Neskowin

 

The quaint, seaside village of Neskowin is located 13 miles north of Lincoln City on Highway 101.  This small, unincorporated community has been a summer resort for over 100 years and is a great place for those who want to stay in a quiet, classic beach town.  Neskowin has an upscale general store, the popular Hawk Creek Café, and blocks of quaint homes with gardens and picket fences. The town swells during the July 4 holiday, when families join together for an Independence Day parade through the neighborhood and a fireworks display on the beach.

Neskowin is best known for the picturesque Proposal Rock beach with its protected location along Hawk Creek and its views of the offshore rock.  Neskowin Beach State Recreation Site offers ample parking and easy beach access.  The long, pristine stretches of sandy shoreline found here are great for walking, beachcombing or enjoying an afternoon in the sand with the kids. 

For golfing enthusiasts, Neskowin offers a 9-hole course located right in town, with views of serene pastureland, grassy marshland and the foothills above town. 

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A few miles north of Neskowin you’ll find Nestucca Bay, the site of a wildlife refuge and Bob Straub Park, which leads along sand dunes and ocean to the Nestucca spit. Rent a canoe or kayak in nearby Pacific City and spend a day exploring the bay, bird watching and fishing for salmon. Viewing the amazing Haystack Rock, tidepooling at Cape Kiwanda Marine Gardens and enjoying a local brew at the Pelican Pub are among the most popular attractions in Pacific City.

From Pacific City, you’re a half hour south of Tillamook, the dairy capital of the coast and home of the Tillamook Cheese Factory and boating, fishing and crabbing opportunities in Tillamook Bay.   

Neskowin really does offer the best of both worlds.  Its peaceful, more remote location celebrates the remarkable natural beauty found on the Oregon Coast, but it’s an easy, scenic drive to all the activities and attractions found in other nearby coastal towns.