My husband and I had this idea for our one year wedding anniversary to go west and somewhere totally unheard of and unique… Pacific City, OR was our choice! It was the perfect combination of vast mountains and greenery, breweries and beaches. Cool pacific coast beaches with winding roads along the beachfront. Pacific City is a great central point if you’re looking to venture off to the north and south of the coasts. We did it with day trips! Discovering our love for the northern journey of Cannon Beach. Which we wound up even staying a night there before returning to Jersey. Being from the East Coast and Jersey beaches, this was unlike anything we’ve ever seen or experienced. Very quiet towns. Damp weather. Yet, astonishing unique beauty everywhere you looked from Smokey mountains to rippling sand tides. You can also find the Haystack Rocks out here! National Geographic’s, “America’s Best Beach Towns.” (And home to the classic: The Goonies final scene).
Our favorites included:
Pacific Coast Brewery- Cannon Beach
Rogue Public House- Newport (best pizza ever!)
Bay City Fish Peddler- BayCity
Pelican Brewery in Pacific City for its location alone and moreso the pub fare-beachfront dining and libations. Didn’t love the beer though- we are beer snobs!
Depoe Bay- go see some whales- we weren’t as fortunate but definitely a cool spot!
Bills Tavern- Cannon Beach
Puffin Winery- Cannon Beach
You can find everything in Cannon Beach. That’s why we loved it! A little New England like town beachfront and mountainside with exquisite art galleries, shopping and great food!
Hotels: The Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City- so cute great location beachfront- very peaceful- happy hours and movies and unreal view of one of the rocks!
Our overnight in Cannon Beach we stayed on the beach at a townhouse like resort suite with fireplace and enclosed hot tub oceanfront- walking distance everything! ~The Waves Cannon Beach~
Disclaimer: Dispensaries everywhere- be safe! 😉
If you’re looking for different and a fun experience- look no further than the Oregon Coast- we love ourselves some islands and warmth and beach life but this was unforgettable we’re so glad we went!