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  1. Must-Do Spring Adventures on the South Coast

    Posted by OCVA / March 6, 2018

    There’s no traffic or crowds at this beach-lovers’ paradise on the Wild Rivers Coast — about 80 miles south of Coos Bay and 30 miles from Oregon’s southern border. Just rugged, wide-open coastline and breathtaking beauty. In the spring, there’s also plenty of bling: Hundreds of glass floats and hand-painted rocks dot the coastline through April 30, during Gold Beach’s annual glass float treasure hunt.…

  2. Why Dogs Love Astoria and Warrenton

    Posted by OCVA / February 27, 2018

    Headed toward the beach? If your dogs could talk, they’d express their adoration for Astoria and Warrenton, two nearby burgs ranking high among the Oregon Coast’s four-legged-friendly areas. Parks, beaches, hotels, cafes and even an outdoor market? Woof-woof! When you pair a pastry chef with a self-taught ice cream whiz, you get Frite & Scoop, a bustling ice cream shop on Astoria’s lovely six-mile-long Riverwalk,…

  3. Guide to the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / February 15, 2018

    Meandering 12 miles along the scenic southern Oregon coast, the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor is a treasure trove full of beautiful little gems just waiting to be explored. Named in honor of the first Oregon Parks superintendent, the landscape protected here is stunning.

  4. An Artist’s Guide to Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / February 14, 2018

    A distinct artistic vibe soaks Astoria, a North Coast burg rife with communal, creative talent. That spirit comes alive for the venerated FisherPoets Gathering each February, and it lives on year-round. Exploring the vibrant visual arts scene provides a fitting introduction to why so many creators call the place home. For an inside scoop, we turn to longtime resident artist Judith Niland, who highlights some…

  5. 4 Quiet Coastal Towns for Your Next Long Weekend

    Posted by OCVA / February 14, 2018

    So you’ve got a long weekend to explore the Coast, but want to stay off the beaten path? Plan a road trip to Oregon’s low-key Central Coast, where the area’s pristine beaches, trails, waterways and quaint downtowns make for a rejuvenating retreat. Spend a day adventuring in each coastal village, but caution — you may never want to leave. Day 1: Shopping and wildlife viewing…

  6. Local’s Guide to South Coast Seafood

    Posted by OCVA / February 14, 2018

    Dixie Boley knows seafood on Oregon’s South Coast. For 30 years, from 1978 to 2008, she and her late husband, Scott, were commercial salmon fishermen on the Rogue River, just north of their home in Gold Beach. In 1998, they worked with two other local fishermen to launch Fisherman Direct — a fresh fish market and processing center in an old cannery building in Gold…

  7. Guide to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / January 15, 2018

    One of the largest temperate coastal sand dunes in the world, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area was created in March, 1972, in order to protect the unique formations of shifting sand, coastal forest, and rugged beaches. At 31,500 acres, this is no small patch of sand! With everything from OHV access and mountain biking to challenging sandy trails and beautiful camping, you’ll see why this is a popular destination for Oregon coast visitors. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this large recreation area so that you can maximize the fun on your visit.

  8. 3-Day Itinerary For Florence, Oregon

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / January 15, 2018

    On the Central Oregon coast, away from the crowds of SeasideAstoria, and the northern beaches, the small beach town of Florence sits at the mouth of the Siuslaw River. Well known for its proximity to the Sea Lion Caves, this quaint community offers an abundance of adventure for those willing to make the drive.

  9. Romantic Escapes on the South Coast

    Posted by OCVA / January 9, 2018

    Dinner and a movie is nice for Valentine’s Day, but we have a hunch that what your sweetie really wants is a romantic adventure, no planning required. From its wild, secluded beaches to majestic old-growth forests, Oregon’s South Coast is made for dreamy winter road trips. So before you buy that gift card, pack up instead for one of these ready-made escapes.   Brookings At…