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5 Must-Pack Items for Your Next Oregon Coast Adventure

Beach, please. Here's how to outfit yourself for maximum relaxation.

By Kelly Clarke July 17, 2018 Published in the August 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

Pendleton towels

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Dry off in true luxury with Pendleton’s vividly hued Spa Towels and larger Towels for Two, five-by-six-foot cotton terry sheets boasting coastal and Southwestern inspired patterns (and handy carrying straps). They work equally well absorbing the Pacific damp or co-snuggling in front of a beach blaze. $49.50–89.50 at Pendleton Home Store

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Load up on local paperbacks and settle in on the sand for a few precious hours of Oregon sun. Susan DeFreitas’s debut novel, Hot Season, traffics in “slow-boil sensuality and wide-eyed innocence” set against a backdrop of Southwest eco-terrorism. Lovers of funny, heartfelt tales should pick up graphic novel/memoir Fetch, which stars author Nicole J. Georges and her dog Beija. Meanwhile, the robots are among us in Daniel H. Wilson’s newest steampunk-y sci-fi thriller, The Clockwork Dynasty. $16.95–17.95 at Powell’s


A visit to Cannon Beach’s Once Upon a Breeze doubles as a history lesson. Festooned with a rainbow of wind socks and a giant vintage geisha-faced flyer, the 43-year-old spot holds the title of oldest kite shop on the Oregon Coast. Nab a beginner dual-line stunt kite, like an Into the Wind Firefly ($65), and let staffers school you in the ways of the wind—they crash-test every kite before they stock it. $20–200 at Once Upon a Breeze, 240 N Spruce St, Cannon Beach

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Bonfires on the beach are already great, but Magical Flames turn a wood-burning fire into a near-supernatural spectacle. Let the kids toss a packet into the fire and behold an otherworldly dance of emerald, blue, and violet flames (for around an hour). Now you are all basically Maleficent. Keep an eye out for color flame packs wherever firewood is sold. Around $8 for a 12-pack


Step away from the Target sale rack. For a dozen years, local outfit Popina has made fun, sexy swimwear for every kind of body. (And its lively Pearl and Hollywood boutiques carry more lines of ladies’ swimwear than anywhere else in the Northwest.) Popina co-owner/designer Pamela Levenson’s new Hannah swimsuit gives the one-piece a sleek tweak—with a slightly higher leg, a strappy back, and a li’l plunge in front, in an array of wild, bright prints. $98 at Popina Swimwear

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