The Oregon coast is a favorite when it comes to views of the Pacific Ocean and exploring everything that seaside towns have to offer. Here are some top beachside cities to visit, offering cozy coastal amenities and lovely smalltown ambiance.
Less than two hours from Portland by car and known for being home to Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach is one of the most popular destinations to experience the natural world of the Oregon coast.
With miles of sandy beaches, Ecola State Park to the north, and Oswald West State Park to the south, this cozy little town has plenty of space to get outside and get moving. And of course, comfortable lodging that can serve as your home away from home.
Tolovana Inn is a charming oceanfront hotel with 177 guest rooms and suites. Their studios and suites are equipped with full kitchens, living rooms, private balconies, and fireplaces. The property also features beach volleyball, bonfire pits, and special additions like microbrew or spirit tastings. For groups hosting an event in the area, Tolovana offers nearly 3,000 square feet of meeting space with full-service, on-site catering, along with available assistance from staff to help plan group excursions.
When the weather is less than favorable, feel free soak in the indoor saltwater pool, relax in the whirlpool spa, bask in the toasty sauna, or get moving in the fitness center.
Newport is home to a variety of other attractions, lodging, shopping, and dining destinations. To start, take a morning walk along Nye Beach and feel the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean at your feet. Grab a coffee and a maple bacon scone at the nearby Coasties Roasties and make your way over to the Oregon Coast Aquarium to see the wildlife up close. If you want to stay active, take a walk through the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and view the late-19th century Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
As for accommodations, the Hallmark Resort Newport is the perfect stay. As another oceanfront hotel, the resort offers guest rooms and suites with stunning ocean views, a saltwater pool, a fully equipped business center, and flexible event spaces for up to 200. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Sunset Gallery room has floor-to-ceiling windows and 2,100 square feet of space with seating for up to 150. The hotel also has easy access to the beach along with bonfire pits, trails, and a volleyball court. And when you get hungry, Georgie’s Beachside Grill next door has casual seafood-focused Northwest cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
Situated at the southern end of the Three Capes Scenic Route, Pacific City offers unforgettable ocean views. Home to easy beach accessibility, restaurants with gorgeous beach views, and even the occasional whale spotting, this little fishing town is a gem along the coast.
For an overnight stay, consider the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. The boutique inn is near delicious dining spots, shopping, and is across the street from the only oceanfront brewpub in the Northwest—Pelican Brewing Co. The establishment offers an array of beers and ales to pair with casual meals, along with private rooms and beach space to host your group.
Be sure to explore the nearby lakes, rivers, and hiking trails, and end the evening with s’mores on the beach complimentary of the inn.