary Jones and Jeff Schons came from Portland to spend the winter in a tiny fishing cabin they’d bought by the river in Pacific City. They’d been lured in by the exciting sport of dory boat fishing — the town’s most revered tradition. Maybe it was the 24/7 access to the ocean, bays and rivers; maybe it was the small-town life. They…

  6. Where to Eat in Cannon Beach

    Posted by OCVA / December 14, 2017

    From a celebrated cooking school to fine dining to seafood hot spots, Cannon Beach is cooking up a storm. One man who knows the how and why is Chef John Newman, owner of Newmans at 988, an intimate French-Italian bistro that Newman and his wife, Sandy, opened in February 2006. It remains one of Cannon Beach’s most notable eateries, and one of many, he asserts,…

  7. The Oregon Coast's Best Places for Whale Watching

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / December 1, 2017

    While whales can be seen year round on the Oregon coast, the winter and spring months are the best times for seeing these enormous creatures. Migration in December and again in late March means higher numbers and a higher viewing success rate. For some of the best sites to spot spouts, we’ve gathered together adventures that will give you the perfect viewing opportunity, as well as some handy tips. 

  8. 3-Day Itinerary for Astoria, Oregon

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / December 1, 2017

    Located on Oregon’s northwestern tip, Astoria makes for the perfect long-weekend getaway town. With a historic waterfront and a variety of activities for all ability levels, there’s no lack of things to do. We’ve gathered together a range of places to see and vistas to enjoy. We guarantee you’ll be making repeat trips to this special city. This itinerary can be done in either direction, depending on where you are coming from.

  9. Holiday Lights and other Don’t-Miss Winter Events on the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / November 30, 2017

    Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park Charleston, Nov. 23-Dec.31 Young or old, who isn’t enchanted by thousands of twinkling lights in the shape of animated orcas, leaping frogs, herons, seals and dozens of other creatures in an undersea garden? More than 50,000 visitors flock to Oregon’s South Coast each year to see the Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park in Charleston, one of…