Going Slow and Keeping it Simple

By Ann Powers | Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Slow Movement is very much a way of life here on the North Coast and won’t be hurrying off anywhere too soon. It's all about stepping away from the hustle and bustle and enhancing our level of connection with our environment, our community, our families and ourselves. In our neck of the woods, it encompasses everything from food to fabric and allows you to rediscover how good simplicity can be. 

To taste some of the slow goodness the region has to offer, indulge in delicious farm-to-table cuisine during a super chill getaway at North Fork 53 Coastal Retreat and Tea Gardens in Nehalem. Relax and renew in an eco-friendly private suite and enjoy reading nooks, a yoga room, sauna, tea bar and more – all in a meticulously restored riverfront farmhouse.  

Photo courtesy North Fork 53 Coastal Retreat and Tea Gardens

North Fork 53 is located at 77282 Highway 53, which is about 15 minutes east of Manzanita Beach and 90 minutes west of Portland. For availability and rates email info@northfork53.com or call (503) 368-5382.

Or head over to the co-op-founded Blue Scorcher Bakery & Café in Astoria for handcrafted Ecuadorian chocolates, freshly baked bread, breakfast, lunch and a wide array of vegan delights. Their goods use only organic ingredients. Take in the magnificent views of the mighty Columbia River while you dine in the cozy cafe located in the Historic Fort George Building. Get your goods to go and settle in for a leisurely summer picnic in the charming park on the building’s south side.  

Photo courtesy Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe

The Blue Scorcher Bakery & Café is at 1493 Duane Street.  Call (503) 338-7473 for more information.

Switching from food to fabric, see what the weavers and knitters are creating at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook. Nearly 30 years ago it was an abandoned schoolhouse, originally built in the 1880s, with blackberries growing through the floorboards and birds flying in and out of holes in the ceilings.

What was the former Maple Leaf School is now completely restored and operates as a nonprofit and gathering place for fiber and textile artisans sharing their passion for all things handcrafted. Latimer is brimming with the end results of highly honed homestead hobbies that mothers and grandmothers have taught throughout the generations.

Photo courtesy Latimer Quilt and Textile Center

As you enter it’s like taking a step back in time. You’ll find weavers and spinners slowly bringing their creations to life, quilters patching to together the next blue ribbon winner at the county fair, as well as rug hookers and needle pointers. You may also come across a few students learning age-old traditions. That’s because Latimer offers a program for area youngsters to visit weekly and learn different crafts.

Latimer’s gallery features rotating exhibits of vintage textiles and contemporary fiber and textile work by local and nationally recognized artists. It also has a repository with handcrafted treasures and heirlooms dating back to the 1700s, a research library for onsite use and a gift shop.

Photo courtesy Latimer Quilt and Textile Center

Latimer Quilt & Textile is located at 2105 Wilson River Loop Rd. in Tillamook. For more information call 503-842-8622. 

Make sure to check our Northern Oregon Coast Daytime EventsNightlife and Community Events pages for even more adventures within these towns. And we’d love to hear about your Pacific Northwest getaway in the comments section below!

About the Author Ann Powers
Ann Powers is a reporter and writer who has lived and worked on the Oregon Coast. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and currently working on her master's degree in multimedia journalism at the University of Oregon's Portland campus. Originally from Wisconsin, she now calls Oregon home, describing it as, "the Midwest of the Pacific Northwest," due to its dairy-state status, beautiful environment and friendly people.