1. Six Festive Coast Holiday Traditions

    Posted by OCVA / November 29, 2016

    From sparkly lights to miniature trains, holiday tea to malty beer, wintertime at the Oregon Coast is full of cheery yuletide tradition. Here are some of our favorite ways to be merry at the Coast this season: Nibble on homemade gingerbread cookies, sip cider and cocoa and enjoy live holiday music at Seaside’s sixth annual Gingerbread Tea at Butterfield Cottage. Exquisite gingerbread houses up for…

  2. What Does it Mean to Speak Whale?

    Posted by OCVA / November 29, 2016

    Every winter, about 20,000 gray whales (and the occasional blue, humpback and Orca) living in the north Pacific Ocean head south for the winter, much to the delight of visitors to the Oregon Coast. Visitors can catch the fascinating spectacle anywhere along the Coast, but there’s just one spot that focuses all of its resources on educating the public about the unique behavior of whales.…

  3. Top Spots for Independent Shopping on the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / November 29, 2016

    The owners at Purple Cow Toys in downtown Astoria don’t mind if you open the board game while you’re in the store. In fact, they’ll help you learn to play it. They’ll make sure everyone in the family stays and plays with their toys for as long as they like. That’s the beauty of shopping local — the merchants strive to build genuine relationships with…

  4. Bandon State Natural Area

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / November 4, 2016

    Bandon is known as a favorite place among photographers and other lovers of dramatic coastal scenery. The scenic overlooks at Coquille Point and Face Rock are very popular with visitors and locals alike. Just south of town, Bandon State Scenic Area is another and larger state park that is less-often visited and offers great views and beach solitude.

  5. Honeyman State Park Campground

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / November 4, 2016

    Jesse M. Honeyman Memorial State Park is one of  the best locations in Oregon to explore the spectacular dunes that line the coast. This is the second largest Oregon State Park campground, and it offers camping facilities ranging from yurts and full-hookup campsites to the simple hiker/biker area and group sites.

  6. Navigating the Oregon Coast Trail

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Outdoor Project / November 4, 2016

    This article is provided courtesy of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

    Northern Section | Central Section | Southern Section | Camping | Beach Safety Tips

  7. Hall + Shuttpelz Lake Trail

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / November 4, 2016

    Finding easy access to the dunes in a scenic area of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area without motorized vehicles breaking the peace can be a bit of a challenge. This little-known hike offers great access to magnificent dunes that are relatively distant from any motorized staging area, and it also offers the bonus of two beautiful lakes to explore and photograph.

  8. Blacklock Point Hike

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / November 4, 2016

    Between Cape Blanco and Floras Lake there is an undeveloped state park that contains some segments of the Oregon Coast Trail and a wonderful trail out and back to Blacklock Point. This park is not marked by a sign on the highway and accordingly is usually not very busy, but it offers a great hike through the coastal forest and a spectacular reward at the end.

  9. Treasure Hunting in Downtown Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / November 2, 2016

    Established by one of the early-19th-century’s most famous merchants, John Jacob Astor, this bustling small city at the mouth of the Columbia is appropriately one of the top shopping destinations on the Oregon Coast, especially when it comes to art, antiques, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Here are eight cool shops well worth checking out, whether you’re in full-on holiday-shopping mode or simply out browsing for souvenirs…