Magazine article Sunset

Best Beaches: Oregon

Magazine article Sunset

Best Beaches: Oregon

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Dunes and darn good chowder, from Oceanside to Brookings

Oregon's beaches usually have three things in common: Sand-lots of it, wider than summer's waves can wash. Weather-from gray mists to epic tempests, though storms generally take a vacation July through September, leaving breezy, dry days to beach-sit. And access-by law, it's really easy to reach the beach in Oregon. So what are you waiting for?

BEACHIEST CAFE

Roseanna's, Oceanside

Roseanna's is the best restaurant in town, and probably would be even if it weren't the only one in town. Decorated like your eccentric aunt's beachfront cottage, with a view nearly to Japan. Seafood's the theme, prepared every which way but deep-fried. Get there early for Sunday breakfast-or bring the paper to read on the sidewalk while you wait.

1490 Pacific Ave. Entrees $5.25$15.95. (503) 842-7351.

BEST BEACHSIDE CAMPING Cape Lookout State Park, Tillamook

Far from the rush of U.S. 101, Cape Lookout State Park is nestled between Netarts Spit and jutting Cape Lookout. From your campsite, stroll north to the tip of the sandy spit, hike south and west to the cape's end ... or just grab a blanket and binoculars and stay put. On Whiskey, Creek Rd. $22 tent-only sites, $26 sites with hookups, $31 yurts. Reservations: (800) 452-5687. Information: (800) 551-6949.

BEST BEACH RETREAT

Salishan Lodge, Gleneden BEACH RETREAT

Let it rain. When you're at Salishan Lodge, it's all the excuse you need to nest in your artful room, or browse the gallery, or enjoy a memorable dinner in the lodge. Granted, it's not right on the beach; drive two minutes, or follow the nature trail between the golf course and Siletz Bay to Salishan Spit.

On U.S. 101 in Glened Beach. $189-$269. (800) 452-2300.

MOST ROMANTIC BEACH

Nye Beach, Newport

SWF,Sagittarius, seeks soul mate to share candlelit dinners, intimate B & B weekends, and moonlit walks on Nye Beach. We'll stroll on stars of phosphorescence, while beams from the lighthouse dance upon the black water. The moon is full July 19; will you be there? From US. 101 just north of US. 20, follow signs to Nye Beach.

BEST HISTORIC B & B

Heceta Head Lighthouse, Yachats

Between the four-poster bed and thick comforter, and the roar of the surf that lulls-nay, pummels-you to sleep, it's hard to imagine how a lightkeeper ever left his bed to tend that whale-oil lamp. Three bedrooms and seven-course breakfasts greet travelers in the 104year-old keepers' quarters below Heceta Head Lighthouse. …

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