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/
Cape Blanco Light Station
Climb the winding stairway to the top of Cape Blanco Lighthouse and stand beside its spectacular Fresnel (pronounced: frey-NEL ) lens. Up close you can appreciate the genius of its inventor and imagine generations of dedicated light keepers toiling to keep the lamp burning brightly. Beyond the windows your gaze is drawn to the magnificent ever-changing Pacific coastline. Erected in 1870, this lighthouse stands on Oregon’s farthest west point of land and is the oldest one continually operating in Oregon. It holds the record for longest service at one lighthouse too: James Langlois worked here for 42 years. James Hughes, born on a nearby ranch, served at this light station for 37 years. Discover several other records this special lighthouse holds when you visit.
South Coast Tours LLC
Let South Coast Tours take you on an adventure paddle in the Wild Rivers Coast estuaries and out into the Southern Oregon near shore ocean. Go fishing, wildlife viewing or just simply enjoy the experience of gliding across the waterways of the banana belt coast of Oregon. The south coast holds much of Oregon's near shore reefs and some of the best fishing, photography, wildlife viewing and wildest rivers on the west coast. South Coast Tours offers a variety of fully equipped 2-18 person tours as well as custom overnight kayak tours. SCT offers kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and kayak fishing from the Coos Bay area down to the California border and Brookings Harbor. We also rent kayaks and sups out of our base camp on the docks in Brookings.
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.
The Redfish LOFT, located above the Redfish Restaurant, is available for nightly lodging rental all year. Accommodations in the LOFT include a large soaking tub with spectacular ocean views, plush leather sectional, gas fireplace, mini-fridge, hi-speed wireless internet, and a slate balcony overlooking Battle Rock and the Pacific ocean. Please call the Hawthorne Gallery at 541-366-2266 for reservations and information.
Castaway by the Sea
"Castaway by the Sea" Motel is the Beach Lover's "home-away-from-home". Spectacular ocean views from every room. Watch fishing boats head to sea right from your room. Also 2 beaches within walking distance of motel. WiFi to all rooms. A WebCam view from motel available on our website. Give us a call if you have questions or would like to make a reservation.