The Oregon Coast is famous for its dramatic, rocky coastline, forested capes, picturesque coves, and endless sandy beaches. There’s really no bad time to visit us in coastal paradise, but did you know there’s a unique history behind our beautiful coastline? The Oregon Coast just so happens to be America’s only ocean-adjacent public coastline, which has earned it the nickname “The People’s Coast.” Put simply, thanks to some wonderful legislation in 1913 (and again in 1967), Oregonians and visitors to the coast alike have legal public rights to access all of Oregon’s beaches along the state’s 363 miles of coastline. We absolutely love this time of year on the Oregon Coast. Whether you come for the storm watching, the quiet tranquility of the deserted beaches, the quaint towns, or the endless romance of the coast, our stunning Bed and Breakfast will welcome you. Book your stay at our luxurious boutique hotel, and enjoy a retreat to The People’s Coast.
Winter Hiking on the Oregon Coast
If you’re interested in learning more about the creation of Oregon’s public coastline, the Outdoor Project has put together a beautiful 3-part series about this very subject. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the laws that made our home a reality, as well as the State Parks and beaches that afford us easy access to these protected and stunning landscapes.
Now that we have your attention, let’s talk about one of our favorite things to do during the winter, apart from storm watching and curling up with a good book in front of a roaring fire. While hiking during the winter may not be at the top of your priority list, we think it deserves a deeper look. Deep breaths in the refreshing chill of winter’s salty air is a restorative part of life here on the coast. Join us this winter on some of Oregon’s best hiking trails!
- The Tillamook Head Trail, which runs between Ecola State Park and the town of Seaside, is one of the most popular hikes in the area. There are many ways to do the trail, but the most popular is to travel the distance from Indian Beach in Ecola State Park north towards Seaside. Along the way you’ll enjoy stunning views of the old Tillamook Rock Lighthouse near Hiker’s Camp, and plenty of old-growth forest.
- Oswald West State Park is hiking paradise. You’ll find a secluded sandy beach, miles of hiking trails, and truly breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Within the park itself are two prominent headlands; Cape Falcon and Neahkahnie Mountain.
- Neahkahnie Mountain towers 16oo feet above the coastline, making it the perfect place to enjoy sweeping views up and down the Oregon Coast. Just be mindful of the weather before you head here; it’s one of the highest points on the Coast!
- Ecola State Park is one of the most accessible places to enjoy some less strenuous winter hiking, but it’s also one of the most rewarding in terms of payoff views. Hikers will find accessible trails to both Indian Beach and Crescent Beach, two of the most popular beaches on the Oregon Coast.
- The Oregon Coast Trail offers hikers a wide variety of landscapes, ranging from sandy beaches and forest-shaded corridors, to majestic headlands. Pick your favorite portions of the 382-mile long trail, and discover the unbeatable beauty of Cannon Beach, Oregon.
There is nothing quite like an invigorating trip into the brisk winter air. Afterwards, know you have our inviting, luxurious Inn to come home to. Sit back and enjoy a good book, a glass of wine, and maybe throw in some board games and great company, and you’ve managed to plan the weekend in the Pacific Northwest. Don’t miss out on an incredible winter adventure on the Oregon Coast. Book your stay with us today!