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/
Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum
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.
The Hughes Ranch
Visit the restored 1898 Victorian farmhouse built for pioneers Patrick and Jane Hughes. After operating a successful dairy ranch for more than thirty years, the couple was able to pay pioneer builder Pehr Johan Lindberg to design and build the comfortable, two-story home. You can learn about ranch life more than 100 years ago and about the couple’s seven children, one of whom was a longtime keeper at Cape Blanco Light Station. Free tours are provided April through October each year. You can also visit the nearby Pioneer cemetery or enjoy miles of hiking trails at Cape Blanco State Park.
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.
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.
The Compass Rose Bed & Breakfast
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!
Fourth of July Celebration – Port Orford Jubilee
Independence Day in Port Orford is what everyone imagines a small town celebration should be, including parade, pancake breakfast, beach golf tournament, gallery walk, dingy races, sand sculpture contest, flower show, quilt show, photography exhibit, baby contest and arguably the best fireworks display on the coast. July 4, all day, throughout the town. Free.