Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’ve decided pigs can fly …After a lifetime of proclaiming my dislike for the Oregon coast, I’ve had a change of heart. It might be a short romance throughout February and March, but I’ll take it. Apparently all these years we’d been visiting at the wrong time…summer. Late winter and early spring seem to be the time of year to visit….who knew! Certainly not us.
Todd and I spent another enjoyable weekend at Nehalem Bay State Park. The forecast called for rain and we were prepared with books and movies to keep us busy if the weather was stormy. I had surgery scheduled the following week and we wanted to take the Bambi out one more time beforehand. Fortunately for us, the weatherman got it wrong again. The skies cleared, the temps were mild and we enjoyed hours of beautiful walks down the coast and along Nehalem bay.
We love this park, especially in the winter. It has something for everyone. Beautiful sites, nice amenities, close to both the ocean and the bay, sand dunes galore, nature trails, bike paths, an airport, horseback riding, yurts – it’s all here. No wonder people book a year out for this place. The nice part about winter camping though…NO CROWDS, NO CROWDS, NO CROWDS. We won’t stay here once the camping season begins. We prefer quieter parks at federal campgrounds even if it means no hookups. But, we’ll definitely return over and over again during the off season!
Another thing to love about Nehalem Bay is its proximity to several coastal communities. The town of Manzanita is located within walking distance. This is one of my favorite little towns to explore…lots of great shopping tucked away in a picturesque little community. Manzanita, with it’s long stretch of sandy beaches is the third most photographed area in Oregon.
The city of Tillamook, home to the famous cheese factory, is located just 25 miles south of the state park. The towns of Cannon Beach and Seaside, also really popular tourist destinations, are just a 10-15 minute drive down the road. Cannon Beach is home to one of our favorite restauraunts on the coast – Pizza Fetta! We never miss an opportunity to eat here when we’re in town!
All and all another wonderful weekend. If you’re thinking of visiting the northern Oregon Coast during the winter, Nehalem Bay State Park really has it all!