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Things to Do Trip Ideas & Itineraries 4 Fall Hikes With Craft Beer Stops -- Four Great Fall Hikes & Craft Beer Stops for Afterwards
Wander through a lush rainforest at Ecola State Park where some of the world’s tallest trees tower over your head or hike past old-growth Sitka Spruce to the end of dramatic Cape Falcon in Oswald West State Park where you can soak up stunning ocean views. Cannon Beach offers access to some of the Northwest’s most scenic hiking trails and when your hiking is done, you’ll find plenty of local spots for a craft beer and some great food.
Here are four hikes with recommendations for pub stops for after your explorations are finished.
Ecola Point to Crescent Beach
A 1.25-mile trail leads from the main parking area at Ecola Point in Ecola State Park to Crescent Beach. The trail is steep, challenging and occasionally slippery or muddy in places, but offers access to one of the more secluded beaches in the area. For brews and food: As you return to town, drop by Public Coast Brewing Co. at the north end of town, where brewer Will Leroux conjures up an extensive lineup of craft brews including everything from award-winning ales to German wheat beers, stouts and even a house-made root beer, alongside taps flowing with rotating regional features.
Tillamook Head Trail
From the trailhead at Indian Beach in Ecola State Park, follow the route taken by a party of explorers from the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806. This segment of the Oregon Coast Trail leads from Indian Beach about six miles to the northern trailhead in south Seaside. The best views are within the first 1.3 miles, making this a good option for shorter hikes too. For brews and food: Head back to Bill’s Tavern & Brewhouse in downtown Cannon Beach for a locally crafted brew by the oldest brewery in Cannon Beach.
Cape Falcon Trail
A 2.3-mile hike leads from the trailhead parking area in Oswald West State Park on the west side of Highway 101 through coastal rainforest to the end of Cape Falcon. The trail emerges from the forest at the end of the cape through hedges of salal and wild roses, offering views north to Tillamook Head and south to Cape Lookout. For brews and food: Top off your adventure at Pelican Brewing in midtown on Sunset Blvd, where 20 taps feature Pelican favorites along with hard-to-find small batch beers, some made only in Cannon Beach.
Necarney Creek to Elk Flats & Devil’s Cauldron
From the smaller parking area just south of the main Oswald West parking lot, the Necarney Creek Trail descends into the rainforest and connects to the Elk Flats Trail south, offering about a 1.5-mile walk through forest, emerging at meadows frequented by elk and eventually leading to a short spur trail to sheer cliffs overlooking Devil’s Cauldron. For brews and food: On your way back into Cannon Beach, swing by the Warren House Pub near the Tolovana Park Wayside on the south end of town. The pub features a great tap selection including brews from downtown Cannon Beach’s Bill’s Tavern & Brewhouse.
More reasons to plan a fall hiking trip: Watch local menus during the fall season and you'll be rewarded with a fresh bounty ranging from wild caught salmon to locally foraged mushrooms. If you are as inspired by art as you are by the great outdoors, find out why Cannon Beach is known as one of the best art towns in the Northwest by planning your hiking trip to coincide with the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, where you can also soak in three days of arts and music events in one of the world's most beautiful destinations.
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If all the activity and fresh air leaves you feeling dog tired, curl up in front of a cozy fireplace at the pet friendly Edgewater Cottages in Waldport. Shore Pine Vacation Rentals in Pacific City is offering a "Man's Best Friend Package" that includes gift baskets and squeaky toys. And you'd have to be Goofy to turn your nose up at a cottage, cabin or yurt at Loon Lake Lodge, where pets stay free.
You don't have to be a Search & Rescue dog to find all the great lodging offers between Lincoln City and Yachats, just visit the Discounts & Specials page on the Central Oregon Coast Association website.
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PETS ON THE BEACH
There are three considerations to take into account when you walk your pet on Oregon beaches.
1. Beaches that are within the boundaries of an Oregon state park must have all pets on a leash not more than six feet long and kept under physical control at all times. (OAR 736-010-0030)
2. If you are on a beach outside of the boundaries of an Oregon state park, Ocean Shore rules apply. Ocean Shore OAR 736-21-0070 states "the owner of any dog, cat, or other animal brought into or kept in the ocean shore recreation area shall be responsible for the animal's behavior and physical control while in the ocean shore recreation area." Leashes are not specifically required, but physical control must be maintained.
3. Where beaches have been designated Western Snowy Plover nesting sites or wildlife habitat areas, all beach pedestrians must stay on the wet sand and all pets must remain on a six foot leash and be kept under physical control. Pet control must be maintained in all wildlife habitat areas and apply to both Oregon State Park and Ocean Shore areas. Designated areas are well signed to warn beach visitors of wildlife habitat areas.
If your pooches do their business on the beach or pathway, make it your business to pick up after them, and leave no unpleasant discoveries afoot for your fellow explorers.
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For more information about the Oregon Coast Visitors Association contact is at 137 NE First Street • PO Box 74 • Newport, Oregon 97365
Oregon State Parks: Jewels of the North Coast
You may know that Oregon’s Coast is among the most breathtaking in the West, with beautiful state parks sparkling like jewels along its weathered shore, but did you know that all of it, every inch of the 363-mile coastline, is yours to explore?
Thanks to the conservation foresight of state leaders like Samuel H. Boardman and Governors Oswald West and Tom McCall, Oregon’s beaches are considered public land. Today, the coastline boasts an incredible array of parks an average of one every 10 miles.
One such jewel in the Coast’s crown is Oswald West State Park, stretching south from Arch Cape for four miles toward Manzanita. A gravel trail passes through old-growth hemlock, cedar and towering Sitka spruce to Short Sands Beach a secluded cover that is popular with surfers. It’s a great place to explore tide pools or to just relax and enjoy the sunset. The wind-protected beach is flanked by two coastal headlands: the 1,600-foot Neahkahnie Mountain to the south and Cape Falcon to the north. Adventurous hikers will enjoy the 2.5-mile trail to the top of Cape Falcon with panoramic views or a stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail, thirteen miles of which pass through the park.
Ecola State Park, comprising nine miles between Seaside and Cannon Beach, is a coastal wonderland for hikers. Perched high above the sea, trails wind through windswept evergreen forests and over grassy headlands to awe-inspiring views, including the town of Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock and Tillamook Rock Lighthouse offshore. The coastal forest here is filled with wind-sculpted trees, burbling creeks and waterfalls and an array of critters, from banana slugs and newts to elk. Take the strenuous hike down to Crescent Beach to enjoy the water and poke through tide pools. Or simply sit at a picnic table and soak in the amazing views. (And, just to up the cool factor scenes from the movie “Goonies” were filmed in the park.)
Nature and history collide at Fort Stevens State Park. For 84 years, beginning with the Civil War through the end of World War II, Fort Stevens was the primary military defense installation in the three-fort Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River. Today the 4,200-acre park offers visitors a glimpse into history and a wealth of recreational opportunities, from beach combing and paved bike trails to hiking paths that traverse forests, wetland and dunes. You can even walk among the ruins of the famous Peter Iredale shipwreck, a four-mast steel sailing vessel that ran aground October 25, 1906. The rusting bow of the ship rises dramatically out of the sands, making a one-of-a-kind photo op. History buffs will enjoy the displays at the military museum, or tours of the gun battery that also served as a World War II command center.
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Hi-Lo Hotel, part of Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels, made its debut in the historic Oregon Pioneer Building in downtown Portland. The city’s first Autograph Collection property, Hi-Lo, ushers in a new era of refined luxury for locals, young professionals and business travelers who value one-of-a-kind experiences that are Exactly Like Nothing Else.
Hi-Lo Hotel invites guests to engage in Portland Luxury elegant and effortless, organic and modern; the notion of mixing the High and the Low are imbued into everything the hotel does. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, the city’s most relevant luxury destination reflects the Oregon landscape; raw and refined a balance of opposites that welcomes those seeking the authentic Portland experience.
Each guest room, living space and common area feels dynamic, warm and lively. Locals and travelers alike may wander into Hi-Lo for a hand-crafted cocktail at the Lo Bar or to dine at their highly anticipated restaurant, Alto-Bajo. The hotel also provides ample meeting space with state-of-the-art technology and forward-thinking solutions.
Hi-Lo’s restaurant, Alto-Bajo will serve modern Mexican in an upscale setting and is sure to draw in gourmet diners. Helmed by Michelin starred Moto alum Chef Chip Barnes, the restaurant features a menu developed in collaboration with famed Oaxacan Chef Iliana de la Vega. The menu delivers a balance of classic Mexican cuisine with the accents of contemporary style.
The 120-room boutique property includes five executive corner king rooms and five one-bedroom suites. All rooms are outfitted with modern organic furnishings and local hand-crafted bathroom amenities by Maak Lab featuring a custom scent designed exclusively for Hi-Lo. Guests will enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, Marriott mobile check-in, in-room entertainment systems outfitted with Netflix and a variety of apps, daily newspaper delivery and a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center. Hi-Lo will be welcoming canine guests by partnering with a local dog bakery to provide special amenities to four-legged travelers.
As part of Autograph Collection’s distinctive portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels, the Hi-Lo Hotel can be booked online at www.hi-lo-hotel.com or by calling 971-222-2100.
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Portland, OR 97204,
Discover the Southeast cultural district of Portland, Oregon with the Jupiter Hotel’s “PDX Brews and Booze Experience.” Representing the many sides of Oregon’s brewing industry, the Jupiter Hotel has partnered with a variety of festivals, tour companies, bottle shops and brewers to bring guests the cutting edge brew and craft distilling destination adventures that make Portland so world-renowned.
According to the Oregon Brewer’s Guild, there are now currently 179 brewing companies operating 221 brew facilities in 71 cities across the state of Oregon. With 56 breweries in Portland, and 76 in the Portland metro area, the latest package from the Jupiter Hotel has guests eating and drinking their way through “The City of Roses”.
The Jupiter Hotel “PDX Brews and Booze Experience” includes:
• Overnight stay at the Jupiter Hotel,
• Complimentary 32 oz. Collectors’ Edition Jupiter Hotel Growler,
• A bucket of Portland craft beer from Base Camp Brewing,
• The 2017 Distillery Row Passport, which includes complimentary tastings at all seven craft distillers on Portland’s Distillery Row, tasting notes, mixologist recipes, and a food & drink guide at local pubs & eateries,
• A custom Jupiter Hotel collector’s key chain bottle opener,
• A gift certificate for a box of Voodoo Doughnuts (breakfast, or late night treats - they’re open 24 hours!),
• A copy of the 2017 Portland brew fest calendar,
• And free wifi & on-site parking included.
Available year around, the “PDX Brews and Booze Experience” package start rate is $184, plus tax.
Additionally, guests can choose to enhance their stay with these beer friendly amenities, available with any package or room that they book through the Jupiter Hotel :
• Bucket of Oregon Rogue Ale beer ($18)
• Bucket of Portland Craft Beer, Base Camp Brewing ($20)
• Bucket of Portland’s own Reverend Nat Hard Cider ($20)
• Hop in the Saddle book, a guidebook that unites two of Portland’s greatest passions: BEER + BICYCLES ($10)
• 32 oz. Collectors’ Edition Jupiter Hotel Growler WITH Growler Station Gift Certificate (fill with your choice of cider, beer or wine) ($25)
• Distillery Row Passport ($20)
Upcoming featured artisan brewers include :
• Gigantic Brewing Co.
• Harvester Brewing
• Hopworks Urban Brewery
• Migration Brewing
• Occidental Brewing Co.
• The Commons Brewery
For more information, or to reserve the “PDX Brews and Booze Experience” please visit www.jupiterhotel.com.
About The Jupiter Hotel:
The Jupiter serves as a home-on-the-road for modern travelers, cultural creatives and business nomads looking to indulge in urban life. The 81 modern guestrooms, connect guests to the vibrancy of Portland at affordable rates. The hotel has been featured by national magazines such as Elle Décor, Travel + Leisure, GQ and more. Travelers looking for a unique experience in urban hospitality find their destination at the Jupiter Hotel, located at 800 E. Burnside, Portland, OR. Reserve a room today at www.jupiterhotel.com or call 877-800-0004.
Nestled where the forest meets the sea, Yachats (pronounced ya-hots) is a wee village with outsized charm. It’s where you’ll find some of the best bites on the Coast, miles of trails, scenic vistas, marine gardens and more to keep you busy during a relaxing weekend stay.
For such a small town, Yachats (pop. 690) boasts a surprising number of eateries.
Follow the locals to Yachats Brewing, a funky, modern-day general store that fuses a brewpub, market and farm store. Sample a flight of craft brews while enjoying a simple but flavorful menu of beer brats, salads, soups and all manner of fermented food. Pick up some local veggies, cheeses or house-smoked salmon to take home. Check the calendar for live music and other events.
Local wines are the focus at The Wine Place, which promotes Oregon vineyards with tastings every Saturday as well as opportunities to meet and mingle with local winemakers. Stop by to sample regional wines paired with savory small plates.
Ready for something sweet? Head to Bread & Roses. This beloved local bakery serves house-made pastries, sandwiches, salads and soup. Enjoy your meal with a steamy cappuccino while lounging at the delightful outdoor seating area.
Yachats is also a great town for fresh seafood. Taste some of the Coast’s best fish and chips at Luna Sea Fish House, a restaurant owned and operated by local fisherman Robert Anthony. Anthony has fished for salmon, albacore tuna and crab for more than 30 years, and he catches, depending on the season, a number of the fish the restaurant serves all cooked to order, battered or grilled. A fish counter features fresh seafood you can take home. If you’re looking for something more upscale, head to Ona Restaurant & Lounge to enjoy classic coastal cuisine on the patio, which boasts beautiful ocean views.
Al fresco nibbles abound at the Sunday Famers’ Market (held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May through mid-October), where booths highlight local produce and artisan foods. Stargazer’s Gourmet’s dark chocolate Bark Bites, laced with Oregon hazelnuts and orange zest, are to die for. Lunch at the Souper food truck means melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese and homemade soups. Local artists also display their wares.
For a taste of local history, the Little Log Church Museum, built in 1930 from timber hauled down the Yachats River, houses artifacts and curiosities of all kinds, including an impressive collection of seashells gathered from around the world.
Outdoor enthusiasts won’t be disappointed in Yachats: Recreation opportunities abound at the 2,700-acre Cape Perpetua Scenic Area with its 26 miles of scenic trails, and a year-round visitors’ center with exhibits and films. Take the 6.5-mile Cooks Ridge/Gwynn Creek Loop to the top of the ridge for stellar views.
Another gem is the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve. Tucked between the Pacific and the Siuslaw National Forest, this private preserve is a magical laboratory fusing a native canopy of Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock with a collection of rare and unique plants from around the globe. (Consult Hike, Bike, Paddle for regional trail maps, directions and safety information.)
South of town, you’ll find some of Oregon’s best tide pooling. Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint and Strawberry Hill both feature a stunning, otherworldly landscape with plentiful tide pools filled with jewel-toned anemones, sea stars, crab, spiny urchin, snails, tube worms and jelly fish. Check daily tide tables to make sure conditions are safe for exploring.
For more information contact the Oregon Coast Visitors Association, PO Box 940 ; Tillamook, Oregon 97141 or call (541) 574-2679 / Toll Free: (888) OCVA-101
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