Stories

  1. Everything You Wanted to Know About Sea Lions

    Posted by OCVA / January 30, 2017

    They can be loud and raucous, or adorably lazy. They’re both goofy and intelligent creatures. Visitors to the Oregon Coast go out of their way to spot sea lions, for good reason. They’re fun to watch as they lounge on the docks, interacting with each other and sliding in and out of the sea with a surprising grace. But how much do you really know…

  2. Favorite Estuaries + Lakes to Paddle on the Oregon Coast

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / January 2, 2017

    The Oregon coast sees millions of visitors, and beaches can be filled with people enjoying the gorgeous views and rugged coastline. From Astoria down to Brookings, summer can be a busy time of year on the Oregon coast. To escape the crowds and see the area at a slower pace, we’ve put together a list of the five places to paddle and kayak on the coast. From lakes to rivers, natural areas and sea caves, there’s something here for every ability level, including families. 

  3. Best Hikes on the Southern Oregon Coast

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / January 2, 2017

    The southern Oregon Coast holds some of the most spectacular remote scenery in the state. Less visited than the northern beaches, visitors here are treated to incredible views without the crushing crowds. Windswept overlooks, grassy bluffs, crashing waves, and the ability to see all the way to California are just a few of the reasons to make the drive. The hikes we’ve gathered here showcase the best beach trails in the region. Be sure to bring your camera, there are so many lovely opportunities for the perfect shot. 

  4. Romantic Getaway to Cannon Beach

    Posted by The Oregon Coast / December 22, 2016

    The Oregon Coast, with its rugged shoreline and misty intrigue, has long wooed romantic souls. This is especially true of Cannon Beach. Here are a few essential ingredients for a weekend escape to this sophisticated but laidback village by the sea. A stay at the Stephanie Inn is sure to add a dash of passion to your stay. Many guestrooms offer breathtaking, panoramic views of…

  5. How to Spend a Rainy Day in Seaside

    Posted by The Oregon Coast / December 22, 2016

    Don’t let a little drizzle or stormy skies dampen your fun in Oregon’s classic resort town, where surf-and-sand seekers have retreated since Victorian times. Known as one of the premier beach destinations in the Pacific Northwest, Seaside is a great place to visit even with overcast skies — indoor fun abounds and the misty shoreline beckons. There’s no wrong way to do it, but here…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

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