The Oregon coast is an area full of amazing wildlife with rich coastal habitats and wonderful forests. The towns that dot the coast line from North to South provide a unique experience for the people visiting and living in the area. When taking a walk in the neighborhoods along the coast you are just as likely to have a house cat run by you as you are racoons or a local family of deer saunter by. The following pictures were a few pictures of a group of deer that were passing there way between several houses. I have seen many other animals pass by the house over the last few months including a large owl which was unique. You dont get to experience this kind of interaction with wildlife living in the city and makes spending time at the coast very enjoyable.
This photo album is just a sample of pictures of different locations that we have visited while walking around and exploring the Oregon North Coast. There is so many cool places to go and fun stores to check out. A few days were pretty nice outside a few not so nice, but it is what it is.
Rick’s Roadhouse is a great spot to grab a drink and some good food while watching a game or listening to music. Rick’s has a few nice large screen TV’s with something going on and serves excellent bar style food with a few specials in the mix. The burgers are nice hand made juicy burgers and the sandwhiches are fresh and filling. For dinner there is usually a special option available. The drinks at Rick’s are a great deal and the bar tender and owner are really customer friendly and provide great service.
Not the place for kids due to being a bar, but open from 12noon till midnight this is a great place to hang out for a few beers or other alcoholic beverages. If your hanging out in Rockaway Beach make sure to stop by Rick’s and enjoy a good meal.
More information on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/ricks-roadhouse-rockaway
The Rising Star Cafe (http://www.risingstarcafe.com/)in Wheeler, Oregon is an excellent restaurant just one block off the Oregon Coast Highway as it passes through the town. Wheeler is a fun place to stop, there are a few antique stores that have interesting things to look as well as views of the Nehalem Bay. We went for dinner and it was an enjoyable experience and goes down on our list of recommendations of a great place to have a meal on the Oregon Coast. The place is small with a comfortable environment making it an exceptional location for a special dinner after a day at the beach. The menu has a range of local ingredient inspired dishes as well as some asian courses which was a pleasant surprise. The restaurant is cash and check only so make sure to bring cash or there is an ATM at the business next door.
We decided to share a few courses and a dessert. The dinner entree was a Halibut and Shrimp dish that also had a garlic mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. The halibut, Shrimp and Mashed Potatoes was around $21. The halibut and mixed with the mashed was delicious and something that I had not had together before. It is those kinds of dishes that make it fun to go out and try new places and new items that you might not have seen on a menu before. It came with salad with greens, onions, and carrots with a light dressing. We also ordered one of the rice noodle dishes, which had a coconut lime sauce, there was a slight heat to the dish and was mixed with vegatables. The rice noodles was $11 and could have added shrimp or chicken to it for an additional charge. Both dishes were large portions and very satisfying. For dessert we tried the Rising Star Bar which was chocolate chip cookie like pieces with ice cream, chocolate drizzle, and whipped cream. The dessert was $5 and perfect size for sharing between two people. The Rising Star Cafe is worth the trip if you enjoy experiencing great food prepared with fresh, local ingredients.
We look forward to going back to the Rising Star cafe and seeing what is on the menu next.
Karla’s Smokehouse is an Oregon Coast treasure, located in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Karla and her crew of fish smokers make the Best smoked salmon available as well as so many other delicious treats. Driving North on the Oregon Coast Highway make sure to stop at Karla’s, “If they are open“.
Karla not only makes amazing smoked salmon recipes like Garlic & Herb and Black Pepper, there is usually some additional tasty treats on the counter that are always worth trying such as smoked oysters, smoked black cod, smoked albacore tuna and if you are lucky there might be some smoked tuna belly or even smoked salmon bones which are a joy to pick through with a fork. The fish that has been prepared that day is usually just laid out on the front counter on trays with labels and prices for you to select the pieces that fit your needs. Available in the refrigerated counter is packaged fish that are great for gifts. Also available in the cold counter is occasional smoked bacon and smoked salmon prepared items such as a cream cheese mixed with smoked salmon for spreading on a bagel for breakfast.
Karla doesn’t keep all of the special seasonings and flavors a secret like so many food companies, Karla has put it all down on paper and made it available for you with her book. The book is full of history, smoking tips and techniques; which include easy to view picture diagrams with instructions that are step by step details on how to prepare a fish fillet or process any other great tasting fish and all the recipe secrets and smoking tricks to help you smoke fish the Karla way. There are lots of recipes to get you on the right path, but you can also just call for a preorder and get your Karla’s Smokehouse smoked salmon. Check out the website for details and always call ahead to see the hours of business usually focused around the weekend such as Friday and Saturday. http://karlassmokehouse.com/
If you are staying in Cannon Beach or Arch Cape on the Oregon North Coast and the tide is going to be a low tide than venturing south to Hug Point an Oregon Parks and Recreation park.(check the tide tables) The area is called Hug Point because the trail that stage coaches travelled along the coast going North passed and the trail is carved into the rocks with the ruts made by the coming and goings of the coaches. If heading out to the point be cautious of the tide as it can come in quick and fast and leave you stranded up on the rocks.
If you go to Hug Point on a high tide it is less impressive and you are unable to view the historic trail markings that will be covered by the crashing waves. There is still a large beach which is covered with stones that can be walked along looking for random beach artifacts from shells and debris that has washed ashore. More can be found out about this great day trip destination along the Oregon coast at the Hug Point Recreation Site.
The Memaloose Point Boat Launch is a great location to launch a boat into the Tillamook bay to go fishing in the bay or adjacent rivers. When the salmon and steelhead fishing is going strong in the Tillamook Bay then this launch ramp will be full of trailers and boats like the picture in the Google street view or completly empty like the pictures in our album from the day we stopped by this boat launch. There is a pay station so make sure and pay for your boat and trailer to launch at this location. It is not manned so just put your money in the envelope and drop it in. This ramp being just outside of Tillamook is perfect for anyone that is traveling from Portland using Hwy 26. As you leave Portland take the slight left that leads to Hwy 6 which is the Wilson River road. Once inside Tillamook take a left on Main Ave which is Hwy 101 S. Take a right onto 3rd street towards Netarts. This will wind around out of town and you will want to take a right onto Bay Ocean and continue down Bay Ocean with the water on your right and the ramp will be on your right in about 1.5 miles.
The ramp has two lanes and lots of parking for trucks and trailers. Check out this location if you are looking for a great place to launch and go fishing. If you like to kayak and do sight seeing then this is a good choice during non peak fishing season as the ramp will not be congested and you can enjoy a nice peaceful day on the Tillamook bay pending the weather behaves.
For directions to get here click on the Google Street view map below. Obviously the fishing was pretty good the time the Google Street view car and camera went by the boat ramp.