Steve and I were lucky to have the opportunity to spend some time on the Oregon Coast, which is an area known for its breathtaking scenery, unusual rock formations, and world-class beaches. The area is also known to have a number of things to do and places to see. We knew we only had a 7-day window to explore this area, so we wanted to make sure we could do and see everything we wanted. Here's how we did it.
We split the trip into 3 sections: Northern, Middle and Southern Oregon. I used googlemaps to plan ahead by researching places I'd like to visit and used the "save" feature. This way, I was able to create itineraries for us along our route.
I love using the Alltrails app to research the hikes that looked interesting to me, and then I would go and save it's location on my googlemaps - again, it gave me an idea of how close the trail was within the vicinity of our route.
First stop - we decide to stay in Seaside. It was about a 4 hour drive south of Seattle. We would leave at noon and arrive as soon as we're able to check into our hotel room. We procrastinated on all of our hotel bookings and ended up at the Kathryn Riverfront Inn for about $400/nights. Yikes! Altho not updated, it was located in the middle of town with walking access to the restaurants, bars, shopping and beach.
It was a great decision to stay here because alot of the attractions I wanted to vist were close by, and Cannon Beach was one of them. This is where you'll see the rock formation coming out of the Pacific that was featured in the movie, The Goonies.
We ate mostly "seaside" food; however, I found this lovely eatery, Corbins Restaurant close by Cannon Beach. The guys there treated each patron as if we were all VIPs and the food was really amazing. I had the Fisherman's pie and it was delicious!
If you want a really easy trail to hike, hit up Clatsop Loop Trail. It was 2.8 miles...Alltrails rates it as moderate, but I would consider it easy at 1.40 minutes in/out. The view at the end was breathtaking.
Got a golfer in the family? Steve and I played 18 holes at Gearhart Golf Links. It's a beautiful, wide course with rolling hills and beautiful views. They also have a pub there with a menu full of varieties. So, grab some pizza and a pint before you tee off!