The Oregon coast is sea lions and seals gamboling offshore, haystack-shaped rocks, mist, fog, sunshine, crabbing and clamming, wind, whale- and storm-watching, and endless views out to sea. There's never a dull minute, yet the coastline instills a sense of quiet awe in those who visit. It's a place for relaxation and reflection, learning about the history of the Pacific Northwest and spending time with family and friends.
Two hours west of Portland, Coast Cabins is a group of five private but not isolated lodgings near Manzanita Beach, a quieter alternative to Cannon Beach, which lies 14 miles north. The wood-shingled cottages are in an intimate garden retreat that mixes the casually elegant cabins with bamboo groves, calming water features and perennials that were planted to attract hummingbirds, finches and blue jays. Inside, the cabins are stylish and modern and have a small kitchen. This little resort offers a fire pit so cabin-dwellers can meet, and a cedar sauna. The small town of Manzanita boasts a wine bar, organic bakery and bookstore.
The Seashore Inn in Seaside, about seven miles north of Manzanita, sits right on the popular Promenade and right next to the sand. This family- and pet-friendly inn has a complimentary breakfast and indoor pool, and is within a short walk of the Seaside Aquarium, which has some of the most unusual animals found in the Pacific Northwest. The hotel also has a hot tub, sauna and coin-operated laundry facilities.
WildSpring Guest Habitat
On the southern Oregon coast, about 60 miles from the California border, lies WildSpring Guest Habitat, a five-cabin eco-resort that boasts amazing sunsets, spectacular storm- and whale-watching, and an embrace of all things natural. This Port Orford retreat strives for a zero carbon footprint on its pretty and secluded stretch of coastline. The inn is surrounded by 100-foot trees on five acres of old Native American ground. The elegant cabin suites, which resemble small homes, are filled with art and antiques and are separated from one another enough for you to feel the privacy. A guest hall for socializing has a floor-to-ceiling ocean view, and you can help yourself to hot chocolate or work on an old-fashioned jigsaw puzzle. A breakfast buffet overlooking the ocean is offered every morning. An open-air slate hot tub/spa overlooks the ocean, and guests can have an in-cabin massage after spending the day at local art galleries, hiking or beach-walking without the crush of tourists in many Oregon beach towns.
Old Tower House B&B
The Old Tower House Bed and Breakfast in Coos Bay is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This cozy bed and breakfast, built in 1872, is a few yards from the bay. It has three rooms and a cottage, as well as a parlor and breakfast room, surrounded by a white picket fence. The house is a short drive from the Oregon coast with its miles of inviting, pristine beaches. The innkeeper runs a charter operation, including bay cruises, clamming, crabbing and fishing expeditions, and can provide a wealth of area information.
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