Whales, Storms and Brews on The People’s Coast

November 25, 2013 (Updated January 7, 2016)

Miles of kayaking trails, crashing waves, crabbing, whale watching and award-winning brews await you at the Oregon Coast this winter. Take the journey down the 363-mile stretch of The People’s Coast, where your getaway can include quiet beaches, outdoor adventures and cozy retreats.

Whale Watching
Head to the Central Coast to spy gray whales as they make their annual migration south during the winter months. Join a Whale Watching Charter with Newport Tradewinds, and visit the Whale, Sea Life and Sharks Museum in Depoe Bay – the only museum in the world that focuses on gray whales. Warm up with brews from Rogue Ales and a stay at the Elizabeth Street Inn while you exchange tales of whale tails.


The peak of Oregon Dungeness crab season begins in December, making the winter months the perfect time to catch your dinner. Skilled boaters should head to Netarts Bay southwest of Tillamook, while novice crabbers should try the Embarcadero Marina & Resort in Yaquina Bay, where boat rentals, private crabbing docks and crab cookers make it easy for those just getting their feet wet. On the Southern Oregon Coast, you can go crabbing right off the docks just steps from your room at the Charleston Harbor Inn and wake up to the sights and sounds of the harbor.

Winter Kayaking
Winter is a beautiful time for a peaceful kayaking trip on the flat waterways from Nehalem Bay to Neskowin. With six bays, approximately 900 miles of tidally-influenced river systems, intimate sloughs and backwater channels, this area offers year-round flat-water tours for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Keep warm in the winter on one of Kayak Tillamook‘s hot apple cider tours while you watch for winter wildlife.

Storm Watching
Grab a front seat to one of The Oregon Coast’s most spectacular nature shows — the winter storm. Watch towering waves crash against rock formations at Whaleshead Beach Viewpoint, perched high above the surf with a dramatic view of the coastline. Or reserve a spot at Whaleshead Beach Resort, where you can watch the storm from your ocean-view cabin with a warm cup of cocoa.

Craft Brews
On the Oregon Coast, we pair our beautiful beach views with award-winning brews. At the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, the beer comes with a stunning view of Cape Kiwanda and Haystack Rock. Newport is home to the famous Rogue Ales, while the newly-opened Arch Rock Brewing Company in Gold Beach is already winning awards for their Pistol River Pale, State of Jefferson Porter and Gold Beach Lager. And these are just a few of at least a dozen breweries you’ll find dotting Highway 101 when you take a beer tour of the Oregon Coast.

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Emily Forsha
Emily is Travel Oregon's Content Manager, a proud mom, intrepid home cook and loyal Oregon Ducks fan. You can usually find her running, writing, or finding creative ways to avoid doing both, preferably over an Oregon IPA.