Gearhart...a quaint and quiet beach town makes the perfect spring getaway. (Photo by: flickr.com/photos/dklimke/)

April is here, and that means spring roadtrip season. After the cold of winter, we suggest going coastal for some sand, surf and sunshine. Head to Gearhart (pop. 1,462), a little town tucked away between Seaside and Astoria. This quaint and quiet beach town makes the perfect spring getaway.

Hit the green: Check out Gearhart Golf Links, the oldest golf course in Oregon (and arguably in the U.S.), which celebrates its 120th birthday this year. First opened in 1892 with three holes, this beautiful 18-hole public course is spring ripe for your tee-off.

Reach the beach: If you like a challenge, try digging for razor clams. With a little luck (and handy tips (pdf) )from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) the rewards can be tasty. About 95 percent of the state’s razor clams are located on nearby beaches.

Flight watch: April is a great time for bird watching at the Gearhart Necanicum Estuary as feathered spring migrators pass through. Look for shorebirds like the Western sandpiper, whimbrel, semi-palmated plover, dunlin and long-billed curlew.

Sleep in history: The McMenamins Gearhart Hotel will open in May in the historic Kelly House (also home to McMenamins Sand Trap Pub) with 18 guest rooms on the third floor of the Cape Cod-style building.

Get to Gearhart!

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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  1. pam says…

    G. = a great area and you don’t have the crowds that you have at some of the other OR beach locations!

    Written on April 5th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  2. Stacey says…

    I have been living in Maine for 7 years and I miss the Oregon coast like crazy. There is no other place like it!

    Written on May 2nd, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  3. Larry McDonald says…

    Actually we tell people that we’re between Seaside and Costco… :-).

    We also tell people that in August 2010, Travel & Leisure named Gearhart “one of America’s best little beach towns.”

    Written on May 2nd, 2012 / Flag this Comment
  4. Emily says…

    I stayed at the McMenamins this weekend and visited 5 of the nearby beaches. Very romantic and beautiful stay. The sunset was gorgeous!

    Written on June 25th, 2012 / Flag this Comment
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