1. Spend some time in two of Oregon’s finest State Parks:
Manzanita is bordered by two gems of Oregon’s State Park system; Nehalem Bay State Park to the south of town, and Oswald West State Park to the north. Nehalem Bay offers a plethora of ten, RV, and yurt choices. It also straddles the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and the waters of Nehalem Bay. Throw in opportunities of bike-riding, horseback riding and fishing and there is enough to do for everyone. Oswald West is a dream come true for hikers and surfers. Trails for every skill level wind along high bluffs overlooking Short Sands beach, a surfers’ paradise.
2. Beach activities:
Manzanita is blessed with one of the longest flat stretches of publicly-owned beaches in Oregon. Whether it’s building sandcastles, riding a beach bike, or hiding out in a driftwood fort, there are plenty of excuses to laze away a day on the beach. Go ahead, fly a kite!
3. Fine dining:
Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler are all home to some of the Oregon Coasts’ best and most eclectic dining options. From casual fine ding, to burgers and fries, to fine wine and appetizers, your palette will find the challenge it’s been craving.
4. Take a hike:
Besides the many trail options at Oswald West State Park, there is the trail that climbs to the stunning vistas on Neahkahine Mountain. Whatever route you take, your efforts will be rewarded.
5. Live music and cultural events:
Summer brings bands and musicians to several local venues. Whether you like rock music, Celtic sounds, classical, or jazz, you’re sure to find a beat to dance to. The Hoffman Center shows movies, holds author presentations and art openings, and several classes and lectures, including the Manzanita Writers’ Series. There’s also the renowned Farmer’s Market every Friday night from 5 pm to 8 pm, offering food, gifts and entertainment.
6. Take a dip:
North Coast Recreation District’s indoor pool is a great place to cool off after a long day seeing the sights. Take the plunge!
Nehalem and Wheeler are each home to several antiquing options. Treasure hunters of all ages will not be disappointed.
The Nehalem River offers kayakers the opportunity to explore waterways from a truly unique perspective.
Whether you bring your own boat and gear or tag along with a local guide, the salmon of the Nehalem River provide a full days’ entertainment. Don’t worry about going home skunked, just live in the moment!
Nowhere along the North Oregon Coast can you feel as disconnected form the cares of everyday life as you can in Manzanita, Nehalem, and Wheeler. Bring a sun hat, a good book and lift your face towards the sun while the world realigns for you.
For information on these and other activities, visit the Manzanita Visitors Center at 31 Laneda Avenue or call 503-812-5510.