Gorgeous ocean views. The Tillamook Head trail traverses a Cape jutting out into the sea between Seaside and Cannon Beach near Ecola State Park. A short day-trip starts at Indian Beach and is two miles one way.
Seaside is one of the oldest beach communities in the Pacific Northwest. It is family-oriented and geared to children, teens and young adults. Broadway is filled with arcades, bumper cars, a carousel, rental-surreys, paddle boats on the river, mopeds, go-carts. Plus, taverns, family restaurants and everything else you might expect to find in a beach town. Seaside is 2-miles south of Gearhart Ocean Inn.
OSWALD WEST STATE PARK
Soak in the scenery along the half-mile paved path through old growth forest to this SW facing beach. Depending on swell and wind direction, take your pick from either the north or south end walls, or from several peaks in-between. The vibe is friendly and great for families.
Just 7 miles south of the Inn at Arch Cape the town of Manzanita offers coffee shops, art galleries, a fabulous book store and great small town grocery store.
Located at Cannon Beach on the North coast of Oregon, Haystack Rock is a unique monolith that attracts wildlife and tourists alike. Towering 235 feet over the beach, the Rock is home to nesting seabirds in the summer and marine invertebrates all year long. Tidepoolers are drawn to its wonders every day.
By our estimates as many as 200,000 people visit Haystack Rock every year, mostly during the summer months when the tidepools are teeming and the nesting seabirds, proudly showing off breeding plumage, are busy introducing little ones into the world. Haystack Rock is protected under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a seabird nesting colony and under Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Marine Garden.
Gearhart enjoys small town values which can add to a lovely vacation: safe, quiet streets, friendly neighbors, and locally owned shops & restaurants. Most of the classic, old beach homes have been in the same families for generations. The Gearhart Ocean Inn is in the heart of town and within walking distance to everything fun!
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CANNON BEACH, OREGON
Cannon Beach is one of the most unique small towns on the West Coast. As a result of very enlightened land-use planning and zoning, most of the commercial trappings of modern life have been avoided. There are no traffic lights, neon, gaudy business signs, fast food franchises or unrestricted development. There are gardens, sitting places, parks, and a free public shuttle if you don’t want to walk or drive. Cannon Beach is 10-miles south of Gearhart Ocean Inn.
Astoria sits on the tip of the Northwest Oregon coast at the mouth of the Columbia River. It is the oldest city west of the Rockies. John Jacob Astor’s fur traders followed Lewis & Clark there, and established the quaint maritime-based community which still exists today. Historic and residential areas on the hillsides overlook the river and the seven-mile bridge to Washington, and together with the working waterfront, remind many visitors of what San Francisco might have been like a hundred years ago. Astoria is 17 miles north of Gearhart Ocean Inn.
ARCH CAPE, OREGON
Arch Cape is a small residential community on the north Oregon coast and is well known for beach combing, surfing and gorgeous sunsets. The Inn at Arch Cape was the original U.S. Post Office for the community of Arch Cape. Our beach access from the Inn at Arch Cape is a short 1-block walk along a quiet residential road. Manzanita is just 10-minutes south with shops, restaurants, and cafés. Cannon Beach is 10-minutes north and well known for its artist community & galleries, award winning restaurants and Haystack Rock.