: Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor by Gary Hayes

Give the Gift of the Oregon Coast

November 20, 2020

One coastline, three regions, 32 cities. Add in 363 miles of public beaches and you’ll begin to see why the Oregon Coast is a destination like no other. From Astoria in the north down to Brookings on the Southern Oregon Coast, everyone from history buffs to nature seekers and discerning foodies flock to the Coast for its eclectic shops, local museums and galleries, craft breweries, and award-winning coastal fare.

If you know someone who dreams of the Coast even when they’re landlocked, consider giving them a gift this holiday that transports them to the place they love. Oregon’s windswept dunes have been around for over 100,000 years and will be waiting for them on their next visit. In the meantime, these ideas will keep the ocean close and support coastal businesses.

Three masked women hold shopping bags outside of a quaint shop.
The shopping districts of the Oregon Coast keep it safe with face coverings required. (Cannon Beach by Gary Hayes)
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Shopping​ D​istricts​ on the Oregon Coast

Downtown Astoria beckons with historical architecture and shops filled with local goodies, joining together for a “Shop Plaid” holiday event — plaid representing the threads of the small, local communities here and in neighboring Warrenton. Seaside’s historic Gilbert District is home to antique shops, galleries and bookstores, all joining in the city’s self-guided holiday lights tour. Cannon Beach and Manzanita, which is holding a “shop small” bingo event, are equally wander-worthy.

The Central Oregon Coast’s Lincoln City is a shopper’s haven, with local businesses showing off their festive decor. Walk the charming shops by the seawall in historic Depoe Bay, and Old Town Florence, you can help judge the holiday decor adorning local businesses and enter to win prizes during the city’s “shop small” holiday event. In Newport find your favorite shops in the Nye Beach district and Historic Bayfront.

Oregon’s Southern Coast draws fewer crowds, so it’s easy to keep physical distance. Artful finds abound in the cultural districts of Port Orford, Bandon’s Old Town and the Coast’s largest city, Coos Bay — all open for business with safety protocols. Drive-through holiday light displays will light up the main streets of Gold Beach and Brookings. Many businesses offer online shopping and gift certificates when in-person shopping is not possible.

Staying safe during COVID-19: New COVID-19 guidelines by the Oregon Health Authority make shopping in person safe. If you’d rather not shop in person, many stores offer online shopping and curbside pickup. During the two-week statewide freeze, retail stores are limited to a maximum of 75% capacity.  Remember to wear a face covering indoors and outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible (it’s required), and pay attention to signs that may indicate direction of traffic.

Shop from home: You can also shop Oregon-made products online with Built Oregon Marketplace,​ a new directory celebrating the state’s maker culture.

Beach Books in Seaside

Home Gifts on the Oregon Coast

There’s no better place than the Coast to get a gift card for shore decor. In Astoria Chariot Spirit + Home offers handcrafted and soulful housewares, and The Rusty Dahlia has farmhouse accents galore. Seaside’s At Home on Broadway is a find for vintage home treasures. Sesame + Lilies in Cannon Beach offers European-inspired, beachy home goods; Finnesterre in Manzanita has everything from cheese knives to stylish kitchen towels. In artsy Lincoln City, Mossy Creek Pottery showcases the work of 40 Northwest ceramic artists. For the readers on your list, a gift card for Beach Books in Seaside, Cloud & Leaf in Manzanita or Robert’s Bookshop in Lincoln City will do the trick. Farther south, Gold Beach Books is the largest bookstore on the Coast, with rare books and first editions, too. Audiophiles can add to their vinyl collection with an e-gift card from Output Records in Lincoln City.

Pastel painting hangs on a wall.
The new Wild Coast Goods in Nehalem is a trove of fun, coastal accents. (Photo by Justin Bailie)

Clothes and Designs on the Oregon Coast

Need a gift for the stylish sea dreamers on your list? Doe & Arrow in Astoria focuses on Pacific Northwest designers and ethically sourced women’s clothes, plus adorable rompers for little ones. Women-owned Moxie Fair Trade in Manzanita supports women’s cooperatives around the world with their comfortable yet stylish women’s clothing and jewelry, while nearby Four Paws on the Beach has plenty of cute dog jackets for those misty beach strolls. In Newport 101 Local by Specifically Pacific offers up amazingly soft hoodies, joggers and accessories designed for the Pacific Northwest state of mind. Everything here is designed locally and hand-printed with ocean-friendly inks. The new Wild Coast Goods in Nehalem is also a trove of gorgeous handmade jewelry along with house plants and other fun, coastal accents.

Fillets of smoked salmon with a side of creamy cheese dip and greens on charcuterie board
Gift a dinner, Oregon Coast style, from with the Local Ocean DockBox kit. (Photo by Local Ocean / DockBox)

Food and Drink​ on the Oregon Coast

Noshing along the Coast is as diverse as it is delicious, and a gift card for a future plate of foraged mussels, albacore tacos — or to-go growlers full of coastally crafted beer — is a sure hit. The gourmet pub fare at Astoria’s Fort George Brewery, Seaside Brewery, Cannon Beach’s Public Coast Brewing Co. and 7 Devils Brewing Co. in Coos Bay is as standout as the beer, and they have branded swag, to boot. A gift certificate for Pelican Brewing Company can be redeemed at any of their three locations, and one for Mo’s Seafood and Chowder can be redeemed at their nine locations. To gift an evening of fine dining, the chef-prepared meals at Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach are extraordinary. In Pacific City, Meridian Restaurant at Headlands Lodge serves locally sourced gourmet fare with epic views of Cape Kiwanda, and Redfish in Port Orford offers Pacific Northwest flavors sourced by local farms.

Stock the pantries of the foodies on your list with gourmet sea salts from Netarts Bay’s Jacobsen Salt Co., coastal-grown tea blends from North Fork 53 in Nehalem or beans roasted at Sleepy Monk Coffee in Cannon Beach. No holiday home is complete without a bottle of A-O Whisky from Pilot House Distilling in Astoria. The French macarons and cakes at POC-owned Naked Lemon in Astoria are edible art, too. Any couple or family that loves to cook would be tickled to receive a seafood-focused meal kit, DockBox, for a DIY dinner fresh from Local Ocean in Newport.​

For the best Oregon wine deals, check out The Giving Season through Dec. 31, 2020.

Aerial shot of dune buggies criss-crossing tracks in massive dunes with the ocean in the background.
Thrill-seekers will love the chance to hop in a dune buggy and make tracks at the Oregon Dunes. (Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rental by Tim Hurlbut)

Experiences on the Oregon Coast

While COVID-19 has forced us to distance ourselves from the places we love, gift certificates will give people something to look forward to — and help coastal attractions stay afloat. For culture buffs, a membership to Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum, Lincoln City Cultural Center, Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium or Tillamook’s Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is a great stocking stuffer; or let them unleash their creativity at Lincoln City Glass Center. For swell seekers, book a future private surf session with NW Women’s Surf Camps. Families will love a gift card to High Life Adventures’ zip line or aerial park.

A high-speed dune-buggy ride through the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is ideal for adrenaline junkies — gift a guided tour at Sandland Adventures or Spinreel Dune Buggy, among others. Fishing enthusiasts can set sail with Sharky’s Charters, among many others. Top it off with a massage at Overleaf Spa, Spa Manzanita or Elements by the Sea and make it a happy holiday, indeed.

A purple sunset glows off a cabin's windows at the Oregon Coast.
Coos Bay’s Bay Point Landing is a modern glamping destination with cabins, Airstream suites and RV campsites. (Photo by Bay Point Landing)

Hotels on the Oregon Coast

A gift card for a weekend getaway will give loved ones — and coastal hotels — a light on the horizon. From hip stays at Seaside’s SaltLine Hotel and Coos Bay’s Bay Point Landing to pampered escapes at Pacific City’s Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa and the Salishan Coastal Lodge in Gleneden Beach, there’s a pillow by the sea for everyone on your list. Lighthouse buffs will love the historical Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, and there’s nothing more romantic than watching the ships go by from a room at Astoria’s Cannery Pier Hotel. Eco-friendly travelers can connect with nature at SCP Depoe Bay and WildSpring Guest Habitat in Port Orford. Pacific Reef Hotel in Gold Beach and Wheeler on the Bay in Wheeler are tucked-away retreats, while Bandon Inn and Cannon Beach’s Tolovana Inn are walkable to eateries, shops and local happenings. The castle-like Arch Cape Inn is one of the most unique bed and breakfasts on the Oregon Coast. Find great hotel deals in Oregon at Expedia and the Oregon Coast Visitors Association.

About The
Author

Michelle Kehm
Michelle Kehm is a writer and author whose work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, AFAR, Vogue, Glamour and the NewYorker.com. She’s a native Portlander and is loving rediscovering the Pacific Northwest after a long spell of living in New York City.