Road Trip to Bella Beach and Depoe Bay, Oregon

Road Trip to Bella Beach and Depoe Bay, Oregon

Road Trip to Bella Beach and Depoe Bay, Oregon

18 Aug 2020

Depoe Bay and Bella Beach- Where to Stay and Things to See, Eat and Discover

Located just south of Lincoln City, Bella Beach and Depoe Bay are two jewels of the Oregon Coast! These most-loved locations are revered for their unique scenic beauty, incredible whale-watching opportunities and also for the fact they may be slightly less travelled than some larger Oregon Coast vacation destinations.

Bella Beach and Depoe Bay, Oregon

Bella Beach Resort is a charming development of Nantucket-style cottages nestled in between highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean. This seaside community features well-appointed Bella Beach vacation homes with inviting front porches and dedicated beach access with an unforgettable view. The resort also includes welcoming community green spaces, an extensive list of on-property amenities, an on-property playground and a French-inspired café, C’est la Vie.

Just a few miles down the road from Bella Beach is world-famous Depoe Bay, Oregon. Famous for its status as one of the best Whale-Watching destinations in the world, Depoe Bay is also home to the world’s smallest harbor, several great restaurants and a host of charming shops. Meredith Lodging’s Depoe Bay vacation rentals feature beautiful views and many are an easy walk away from all the fun in Depoe Bay.

Meredith Lodging can help you plan your perfect stay in Bella Beach or Depoe Bay and we have assembled a list of favorite stops to make along the way.

Favorite Stops along the way to Bella Beach and Depoe Bay

Ruddick Wood
Ruddick Wood
When traveling to Bella Beach or Depoe Bay from Portland, Newberg is an easy stop for lunch or dinner. We always make time for a stop and a meal at Ruddick Wood. This modern tavern features seasonal comfort food, great atmosphere and friendly service. Don’t miss their deviled eggs, crab & bay shrimp cakes, halibut entree and steak dinner as well as their curated list of cocktails, craft beers and local wines.
Scout Northwest
Scout Northwest
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a shop with a carefully selected collection of some of the best local items that also carried great outdoor gear like Yeti goods and their own branded coffee? Welcome to Scout Northwest, an adventure and lifestyle store that truly has something for everyone. This locally-owned shop is located in the Lincoln City Outlets and known for their extensive Yeti collection and for their super-soft hoodies and T-shirts too.
Historic Taft Distric
Historic Taft Distric
Make sure to leave some time for a stop and stroll in the Historic Taft District on the south end of Lincoln City. This charming part of town is one of six former small towns that all became part of Lincoln City. Enjoy the art galleries, eateries, shops, the Taft dock and the vibrant beachfront. On the beach you can hunt for agates and keep an eye out for seals as well as go crabbing and try your hand at a fresh catch for dinner. The sunset views from Taft are breathtaking!
Lincoln City Glass Center
Lincoln City Glass Center
Lincoln City is a glass-blowing Mecca, drawing glass artists from all over the world to share their craft. The town is also known for their glass floats program, called Finders Keepers, where local glass artists regularly hide glass floats along the beach and whomever finds them gets to keep them! You can work with a local glass artist to make your own glass float at the Lincoln City Glass center, just a few minutes up the road from Bella Beach and Depoe Bay. It’s fun for the whole family and we think making your own float is the best Oregon Coast souvenir!up-to-date info here.

Where to Stay in Bella Beach and Depoe Bay

The Driftwood

This oceanfront dream of a beach house sits high above Bella Beach and offers a great floorplan for large groups. You and your guests will love the light-filled great room, chef’s kitchen and luxurious bedroom suites. Make memorable meals to enjoy on your upper oceanfront deck and relax to the sounds of the sea in your (lower-level) oceanfront hot tub!
5 bedroom / 6 bathrooms / Sleeps 16

Bella Breeze

Sitting just across the street from the dedicated beach access, Bella Breeze packs a lot of luxury into its townhouse-style floor plan. Designer furnishings, peekaboo views of the ocean from the turret-style windows, a large upstairs deck for gathering together and listening to the sea, and a private hot tub on the front porch…this home has it all! From the moment you open the doors, Bella Breeze will make you feel you are on vacation.
3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / Sleeps 7

Wandering Star

This Bella Beach beauty is located on the resort boardwalk, just above the on-property cafe. Awaken to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee and fresh-baked croissants each day and enjoy distant ocean view across the resort from your wall of windows. There’s a cozy fireplace to gather around after a day of beach time fun and all that Bella Beach offers right outside your door!
3 bedroom / 3 bathrooms / Sleeps 7 & Pup-friendly!

Depoe Bay Whale House

You will love the updated look, designer furnishings, luxurious beds and bedding and all of the thoughtful touches in this beautiful Depoe Bay home! Sitting across the street from the sea, light pours into this light and bright home. The unique floor plan, with separate entrances on each floor is ideal for families traveling together or families with older kids who would love to have a gathering space of their own. Watch the sunset from the front porch and listen for the sounds of whales playing in the bay!
3 bedroom / 2 bathroom / Sleeps 10 & Pup-friendly!

Seaclusion

Open the doors to this large, luxury, light-filled home and you will feel you have stepped into the pages of a designer home magazine! This home sits at the top of a secluded, wooded ravine and offers beautiful surf and sunset views out of its many windows. You will love the designer French country kitchen, well-appointed game room, stacked stone fireplace and accents, beautiful furnishings and finishes and private hot tub… and your guests will love their beautiful bedrooms and bedroom suites.
4 bedroom / 4 bathroom / Sleeps 16

The Cedar

Sitting high above Depoe Bay with 180-degree ocean views, The Cedar is a beautiful new addition to our Depoe Bay collection. You will love the way the Pacific Ocean and sky flood this house with light from sunrise to sunset. Featuring and beautiful great room with chef’s kitchen, stylish breakfast bar and cozy living room area, The Cedar also offers designer furnishings and comfortable beds and bedrooms for your guests, too. Enjoy coffee and ocean views from your front porch in the morning and raise a glass to beautiful sunsets each night.
3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom / Sleeps 8

What to See, Eat, Drink and Discover in Bella Beach/Depoe Bay

Bella Beach Amenities
Bella Beach Amenities
When you #staywithmeredith at Bella Beach, you have access to a whole host of exclusive amenities. In addition to the on-property amenities available to everyone, Meredith Lodging Guests have access to even more! You and your guests will love the Dutch-style cruiser bikes, private outdoor area with a fire pit, BBQ and cornhole and a fitness center that will be completed by Spring 2021. Enjoy a family spin around Bella Beach a group pic on the bikes with the ocean in the background makes for a perfect keepsake!
Tidal Raves
Tidal Raves
Delicious local seafood with Depoe Bay views?!? Yes, please! Tidal Raves is a popular restaurant with locals and visitors alike and it is easy to understand why. An expansive menu based on ingredients sourced locally, Tidal Raves delivers when it comes to excellent food and drink…and did we mention those jaw-dropping views?!? Be sure to try the Thai Shrimp cakes, Green Curry, Fish Tacos and Coconut Shrimp.
Left Coast Coffee
Left Coast Coffee
Coffee and the Oregon Coast is one of our most favorite pairings and we LOVE the coffee from Family-run, Depoe Bay based Left Coast Coffee Roasters! In fact we love their coffee so much we made them our official coffee partners on the coast. Be sure to make a stop by their Depoe Bay cafè (check their website for Summer 2020 hours) or order their coffee online for fast delivery nationwide.
Whale Watching in Depoe Bay
Whale Watching in Depoe Bay
Depoe Bay is one of the best places to Whale Watch in the world. During high migration times you can often spot whales from Meredith Lodging vacation homes in Bella Beach or making a splash in the “world’s smallest harbor” in Depoe Bay. There are also many local charters who will take you out to see the whales up close! It’s an unforgettable experience to see these huge and powerful animals frolic in the sea! We’ve assembled a shortlist of local companies who can take you on a whale watching excursion…you can read all about it on our blog.

Depoe Bay and Bella Beach are extra-special Oregon Coast vacation destinations. Our locally-based teams can help you plan the perfect stay so you can focus on making memories. View our entire Bella Beach and Depoe Bay collections.