The towns of Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston are year-round destinations offering a calendar full of spirit and adventure.
We’re going to let you in on a little secret: Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston is a beautiful destination ANY time of the year - winter, spring, summer and fall! In fact, you might be surprised to learn that winter on the Oregon Coast can be quite delightful - sometimes warm, sometimes wet, but always wild & wonderful! Not to mention, there is plenty of space to spread out, and it’s currently “off-season”, so you’ll practically have the place to yourself!
For a limited time, multiple properties on Oregon’s Adventure Coast are offering 25% off your hotel stay now through December 31, 2021, when you stay for 2 nights. Hurry, this offer is for December 2021 only!
Here are ten ideas that will help you plan your travel itinerary and experience the best of Oregon’s Adventure Coast this winter:
#1 Explore the Largest Expansion of Coastal Sand Dunes in North America.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is like no place on earth. It’s also one of our favorite attractions on Oregon’s Adventure Coast, because there are plenty of opportunities to find relaxation and adventure. Take a thrilling ride up and down a towering sand dune or hike along the miles and miles of trails. With more than 32,186 acres of dunes, forest, streams and lakes, there are plenty of opportunities for an amazing winter adventure.
#2 Hunt for Treasures.
Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston are chock-full of eclectic retail businesses, including antique and kitschy shops, with an abundance of terrific deals and unique merchandise. Experience local culture and collect special, one-of-a-kind souvenirs with a treasure hunt along the Southern Oregon Coast Charm Trail . Download your map here.
#3 Explore the State Parks Along the Cape Arago Highway.
There’s nothing quite as beautiful as the array of beaches and state parks along the Cape Arago Highway. Take a walk and watch the surfers on Bastendorff Beach, or search for natural treasures in tide pools in the protected beach in Sunset Bay State Park. Watch the seal and sea lions on Simpson Reef and Shell Island , part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge . Take in views of the ocean and stroll through the gardens at Shore Acres State Park , the crown jewel of the Oregon Coast. The possibilities are endless! Download this guide to help you on your route and choose your own experience. Please do not touch the wildlife under any circumstances!
#4 Go Winter Storm Watching.
Speaking of the Cape Arago Beach Loop , winter storm watchers will find multiple breathtaking vantage points to watch the epic waves crash into the rugged coastline as a result of winter storms over the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to read this post on how to safely view and photograph the wondrous show the Pacific Ocean puts on throughout the winter months. We will post High Surf Warnings on our Facebook Page , so be sure to follow us.
#5 Explore Oregon Coast Arts & Culture
Spend some time browsing the museums, galleries, and other cultural gems in our area, like the Coos Art Museum , the cornerstone of visual arts on Oregon’s Southern Coast (be sure to check out the rare personal items of champion runner Steve Prefontaine), and the Coos History Museum , Oregon’s oldest continuously operated historical society boasting more than 250,000 historic photographs. Discover something new and quirky on The Oregon Coast Public Art Trail . Click here to see more wonderful additions to our network of museums and galleries.
#6 Whet Your Appetite - Try a New Dish.
There are many local restaurants dishing out the freshest seafood and chowder you could possibly hope for! There is nothing like capping off a day exploring with a hot, delicious bowl of savory Oregon Clam Chowder, and all the locals know that the best chowder on the Oregon Coast is right here on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston! Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind tasting adventure you can only find along the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail . Grab a pint at a local pub and explore the unique restaurants in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston. Download our Local Restaurant Guide to carry with you, or visit oregonsadventurecoast.com/dining to see all our local restaurants. Not ready for indoor dining? Get your meals to go, or click here to view outdoor dining options.
#7 Crabbing, Clamming and/or Fishing.
Speaking of appetites, dining on fresh seafood you caught yourself from the bay is an experience every Oregon Coast visitor should have. Winter is a wonderful time to go crabbing on the Southern Oregon Coast, whether you like to catch them yourself or simply eat them. Any crabber will tell you the general rule of thumb if you wanna go crabbing is to do it in a month with an ‘r’ (January, February, March, etc). Click here to read some important crabbing tips from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. You can also go clamming or fishing in the bay or one of the 30+ local lakes and rivers in the area.
#8- Enjoy a Night Out!
Did you know that our little corner of the Pacific Northwest is home to two of the area’s best casinos? Whether it’s slots, cards, or games, you’ll find round-the-clock adventure, fun, and (fingers crossed) millions right here. Our two casinos are located within a ten-minute drive of each other, so play your cards right and visit both. You can also enjoy Cosmic Bowling at North Bend Lanes for a super-fun, cosmic night out, or grab a pint at 7 Devils Brewing Co. or one of our other local pubs!
#9 Unplug & Reconnect With Nature at the South Slough NERR.
There is plenty of space to spread out and safely explore miles of beautiful hiking trails and waterways. Spend a day hiking, kayaking, or birdwatching at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve .
#10- Last, But Not Least: Go Whale Watching!
Pack those binoculars because you’re in for a “fin-tastic” time this winter! Visitors will have an amazing opportunity to view some of the thousands of Gray whales migrating south in the Pacific Ocean each winter.
Due to COVID, the Whale Watching Spoken Here® program will not be happening this year, but visitors can still watch these mysterious and awe-inspiring creatures as they pass the Oregon Coast on their annual 12,000-mile journey south. Shore Acres State Park is one of the top destinations for Whale Watching. Click here for a Whale Viewing Guide and more information.
There is an adventure for everyone on Oregon’s Adventure Coast. Whether you are on the hunt for awe-inspiring landscapes, thrilling outdoor activities, eclectic shopping, fine dining, special events, or an evening of entertainment, you will find it here. For more information, please contact the Coos Bay – North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau . You can also follow Oregon’s Adventure Coast Facebook , @travelcoosbay on Instagram , Twitter and TikTok to find inspiration on the best spots to visit, eat, stay and explore any time of the year.
For even more travel inspiration, visit our Adventures page and our Trip Ideas page to discover all there is to do on Oregon’s Adventure Coast! Request your FREE visitor’s packet today, and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Editor’s Note: As the developments with COVID-19 continue to unfold, please follow the direction of our public health authorities including the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and Coos Health & Wellness to protect yourself, our community and our visitors. Face coverings are mandatory for all when inside a public space AND outdoors when 6 ft distancing cannot be maintained. If you are ready to travel, we are ready to welcome you back to Oregon’s Adventure Coast. However, if you are feeling ill or not comfortable traveling right now, we encourage you to stay home and stay healthy. Let’s all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Visit the state’s **Safe+Strong Oregon ** page for more information.