The Oregon Coastline is massive, stretching for 363 miles along the Pacific Ocean, and just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should postpone a trip here until spring. In chillier months, these public beaches are perfect for whale watching, as well as getting cozy in a beachfront rental while a scenic storm rolls in. The temperatures here generally stay in the low 40s to 50s, so you can still hike through the nearby forests or even ride a horse along the sands.
MUST DO: The Heceta Head Lighthouse in Florence is the stuff Instagram dreams are made of. This adorable lighthouse is nestled in a 200-foot bluff off the coast, and is situated high enough to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Cape Cove and Devils Elbow, but don’t overlook the sea lions in the caves below. The historic structure doubles as a bed-and-breakfast, so you've got time to explore.
MUST EAT: When you’re at the beach, seafood is always the right call -- and in winter months, local favorites Dungeness and rock crab come into season. Try the wildly popular crab cake at The Waterfront Depot, a beloved local spot with tapas and a long list of classic fresh seafood dishes.
MUST DRINK: Rogue House of Spirit is about an hour out, but well worth the travel when you consider how much this place truly embodies the Oregon Coast. Located on Newport’s Historic Bayfront, Rogue was founded on the principle that you should “Feed The Fishermen,” meaning support the local community, and they’ll support you. They’ve embodied that idea since they started brewing beer in the ’80s, and have been making spirits on the Coast since ’06.