oregon's banana belt

Brookings and Harbor are two communities on either side of the Chetco River, united by their shared port. Found within a unique “banana belt” near the Southern Oregon border, warm weather and rugged beauty are all around.

The temperatures around Brookings are so significantly warmer than other towns nearby that meteorologists named the phenomena — the Brookings Effect. It’s often 30 °F hotter in Brookings-Harbor than nearby areas, and temperatures in the middle of winter sit comfortably in the mid-70s. Because of this favorable weather, Brooking-Harbor is a center for the plant nursery industry, and there are several beautiful gardens in town. Driving to Brookings from the north while traveling on Highway 101 brings you through the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, a 12-mile odyssey of one stunning view after another.

Featured Activities

South Coast

Crissey Field State Recreation Site

Perched between the California border and the Winchuck River, this 40-acre park features a sandy beach, wetlands, and a small stand of mature trees.  It's also home to a new 4,500 sq. ft. Welcome Center that displays Oregon's finest virtues: ...

Brookings, OR

541-469-0224

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Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

This corridor is a 12-mile, forested linear park with a rugged, steep coastline interrupted by small sand beaches. This park was named in honor of Samuel H. Boardman, the first Oregon Parks superintendent. He and others of his generation felt...

Brookings, OR

541-469-2021

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Grocery Outlet

Discount grocery retailer.  Great selection of wine and beer, produce, frozen foods, meats & cheese, and health & beauty. We carry many close outs and everyday NAME BRAND groceries.

906 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

(541)412-7264
Email us (brookings[at]groceryoutlet[dot]com)

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Foxglove Wellness and Apothecary

Create your own custom fragrance at Foxglove Wellness and Apothecary. Their fragrance oils, essential oils and bath and body bases are handmade in small batches with organic, sometimes local material, or they are researched to provide sources that are provided...

511 Fern Ave.
Brookings, OR

(541)203-0366
Email us (Chelle[at]foxglovewellness[dot]com)

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Ambiance By the Sea

A special place for your senses, Ambiance By the Sea offers goods from 42 local artisans. You’ll find unique gifts, driftwood art, rustic home and garden decor, stained glass, shabby chic furniture, jewelry, Misty Meadows jams, marinades, olives and condiments,...

530 Hemlock Street
Brookings, OR

(541)254-4097

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Semi Aquatic Gallery

Semi Aquatic is artist Spencer Reynolds’ retail space located in the heart of downtown Brookings, Oregon. The shop features Spencer’s paintings, prints, cards and clothing, as well as, a carefully curated collection of hand-crafted and locally made gifts and home...

654 Chetco Ave
Brookings, OR

(503) 504-2861
Email us (spence[at]artandsurf[dot]com)

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Brookings-Harbor Visitor & Tour Center

The Visitor & Tour Center is located down in the Port of Brookings-Harbor and is a visitor center, gift shop, rentals (bikes and crab traps) and tour company for fishing charters and such. Winter hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....

16358 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)813-2300

South Coast

Salmon Run Golf Course

Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, Salmon Run offers a course for every skill level. Designed by Troy Claveran, Salmon Run is an 18-hole par 71 championship course with four sets of tees that stretch from 5,433 yards to over 6,400...

99040 South Bank Chetco River Rd.
Brookings, OR

(541) 469-4888

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Sean P Clemens Guide Service

533 Memory Ln
Brookings, OR

(541) 661-1377
Email us (fishonclemens[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Kenton D Bansemer Fishing

861 Jodee Ln
Brookings, OR

(541) 661-2165
Email us (bansemerfishing[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Steven P Huber Guide Service

16340 Lower Harbor Rd Ste 1 #111
Brookings, OR

(530) 623-1918
Email us (Steve[at]stevehuberguideservice[dot]com)

South Coast

Tidewind Sportfishing

Tidewind Sportfishing offers guided trips for Quality Bottom, Salmon, Albacore and Crab.  Whale-watching and specialty trips are also available.

16340 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)469-0337
Email us (scoastsportfishing[at]yahoo[dot]com)

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Brookings City Hall Visitor Center

Physical: 898 Elk Drive
Brookings, OR
Mail:
Brookings, OR

(541)469-1103
Email us (lziemer[at]brookings[dot]or[dot]us)

Travel Curry Coast

Physical: 94235 Moore Street
Gold Beach, OR
Mail: Suite 122
Gold Beach, OR

541-247-3222

Travel Guides

Guide to Paddling on the Coast

Whether it’s cruising through hidden coves in the ocean or paddling around a tranquil lake or estuary, you’ll get a chance to see wildlife and natural scenery that you just can’t find on land. Before you set out to navigate...
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Travel Guides

5 Ways to Have Fun Social Distancing on the South Coast

Southern Oregon’s sea-stacked coastline will beguile you. Its beaches are never crowded. And as the tide recedes, dimpled patterns left in the sand invite you to wrinkle them up with your toes. The river mouths and estuaries play host to...
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Travel Guides

Where to Find Fresh Produce and Fish on the Oregon Coast

Editor’s note: Note that masks are required at farmers markets and in indoor public spaces in Oregon. Check business hours and protocols before visiting. As the warm season settles in at the Oregon Coast, balmy weather sets the scene for...
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Travel Guides

Lighthouses

Of the nine original lighthouses on the Oregon Coast, seven are open to the public and most are still active. If you time it right, you’ll get to go inside, take a tour, maybe go up the stairs to the...
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Travel Guides

Whale Watching

Whale watching is a year-round activity on the Oregon Coast with gray whales by far the most commonly seen. Whale watching is not difficult, but a few tips make it easier. Any location with an ocean view may yield whale...
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Travel Guides

Don't-Miss Spring Events

Hello, blue skies, warmer temps and rain-kissed trails! Springtime is a time of renewal and celebration on the Coast, so grab your kites and your boots, and get ready for your next getaway. Here are some favorite springtime events in March, April and May to build your trip around.
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Featured Dining

South Coast

Bell & Whistle Coffee House

1640 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)412-9876

South Coast

Pancho’s Restaurante y Cantina

Pancho’s Restaurante y Cantina makes their own tamales, Chile rellenos, soups, salads, Spanish rice, refried beans and sauces. Their menu items are made using authentic Mexican recipes and are prepared when ordered – never is advance.

1136 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

5414696531

South Coast

Dee-Ann’s Tea Room

Enjoy breakfast and lunch, soups, sandwiches, delicious desserts and more at Dee-Ann’s Tea Room.

434 Redwood Street
Brookings, OR

(541)469-7240

South Coast

Chan’s Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Brookings Harbor Marina, Chan’s has been serving the Southern Oregon Coast’s favorite Chinese cuisine for over a quarter of a decade. A warm inviting home town feeling awaits you at Chan’s while you...

16389 Lower Harbor Rd.
Brookings, OR

(541)469-7013
Email us (info[at]chanschinesefood[dot]com)

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A Country Retreat Bed and Breakfast

16980 Coho Drive
Brookings, OR

541-661-3773
Email us (info[at]countryretreatbnb[dot]com)

South Coast

Superfly Distilling Company and Restaurant

Potato vodka is smooth, with a sweet and subtle finish. This combined with the water in Brookings Oregon makes Superfly truly amazing. I don’t charcoal filter my vodka. I don’t distill it a thousand times. It’s not needed. You’ll be...

623 Memory Lane
Brookings, OR

(541)373-0348
Email us (info[at]superflybooze[dot]com)

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Wild River Pizza

Wild River Pizza serves gourmet pizza, pressure-cooked chicken, and delicious sandwiches on home-made bread straight from their counter, near the always fresh and well-stocked salad bar. Gorgeous sunset views can be seen from the dining area, which is furnished with...

16279 US 101
Brookings, OR

(541)469-7454

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Misty Mountain Brewing

Family owned and operated, Misty Mountain Brewing is Oregon’s southern most coastal brewery just 4 miles from the California border.  Enjoy the ocean view from the "Tap Haus" tasting room which offers 8 to 10 of Misty Mountain beers as well...

625 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR

541-813-1361
Email us (mistymountainbrewing[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Bakery By The Sea

Open Friday through Sunday.

1105 Chetco Ave Ste A
Brookings, OR

(541)251-3665

South Coast

Rancho Viejo

Rancho Viejo opened its doors on May 10, 1996. Traditional Mexican atmosphere. Specializing in serving families.

1025 Chetco Ave
Brookings, OR

(541)412-0184

South Coast

Fat Irish Restaurant & Pub

Fat Irish Restaurant & Pub is a locally owned pub working to bring you great food, great drinks and a fun atmosphere. Enjoy their pub fare, oysters and local beers on tap.

16403 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

(541)254-3292
Email us (fatirishpub[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

The Chetco River Inn

21202 High Prairie Road
Brookings, OR

707-496-9509
Email us (thechetcoriverinn[at]gmail[dot]com)

Featured Lodging

South Coast

Driftwood RV Park

Coming to the Southern Oregon coast in your RV? Driftwood is the closest to the beach of the privately owned parks in the area. It is just a 3 to 5 minute walk to the ocean, the marina and shops...

16011 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

541.469.9089
Email us (driftwoodrvpark2[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Packers Cabin

Packers Cabin was originally built during the 1930s and served as the headquarters for the Forest Service packer who supplied lookouts and field crews by horse or mule pack trains. Today, visitors no longer need to hitch up a team...

29279 Ellensburg Avenue
Brookings, OR

541-247-3600

South Coast

Mt. Emily Ranch Bed & Breakfast

Mt. Emily Ranch Bed & Breakfast, awarded the “Loved By Guests Gold Award” by Expedia, is a fabulous Custom Log Home on 84 acres overlooking the beautiful Chetco River Valley. Our acreage includes gorgeous woodlands, creeks and a small pond....

99847 S. Bank Chetco Road
Brookings, OR

541-661-2134
Email us (carol[at]mtemilyranch[dot]com)

South Coast

A Country Retreat Bed and Breakfast

16980 Coho Drive
Brookings, OR

541-661-3773
Email us (info[at]countryretreatbnb[dot]com)

South Coast

Brookings Inn Resort

Welcome to Brookings Inn Resort, a hotel in Brookings, Oregon, with quaint charm, clean rooms and a great overall experience. Please consider our well-maintained and highly regarded hotel when you’re visiting the area or happen to be passing through. The...

1143 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

(418)131-4445
Email us (mail[at]brookingsinnresort[dot]com)

South Coast

Alfred A. Loeb State Park (RV Park)

Alfred A. Loeb State Park, known simply as “Loeb” by the locals, is nestled in a dense grove of Myrtlewood trees, many of which are more than 200 years old. The trees give off a crisp, eucalyptus-like fragrance. The pristine...

1655 Hwy. 101 N.
Brookings, OR

800.551.6949

South Coast

Riverside RV Resort

Southern Oregon’s finest river front RV resort. Located on the North Bank of the Chetco River in Brookings Harbor, Oregon just six miles from the Southern Oregon border and one mile from the Ocean beaches. The serenity and beauty of...

97666 N. Bank Chetco River Road
Brookings, OR

541.469-4799
Email us (chetcocharlie[at]riverside-rv[dot]com)

South Coast

Westward Inn

Westward Inn was founded on the simple idea of providing the best comfortable stay for the guest at great value. All the amenities needed for great nights rest and entertainment at the best value for the customer. The brand model...

1026 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

541.469.7471
Email us (customerservice[at]westwardinn[dot]com)

South Coast

Mermaid’s Muse Bed & Breakfast

Offering a barbecue and sun terrace, Mermaid’s Muse Bed and Breakfast is located in Brookings in the South Coast region of Oregon. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the property, and free private parking is...

18 Seascape Court
Brookings, OR

(541)412-2949

South Coast

Ocean Suites Motel

Ocean Suites Motel on the coast of Brookings, Oregon, is located ten minutes from the Oregon-California border at the Port of Brookings-Harbor; the southernmost port city in Oregon, often refer’d to as the Banana Belt of Oregon. Brookings-Harbor offers a...

16045 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

541.469.4004
Email us (oceansuitesmotel[at]gmail[dot]com)

South Coast

Spindrift Motor Inn

Conveniently located off Highway 101, this Brookings, Oregon motel offers simply furnished guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. It offers free truck and boat parking. Harris Beach State Park is a 5 minute drive away. A cable TV, a microwave and...

1215 Chetco Ave.
Brookings, OR

541-469-5345
Email us (info[at]spindriftmotorinn[dot]com)

South Coast

Portside RV Park

Snuggled into an almost hidden canyon, Portside RV Park overlooks the scenic Chetco River, bustling marinas and the majestic Pacific Ocean. Beautiful weather, boating and stunning sunsets make this park your ideal get-away.

16219 Lower Harbor Road
Brookings, OR

541-469-6616
Email us (virginia[at]destinationbrookings[dot]com)

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