The beauty of the Oregon Coast is timeless. And some of the best memories are created out of that classic coastal environment — wide open beaches, crashing waves and friendly small towns. But amid that happily unchanging sameness, there’s always something new on the Coast. This summer, don’t miss these fresh new experiences.
Fat Tire Bikes
“What I love about fat biking is that it brings back to your brain what biking was when you were a kid,” says Elliott Crowder, co-owner of Bike Newport. Following an enthusiastic response to the rollout of their fat bike rental program last summer, Bike Newport now has a rental kiosk on Nye Beach. Visitors can rent fat bikes by the hour, by the day or schedule a guided tour of the sandy stretches of local beach. Fat bikers can also bomb around Bandon’s beaches with rentals from South Coast Bicycles.
Little Theater, Big Dreams
Michael Falter was on vacation in Florence when he noticed that the four-screen local cinema had closed its doors, unable to afford the conversion to digital. With 14 years of experience in the film industry and a passion for independent cinema, Falter raised the money to open City Lights Cinema last summer. The theater shows a mix of commercial and independent film along with arts programming like National Theatre Live and Royal Opera House.
This summer the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport presents a new exhibit called “Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History. Part Mystery.” The interactive display takes visitors through four underwater galleries to illuminate the geography of reefs and demonstrate how these underwater masses have doomed ships for centuries. You’ll come face to face with the sea creatures that inhabit reefs and see replicas of artifacts from famous shipwrecks from around the world.
The craft beer scene continues to brew up new talent on the Oregon Coast. With new favorites like Buoy Beer Company in Astoria, Arch Rock Brewing Company in Gold Beach and Pelican Brewery & Tap Room in Tillamook, beer lovers can find excellent pints up and down the Coast.