Cape Meares - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Cape Meares

The sleepy village of Cape Meares is tucked along the northern side of the Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge and Cape Meares State Park. This small, but impressive park is home to both the shortest lighthouse and the largest Sitka Spruce in Oregon. Its viewpoints overlooking the Pacific Ocean are known as a prime whale-watching spots during migration seasons. This area is also a favorite nesting ground for sea birds, including the Common Murre, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. It is home to the “Octopus tree,” once featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and was a Native American meeting place.

This village has spectacular and secluded beaches, spanning many miles, and is a perfect location for beach combing, kite flying, camp fires and storm watching. The beach borders the Bay Ocean Spit, separating Tillamook Bay from the ocean, and offers mile and miles of hiking trails among forested sand dunes.

A ten minute drive to the nearby cities of Oceanside and Tillamook offer all the dining and shopping options of a larger coastal town. Some great, rainy-day activities are nearby, such as wine tasting at the Blue Heron French Cheese Factory, cheese tasting and tours at the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory, and airplane buffs should not miss visiting the Tillamook Air Museum.

Featured activities

  • Kayak Tillamook County

    PO Box 1270
    Tillamook, Oregon 97141
    503-866-4808

    Welcome to the most extensive kayaking guide service on the Oregon Coast! Kayak Tillamook County offers privately-scheduled Paddle Board and Kayak Tours for groups year-round. Choose from dozens of locations from Cannon Beach to Lincoln City. Our seven estuary systems offers flat-water paddling on six coastal bays, dozens of rivers, scores of intimate sloughs, backwater channels and fresh water lakes. We can satisfy practically any flat-water experience desired. Encounter river otters, harbor seals, mink, elk, raptors and seabirds while paddling your own kayak or sharing a tandem. We are professionally trained and certified staff, and registered with the Oregon State Marine Board. Beginners and novices welcome! From November to March individual thermoses of Hot Apple Cider are served, each with a fresh cinnamon stick inside.

Featured Events

  • Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service at the Coos History Museum

    Coos History Museum
    1210 Front St.
    Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
    (541)756-6320
    October 17, 2018 - August 30, 2019

    The Coos History Museum presents Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service from October 17 through Summer 2019.

    Historically, tattoos have many meanings and misconceptions. Traditionally, military inspired tattoos depict the story of wars and battles, and symbolize lost soldiers or achievements in service. This new exhibition, created in honor of the more than 8,000 Coos County Veterans, takes a closer look at the stories behind the "ink" through a series of audio, visual and interpretive panels.

    Active duty military families, as well as veterans and their spouses/partners receive free admission to The Coos History Museum through a grant from the Coquille Indian Tribe and other donors.

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  • Expressions West 2019 Exhibition at Coos Art Museum

    Coos Art Museum
    235 Anderson
    Coos Bay, Oregon
    (541)267-3901
    April 19 - June 29, 2019

    From April 19 to June 29, 2019 Coos Art Museum exhibits the Expressions West 2019 juried art competition. Artists from thirteen western states were invited to compete in this annual event. Juror Geoffrey McCormack has selected eighty-one artworks by seventy artists residing in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

    Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.  

    Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.

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  • Geoffrey McCormack Exhibit at Coos Art Museum

    Coos Art Museum
    235 Anderson
    Coos Bay, Oregon
    (541)267-3901
    April 19 - June 29, 2019

    April 19 through June 29, 2019 Coos Art Museum will be featuring an exhibition by Eugene, Oregon artist Geoffrey McCormack. The exhibition Learning to Walk in My Own Shadow will take place in the Museum’s second floor Mabel Hansen Gallery. McCormack is the juror of this year’s Expressions West western states art competition and his exhibition is timed to coincide with it.

    Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies an historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of art activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.

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  • Free nights

    7TH NIGHT FREE It's often bittersweet when a vacation comes to an end. Do you find yourself wishing you could stay just one more night? We would like to grant you that wish! Make a reservation for ANY DATES in 2016 for six nights and receive your seventh night FREE. Applies to new reservations only, based on availability.

  • 40% Off Hot Organic Apple Cider Tours!

    We serve our guests individual thermoses of steaming hot, organic, apple cider with a cinnamon stick inside as a reward for being a Winter Explorer!  Come watch Winter wildlife with warm cider in your belly. Mention The People's Coast Special Deal to receive your 40% Off the price of these excursions.  No limit on size or number of your group. 

  • 7th Night Free

    Book a reservation for six nights ANY DATES this year and get your seventh free. During Summer, Christmas, Thanksgiving, any time you want to enjoy savings, just let us know! Type "7th night free" in your notes section if booking online, or mention it when you call 503-965-5776 to make a reservation! Not to be combined with any other offer. Free night will be of…

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