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Cannon Beach is the perfect little Oregon coast town. Walkable, cute shops and galleries, good restaurants, and nice hotels. Oh yeah…and it’s home to Haystack Rock and breathtakingly beautiful views. I spent three nights here just relaxing, walking around town, visiting some of the area’s state parks, hiking the beach, and exploring around during low tide. I opted to stay at the Inn at Haystack Rock which put me within easy walking… Read More

The Pacific coast has many “must see” spots. Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach, Oregon has to be in the top 10. Visitors are treated to sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean at Ecola Point and Indian Beach, plus lots of great hiking. I did the 2.5 mile Clatsop Loop Trail with stunning views of large trees and breathtaking views of the ocean. There’s also the Oregon Coast Trail that traverses the… Read More

Along the Oregon coast, south of Cannon Beach and north of Manzanita, lies the beautiful Oswald West State Park along Highway 101. Spent a perfect day hiking the trails, including the Elk Flats Trail, Devil’s Cauldron Overlook, Short Sand Beach Trail, and the Necarney Creek Trail.

Seaside, Oregon is a family friendly beach town. Equal parts saltwater taffy and carnival games. What it really has going for it is its wide expansive beach with room to spread out, dip your toes in the water, sunbathe, play volleyball, or fly a kite.

Along the Oregon Coast, between Astoria and Seaside, lies Fort Stevens State Park. One of the more interesting spots in the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale. It ran ashore in 1906 and you can walk right up to the rusted hull.

In Portland, Oregon for a work conference. Everyone here kept talking about how mild and sunny the winter was. It must have extended into spring because I was treated to three glorious days of sunshine and warm weather. This was my first trip to Portland. I can see why people love it here: a walkable downtown, easy to get around on mass transit like the MAX light rail and Portland Streetcar, great… Read More