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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Favorite Fall Foliage Travels—Cannon Beach, Oregon

Only a 90-minute drive from Portland, Cannon Beach is where the mighty timber of the Pacific Northwest meets the long stretch of beach from California, offering the best of both worlds. First stop is towering Haystack Rock, which stands tall in the shallow waters, inspiring awe from all who stroll hand-in-hand on the hard-packed sand. Be on the lookout for the resident pod of grey whales off the Oregon coast which number around 200. Then drive over to nearby Ecola State Park and take a hike in this Emerald Forest, where massive 300 year-old Sitka spruce trees have trunks as wide as a redwood. The woods soon recede, replaced by sandstone bluffs, pink colored beaches and the great expanse of the Pacific.  Make your way south, stopping in the fishing community of Bay City for small, tender Kumamoto oysters on the half shell at Pacific Oyster. Dessert is creamy blackberry ice cream at Tillamook Cheese Factory. Spend the night in affordable Manzanita, where rooms at the Spindrift Inn are as low as $75 a night in the high season months of September and October.

Posted by Steve Jermanok on 09/14/11 at 01:00 PM
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I'm late to your post, but appreciative that you mentioned the often overlooked coastal community of Manzanita. Most stop in the flashier Cannon Beach and Rockaway Beach. As you know, Manzanita retains the original beach community vibe, with the creativity and independence that Oregon beach towns were known for. And with Manzanita, one is also able take advantage of nearby Oswald West State Park, Nehalem Bay State Park, and the charming smaller towns of Nehalem and Wheeler. Please do let us know if you would like suggestions or recommendations. Manzanita is a great spot to visit! The Houses On Manzanita Beach

Picture of Kim Bergstrom Comment by Kim Bergstrom
on 07/29/15 at 05:10 PM

Thanks for chiming in, Kim! Wish I was there right now.

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 07/30/15 at 11:30 AM

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