Port Orford

In Port Orford, halfway between Bandon and Gold Beach, you’ll find everything you’re looking for. From spectacular seascapes and mountain hiking trails with panoramic vistas, to art galleries and an authentic Victorian mansion. With ocean, lake and river fishing, boating and kayaking, and absolutely perfect windsailing conditions. But here, there’s a difference. You don’t have to push your way through traffic jams or clogged sidewalks to enjoy it.

Small, friendly, quirky, with a relaxing energy in a naturally beautiful setting…Port Orford is filled with nice people, an unhurried atmosphere and no stop lights.

It has a very active artistic community, with eight art galleries owned and operated by working artists, including some genuinely world-class talents. Plus charming gift shops, a very comfortable movie theatre (with an amazing selection of goodies), and a series of cool restaurants including one overlooking the bay where the food actually lives up to the ocean view. You’ll also find great diner food, seafood, steaks and what locals believe is the best fish and chips and chowder on the coast.

The oldest platted town site on the Oregon coast, the most westerly city in the continental U.S., and the northern gateway to the America’s Wild Rivers Coast, Port Orford honors its rich history. Visit Battle Rock Historical Park, the site of a famous battle between Indians and the first whites trying to settle here – there’s a visitor information center at the park. Stop by the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum, which features a restored Coast Guard Station, shipwreck memorabilia, and many artifacts from the years when the Coast Guard Station was providing services to ships off one of America’s most dangerous headlands. And, just a few miles north of town is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the oldest and most westerly lighthouse in Oregon and, in the same park, the beautifully restored Victorian Hughes House Museum.

And don’t miss the port of Port Orford. It is the only natural, open-water port for 600 miles and only one of six “dolly” ports in the world. It’s an amazing site to see working fishing boats lifted into and out of the water every day.

For more information about Port Orford, please visit http://www.enjoyportorford.com/

Featured activities

  • Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum

    92331 Coast Guard Hill Rd
    Port Orford, Oregon 97465
    541-332-0521

    Port Orford Coast Guard (Lifeboat) Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1998. From 1934 into the 1960s U.S. Coast Guard “surfmen” lived here, ever alert for ships in distress. When a call came they risked their lives to save others. See the 36-foot self-righting motor lifeboat number 36498 on the grounds. Visit the museum in the former barracks/office building. Four other historic buildings also remain at this 101.29-acre site. This is the only Forge River-type station left on the West Coast. The 36-foot boat came into use during the 1930’s and generally had a three-man crew. U.S. Coast Guard 36′ motor lifeboat 36498 served at the Port Orford Lifeboat Station until the station ceased lifeboat services in 1964. She came home to Port Orford in early 2000.

  • Cape Blanco State Park

    Off US 101, 9 miles N of
    Port Orford, Oregon 97465
    541-332-6774

    Use the extra-large, private, wind-protected campsites at Cape Blanco as your base of operations while you enjoy the lighthouse and historic Hughes House tours. Work off your picnic lunch by hiking over eight miles of trails with many spectacular ocean vistas, woodland and wetland settings. Bring your horse and enjoy seven miles of horse trails and the facilities in the horse camp. Don't forget a sunset walk along the headland beaches to finish out your day. Vital stats: All campsites are first-come, first served.

Featured dining

  • Redfish Restaurant

    517 Jefferson St
    Port Orford, Oregon 97465
    541-366-2200

    Redfish Restaurant serves the freshest local and seasonal fare in a Contemporary American style with a full bar and award-winning wine selection overlooking Battle Rock and the vast Pacific Ocean. Meals are served from 11am to 9pm Monday through Friday and 9 to 9 with Brunch Saturday and Sunday. Redfish is located next to the Hawthorne Gallery at 517 Jefferson Street. For information and reservations, call the Hawthorne Gallery.

Featured accommodations

  • WildSpring Guest Habitat

    92978 Cemetery Lp
    Port Orford, Oregon 97465
    541.332.0977

    WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small eco-friendly resort overlooking the ocean on the south coast, offering luxurious accommodations in a peaceful, naturally beautiful environment. 5 luxury cabin suites filled with art and antiques, Guest Hall, walking labyrinth and a spectacular open-air slate spa. For more information about Port Orford please visit: http://www.enjoyportorford.com/

  • The Compass Rose Bed & Breakfast

    42497 Gull Road
    Port Orford, Oregon 97465
    541.332.7076

    Take a deep breath and step in to one of the most spectacularly beautiful natural environments in the world. The Compass Rose is located just north of Port Orford, on the south coast of Oregon. Four beautiful rooms, each with its own full bathroom. Short walk down the driveway to the beach to watch the sunset!

Featured Deals

  • Be a Storm Watcher

    Posted by OCVA / valid from January 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2017

    Schedule your visit in conjunction with the winter storms on the southern coast, stay two nights and get the third night free with our already reduced rates of $130 a night. Receive a complimentary rain poncho with an Agate bag for your agate treasure hunting. Hot breakfast will be served every morning to get you ready to face the wild storms of the mighty Pacific.

  • 30% off Wildlife Viewing tour

    Posted by OCVA / valid from January 1st, 2017 to April 1st, 2017

    South Coast Tours will take you on a wildlife viewing experience unlike anything else available on the Oregon Coast. Due to our protected headlands we can paddle in the dynamic nearshore ocean. If it's too stormy we can tour one of the amazing wild and scenic rivers of the south coast. We call it the Wild Rivers Coast for a reason, there are more federally…

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