Things to do on the Oregon Coast in the winter

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Summer is a wonderful time on the Oregon Coast. Wide beaches bathed in warm sunshine. Long days. Starry nights. But as beautiful as the coast is in the summertime, it might be even more magical in the winter months. If you’ve never experienced the Oregon Coast between November and May, here are a few reasons to consider a trip:

Whale watching is a popular activity on the Oregon Coast

Whale watching is a popular activity on the Oregon Coast

Whale watching — Beginning in December (through January), thousands of gray whales migrate south along the Pacific Coast toward Baja California. Pull off along Hwy 101 at the Manzanita overlook or head up to Ecola State Park to look for whales, which typically stay about five miles off shore as they head south, but are within a half-mile or so when traveling back north. They’ll return in the spring (March-June) on their way north.

Storm-watching — Howling gale-force winds, driving rain, massive swells crashing into the iconic sea stacks… watching the winter Oregon Coast storms make for a fun day

Waterfalls — Thanks to winter rains, the many waterfalls along the coast are in full force. There’s a modest, but beautiful waterfall at Hug Point State Park that empties out onto the beach.

The Inn at Arch Cape fireplace

Relaxing by the fireplace — After a day of whale watching, storm watching and waterfall hunting, come back to The Inn at Arch Cape, put on your cozy sweater and light a warm fire in the fireplace or get a bonfire going in the firepit. It’s always a great way to end the day.