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Grant’s Getaways: Wheeler Railriders

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Grant’s Getaways: Wheeler Railriders

Summer has arrived in the Oregon country! It is a time when brilliant sunshine rules the days. Join me for a new way to explore Tillamook County that will get your heart rate going and leave you with a mile-wide smile.Nate Bell will show you to your seat when you join the Oregon Coast Railriders’ new Nehalem River run.“The easiest way to mount up in our railrider carts is to simply back in, plop down and then simply kick your leg over. That’s the best way to do it,” noted the longtime lead guide.Three times a day each Saturday through Wednesday, Bell and his wife, Tara Spires, lead guests on a pedaling adventure that starts in Wheeler, Oregon.Kim Metlen designed the cars and launched his railrider business in Joseph, Oregon.“This is the fifth year we’ve been doing this and it’s the fifth site we’ve opened,” noted Metlen. “We started out with two seaters and now we’re doing nothing but four seaters. We can take up to forty guests during each trip. So, if you can get up on that seat, we want to take you.”If you’re lucky, you might cross paths with lifelong local and historian Don Best. He’s an author and video producer who knows all about Oregon coast railroading launched more than a century ago.He said Wheeler history is alive, and you can see the signs along the waterfront: “This is where the Lewis Shingle Company was located. Right here and it was a huge with seven saws. They would bring the giant logs right here from the water up into the mill.”Wheeler not only thrived on timber but salmon too. There were half a dozen canneries all along the waterfront. The Nehalem River railroad also carried tourists by the thousands each summer.“You could get on the train in Portland at 9:30 in the morning and be walking on the beach at 2:30 in the afternoon,” said Best. It’s just like in the mid-west where they’d build a railroad and suddenly communities would spring up along the rail line.”The railrider peddling experience is sublime and relatively easy with just a one-percent grade on a two-hour trip that rolls on unused track.Bell said the best part is the lack of crowds: “We don’t get in anybody’s way because no one else is using this rail line right now. That’s what I love about it.”The Nehalem River run shows off Tillamook County countryside that you miss driving 50 mph on US Coastal Highway 101.Bob Waldron said it’s good to see new life for an old rail section: “Oh, there’s one stretch where you have a beautiful and spacious view of the river both up and down. It is simply beautiful and breathtaking scenery as you pedal your way up the canyon.”So, check it out! It’s the sort of adventure that puts a smile on your face and leaves you wanting more.The Nehalem River Run aboard Oregon Coast Railriders departs Wheeler each Saturday through Wednesday at 9am, noon and 3pm.The post Grant’s Getaways: Wheeler Railriders appeared first on Tillamook Coast.
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Top 5 Tillamook Coast Wineries and Breweries

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Top 5 Tillamook Coast Wineries and Breweries

From drinking a pint with unparalleled scenic views in Pacific City, to enjoying a beer brewed with natural fermentation techniques, the Tillamook Coast has become a haven for brewery startups. Below you’ll find our top five list of Tillamook Coast breweries and wineries.Pelican Pub and Brewery Pelican Pub: Pacific CityIf you’re looking for a beer with a view, look no further than the Pelican Pub and Brewery in Pacific City. Sitting right on the beach, the Pelican Pub provides breathtaking views of Cape Kiwanda which are emphasized by their award-winning beer, outstanding customer service, and great food at the brew pub.Werner Brewing Co.Tillamook’s newest brewery, Werner Brewing Company was started by the same family known for Werner Gourmet Meat Snacks. Two brothers started brewing beer in the same facility that the family jerky business started and have expanded to running Werner Beef and Brew, a deli and taproom located right across from Goodspeed Park in Tillamook. The shop will feature the brothers’ core beers as well as beers from other smaller breweries that can’t be found in larger Garde Brewing de Garde in downtown Garde Brewing, recently named the Best Brewer in Oregon and the Fifth Best Brewer in the World is another brewery located in downtown Tillamook. They are famous for their unique beers, which are produced through a spontaneous fermentation technique where they rely on natural yeast in the environment rather than store bought brewer’s yeast. Through their unconventional brewing method, de Garde Brewing creates uncommon beers that draw visitors from far and wide.Pelican Brewery Taproom Pelican Taproom in TillamookThe Pelican Brewery and Taproom was originally intended as another location to brew the Pelican Pub’s award-winning beer, but is now a popular taproom located right in downtown Tillamook. The taproom overlooks the beer production facility, so visitors can learn a little about the brewing process while enjoying local food and a delicious pint of beer.Nehalem Bay WinerySet in the building of an old creamery, the Nehalem Bay Winery is a charming location to taste a variety of fine wines, including their famous blackberry wine and other seasonal favorites. The winery’s tasting room offers views of the endless green that the Tillamook Coast is so well known for.The post Top 5 Tillamook Coast Wineries and Breweries appeared first on Tillamook Coast.
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Top 5 Tillamook Coast breakfasts

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Top 5 Tillamook Coast breakfasts

Wanda’s Cafe Wanda’s Cafe in NehalemClaiming to have “the best food this side of Jupiter,” Wanda’s Café doesn’t disappoint in taste and hunor. Surrounded by eclectic décor, diners can order anything from Cinnamon Oat Waffles to Wild Pacific Smoked Salmon omelets. Don’t have time to sit down? Order a few homemade cookies and scones from the counter to-go.Downies Downies Cafe in Bay CityIf you want to eat with the locals, look no further than Downies. Right next door to the Center Market in Bay City, Downies attracts fishermen, farmers, locals, and visitors alike with their home-style cooking and homemade pies. Make sure you have money on-hand, as it is cash only.Grateful BreadAll staff wears tie-dye uniforms at this play-on-words restaurant in Pacific City. The Grateful Bread is tucked away from the beaten path, but the Gingerbread pancakes and Stella Blue scramble is worth the short trek away from the beach traffic.Blue Agate Café Blue Agate Cafe in OceansideThe Blue Agate is what everyone envisions about having breakfast at the beach. The cozy corners of the café offer the perfect place to sip coffee and watch the waves crash. Or satisfy your appetite with crab cakes and lumberjack pancakes.Offshore Bar and Grill Offshore Bar and Grill in Rockaway BeachOyster and potato hash sound like a breakfast for you? The Offshore Bar and Grill is worth the stop in Rockaway Beach. Just off Hwy 101, across from the beach, it serves up high-quality dishes and unique twists on traditional breakfast food. Breakfast Honorable MentionsYolk Yolk recently opened in Manzanita.Recently, opened on Laneda Avenue in Manzanita, Yolk is making a positive name for itself and its specialty egg dishes. This restaurant will most likely make a best list soon.2. Café on Hawk CreekWhile currently closed for renovations, Café on Hawk Creek has always served up savory meals in Neskowin. With the perfect location to view Proposal Rock, diners are looking forward to these perfect views over brunch from their newly upgraded place.3. Meridian RestaurantAs a part of the new Headlands Lodge in Pacific City, the Meridian Restaurant is attracting attention with smoked salmon hash, monkey bread, and buttermilk pancakes with huckleberry jam.4. Pacific RestaurantWhile not typically open for breakfast, the Pacific Restaurant serves brunch on the occasional weekend or special occasion. Follow them to keep up-to-date on their upcoming plans. The culinary expertise here is a shame to miss out on.The post Top 5 Tillamook Coast breakfasts appeared first on Tillamook Coast.
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Grant’s Getaways: Explore Nature Series

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Grant’s Getaways: Explore Nature Series

The Oceanside Beach State Recreation Area offers tide pools that are meant for exploration.
On a recent sun kissed day, scores of visitors strolled across the flat sand beach to meet low tide near the towering Three Arch Rocks.
If you’re lucky, Chrissy Smith, a volunteer teacher with the Explore Nature Tillamook Coast program, will be on hand to show and tell you more.
“I have always loved places like this tide pool area because at first, you see just a few things – but then, the more you peer into the pools you’re going to discover so much more marine life – the number and variety of sea life is incredible,” she said.
Visitors walk, kneel and peer to see a wealth of sea stars, urchins and anemones at this Oregon State Park.
The Oceanside Tidepools draw more than three hundred thousand folks each year.
So, no surprise, visitors have many questions, according to State Park Ranger Travis Korbe.
“They want to know what they’re looking at, the species, both plant and animal. A very common question today is: ‘How are the sea stars doing?’ Because we’ve had the sea star wasting disease. They also want to know what they can do to protect this marine eco-system.”
For the past three years, eight different nonprofit coastal organizations have partnered to provide answers about this coastal eco-system through the Tillamook County-based program called Explore Nature.
The program has quickly grown to become extremely popular, according to Smith. She said the first year, Explore Nature offered a dozen activities, but this year there are more than 60 in a season stretching from April through November.
“Most people have a lot of questions that center on the ‘why’ of all things coastal. Why is our coastline like this? Why do we have headlands? This place in particular is so amazing,” Korbe said.
That much is certain on a day too nice to stay indoors – and then you discover that tide pooling is but one activity in the Explore Nature program.
Volunteers like Smith also lead trips to visit nearby oyster farms or hike to the end of Cape Lookout or paddle a kayak across Netarts Bay or dig a limit of bay clams.
Explore Nature will show you how it’s all done and perhaps the best part: the activities are free and open to all.
Smith is a big believer that understanding a place leads to appreciation and then respect for Oregon’s coastal environment. It’s what Explore Nature is all about.
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Top 10 Tillamook Coast Oddities

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Top 10 Tillamook Coast Oddities

On a stormy day, there is something quite mystical about spending time on the Tillamook Coast. We have some of the most unusual trees, shortest lighthouse, and even a mysterious shipwreck! Join us as we list our Top 10 Tillamook Coast Oddities found within our forests and shorelines.

Neskowin’s Ghost Forest

Experience the remains of Neskowin’s 2,000-year-old Ghost Forest. These 200-foot Sitka trees were likely buried from a landslide caused by a tsunami. However, it’s anyone’s guess as to how the trees died, as it happened before written history.

Rockaway Beach’s Giant Western Red Cedar

Follow the hidden trail off Highway 101 in Rockaway Beach that leads you through a bog area of old growth Western Red Cedar trees. At the end of the 1-mile trail, stands one of the tallest western red cedars in the region. The Ascending Giant measures in at 154 feet, with a circumference of 49 feet, and is part of the 45-acre Old Growth Cedar Wetland Preserve. This unique specimen can be examined from a boardwalk platform that allows you to step back and enjoy in its magnificence.

Tillamook’s Munson Creek Falls

As you turn off Highway 101 toward Munson Creek Falls, you might think you have made a wrong turn. Continue past the farm houses and you will find an unassuming state park with the tallest waterfall on the Oregon Coast! Munson Creek Falls tumbles down three tiers for an impressive 319 feet drop!

Cape Meares Octopus Tree

Cape Meares Octopus Tree
Only a few hundred feet from Cape Meares Lighthouse stands the 300-year-old Octopus Tree. Measuring in at 46 feet in circumference, the Octopus Tree is named for its many long tendril-like branches which extend as far as 16 feet horizontally before lurching upward toward the sky and extending to a height of 105 feet. Once featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, it was described as one of the Modern Wonders of the World. Come see this mysterious tree for yourself and be amazed!

Rockaway Beach’s Emily G. Reed Shipwreck

On Valentine’s Day in 1908, the Emily G. Reed, a modified Clipper Ship, was bound for Portland from New Castle, Australia. The ship encountered heavy rain and rough seas and ran aground at the mouth of Nehalem Bay. The 28-year-old 215-foot ship wrecked after being out to sea for 102 days. The shipwreck lies buried beneath the sand at Rockaway Beach, and on a stormy day not unlike the one that claimed her, she appears!

Cape Meares’ Sitka Spruce

Oregon’s champion Sitka Spruce dubbed “Big Spruce” is the largest of its species in the state and is located within walking distance from Cape Meares Lighthouse. The giant tree stands 144 feet tall and measures 48 feet in circumference and 15.5 feet in diameter and is estimated to be 800-years old! Big Spruce was designated as the largest of its kind on the Oregon Coast and is the 10th largest in the entire world, measuring in at a whopping 9,030 cubic feet!

Rockaway Beach’s Largest Corndog

Rockaway Beach’s Pronto Pup
You can’t miss the giant hot dog on a stick on the top of the Pronto Pup restaurant.  The Pronto Pup was invented by a husband and wife team in the late 1930s in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. It was here that the Boyington’s ran a regular hot dog stand on the beach appealing to the tourist crowd. When the rain ruined the buns, they came up with the idea of cooking a “bun” as needed by coating the dog with a cornbread batter and deep frying it. It wasn’t long before the “pronto pup” was born and took off. Now after seven decades, the Pronto Pup is back at Rockaway Beach!

Garibaldi’s Ghost Hole

Garibaldi’s Ghost Hole
When driving Highway 101 on the approach to Garibaldi, residents and tourists alike succumb to the spectacle at Garibaldi’s Ghost Hole. Drivers slow down automatically, not because of the turns in the road, but to see the bay packed with fishing boats. There are several legends surrounding the ghoulish name, the Ghost Hole, from violent murders to a thousand-pound catch. With the original name for Tillamook Bay being “Murderer’s Harbor,” and the large sturgeon that reside there, it’s anyone’s guess.

Tillamook Air Museum

Tillamook Air Museum
Located south of Tillamook you will find an authentic World War II blimp hangar which today operates as the Tillamook Air Museum. You can’t miss it, as Tillamook Air Museum is spelled out on the roof in the largest documented use of the popular Helvetica font! Step inside the largest clear-span wooden structure in the entire world to explore artifacts and airplanes. The structure was originally built to house blimps which were deployed to spot enemy submarines up and down the Oregon Coast.

Cape Meares Lighthouse

It’s a short hike away to Cape Meares Lighthouse, recognized as Oregon’s shortest lighthouse. It is also home to Oregon’s largest Sitka Spruce tree. The photo opportunities here are endless! Say cheese in front of the Octopus Tree with its protruding arms waving up to the sky. Take a picture with giant sea cliffs in the background. The view from Cape Meares Lighthouse is breathtaking. Here the kids can use the periscope to look for one of the hundreds of seabirds!
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Top 5 Tillamook Coast Oyster Spots

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Top 5 Tillamook Coast Oyster Spots

The Tillamook Coast is known for its sea life, but perhaps one of the most well-known and coveted culinary experiences is the oyster. This aquatic delicacy can be found at a variety of locations along the Tillamook Coast. Here’s our list of the Top Five Tillamook Coast Oyster Spots.

The Fish Peddler @ Pacific Oyster

Pacific Seafood
This seafood market, located in Bay City, is easy to spot by the mounds of oyster shells out front. For a flat price, you can order all-you-can-eat oysters that are served a variety of ways, including grilled, sautéed or fried. For the full oyster experience, you can also watch workers shucking and packing oysters.


The Source
If you’re heading up north, SOURCE Oyster and Wine Bar in Garibaldi offers oyster sampling accompanied with a wine or beer pairing. If you don’t have time to stay, you can also grab some oysters to go and grill them yourself.

The Schooner

Located right on Netarts Bay, the Schooner Restaurant and Lounge offers fresh oysters on the half shell with a view. The Schooner is also home to the annual Shuck and Swallow contest, where pairs of contestants compete to see who can shuck and swallow the most oysters. Last man standing wins!

Nevør Shellfish Farm

Located along Netarts Bay Road, Nevør Shellfish Farm offers “shuck to order” oysters, so you don’t have to do it yourself. They are well known for their Netarts Bay grown Tørkes and Kumamoto oysters, which some say are the best on the coast

JAndy Oyster Co.

JAndy Oyster
JAndy Oyster Company is a small business with its storefront in Tillamook, but they have millions of oysters growing in Netarts Bay at any given time. Stop by this location to pick up a variety of sizes of oysters, ranging from medium and extra small to jumbo by pre-order.
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