The Oregon Coast is lined with scenic, quiet beach towns that offer relaxing and fun activities year round, making for a perfect weekend getaway during the winter months. We began our recent Oregon Coast adventure on Highway 26, stopping for breakfast at the famous Camp 18 Logging Museum and Restaurant. While we were waiting for our delicious plates to arrive, we learned about this area’s fascinating logging past through the historical artifacts and pictures displayed inside and outside the restaurant.

After arriving in beautiful and serene Nehalem Bay, we decided to try our hand at crabbing for the first time at the Jetty Fishery. With the help of a friendly employee, we tossed our rented crab pots off the dock, crossing our fingers that we would catch our delicious lunch. Although we did not end up with crab large enough to keep, the Jetty Fishery sells fresh crab, oysters and clams that are cooked for you right at the dock. We ate our fresh-from-the-ocean cooked oysters and crab outside by the fire pit while watching the sunset over the ocean.

We settled in for a relaxing evening at Wheeler Lodge in the small town of Wheeler, nestled right on Nehalem Bay and guarded by beautiful snow-covered mountains. The next morning we set off to explore the beach town of Manzanita, a few miles north of Wheeler. Refreshed after a sunrise beach walk, we set off in search of breakfast and discovered delightful Big Wave Café, which serves delicious seafood omelets. After exploring Manzanita’s charming shops and stopping for freshly baked bread at Bread and Ocean bakery, we left the Oregon Coast glad that we took time for a winter beach getaway.

About the Author: Brianna Lehmann

Brianna works at Marylhurst University working to help students accomplish their goals through higher education. When she isn't working Brianna is busy exploring Oregon's beautiful beaches, forests, deserts, lakes, and rivers all within a few hours drive of Portland and documenting it all on her travel blog Portlandier.

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