Manzanita, in Tillamook County, is a lovely town to visit any time of the year. Activities center on seven wonderful miles of sandy beach and outdoor activities. Cute shops and interesting eateries cater to tourists’ whims. A few of my favorites include:
A luxurious two-bedroom bed and breakfast, Awtrey House is a Northwest architectural beauty that is both warm and contemporary. Situated between Manzanita and Neahkahnie cliffs, it was designed to showcase the capricious Pacific Ocean and beach. Private terraces, sumptuous king-sized beds and an inviting living room provide front-row access to the beach and ocean. In-room amenities include complimentary beverages, espresso/coffee makers, an oversized soaking tub, overhead rain shower and modern electronics. Hosts Peggy and Dennis Awtrey delight in preparing a full breakfast while Dennis, a former NBA player, captivates guests with stories of his experiences with the Blazers, Sonics and other basketball teams. There is no other inn like this on the Oregon coast.
Six private cabins, which provide perfect escapes for those wanting to get away from it all, are as charming as Manzanita itself. Units are one or two levels of varying sizes plus a modern ranch cabin. Tranquil comfort is achieved at this Zen-like property through intimate gardens, relaxing courtyard, cozy fire pit and wooded surroundings. Amenities differ among the quarters, full or convenience kitchens, outdoor jet spas, dry sauna, steam shower and wood or gas barbecues. The spa and modern ranch cabin are the ultimate in relaxation and romance.
The Inn at Manzanita
Four buildings (two to four units per building) are nestled on beautifully landscaped grounds amid coastal pine and spruce trees. Main and cottage building amenities include queen beds, jetted spa tubs, gas fireplaces and wet bars with a refrigerator. The north building is similar, with a captain-style queen bed situated in a curtained nook. Larger units are located in the Manzanita building; some have kitchen facilities. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse is a home-away-from-home with full kitchen, partial ocean view and full amenities.
Left Coast Siesta
Left Coast Siesta is a restaurant which serves Mexican cuisine with a healthy twist. Lynn and Jeff Kyriss’ establishment has been serving hungry customers since 1994. Left Coast has become a traditional “first stop” for lunch and dinner for visitors returning to the area. Burritos and tacos are assembled with a choice of tortilla, chicken or beef, organic refried or black beans and organic rice, plus veggies and freshly-made salsa available in three heat levels. Enchiladas are prepared with white or blue corn tortillas, one filling and topped with red or green sauce. Portions are large and tasty; kids’ menu too. Left Coast has a unique bar of 100 to 200 hot sauces (hot, hotter, hottest and grab the fire extinguisher!) to sample or purchase.
Big Wave Café
Whether you’re heading out to catch the big wave or savoring alone time with newspaper in hand, you’ll find just-right morning choices (also available all day) of daily specials, breakfast burritos, omelets, banana bread with fresh fruit and more. When weekends roll around, out comes the waffle bar with fresh fruit toppings, whipped cream and flavored syrups. Gourmet burgers, sandwiches, wonderful specialty salads and a handful of entrees are offered at lunch. The dinner menu focuses on steaks and seafood. Desserts like marionberry pie, chocolate cake and Bananas Foster are homemade and even better with a scoop of ice cream.