Day trip ideas south of Cannon Beach

Garibaldi is home to the historic Coast Guard Boathouse.

Garibaldi is home to the historic Coast Guard Boathouse.

If you’ve spent some time in Cannon Beach and Manzanita and are looking to explore a little, here’s a quick blueprint for a day trip going south:

Nehalem. Start with breakfast at Wanda’s or pick up a coffee and bagel from Hugo’s Coffee drive-thru in Nehalem, a quaint little village along the Nehalem River that’s a quick five-minute drive south from Manzanita on Hwy 101.

Wheeler. If Wanda’s has an out-the-door wait, consider driving a little further south to the Handy Creek Bakery & Cafe in Wheeler for an equally excellent breakfast. Afterward, wander around Wheeler Station antiques for a bit or walk across the street to Waterfront Park for a look at Nehalem Bay.

Kelly’s Brighton Marina. Five minutes south of Wheeler is Kelly’s, a marina where you can go fishing and crabbing. Rent a little boat and cruise around Nehalem Bay. Then take your crabs/fish to the dock and they’ll cook ‘em up for you. Grab a picnic table or take a seat by the firepit and dig in!

Rockaway Beach. Stop in Rockaway Beach for an ice cream cone from Schweitert’s Cones & Candy or a corny dog from the original Pronto Pup, then head to the beach to get a look at Twin Rocks, which sit just off the coast.

Barview Jetty. Less than 10 minutes south of Rockaway Beach is the Barview Jetty, extending 5200 feet into the ocean. Walk the jetty to watch the fishermen or make your way down to the beach to watch the surfers.

Garibaldi. This neat old fishing town is less than three miles south of the jetty. Make a stop at the historic Pier’s End Coast Guard Boathouse, stroll through the marina or visit the Maritme Museum.

Tillamook Cheese Factory. Ah, Tillamook, home of the Fighting Cheesemakers. The brand new Tillamook Creamery is worth the stop, though it can get intensely crowded during the summer months as visitors line up for free samples. If you’re not up for fighting the crowds, drive three minutes south to the Blue Heron and check out their selection of wine and gifts while enjoying a snack from the deli.

If you’re looking for day-trip ideas for the Oregon Coast, please give us a call here at The Inn at Arch Cape. We’ll be happy to make a couple of suggestions. Call (503) 436-2082 and ask for Heather or Chris.