STRUNG TOGETHER around Nehalem Bay like beads around a gleaming jewel, the Pacific-coast towns of Manzanita, Nehalem, and Wheeler offer the perfect place to escape on Oregon’s Northern Coast. Because the “name” beaches and bigger communities draw most of the tourist attention, these three village communities enjoy a quiet, unrushed existence and provide an ideal vacation opportunity for you, your family and/or your friends.

Sunset at the beach in Manzanita. (David Dixon photo)

Nehalem sits on the banks of the Nehalem River, Wheeler overlooks Nehalem Bay, and Manzanita, the largest of the three, sits on the Pacific Ocean and boasts seven flat, sandy miles of recreational beach.

Tucked up underneath towering coastal cliffs to the south, Nehalem Bay and the communities are surrounded by stunning coastal forests and pristine beaches. The state parks in the area provide hiking trails and breath-taking sights and plenty of wildlife (including the always-entertaining local surfers). You can also rent horses or bikes for use on many of the trails.

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Manzanita Oregon seen from Neahkahnie Mountain looking south to Nehalem Bay. (Keith Whitaker photo)

The communities may be small, but you won’t be doing without, as grocery, pharmacy, liquor, dining, movie, and equipment rental services are readily available. Ditch the crowds, rent a vacation home in Manzanita and enjoy a quiet, relaxing vacation on Oregon’s stunning North coast!

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Hug Point State Recreation Area, Northern Oregon Coast

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The amazing Tillamook Air Museum, housed in a gigantic WWII blimp hanger.

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NEAHKAHNIE NET

is an online guide to the Nehalem Bay Area

NEHALEM BAY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

• Events Calendar
• Web Cams
• Area Businesses

nehalem bay area chamber webpage

NORTHERN OREGON COAST GUIDE

Website with picture galleries, lighthouses guide, events and more.

OREGON.GOV

State parks information for the north coast.

WIKIPEDIA: OREGON COAST RANGE

Manzanita Area Activities

BEACH: The main draw is Manzanita’s 7 mile long flat walking beach that stretches from fabled Neahkahnie Mountain with its buried treasure to the Nehalem Bay State Park.

AROUND TOWN:

—Bikes and Boards - riding and surfing

Nehalem Bay State Park with horseback rentals

Oregon Coast Cyber Cafe

Manzanita Library

Cloud and Leaf Bookstore

—Coffee shops

—Mother Nature’s Natural Foods

—Spas: Spa Manzanita and The Parinamah Wellness Center

City Parks with tennis, basketball and hand ball courts, and play-ground equipment for kids

RESTAURANTS: Plenty to choose from around the bay....

IN WHEELER: The Tsunami Grill, The Rising Star Cafe;

IN NEHALEM: Wandas, The Bay Way, Pizza Garden, and The Bunkhouse;

IN MANZANITA: Marzanos Pizza, The Sand Dune Pub, The Great Northern Garlic Company, Terra Cotta Cafe, Ron’s Lighthouse, Bread and Ocean, El Mariachi Loco, The Big Wave, Left Coast Siesta, Vino Manzanita Wine Bar.

HIKING: Trails close by in Oswald West State Park, which is just 5 miles North of Manzanita. Hike to short Sands Beach at Smugglers Cove through Oswald West State Park or hike Neahkahnie Mountain.

AREA GOLF COURSES:  All Public Courses: Alderbrook, Manzanita, Gearhart, Seaside and Highlands.

—Please use the "for more information" links for further information on businesses, sights, and events in the Manzanita/Nehalem Bay area.

The annual 4th of July parade in downtown Manzanita, Oregon. Festivities include a professional fireworks show on the beach the night of the fourth. The giant crab float is from the Chowder House. (David Dixon photo)

South of Manzanita:

You’ll find plenty to hold your interest between Manzanita and Tillamook Oregon (43 miles south), sights and attractions like:

Tillamook Cheese Factory

Blue Heron Cheese Factory

Tillamook Air Museum

Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

Cape Meares Lighthouse

Cape Meares State Park

Garibaldi Museum

• Coast Guard Pier in Garibaldi Oregon

• Jetty Fishery

Nehalem Bay State Park

• Wheeler Marina

• Kayaking and Boating in the bays and rivers

• Antiquing in Wheeler Oregon

2 hours South - Chinook Winds Casino (Lincoln City) and Spirit Mountain Casino (Grand Ronde)


North of Manzanita:

North along the coast to Astoria (38 miles north) you’ll find:

Oswald West State Park

Astoria Column

Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum

Astoria Waterfront and Train Rides

Seaside Aquarium

Seaside Outlet Stores

Helicopter Rides

• Seaside Arcade and Boardwalk

Hug Point State Park

Cannon Beach - Shopping/Dining

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

nehalem bay map surrounding communities
NEAHKAHNIE NET

is an online guide to the Nehalem Bay Area

NEHALEM BAY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

• Events Calendar
• Web Cams
• Area Businesses

NORTHERN OREGON COAST GUIDE

Website with picture galleries, lighthouses guide, events and more.

OREGON.GOV

State parks information for the north coast.

WIKIPEDIA: OREGON COAST RANGE