Cape Lookout- The Perfect Day Hike

Not even 20 minutes up the road from Pacific City, is the second of the Three Capes Scenic Route- Cape Lookout. With 3 different marked hiking trails to choose from, it is a popular coastal hiking destination.

The most popular (and sometimes crowded) hiking trail is the Cape Lookout Trail: it is considered the best spot on the coast for watching the Gray Whale Migration, which occurs in the fall and spring each year. We were able to spot whales at the end of the trail head in late March, making their way around the peninsula- it was a delightful shared experience with fellow hikers! Others have spotted sea lions, seals, seabirds, as well as dolphins and Orcas from this unique location.

The Cape Trail is a lush 5 miles round trip hike, and is considered of moderate difficulty, family friendly and dogs are welcome on a leash.

Next up is the South Trail at Cape Lookout a 3.5 miles out and back trail, ending on a pristine secluded beach, with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and Cape Lookout. Rated as an easy hike, keep in mind it has switchbacks down the hill

side, and you have to hike back up! Bring a backpack lunch, and enjoy some time beachcombing- this beach is known for being a good place to find the increasingly rare glass floats. The South Trail hike is less crowded than the Cape Lookout Trail, is family friendly and dogs are welcome on a leash.

 

If you want to stay in a vacation rental close to these hiking trails, we have some unique options ranging from beachfront, to just a block or two away- check out our vacation rental options in the nearby neighborhood of Tierra Del Mar.

The third hiking trail option is the North Trail at Cape Lookout- and is our final spotlight on hiking in this unique coastal trail.

North Trail is also an out and back hike, but is the longest trail at close to 10 miles long. It is considered to be moderately difficult, still family friendly and dogs are welcome on a leash. There are amazing vista points, a unique suspension bridge and waterfalls along the way. The North Trail is the least traveled of the three, but also offers the possibility of spotting grey whales during their seasonal migration up and down the coast. 

Contact us today to reserve your vacation rental in Pacific City, or closer to Cape Lookout in Tierra Del Mar, we look forward to hosting you!


Spring Whale Watch Week

Video footage of whale spouts from Cape Kiwanda

Spring Whale watch week is coming up March 23 -31! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see the grey whale as it migrates past Cape Kiwanda on it’s journey along the Oregon Coast.

Few things capture our imagination and wonder like the Ocean’s Giants- As the largest marine mammals on earth, whales are a mysterious and captivating collection of animals that fascinate us!

Gray whales will be passing by Pacific City again in just over a week, as they head back up to Alaska to their Spring feeding grounds. Oregon’s parks departments will host Spring Whale Watch Week from about March 23rd to the 31st this year and we would love to host your vacation rental stay!

Spotting the gray whale migration takes patience, and not every trip to the Oregon coast will guarantee a sighting, but Pacific City has resident whales just off of Cape Kiwanda that make a sighting highly likely! For more information about the Spring Whale watch week, and tips on how to spot them check out the Oregon State Parks whale info site.

Cape Kiwanda Whale Spotting Location

The experience of seeing the mammoth, graceful animals in the open ocean is an unforgettable one; once you experience it, you too will probably hooked. Some of our guests in the past have been fortunate enough to see whales from the Pelican Pub while enjoying libations on the outside deck! Bring the family and create some memories that will last a lifetime: you can hike the Cape Kiwanda Sand Dune, beach comb for treasures, fly kites over the Pacific Ocean, hike some of our scenic coastal trails, nestle in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals and watch the surf, and of course catch the Spring Gray Whale Migration!

 

Here is a sampling of our vacation rentals that are still available for March:

 

Top O the Dune #157 – “Top O’ the Dune” is a spectacular oceanfront home with 180 degree oceanfront views. With almost 4000 square feet, this home is the private luxury retreat you’ve been looking for. There are 4 spacious bedrooms with 3 king sized beds and 4 full bathrooms. The gourmet kitchen ocean view opens into the great-room with a wall of windows. Downstairs is a complete party room with custom built bar, 2 flat screen TVs, pool table and shuffleboard. The upstairs deck walks out to direct beach access.

 

 

Come join us for 3 days and get 15% your stay during our Spring Break Special!

 

 

 


Pacific City Dining

Pacific City is off the beaten path, and still bit of a secret compared to some of our neighboring coastal towns. With a population that hovers around 1000, and two main roads through town, you wouldn’t expect so many unique and delicious dining opportunities!

Breakfast:

Our most well-known breakfast spot is hands down The Grateful Bread Bakery, from the Baker’s website: “We offer an assortment of fresh baked breads and pastries made from simple and wholesome ingredients. Many of Grateful Bread Bakery’s most popular items are the original recipes from 20 years ago, yet, the owner Robyn Barcroft and her staff continue to add new items on a regular basis. Customer favorites also include our delicious and fluffy scones. We have a variety of fruit filled scones and savory scones that are sure to please any craving, but the regular crowd-pleasers include the Cherry Almond,  Marionberry,  Chocolate Hazelnut,  Apricot Cream Cheese, and the Lemon- raspberry. The list of our delicious treats goes on and on. Our other bakery specialties include our gigantic and addicting cookies!” They also offer amazing breakfast and lunch items, with salads that are out of this world.

If you are staying closer to Cape Kiwanda and want to walk to breakfast and grab a great cup of coffee, check out Stimulus Coffee + Bakery : “Stop in anytime for a light breakfast or lunch, a sweet treat, or another cup of Joe. Our coffee is rich, Oregon-roasted, and flowing all the way to 6 pm. Spread out in our airy sunroom, with a few friends or a good thick book. Watch through the big bakery window as we create homemade breads and our signature Beach Buns. Choose from among our fresh-baked pastries (this is the hard part), grab a window seat, and stare out at the ocean.”

 

This next option is really one of our favorite lunch spots, but they also serve a KILLER breakfast burrito and in walking distance from Cape Kiwanda- Ben & Jeff’s Taco & Burgers Restaurant: “Serving Burgers, Tacos, Burritos, Fish & Chips, Breakfast Burritos. Beer ON TAP & Other Refreshments and lots more!
Monday, Wednesday thru Friday: 11 am to 5 pm. Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm.  Saturday and Sundays we are open at 9 for breakfast burritos & Bloody Mary’s.  Just steps from the beach in Pacific City Oregon.”

Want breakfast for dinner? Our local Village Coffee Shop offers: “Home of the Giant Chicken Fried Steak! Hamburgers, espresso, clam chowder, steak, and eggs are all sold at this coffee shop. Enjoy a meal any time of day – breakfast is served all day long!”

The best donuts in town are hands down at Megpies Bakery and Café:  They also offer fresh brewed coffee, specialty coffees, full breakfast and other menu items as well.

Lunch & Dinner:

There are a lot of options for Lunch & Dinner in Pacific City, as we already mentioned for breakfast burritos, Ben & Jeff’s Taco & Burgers Restaurant: has an amazing lunch menu! Casual and kid friendly, sandy toes are expected!

If you want more options and an iconic experience, walk across the street to Pelican Brewing Company: “The only beachfront brewpub in the Pacific Northwest, this inviting establishment welcomes guests with tantalizing beer cuisine, intimate brewery tours and, arguably, the most incredible beach patio experience around. Gaze in awe at Oregon’s largest Haystack Rock. Watch the surfers. See the sun set.”

A favorite super kid-friendly option for lunch or dinner is Doryland Pizza: “Doryland also offers a fresh salad bar, great sandwiches, pastas, clam chowder in a sourdough bowl and 12 rotating draft beers and wine.  The adults can enjoy big screen sports while the kids play a variety of new video games.”

Fish and Chips is an Oregon Coast favorite, and we think the best in town can be found at Sportman’s Pub-n-Grub: “PC Dory Caught Fresh Fish, Netarts Bay Oysters, Grill Burgers, Pizza and Mexican Food- Come join the fun and bump elbows with the locals.”

Are you craving something unique, maybe a fusion of flavors? We have a gem here in Pacific City! Right before you head over the bridge is Beach Wok Asian Food: “We are a small “mom and pop” business with a big desire to enhance our wonderful beach community by offering another option of food style. Each of our dishes are “INSPIRED” by various cuisines of different Asian countries.  One thing I learned from my Vietnamese Mama is that “there is NO one way to make an Asian dish” We take Inspiration from those cuisines then put our own spin on our dishes. We offer Gluten Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian Options. We use NO MSG, NO PEANUT OIL, AND ONLY VEGETABLE STOCK. Our style of cooking is to use fresh ingredients, fresh vegetables, we make our own sauces and cook in individual Woks.  Our Kitchen is Small and our Hearts are Big!”

Mexican Food and Margaritas? Yes, we have that here in Pacific City! Check out Los Caporales for authentic Mexican food, friendly atmosphere and excellent service! Check out their Facebook page for super affordable specials.

Another local restaurant with great outdoor seating and views of the beautiful Nestucca River is The Oar House Bar & Grill: Burgers, Seafood, Pasta, Steaks and More! Voted one of the top 10 Burger Destinations on the North Coast!

Just across the street from the Oar House is The River House, sitting right on the Nestucca River with amazing views and even more amazing food! Want an affordable fine dining experience, with locally caught fish? The River House offers lunch, afternoon and dinner menus -make a reservation you won’t be disappointed.

Last, but certainly not least is the Meridian Restaurant & Bar: “Tuck into the catch of the day and dishes sourced from Northwest farms and purveyors at Meridian. Exposed beams, Oregon hardwoods and sky-high windows create a stylish but relaxed dining experience. Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or call us to arrange a private event.”

Wine Bar:

Pacific City even has its very own wine bar! Twist Wine Company– One of our favorite gathering places, come join us for a glass of wine and great conversation.


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3 night minimum stay required. Applicable for new bookings only. Many amazing houses still available.’

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Oregon Coast Hikes Near Pacific City — part 1

Oregon Coast Hikes-It’s All Here!

Right here in Pacific City we have miles and miles of some of the most picturesque hikes you can find. The difficulty of the hikes range from easy to technical, there is something for everyone! This Blog Post will be a 2-part post; there are so many local hikes we are going to break them down a bit.

 Cape Kiwanda- One of Three Capes in Tillamook County

 

Cape Kiwanda sand dune is a fun family attraction. The dune is steep and stopping to take in the views and catch your breath is expected. If you want to explore more, there are scenic safe areas on either side of the dune you can adventure around. Please be advised that the Cape is made of sandstone and though it seems like stable rock, it can and HAS crumbled under pressure. Please heed the postings, stay safe and have fun!

Head south about a mile and half from Cape Kiwanda and you will find Bob Straub State Park. Popular for horseback riding, there are 484 acres to explore. The park is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Nestucca River on the east side, with trails that run between the two. Within Bob Straub State Park is the peaceful, Nestucca Spit- it is about a 6-7 mile loop (who doesn’t love a hiking loop?) not heavily travelled, so you can be one with nature.

Haystack Rock & Cape Kiwanda views from the Nestucca Wildlife Refuge

Just a little south of Pacific City is the Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge, with Two Rivers Nature Trail. There are a couple of options in the wildlife refuge, you can stroll up to the lookout and take in the view all the way back to Cape Kiwanda, or head down the trail towards the ocean. There

are two different trails here, one that is mostly on a level dirt road, and another that ventures off more into the coa

stal forest. This spot has some nice restrooms, ample parking and some wildlife informational signs- great for the whole family. Are you a bird watcher? This is a fabulous location for bird watching including: osprey, sharp-shinned hawks, brown pelicans and a large variety of ducks.

 

 

Cape Mears Lighthouse

Want to hike all three Capes? Next up we have Cape Lookout, it is just 20 minutes up the road from Cape Kiwanda and absolutely worth the drive! As a matter of fact you pass a few hikes on the way: Sitka Sedge State Natural Reserve, Clay Myers State Natural Area at Whalen Island, and Sand Lake Recreation Area are all hiking areas you will pass on the way to Cape Lookout. This hike is unique, in that the first half of the hike is really well maintained. It is easy walking, and absolutely magical! You can feel the difference in breathing in the air, it is classified as a coastal rain forest and you can feel it all around you as you walk through it. Lush green ferns, moss covered trees, huge wild red

Octopus Tree Cape Mears

mushrooms- it looks like an elven forest. Parking can be a little crowded in the summer, but the trail is long and you rarely pass other hikers.

Further North is Cape Mears. Here you will be able to explore over three miles of hiking trails, again something for the whole family. There is a walking trail that is only about a mile long, that gently winds through huge spruce trees. As a point of interest, the largest Sitka Spruce Tree in the state of Oregon can be found here! Cape Mears has other attractions as well, including a lighthouse from the 1890’s that offers tours in the summer time.  Also, summer time is the best time of year to spot resident whales, along with seals and sea lions at Cape Mears. It is worth the 40-minute drive north to explore this Oregon coastal wonder.

 

Pacific City is special beachfront town, close to amazing hiking trails- where you can take in the rugged and majestic Oregon coast. Put on your hiking shoes and begin exploring. You could never hit all the trails in one stay, so we will look forward to having you back as guests again!

Book your next Oregon Coast Getaway with us today:

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Nestucca River Chinook Salmon Fishing

Pacific City boat launch

     Nestucca River Chinook Salmon & Steelhead Fishing

Pacific City has some of the best fishing around!

Spring Steelhead & Chinook

Highly prized Steelhead & Chinook Salmon will soon make their run on the Nestucca River that runs into the ocean near Pacific City. We will typically see about several hundred fish per year, with the best Steelhead usually caught between March & April, and the Chinook Salmon best in May & June.

According to local sources, winter steelhead will soon begin their arrival into Oregon’s coastal rivers, meaning it will be time for anglers to begin targeting the sea-run rainbow trout.

Spring chinook smolts are released in the spring near Farmer Creek, also from Three Rivers at the hatchery. Fishing is said to be best from Beaver down into Pacific City in late Spring. There is nothing more exciting that reeling in a 40-pound Chinook!

 

Pacific City local fishing guide Travis with a happy client

The Nestucca River has a healthy population of steelhead, Chinook salmon, and cutthroat trout. It flows through southern Tillamook County and enters the ocean at Pacific City. The Nestucca is one of the best places on the north coast to land winter steelhead over 20 pounds, and Chinook Salmon that can reach 50 pounds or more!

There are some amazing local fishing guides to help you find the best local fishing spots. Travis at Adrift Angling in Pacific City professionally guides fisherman along the Nestucca River. All you need is your fishing license and he will help you bring home fresh caught dinner! Sometimes, you can even drop crab pots along the way and bring home some yummy fresh Dungeness! 503-929-6847 adriftangling@gmail.com.

#102 Just Ducky Vacation rental riverfront in Pacific City
Just Ducky riverfront vacation rental home

If the river is calling you, this is a great time to reserve a property with us. Check out this cozy Nestucca Riverfront home in Pacific City, #102 – Just Ducky! Front row action to the Nestucca River fishing, also a lovely, calming waterfront view near the beach but secluded and peaceful.

We also have some oceanfront homes available, so you can winter storm watch if we have a stormy day or watch the sunset over the ocean on a calm clear day. Either way you won’t be disappointed.  Bring the family, and do some beach combing, fishing and relaxing. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Nestucca River Spring fishing
WOW! Huge Pacific City Nestucca River fish!

Oregon Coast Storm Watching

Stay Alert: Winter storms on the Oregon Coast are exhilarating to behold! Be sure to use caution and watch from a safe distance during storms.  Keep your distance from jetties, and stay back from low-lying areas like tide pools. Sneaker waves are truly unexpected, they come in quick and strong- never turn your back on the ocean.

 

Wave crashing over Cape Kiwanda photo sequence as taken this winter by Kiwanda Coastal Properties staff. One of the perks of working at our oceanfront vacation rentals.

Storm watching is a highly anticipated activity along the Oregon coast, howling winds, sideways rain and dramatic spindrift from the crashing waves brings winter excitement.

Here in Pacific City we have Cape Kiwanda, where giant waves crash and spray over the cape, putting on a display by nature that is unparallelled. Travelers come from all over the world to watch mother nature roar- staying in one of our oceanfront homes, bundled under a blanket with a crackling fire, it’s absolutely magical.

Many of our guests will hurry to the coast when the weather is warm and sunny, but those in the know also quickly pack for a trip to enjoy the show of a particularly strong storm! It is both thrilling and cozy all at the same time. Peak season for storm watching continues through March, so there is still time to experience the awe inspiring coastline endure pummeling rain, churning sea, crashing waves and massive sprays of salty water.

Don’t miss out, come join us! Book a stay with us before the season passes, you won’t be disappointed- just make sure to observe warning signs, and stay back off of the cliffs, and it will be a getaway to remember!


Day trip to Mt. Hebo from Pacific City

If you are looking for a day out that combines sweeping Pacific Ocean views, military history, winter sledding and volcanoes, Mount Hebo is perhaps the only place in Oregon to go.

Unlike most of our coastal attractions, Mount Hebo is best enjoyed outside of summer months on a clear day. While a summer visit to Mt. Hebo is still very pleasant, the risk of coastal fog reduces the view possibilities from the 3,000 ft summit. As you awaken in one of our rental houses, check for clouds to the west and east. If possible, check the Portland or McMinnville weather forecast for clear skies as well. If all is clear, then you are going to enjoy epic views of the Oregon Coast and Cascade Range.

pc from hebo

Haystack Rock and Pacific City views from Mt. Hebo hike.

Because Mt. Hebo hosted an Air Force Radar Station from 1956 until 1980, there is a paved road that takes you to the top of this impressive mountain. From Pacific City, follow Brooten Road to Highway 101 and turn left (north). After a scenic 10 minute drive winding through the Nestucca Valley with its historic dairy farms, you will be in Hebo. Once in Hebo, turn right on Highway 22 towards McMinnville and then turn left on Mt. Hebo Road. This road takes you through US Forest Land to the Mt. Hebo summit.

The forest clears once you get to the summit and you will find plenty of parking. Read the informative sign about the history of the Radar Station and imagine what it might have been like to have lived and served up here. As you walk to the west, you will see Haystack Rock and the Pacific Ocean appear.

From the westernmost point of the summit, you can enjoy a 100 mile wide Pacific Ocean panorama extending from Cape Foulweather in the south to Neahkahnie and Saddle Mountain in the north.

Mt. St. Helens views from Mt. Hebo

Mt. St. Helens views from Mt. Hebo

If you can turn your back on this view and head back towards your vehicle, you will then be treated to views of the Cascade Range. Mount St. Helens is the easiest volcano to see from Mt. Hebo- however, on the very clearest of days, you will also be able to see Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Mount Jefferson. The below picture shows Mount St. Helens in the middle, with Mt. Rainier visible to the left and Mt. Adams being visible to the right. In the picture, Rainier and Adams appear to be little more than white smudges- however, in person this view is far more distinct.

After returning to your vehicle and heading back down the mountain, you might consider stopping at one of the turn offs to admire the Douglas fir and Sitka spruce trees. There are several signs that provide the visitor with information about this forest. You could also stop at Hebo Lake and take a quick hike around it.

Once you return to Hebo, you can turn left and head back to Pacific City, or you could turn right and head north to Tillamook. Tillamook has several points of interest that are worth a visit, from the well-known Tillamook Cheese Factory to the fascinating Tillamook County Pioneer Museum.

Mt. Hood as seen from Mt. Hebo on the Oregon Coast

Mt. Hood as seen from Mt. Hebo on the Oregon Coast

Other things to do around Mt Hebo

  • Hiking- Mt. Hebo offers many hiking opportunities. There are several trails which lead through forestland. You can also park your car near the bottom of the mountain and hike the road to the summit.
  • Fishing- Hebo Lake is stocked with trout. In the spring Oregon’s Department of Fish & Wildlife put on a “Free Fishing Day” for kids. Catching a fish is almost guaranteed!
  • Winter Sports- The summit of Mt. Hebo is often covered with deep snow in the winter. Snow may also fall at lower elevations on the mountain. If it is below 50 degrees F and wet in Pacific City, most likely it is snowing on Mt. Hebo. Talk to locals to find out more about snow conditions. The road to Mt. Hebo is not ploughed, gritted, or salted, so use extreme caution if you choose to drive up the mountain in winter conditions. All-wheel drive, traction tires and chains are all recommended. Excellent sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities are all there for the taking if you are adventurous.

Local Recycling for KCP renters!

Kiwanda Coastal Properties is so proud to announce that after months of working with Tillamook County Solid Waste that we can now offer local recycling to our renters!!

This is fantastic news as renters have never had this option, and many renters often take their recycling home with them because our local recycling center is not open at very convenient times and there is NO curbside pickup in Pacific City (or surrounding areas). Pacific City vacation rental homes are often frequented by ecologically minded customers who truly want to recycle. This has previously been nearly impossible to accommodate due to difficult logistics. Now, though…we are so proud to offer this service for vacation rental guests.

Kiwanda Coastal Properties has always thought it was horrible to share our beautiful, natural landscape, but not offer basic environmentally conscious services. Easy recycling in Pacific City has never been an option for vacation rental guests.

Now, we have recycling receptacles at our office. Housekeeping staff can transport small amounts of recycling to our office from the house, but we do ask that renters bring and sort their recycling upon check-out.