Lincoln City is a long, sprawling town on the central Oregon coast. It has a casino, an outlet mall and continues along Highway 101 for miles. But it also has equal miles of sandy beaches, distinct neighborhoods and a couple of pretty good places to eat. It’s also known for all of the glass art studios that populate the area, as well as being a great location to view pelicans flying over the ocean. The Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau even hides glass floats on the beach for visitors to find in the off season (boo! we did not find one).
Even though I wouldn’t necessarily call Lincoln City quaint, there’s a lot to see and do and it’s not very hard to get off the beaten path and do your own thing — but still easily treat yourself to a new pair of shoes at the Nike outlet.
Whispering Winds Motel
3264 NW Jetty Ave
Lincoln City, Oregon 97367
The first part to this quick, overnight trip was finding a place to stay. On earlier Lincoln City trips, we’ve stayed at both The Coho and Surftides, but I wanted to try some place new, which is . . . → Read More: 24 Hours on the Coast in Lincoln City, Oregon
I’m a big fan of Astoria, Oregon.
I’m not sure why exactly. Well, I did get married there, so I’m sure that has something to do with it, but the reason we even picked Astoria in the first place is that it’s just a cool little town. It’s a bit rough around the edges (although, less so since cruise ships dock there now) but it’s still very quirky. Beautiful. Strange. And sometimes even sunny. Okay. I guess that’s why.
On this recent trip, we rediscovered a restaurant that we both thought we didn’t like very much and tried a new one that we liked right away.
#1 12th Street
Astoria, OR 97103
So yeah, Baked Alaska. We actually first tried it a number of years ago, when we were looking for catering options and had a very disappointing lunch there. We gave it another try this last time we were in town (after not setting foot in the place for about five years) and hey, it was solidly good meal.
We started with calamari, because I have a calamari clause built in to all my dining out activities, and it came with an awesome . . . → Read More: Walking Around & Eating Things in Astoria, Oregon
So, here’s the second part of my coast photos post and most of these pictures are from Astoria. With one exception…the first one is of Sunday morning’s breakfast…a cream cheese and onion bialy from Pacific Way Cafe Bakery. I liked this so much that I recreated them at home last weekend. They turned out great! (Recipe soon).
Later that day, we ended up going to Fort George Brewery in Astoria for a late lunch/early dinner on Sunday. While we were driving around Rockaway Beach, Pacific Way called me and cancelled our reservation for that night, as they weren’t going to be open due to a kitchen equipment failure. That went a little like this –
me: hanging up after listening to my voicemail message, staring at phone blankly.
me: Pacific Way Cafe cancelled our reservation for tonight.
jwa: What? Why?…What?
me: Yeah. something’s broken in the kitchen, they’re not going to be open tonight.
me: I have no idea what to do…there is no Plan B.
me: I know! Where else is there to eat in Gearhart? This is so…unexpected.
We seriously have never had to eat anywhere else in the immediate area. Everytime we’ve stayed in Gearhart for like . . . → Read More: Coast Weekend in Photos: Part II
We went to the coast a couple of weekends ago and I took some great pictures! So I thought I would post a bunch here. But then there were so many images that I wanted to use that I thought it would be better to break it up into two posts. How exciting.
Here’s the first group which mainly covers the first day of our adventures — Gearhart, Pacific Way Cafe and the beach. It was also a really great weekend to head to the coast, as the temperature in Portland hit 100 degrees (the first time all Summer). Surprisingly though, it was also pretty hot at the coast. Gearhart and Astoria were both around 88-ish Saturday and Sunday, which is pretty abnormally hot for there (even in August).
The cat before leaving…she has no idea she’s going on a car ride soon. ha ha.
Walking around a small plant nursery in Gearhart.
A bell on a bike, with an illustration of a bike on it…very meta.
Curry Mussels at Pacific Way Cafe. Very good!
. . . → Read More: Coast Weekend in Photos: Part I
The Irish Table
1235 S Hemlock
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
This place is quickly becoming one of our favorite restaurants on the Oregon Coast. We’ve been twice in the last six months and honestly, I would be okay sneaking another two dinners in before the end of the year. Definitely okay with that. They’re located in the back of Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters and it’s actually pretty perfect — there for coffee drinks in the AM and back for dinner in the PM.
On this trip we were there right after they opened at 5:30 and pretty much all of the small tables were already taken. We were offered spaces at the communal table in back or one of the smaller tables up front. We chose to sit up front which was very nice with a breeze coming in through the front door and some space in which to spread out a bit.
Here are some photos from our meal. I usually make a habit of taking a picture of the menu when we eat out, so that if I post about it, I remember exactly what we ate. I forgot to do this at the . . . → Read More: The Irish Table in Cannon Beach, OR