Things To Do

Meares LHThree Capes Scenic Area:
Cape Lookout State Park - just to the south end of Netarts bay, this spectacular cape extends miles into the pacific ocean and is ideal for hiking, whale watching (in season), beach-combing and hang-gliding.

Cape Kiwanda State Park - a little further to the south is Cape Kiwanda, near pacific City. This area is famous for its fishing fleet of dories that are launched directly into the surf.

Cape Meares Lighthouse - is located on the north end of the beautiful Three Capes Scenic Loop. The lighthouse is open daily April through October from 11 am to 4 pm. A wide, asphalt trail, which is wheelchair accessible, gets you there. It is a "do not miss" visit.

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint - just to the north of Netarts Bay are Tillamook Bay and Cape Meares. Cape Meares is known for its historic lighthouse (link above and pictured at right), The Three Arch Rocks, the “Octopus Tree” as well as its breathtaking views of the ocean. The Cape Meares Scenic Viewpoint which holds these attractions, is open daily, throughout the year, from 7 am to dusk; no admission is charged.

Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1938 to protect coastal old growth forest. Huge sitka spruce and western hemlock, some over 200 feet tall and hundreds of years old, provide habitat for federally threatened bird species, including bald eagles. The Refuge includes the Three Arch Rocks, established as a National Wildlife Refuge largely due to the efforts of  conservationists William L. Finley and Herman Bohlman. On October 14, 1907, President Roosevelt declared Three Arch Rocks a National Wildlife Refuge - the oldest west of the Mississippi. In typical Oregon-micro-brew fashion, you too can celebrate the centenial with a bottle of commemorative Puffin Pale Ale from the Rouge River Brewing Co., if you can still find one.

There is paragliding and hang gliding in Cape Lookout State Park and from Maxwell Mountain in Oceanside. The photo at the top was taken above Anderson’s Viewpoint and shows the Pacific ocean (left), Netarts Bay (right), and the ocean beach along the sand spit  in between. Contact the Cascade Paragliding Club (CPC) to find out more about flying in this area. If you're too shy to fly, live vicariously through these amazing photos - (taken by ancil nance, who designed this website, that of the CPC and many others): photos1 and photos2. And YES, that IS netarts bay, the pacific ocean, and the 4 mile long sand spit that separates the two - right where you'll be staying!

You might also check out this YouTube video link and ride along with a hang glider leaving Anderson's Viewpoint.

The Capes Trail Guide can help you navigate and appreciate your way among the Three Capes.

Oregon wines have become known far and wide, especially Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs. You can explore the vinyards in a day trip, if you care to. Call ahead to see which ones interest you and are within a reasonable distance. A couple of web resources are Oregon Wine and Oregon Wine Country.

The Tillamook Forest Center, just a few miles up the Wilson River Highway toward Portland, is a great place to visit if you'd like to get a sense of Oregon's forestry heritage. Have a family picnic in the woods, watch spawning salmon (seasonal), or make an adventurous climb to the top of a forest fire lookout (check out the view from the tower right now), the Tillamook Forest Center is ready to be your Coast Range retreat.

The scenic and historic Oregon Coast Railroad is really a nearby treat. Go back in time and ride the rail behind a 1910 Heisler Steam Locomotive. This train chugs along Tillamook Bay and gives passengers great views of the bay and the ocean.

History & Museums & Such:
A Brief History of Netarts Bay - by William J. Hawkins, III - this is just what the inquiring visitor is looking for...


The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum - unforgettable historic memorabilia of Oregon and the old west.


The Tillamook Air Museum is not to be skipped, especially if you have any fondness for vintage aircraft housed in one of the world’s largest wooden buildings (the former Tillamook blimp hanger)


The Garibaldi Museum of Maritime History - a tribute to Captain Robert Grey


The Latimer Quilt Museum

The Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon was founded in 1962 by Rolf Klep. The Museum has acquired a national reputation for the quality of its exhibits and the scope of its collections; it is one of the finest maritime museums in the nation and has been designated Oregon's official state maritime museum.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is situated in Newport, south along the coast about 40 miles from Netarts - a perfect day trip with the kids. This fabulous educational and marine resource wa home to Free Willy before his return to the sea and will delight your children and you with its many fabulous hands-on and educational resources.

 

Other Stuff to Do and Places to Eat:
Tillamook Cheese Factory - Tillamook is dairy country and that includes not only milk and cheese but also ice cream. The kids will not allow you not to visit.

The Blue Heron French Cheese Company is a great place to visit to taste and buy Oregon wines and cheeses. They also have farm animals for the kids and a wonderful assortment of gifts and food.

Rachel’s on Netarts-Oceanside Hwy - easy 10 min walk. (located on the Netarts-Oceansode highway).

Rosanna’s Cafe in Oceanside is a wonderful place for any meal. The view is extraordinary. It can be reached with a 35 min. walk on the beach to the north (or a five min. drive). If you walk there on the beach, we recommend that you dress to get your feet a little wet though. Don’t let this or the lines for dinner (they don’t take reservations) keep you from the visit. Come here for good food and an unforgettable dinner.

Cape Lookout, Cape Meares, the Netarts Sand Spit, and the Tillamook Bay Sand Spit all have fabulous hikes. You’ll also find a guidebook of coastal hikes around the cabin. See the links above to each of these State Parks.

The Schooner Cafe and Watering Hole - at the public boat landing in Netarts; alas, no website to link.

The Whiskey Creek Cafe (formerly Wee Willie’s), on Whiskey Creek Road toward Cape Lookout, has great burgers and wonderful home made pies. No breakfast and it closes early. Closed all together for part of the winter.

Bay Shore Marina and RV Park, half a mile or so up the bay, rents small motor boats and all the equipment you need for boating and crabbing. Another great place to rent a small boat and crabbing gear is the Big Spruce RV Park. It's a little less convenient but also less expensive. They don't seem to have a website, but you can call them at (503) 842-7443.

Food, supplies, and delicious Tillamook Ice Cream are in downtown Netarts at Josie’s market. Follow Pearl Street to the right as you leave the house; it loops back out to Netarts-Oceanside Highway. Turn left and you’re there. The center of town is also accessible by the beach route if you’re adventurous.

Traveling south to the Cape Kiwanda-Pacific City area is fun for a day trip. Good places to eat are the Grateful Bread Bakery and Restaurant, the Pelican Brew Pub, and River House Restaurant.

Kayaking is a growing sport and a great way to get close to the water and its wildlife whether you are fishing on the bay, paddling a flat water slough, or tangling with ocean waves in a sea kayak. Nearby

Tillamook Community College offers trips and instruction for the uninitiated and kayaks can also be rented from several places locally.

 


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