Beach, brews and spectacular views
By John Gottberg Anderson
For The Register-Guard
PACIFIC CITY — One of my favorite places on the Oregon Coast is Cape Kiwanda, a prominent headland that extends into the Pacific Ocean between Lincoln City and Tillamook, about 90 miles (a two-hour drive) north of Florence.
Here I can fish, surf, take hikes up and around spectacular dunes — and then I can relax with an ale at one of the coast’s best brew pubs.
My home-away-from-home for these adventures is a small community built by the Kiwanda Hospitality Group, a mile up a well-traveled side road from charming Pacific City.
“Over time, we’ve developed this little resort that feels like a collection of beach businesses,” said Jeremy Strober, a Kimpton Hotels veteran who serves as the group’s director of lodging. “But they are all under the same ownership and management. We are not a resort in a box, but we have all the amenities.”
The roots of the resort date from 1986, when a young Portland couple, Jeff Schons and Mary Jones, settled in what was then a little fishing village, and began developing lots on the promontory where the Nestucca River meets the ocean. Responding to visitor requests for a place to eat and drink, they transformed a small seaside building into the Pelican Pub and Brewery in 1996.
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Story and photo by John Gottberg Anderson