North Oregon Coast Blog

The Northern Oregon Coast is a mecca for artists, roadtrippers, nature lovers, outdoor adventurers and anyone looking to lose themselves in this wonderful, rugged wilderness. These towns – starting with the lush Long Beach Peninsula in Washington and stretching south to the communities around Tillamook – present a natural playground where cliffs meet the coast, beaches burst with whale-watching outposts, seaside towns provide playful diversions and plenty of family-friendly entertainment as well as bucolic scenes of rolling fields dotted with happily grazing dairy cows. The history and culture flowing through the Northern Oregon Coast brims with fascinating stories, people and traditions – ones that shape the places you see today and continue to influence happenings throughout the region.

Each week, our Northern Oregon Coast blogger, Ann, explores much-anticipated events or delves into a piece of the area’s history or coastal culture. It’s like sitting down with your local friend who’s in the know on the hottest stuff. Her blogs keep you savvy on exciting, upcoming Northern Oregon Coast events, activities beyond the typical sightseeing adventures, movers and shakers changing these communities or the secret significance behind sights and norms in the towns that seem so unassuming at first glance. Check in with Ann each week to stay up-to-date on everything going on around the Northern Oregon Coast.

Featured Blog

The North Coast Goes Nordic at Scanfest 2019

By Ann Powers | Sunday, June 9, 2019
Discover your inner Viking and save the date for the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival from Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. Now in its 52nd year, the celebration opens on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. with approximately 70 vendors, dozens of singers, dancers and musicians... Read More

An Udderly Delicious Experience Awaits in Tillamook

By Ann Powers | Monday, June 3, 2019
In Oregon we're crazy about our cows, and some of the best dairy delights around are produced at the Tillamook Creamery.  Last summer the iconic Creamery (formerly known as the Tillamook Cheese Factory) unveiled its impressive $26-million remodel of its visitors center. The total makeover produced a new and improved... Read More

Sandcastle Splendor in Cannon Beach

By Ann Powers | Monday, May 27, 2019
Grab your shovels and pails and get ready for some serious coastal creativity at the 55th Annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest from Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9. Teams of professional artists, amateur groups and families return year after year for this sand celebration spectacular that is the oldest... Read More

A Longtime Local Looms Large: Meet Rockaway Beach's Big Cedar

By Ann Powers | Monday, May 20, 2019
Rockaway Beach may be a small seaside hamlet, but one of its more senior locals, as in 500 to 900 years old, is massive ... I mean more than ten stories tall (154 feet) and 49 feet around kind of massive. And beginning next month you can get up close and personal with this majestic giant, a mammoth Western Red Cedar... Read More

Making Memorial Day Memorable on the Northern Oregon Coast

By Ann Powers | Monday, May 13, 2019
Memorial Day is just around corner – a time to remember and honor the courageous women and men who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. All along the Northern Oregon Coast, you’ll find a plethora of events honoring our fallen veterans, many of which are local traditions that occur with each Memorial Day. ... Read More

Beaches, Bikes, Bonfires and Brew

By Ann Powers | Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Here on the Northern Oregon Coast, we’re very fond of the Four B’s – Beaches, Bikes, Bonfires and Brew.  So save the dates, because it will all be up for grabs during the 2nd Annual Cannon Beach Fat Tire Bike Festival from Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19.  Explore the sandy shores of this charming seaside... Read More