There’s just something about Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston that folks love unconditionally! Guess you could say that “love is in the air” around here! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought this would be a great time to share some ideas on how to impress your significant other on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.
#1- Charleston Crab Feed. If you’re going to be in town the weekend of February 11, 2023- you’re going to want to experience the Annual Charleston Crab Feed happening that Saturday from 11am-3pm at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB). Get tickets now before it sells out!
#2- Go ATVing! Rent an ATV and take an epic ride on the wild side along the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area , the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America.
#3- Wine & Dine in a locally owned restaurant. Enjoy a romantic dinner at a local restaurant with ambiance or beautiful views like7 Devils Waterfront Alehouse , Hilltop House , The Portside Restaurant , The Plank House and Restaurant O (we recommend reservations). Download our Local Restaurant Guide guide to help you choose the right spot!
#4 - Oregon Coast Ice Skating! Go ice skating at the North Bend Ice Skating Rink , open through February 19, 2023!
#5- Reserve a special hotel package. Book a Valentine’s Day Package at The Mill Casino * Hotel & RV Park between Friday, February 10 – Tuesday, February 14, 2023 and receive a $50 Dining voucher, two $10 Free Slot Play vouchers, a custom chocolate treat and rose petals and sweetheart swans on the bed! Click here to see all other lodging options.
#6- Explore Shore Acres State Park. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and amazing views of the ocean at Shore Acres State Park , the crown jewel of the Oregon Coast.
#7- Sample delicious spirits! Taste handcrafted rum, vodka, and whiskey at Stillwagon Distillery (by appointment only).
#8-Explore Sunset Bay State Park- at sunset, of course! If weather allows, go on a romantic picnic on the beach at Sunset Bay State Park to watch the sun set over wine and cheese.
#9 Treat yourselves to a spa experience. Book a relaxing massage overlooking the bay. Beautiful You ,a Medi Spa in Coos Bay, has a new location in Coos Bay Village where couples can unwind and take in gorgeous views of the bay.
#10- Look for wildlife! Go on an adventurous drive and spend the day exploring the beaches and state parks along the Cape Arago Highway. Watch the seals and sea lions on Simpson Reef and Shell Island , part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge .
#11- Search for public art displays. Take a self-guided public art tour with this Public Art Trail map (courtesy of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association ) and be on the lookout for other whimsical displays throughout downtown Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston.
#12- Hunt for treasures. Go shopping and search for rare finds in one of our local antique shops. The towns of Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston have a rich and unique history, making this region a treasure trove for collectors.
#13- Hike to waterfalls. Experience nature at it’s best on a romantic daytime hike through lush coastal forests to Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area , two magnificent waterfalls here on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.
#14- Get cultured! Learn something new together as you explore history and culture in some of our museums and galleries like the Coos History Museum , Coos Art Museum , and the Charleston Marine Life Center . Click here for more info about local museums and galleries we recommend visiting.
#15- Relax with a fresh cup of joe. Enjoy a delicious, hot cup of coffee and a delicious pastry at a local coffee shop or bakery. Download our Coffee Shops, Bakeries & More Guide .#16 Learn more about the history of our region. Explore the mysterious history of our region on a self-guided walking tour of Historic Coos Bay & North Bend.
#17 Go on a beach walk. Take a romantic walk along a beautiful, pristine beach . Watch the surfers on Bastendorff Beach, or search for natural treasures in tide pools in the protected beach in Sunset Bay State Park.Visitors going to the beach should be aware of coastal safety hazards with the potential danger of undertows, sneaker waves, and rolling logs. Click here for Beach Safety Tips .
#18 Get lucky at a casino! Spend the night gaming in one of our casinos ! Whether it’s slots, cards, or games, you’ll find plenty of round-the-clock adventure, fun, and (fingers crossed) good luck!
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