Oregon Coast

Field Notes

Hike of the Month: Cathedral Tree Trail in Astoria

Boardwalks, tree-root stairs, and the namesake Sitka spruce line the way to the Astoria Column and stunning views of the Columbia River Bar and Oregon Coast.

05/20/2022 By Margaret Seiler

For the Birds

Tufted Puffins Are Disappearing from Oregon’s Coast

A conservationist group in Cannon Beach is on a mission to save the iconic seabirds, who make Haystack Rock a summer home.

04/22/2022 By Michelle Harris

Nature

Where to Go Storm-Watching on the Oregon Coast

From Fort Stevens to Shore Acres, Oregon's coastal storms are on dramatic display throughout the winter.

12/15/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Vacation

In Oregon, Spring Break Is ... On?

Spring break 2020 was all canceled plans, empty flights, and closed campgrounds. This year, it's different.

03/20/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Culinary Destinations

This Seafood Takeout Window in Netarts Is Worth the Drive

At Nevør Shellfish Farms, Erizo chef Jacob Harth serves up barnacles, Dungeness, and much, much more.

01/21/2021 By Jordan Michelman

Glamping

4 Great Options for Trailers, Yurts, and Cabins at the Coast

Yurts and cabins in some coastal state parks reopen in January, with a 30-day reservation window.

01/02/2021 By Eden Dawn, Marty Patail, and Margaret Seiler

Coastal Escape

Pandemic Travel: A Dreamy Weekend in Astoria

Sea lions, coffee, fish and chips, and a huge bathtub make a trip feel almost normal.

12/08/2020 By Jordan Michelman

Wildfires

Even the Oregon Coast Is Burning

Traditionally a place of refuge from heat and smoke, the skies above parts of the Pacific have turned red.

09/09/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

Design

A Historic Midcentury-Modern Beach House Marries Old and New

When a 2017 storm nearly destroyed the iconic Van Evera Bailey home, the family restored it to its 1955 splendor—with a 2019 twist.

08/27/2019 By Kelly Clarke Photography by Caitlin Murray

Surfing 101

A Beginner’s Guide to Surfing on the Oregon Coast

We’re an hour and a half from the ocean, but Portland’s surf scene has never been hotter.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: As Told To

Preview: Cancer Survivor Ben Moon’s Coming-of-Age Memoir

The Pacific City–based photographer, filmmaker, and surfer gives us a snapshot of Denali, out in January 2020.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Q&A

The Truth About Great White Shark Attacks in Oregon

We talk to Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Jim Burke for the lowdown on the predators.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Wetsuit Tech

The Future of Surfing Is Neoprene Supreme

A big reason more people are surfing now: wetsuits keep getting better.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Beginners

Three Beaches (and Expert Guides) to Help You Catch Your First Wave

Want to get started surfing? We’ve got the deets.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Etiquette

How to Fit In With the Real Surfers on the Oregon Coast (and Not Get Your Tires Slashed)

Critical surf etiquette, according to Oregon Surf Adventures’ Lauren Algren

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Ocean Activism

Oregon Bans Offshore Drilling.... Again?

Breaking down the state's latest attempt to thwart energy speculation in our territorial waters.

04/04/2019 By Shayla Norris-York

Spring Road Trips: The South Coast

Head to Oregon's South Coast for Craggy Beaches and Painted Dinosaurs

This is the kid-approved adventure you need (don't worry, grown-ups—we've got beer and soaking tubs for you).

02/26/2019 By Margaret Seiler and Ramona DeNies

Environmental News

Is Oregon About to Get a Shiny New Wilderness Area?

The Senate just passed a massive public lands package—and it includes some sweet promises for lovers of Oregon's rainforests and rivers.

02/14/2019 By Wriik Maui

Travel

Get a Sneak Peek at Coos Bay’s ‘Luxury’ RV Park

Bay Point Landing mixes high design with the usual gravel sites and hookups—plus Airstream trailers for rent if you lack your own rolling palace.

01/08/2019 By Margaret Seiler

Get a Room

These Are the Portland Area's 12 Sexiest New Hotels

Think we've hit peak hotel? Nope. We're not even close.

10/16/2018 By James Stevens