Editor’s Note: Adventures on the Southern Oregon Coast is the product of the South Coast Partnership which includes the towns from Brookings to Reedsport and all the wonderful fans in between.

Back in September, we along with the Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association and five other South Coast communities, hosted the first “South Coast Press Trip.”

The trip started in Coos Bay-North Bend and ended here in Brookings-Harbor.

It occurred to me that given the chance, most of our visitors would love the trip we provided these writers; I know its an experience that I’m lucky enough to relive on a regular basis so I thought I’d share some of these insider tips for our visitors.

We started the day by meeting at Brandy Peak Distillery and then proceeded to Harris Beach State Park. Strolling along that beach is something I never tire of and I show off every chance I get. The beach combing here is fantastic and the views still take my breath away. When I take that walk with my wife, it reminds me what a lucky man I am.

Next we took our writers to the Driftwood RV Park for a wonderful Salmon BBQ lunch and then on to Azalea Park for a walking tour of the gardens and the Capella by the Sea.

No visit to Brookings-Harbor would be complete without at least a tour of, if not a quick “back nine” at Salmon Run Golf Course.

We then checked our writers into some of our local lodging facilities; The Wild Rivers Motorlodge and The Brookings Inn Resort to freshen up before a mouth watering dinner at O’Holleran’s Steakhouse & Lounge. Not all of Brookings-Harbor’s special sites and scenes can be viewed or enjoyed in a single day, so the next day, our group met for breakfast at the Flying Gull Restaurant and proceeded to a short tour of The Port of Brookings-Harbor and then on to the finale, Flora Pacifica. Being this close to the new Crissey Field Oregon Visitors Center, we had to take the opportunity to show off our beautiful and environmentally responsible new State Welcome Center.

When we sent the writers off, I overheard the same conversation that I hear from visitors on a regular basis… they were already making plans for what they would do on their next trip here. When I think about all the planning and work that I put into organizing this trip, it makes me realize that some of our visitors might agonize over the same details and might like a little “insider” knowledge.

Many people travel from all over the United States to Brookings to enjoy our summer, fall, winter and spring, many of them not half as close as you are. Imagine yourself here in the Brookings-Harbor area and then make it happen. We’re closer than you think.

Les Cohen is the CEO of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

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