Top Oregon Coast Destinations for Spring Break Book Your Perfect Beach Getaway
12 Jan 2020
Native or long-time Oregonians have several tell-tale habits - they love farmers’ markets, they rarely carry an umbrella (no matter what the forecast), and they love to plan to go SOMEWHERE for Spring break - even if they haven’t been in school for decades. Spring Break is observed by almost everyone in Oregon - and they often get away to the Oregon Coast! We have rounded up a list of the most beloved-beach towns for you to consider booking your Spring Break Vacation and a little information about why we love these towns so much.
Tucked in along the Oregon Coast (after a truly breathtaking drive on US Hwy 101) and nestled in between two State Parks lies Manzanita, Oregon. Just far enough South to escape the daily crowds you will find in nearby bigger tourist cities Seaside and Cannon Beach, Manzanita is arguably one of the West Coast’s most-charming beach towns. The parks and the seven-mile stretch of pristine coast provide ample opportunity for outdoor activities of every kind - hiking, exploring, sand-castle building and beach strolls of epic proportion. Manzanita’s main street is the perfect mix of just-enough and something-for-everyone without being too much- and in walking distance of all the homes in Meredith Lodging’s Manzanita Collection. We love to make regular visits to Yolk and Bread and Ocean for breakfast and brunch, MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar and the Winery at Manzanita for an afternoon sip and Neahkahnie Bistro or Big Wave Cafe for dinner...and the kids are thrilled with daily stops at the main street toy store, corner candy shop and ice cream shop.
Pacific City has a history that gives it a very distinct identity on the Oregon Coast. Rooted in the traditions of logging and fishing (although logging has stopped, you can still watch the Dory Boats on the regular in Pacific City!) and reimagined as a best-kept-secret tourist destination with a first-class restaurant, spa and brewery, Pacific City always has always offered something for everyone. Walking into town from your Meredith Lodging Pacific City vacation rental is easy and from there you have a lot of options. Hiking the dune at Cape Kiwanda, stopping by Stimulus Cafe for coffee and treats or putting your chair in the sand at Pelican Pub and catching the sunset behind haystack rock, every day is a good day in this magical Oregon Coast getaway.
Wandering around Neskowin feels like talking a step back in time. The town has a long-standing city-wide low speed limit (between 5MPH and 15MPH) and many a hand-painted sign hanging in front of Neskowin cabins and homes remind passers-by to “Go Slow”. More of a village than a city, Neskowin offers a couple restaurants, a grocery store and a well-supported ice cream food cart. The town also has a seasonal and very popular Farmer’s Market. But the real draw is the beach. Proposal Rock steals the show, a tree-covered basalt sea stack rising 100 feet above the beach. Neskowin is also home to one of Oregon’s Ghost Forests, visible only a few times a year during extremely low tide. This Ghost Forest is made up of remnants of a 2000-year-old Sitka Spruce forest. These days, the beach is beloved for its calm waters, excellent kite flying conditions and pristine beach. We like to end our days on the beach with dinner at the Hawk Creek Cafe and ice cream from the scoop shop after. View Meredith Lodging’s Neskowin homes here.
Roads End beach is tucked in along a beautiful stretch of coastline just North of the main part of Lincoln, and away from the hustle-bustle of Hwy 101. The coastline of Roads End is oriented toward the view of God’s Thumb, which rises more than 1000 feet above the sea and is accessible via a hiking path from an area called The Knoll nearby. This beach also offers a long stretch of Oceanfront homes of all sizes, and many of those homes are part of Meredith Lodging’s Roads End collection. If you are looking for a stunning stretch of beach that is tucked away from the crowds but still close to all the action of Lincoln City, Roads End is your perfect destination.
Depoe Bay, just South of Lincoln City on US Hwy 101, is known for many things - including being a world-famous destination for whale watching, having the smallest harbor in the world, and being home to some of the Oregon Coast’s best saltwater taffy. The Meredith Lodging Depoe Bay collection offers homes of all sizes in town as well as at nearby Bella Beach Resort by Meredith, offering oceanfront homes, private beach access and resort-style amenities. And if you are in the mood for a day trip South, the world-class Newport Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center is just a quick trip down the road. We suggest starting your day in Depoe Bay at Left Coast Coffee Roasters...and ending it with a delicious dinner at Tidal Raves restaurant.
Travelers willing to drive a little further South will be richly rewarded with beautiful, quiet beaches, breathtaking views of nearby Cape Perpetua and the charming “downtown” Yachats, a treasured seaside community. Yachats has lots of fans, and some of them are even famous! In 2011, Arthur Frommer, the founder of the famous travel guides by the same name, listed Yachats, Oregon among his top ten favorite vacation destinations in the world! Offering endless opportunities for nearby hikes and beach strolls as well as a thriving farmers market scene and several great restaurants, Yachats is also home to one of the Oregon Coasts favorite craft breweries, Yachats Brewing + Farmstore. If you are looking for just the right mix of peace and quiet and things to do this Spring Break - Yachats just might be the perfect fit. See Meredith Lodging’s Yachats home collection here.