Because of my frequent visits to Oregon I am finally packing to accommodate the weather pattern that averages 81 inches of rain a year.
My rain jacket, gloves and saltwater duck boots have me out and about in comfort, and I’m very close to tossing the umbrella away and carrying on like a local.
The scenery of the rocky shoreline is quite spectacular. There is a four mile area of sandy beach for seashell hunting or a glimpse of wildlife. With a keen eye you may spot a whale, bald eagle, seal or crabs to name just a few. The ocean temperature ranges from 55º-64’º at its warmest in the month of August.
You most likely will find that a little “nippy”.
The shoreline offers rock formations with a backdrop of gray fog . The most prominent being Haystack Rock, the smaller ones are referred to as “the Needles”
The community is friendly for tourists offering:
A good selection of restaurants
Specialty stores (candy, olive oil, sporting goods, coffee shops)
Resort style rental accommodations with ocean front views are available throughout the town. Seasonal rates apply, but if you’re flexible you can grab a great deal in the winter, and the scenery will still be there.
The community offers a feel of “seaside living”, with cedar shake siding homes. I found it quaint and welcoming for a year round destination.
From Portland the drive is less than 2 hours and it is 4.5 hours south of Seattle Washington. Travel US 26 or Hwy 101 and take in the views of the forest, ocean, waterfalls and more.
Happy travels 🙂