It’s that time of year! Spring Break means freedom from classrooms and studying and a chance to enjoy a well-earned beach vacation. Time to unplug, unwind, and take a break from everything.
Here are 7 great ways to get the most out of your Spring Break in Manzanita!
1 – Stroll Laneda Avenue: Manzanita is a very walkable town, lined with locally-owned shops, restaurants and lodging options. If you’re visiting for the first time, get to know the town by taking in the sights and sounds of this bustling small town street. Take time to grab a bite to eat, find a gift or two, and make dinner plans for the evening (Don’t forget! There are also several shops and eateries located at the top of Manzanita Avenue, one block over from Laneda and just off Highway 101). Need directions? Stop by the Manzanita Visitors Center and pick up a walking map that has every spot in town labeled for easy navigation.
2 – Walk the Beach: This seems like a no-brainer, but this is a special beach, worth more than just a glance and a few quick selfies. From the base of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain to the spit, it’s around 7 miles long and the views of the ocean, the mountain and the town are incredible. Take in a tide pool during low tide, rent a beach bike from Bahama Mama’s, or build a sand castle. The choices are many and they’re all yours (just don’t forget your camera!)
3 – Take A Hike – Just a few miles north of Manzanita lies a North Coast crown jewel, Oswald West State Park. There are miles of trails to choose from: easy Short Sand Beach trail, moderate Cape Falcon Trail and, of course, Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain. The best part about the park is the quietude and closeness to nature, a rare thing indeed in this modern world.
4 – Visit Hoffman Center for the Arts – The local hub of art, literature and music, Hoffman Center for the Arts boasts a full schedule of artistic endeavors year-round. There are lectures from prominent authors, a monthly film series, live music, an art gallery, and an open clay studio just to name a few. Check out their schedule and support local art!
5 – Stay Awhile – In Manzanita, you won’t find chain hotels or tiered buildings that block out the view of the beach. What you will find are several quaint, cozy hotels run by hosts who care about their guests and are happy to help you find your next adventure. You’ll also find a good number of luxurious, distinctive vacation rentals with a wide range of amenities. Drop by the Manzanita Visitors Center for a comprehensive list of lodging options.
6 – Schedule Some Tee Time – Did you know Manzanita is home to a world class 9-hole golf course? Located just a few blocks from downtown, Manzanita Links is cradled by sweeping mountain and forest views. It’s great exercise for a large group, a fun way to connect with the community, or the perfect meditative way to enjoy some solo down time.
7 – Whale Watching – The whales return to the Oregon Coast at the end of March as they migrate north to their summer grounds in Alaska. You have a front row seat to their journey right here in Manzanita. Grab your binoculars to do a little spotting from the beach, head up to the Neah-Kah-Nie Overlooks on Highway 101 for a birds-eye view, or hike out to Cape Falcon. Either way, you won’t be sorry!
If you have any questions about these suggestions or are looking for more, give us a call at (503).812.5510 and we’ll help you get started on your Spring Break planning!