Home to some beautiful big cities and wonderful natural landscapes, Oregon is one of the states to explore in the Pacific Northwest region. Part of what makes Oregon such a unique location is its long stretch of coastline, known simply as the Oregon Coast. It runs for around 362 miles in total, finishing at the Columbia River in the north and the state border with California to the south. To the west lies the Pacific Ocean, and to the east is the Oregon Coast Range of mountains. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.RV Resort at Cannon Beach
3.Oceanside RV Resort & Campground
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3 Best Seaside, Oregon RV Parks & Campgrounds
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- RV Resort at Cannon Beach, Photo: Tomasz Zajda/stock.adobe.com
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More Ideas: Seaside Museum and Historical Society
Located in Seaside, OR, the Seaside Museum and Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the area’s social and cultural history, offering an educational museum with historical exhibits and a restored living history museum cottage and garden facility.
Though the Columbia River area of the Pacific Northwest had long been home to the Clatsop, Chinook, and Kathlamet indigenous tribes, the history of European occupation of the area dates back to the 1792 expeditions of Robert Gray and the subsequent 1805 surveys of Captains Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery. The area that now encompasses the city of Seaside was historically the location of the Clatsop Ne-co-tat village. In 1899, the area was incorporated as a coastal resort city, and in 1912, French immigrant Alexandre Gilbert was elected as the city’s mayor, adding significant amounts of beachfront land to the area as a result of personal land donations. Throughout the early 20th century, the area became established as a seashore resort community, known for its beachfront cottages, resorts, boardwalks, and cultural attractions. The Seaside Historical Society was established in 1970 to preserve the region’s social and cultural history, and a museum facility was opened the same year to showcase artifact holdings in public exhibits. In 1993, the Society opened the Butterfield Cottage living history museum.
Permanent Exhibits and Collections
Today, the Seaside Museum and Historical Society operates as a nonprofit educational organization, seeking to preserve the region’s history and educate visitors through museum exhibits and public programming. The Society is operated by a board of directors, along with the help of a number of volunteers serving in various operational and archival capacities. The museum’s operations are funded by private and corporate donations, which are accepted via the Society’s website.
At the Seaside Museum, a variety of exhibits chronicle the area’s history, spanning thousands of years through its indigenous history and pioneer settlement. A Native American Exhibit documents the findings of the Palmrose and Par-Tee Archaeological Digs of the 1970s, conducted by researchers at the Smithsonian Institution, and showcases handcrafted artifacts, a model of a Clatsop long house, and a map of the area’s indigenous tribes and languages. A Logging Exhibit displays a collection of photographs related to the area’s logging industry, and a Railroad History Exhibit documents the construction of the 1898 trestle across Youngs Bay. Several exhibits chronicle the area’s history as a resort area, including a Seaside Hotels Exhibit and an exhibit on the city’s Turnaround Building, which formerly housed a bath house, skating rink, and businesses such as an ice cream and confectionery shop. The history of the area’s Pacific Pier Boardwalk and Seaside Signal Newspaper are also chronicled, along with exhibits on historic area businesses and one-room schoolhouses. A Seaside Hall of Fame exhibit also pays homage to past government officials and civic leaders.
Visitors may explore the Butterfield Cottage, which preserves a historic 1910s-era beachfront cottage, as part of docent-led tours. The cottage was built in 1893 by Portland jeweler Horace Seely Butterfield and used as a private family beach cottage for the following decade. In 1907, the home was transferred to the care of Guy E. DeGolia, whose wife, Emelia Roberts, operated the cottage as a summer boarding house. Throughout the mid-2oth century, the building was used as a millinery shop and an antique shop until it was acquired by the Society in 1984 and relocated to its present location. The Butterfield Cottage has been returned to its original 1912 appearance, furnished with period-appropriate artifacts throughout its dining room, study, kitchen, nursery, and two bedrooms.
The grounds of the Butterfield Cottage have also been cultivated into a Butterfield Gardens facility, established in 2004 as part of a grant from the Historical Gardens Project. All gardens are tended by volunteers from the Sou'Wester Garden Club, an Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs partner organization. Gardens showcase native and historic flowers such as Matilija poppies, Harrison’s yellow roses, flowering tobacco, crocuses, and hollyhock, and an herb garden cultivates native herb species.
Ongoing Programs and Education
Docent-led tours of the museum and cottage facility are offered, including curriculum-incorporated tours for elementary and secondary student groups. A Fourth of July Old-Fashioned Social event, held annually since 1987, features a cake walk and silent auction. A Gingerbread Tea is also presented by the Society on several dates in November and December, featuring homemade gingerbread cookies and a raffle of donated gingerbread houses. A History and Hops lecture series is also hosted monthly at the nearby Seaside Brewing Company, featuring historical lectures on a variety of cultural and social topics related to the area’s past.
570 Necanicum Dr, Seaside, OR 97138, Phone: 503-738-7065
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More Ideas: Mount Thielsen
The Pacific Northwest is famous for its incredible scenery, dominated by extensive forests and towering mountains, and there's no better place to see all the beauty of this region than Oregon. Home to many of the tallest peaks in the entire Cascade Range, Oregon is an incredible location for outdoor enthusiasts and aspiring mountaineers, and Mount Thielsen is easily one of the most exciting and impressive mountains to explore.
Mount Thielsen - High Cascades Mountaineering Location
Mount Thielsen, which has also been known under the name 'Big Cowhorn' due to its horn-shaped peak, is situated in the High Cascades in Southern Oregon, not far from the beautiful site of Crater Lake.
Standing at a height of approximately 9,184 feet (2,799 m), Mount Thielsen really stands out among the Cascade Range for its unique spire which seems to jut out and pierce the sky.
The mountain can provide the perfect backdrop for scenic hikes and photography sessions, as well as being a thrilling to peak to scale. Here's all you need to know about Mount Thielsen:
- The Science - Mount Thielsen is actually all that's left of a shield volcano, with erosion and glaciation having worn away large parts of the rock from the base and summit over the years. What was once a central plug of the volcano at the very top is now that iconic spire that defines Mount Thielsen and allows it to be so distinctly recognizable from afar. The area around the mountain is mostly made up of forest and the weather in the area tends to be quite wet and rainy.
- The History - As previously mentioned, Mount Thielsen was originally known as Big Cowhown. There was also a Little Cowhorn, which is now simply known as Cowhorn Mountain. Both of these mountains were named due to their horn-shaped peaks, and Native Americans admired them for many years before the first white settlers arrived on American soil. It was in 1872 that the mountain received its new official name of Mount Thielsen, which was chosen in honor of railroad pioneer Hans Thielsen. The mountain was first ascended in 1883.
- Difficulty - Despite its towering elevation and rather dramatic presence, Mount Thielsen isn't a particularly difficult climb, even for inexperienced mountaineers. There are several routes to the top, some more difficult than others, but each can be completed with relative ease, especially when compared to some of the trickier routes around the Cascade Range. The biggest challenge is actually getting to the very top of the pinnacle. Many visitors to Mount Thielsen simply prefer to reach the highest natural end point of the trail - a spot which has been nicknamed 'chicken ledge' by some - and observe the views from there, but there are hand holds and ways to get to the top if desired.
- Conditions and Best Time to Climb - When is the best time to climb Mount Thielsen? Well, it's worth noting that this mountain is nicknamed 'The Lightning Rod of the Cascades'. It's the tallest peak in the area and can really attract storms, so if there's any hint of a storm's arrival, climbing the mountain isn't a great idea. That said, Mount Thielsen can be climbed at almost any time of year. The majority of visitors tend to make their ascents in the summer, but there are still plenty of climbers in the winter, but the route is more challenging and getting up the pinnacle is especially difficult in icy conditions.
- Climbing Routes at Mount Thielsen - There are two main climbing routes to consider at Mount Thielsen: the West Ridge and the McLaughlin Memorial Route. The former is by far the most popular and definitely the easiest. It involves a relatively simple ascent overall, with the pinnacle posing the biggest challenge. The McLaughlin Memorial Route, named in honor of a climber who died during an ascent of Denali, presents a much larger challenge. The rock is weaker and more fragile along this route, and there are some particularly dangerous areas along the way, but any climbers experienced and skilled enough to make it will be treated to some amazing views from the northeastern ridge.
- Hiking at Mount Thielsen - There are some beautiful hiking trails to folllow around Mount Thielsen, including two key approach routes to the mountain: the Mount Thielsen Trail and the Thielsen Creek Trail. The Mount Thielsen Trail runs for around four miles and joins up with the West Ridge route up the mountain itself, while the Thielsen Creek Trail runs for around 7.5 miles but finishes in the same location. The former is the most popular and is used by most people planning to climb Mount Thielsen, but can be an enjoyable walk all on its own. The latter is longer but generally regarded as more scenic and more enjoyable overall. The Thielsen Creek Trail takes hikers along Thielsen Creek, through various meadows and offering multiple water sources along the way to help you stay hydrated.
- Camping at Mount Thielsen - Camping is perfectly possible in many areas all around Mount Thielsen. In general, you can camp almost anywhere on National Forest Land unless you happen to see signs or notices indicating otherwise. The area around Diamond Lake is one of the best spots to camp for trips to Mount Thielsen, with campgrounds like the Thielsen View Campground and Diamond Lake Campground offering plenty of trailer and tent sites, as well as plenty of useful amenities like picnic tables, fire pits, water, restrooms, and more. If you're looking for free camping at Mount Thielsen, you can find your own spot around the forest or visiting the South Shore Picnic Area, which features five campsites in total and basic amenities.
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More Ideas: Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon
Set on a cliff-top overlooking Nye Beach, the literary-themed Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport is a quaint, charming hotel that offers guests a peaceful retreat with beautiful views. Named after Sylvia Beach, expatriate American bookseller, and publisher, Sylvia Beach Hotel boasts beautifully appointed TV- and telephone-free guest rooms named after famous authors with private bathrooms, fireplaces and garden or ocean views.
A delicious complimentary continental breakfast is served every morning in the low-key restaurant, which also serves family-style dinners in a casual atmosphere, and a cozy lounge, library and games room offers various forms of entertainment from board games to books. A furnished deck with comfy seating provides the perfect place to relax with a cup of tea and a book to soak up the stunning ocean views.
Sylvia Beach Hotel is ideally located for exploring the area and is located just a mile from the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, two miles from the Oregon Coast Aquarium and three miles from Big Creek Park.
Sylvia Beach Hotel boasts 21 beautifully appointed and literary-themed guest rooms with charming décor and comfortable furnishings, different size beds ranging from singles and twins to double, queens and kings in clean, homely linens. Private bathrooms vary from room to room, some with en-suite bathrooms with showers, others with shared bathrooms, while some rooms have spacious sitting areas with fireplaces, tables, and armchairs.
Four Novel Rooms, namely Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne, and Gertrude Stein are located on the first and second floors and feature queen-size beds in crisp linens, en-suite bathrooms with bathrooms with shower/bath combinations and plush towels, and lovely views over the garden. These rooms also have access to the garden via patios.
The three Classic Rooms, namely Agatha Christie, Mark Twain and Colette boast queen-size beds and a pullout sofa beds (single or double) for extra guests, en-suite bathrooms with shower/bath combinations and plush towels, spacious sitting areas with fireplaces and expansive private decks with glorious ocean views.
The hotel’s family-friendly Tables of Content Restaurant serves a delicious complimentary continental breakfast every morning, and hearty home-cooked dinners in the evenings with a menu of local dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients, including ocean-fresh seafood.
In addition to comfortable, home-away-from-home guest rooms, Sylvia Beach Hotel offers a variety of guest amenities to ensure a tranquil and relaxing stay. A large oceanfront library on the third floor of the hotel provides plenty of reading material, including novels by many of the authors that the guest rooms are named after, as well as daily newspapers, board games, and puzzles. Laptops are allowed in the library but the hotel is a technology-free zone without televisions or telephones in the guest rooms, and there is no wireless Internet available. The hotel’s family-friendly Tables of Content Restaurant serves a delicious complimentary continental breakfast every morning and home-cooked dinners in the evenings and coffee are served in the hotel’s coffee room throughout the day.
Set on the charmingly rugged Oregon Coast, Newport offers a variety of fun and educational activities for the whole family. The beautiful coastline provides myriad activities from mountain biking, hiking, golf and flying kites, to bird watching and strolling the sandy shores, exploring rock pools, combing for fossils and spotting marine life in its natural habitat. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is worth a visit to walk through a glass tunnel surrounded by sharks and stroke an octopus, while the historic Nye Beach is a perfect place for a picnic with its pretty cottages and laid-back atmosphere. Newport’s most iconic landmark is the impressive Yaquina Bay Bridge, which is an ambassador for the city and a magnificent piece of art-deco architecture and there two picturesque lighthouses on Yaquina Head and Yaquina Bay, one of which is the tallest on the Oregon Coast.
Officially known as the ‘Dungeness Crab Capital of the World,’ Newport is the place to enjoy public crabbing. Grab a cold Rogue brew can be savored at Brewer’s on the Bay, a restaurant and bar at the foot of the Yaquina Bay Bridge that offers over 40 taps and spectacular panoramic views of Yaquina Bay.
267 NW Cliff St, Newport, OR 97365, Phone: 541-265-5428
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