Get away from it all this Thanksgiving holiday and discover these charming coastal towns. Whether you’re interested in exploring the beach, enjoying outdoor activities, or indulging in local cuisine, there is something for everyone in Nehalem and Rockaway Beach.
Here are some ideas to help make your holiday getaway even more memorable:
Work up an appetite before your Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy hiking, birdwatching, and beachcombing in this beautiful state park. You can also go kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing in Nehalem Bay.
Fishing and Crabbing
Nehalem Bay offers great fishing and crabbing opportunities. You can rent a boat or crab pots and enjoy a memorable day on the water.
Enjoy wine tasting at the Nehalem Bay Winery, known for its delicious wines and beautiful vineyard views. Find the perfect bottle to pair with your Thanksgiving feast.
Play a round of golf at nearby Manzanita Links, a scenic 9-hole course surrounded by trees and nature.
Nehalem and nearby towns like Wheeler offer antique shops and flea markets where you can browse for unique treasures.
Many local beaches allow beach bonfires, so bring some firewood and enjoy a stunning sunset and cozy evening by the sea.
Savor local seafood and cuisine at Nehalem Bay’s restaurants and eateries where you can enjoy fresh Dungeness crab and clam chowder.
Rockaway Beach is known for its beautiful sandy shores. Take a leisurely walk along the beach, search for seashells, and enjoy the fresh coastal air.
Explore nearby hiking trails like the Twin Rocks County Park Trail, which offers scenic views of Twin Rocks and the coastline. The Rockaway Beach Community Park also has walking paths.
Fishing and Crabbing
The area offers excellent opportunities for fishing, crabbing, and clamming. You can try your hand at angling from the shore or a charter boat.
Visit the iconic Twin Rocks, two large rocks rising from the ocean just off the beach. They are a popular spot for photos and beach picnics.
Just a short drive away, you can visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory to learn about cheese production and enjoy delicious ice cream. Grab some creamy vanilla ice cream to serve with your pumpkin or apple pie.
Savor fresh seafood and local cuisine at Rockaway Beach’s restaurants. Don’t miss a stop at Rockaway Pronto Pup – the home of the giant corn dog. They have vegetarian options, too!
Manhattan Beach State Park and Rockaway Beach Wayside
Visit these popular family-friendly spots for picnicking, playing, and taking in the stunning coastal scenery.
Stroll through downtown Rockaway Beach, where you’ll find boutiques, souvenir shops, and quaint local businesses.
Bonfires on the Beach
Many beaches in the area allow bonfires, so bring some firewood and end your Thanksgiving weekend with a cozy evening by the ocean.
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