A day at the coast

Oceanside Travel Blog

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Oceanside, Oregon: Sunrise in Oceanside.

We awoke to a beautiful (fog free) day on the northern Oregon coast.  We decided to go down to town to get a breakfast.  There are only two restaurants in town so that makes deciding a lot easier.  We decided on Brewin in the Wind (see the review below) because their prices are a lot more reasonable and they have a pretty relaxed environment.  The other place Rosannas Cafe is more spendy,  it does sit right above the beach so if you are lucky enough to get a table it is a pretty sweet spot.  But we had a nice breakfast at Brewin in the Wind and even got to use their free Wifi (password required).

After breakfast we got ready to go for a hike out to the end of Cape Lookout.  But first we wanted to check out the beach on the north end of Oceanside that you reach  by going through the tunnel in the headland.

Oceanside, Oregon: Sunrise in Oceanside.
  It was the only time for a low tide at a convenient time so we had to do it now or never.  The beach is amazing it is narrow with lots of rocks off the shore and a couple you can walk out on top of along the shore to get a better view.  A must do in Oceanside.  The main beach in Oceanside is nice too. The typical wide sand beach with nice views.

Our major event for the day is to go for a hike out to the end of Cape Lookout. The trail is 2.5 miles long and should be perfect length for a day hike.  We get to the parking lot and it is half full .  The hike turns out to be really nice. There are nice views of the forest with the ocean far below. The cape is rather steep and is high above the ocean so you never get close to the ocean at all but you can still hear it and get the sense of it beng there.

Oceanside, Oregon: Walking the beach. Looking towards Cape Lookout.
  There are a couple of spots where the trail comes out to the edge of the cape and there are awesome views straight down the edge off the cape into the sea 120 feet below.  Today is a warm and sparkling blue fall day and perfect for a hike.  The end of the trail is rather a letdown.  You get to the final point and it is only toward the south point of the cape which you have been hiking along for most of the time anyway.  There is not much of a view to the west or north at all.  A beautiful hike anyway.  So if you only have time for a 2 mile hike hike out to where you feel like you have a really awesome view of the ocean to the south of the cape and call that good. (PHOTOS FROM THE CAPE LOOKOUT HIKE ARE ON THE NEXT BLOG ENTRY FOR NETARTS)

After out hike we went in to Tillamook to get some crabs and clams to cook in our room for dinner.

Oceanside, Oregon: Walking the beach. Looking towards 3 Arches Rock.
  It is only about 15 minutes drive into Tillamook so it is not a big deal.  We had heard that there was a seafood market store directly across the street from the Tillamook Cheese factory that would have what we wanted.  We got there and found exactly that, some steamer clams and a dungeness crab (which was conveniently cooked)  They also had some nice looking smoked salmon which we didn't get.

After getting the seafood we decided to go to duck into the cheese factory for a little snack of cheese samples.  Nothing like a quick little bite of cheese for an afternoon snack.  It was a bit of a zoo in there so we decided to get out of thre quick.  Tasty cheese though. 

Back at the room we watched the sun go down over the ocean, opened up a bottle of wine and cooked up our clams for dinner.  (we ended up saving the crab for when we got home.  It was delicious)  Another successful day on the Oregon coast.

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Oceanside Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Great place for Breakfast and lunch
Brewin in the Wind is a great little place for breakfast and lunch. (closed for dinner) They serve homemade breakfasts, lunches and snacks in a comf… read entire review
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