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Things You Should Definitely Do Before & During Your Visit to Oregon's Adventure Coast!

Things You Should Definitely Do Before & During Your Visit to Oregon's Adventure Coast!

Thu, Oct 21, 2021

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Thinking about getting away from it all this fall or winter on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston? Do it! No matter what season, studies have shown that taking a vacation has many positive benefits for mental health and productivity. Whether you’re here for the weekend or a week or two, the key to enjoying your adventure is to pack smart and plan ahead. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your Oregon Coast vacation!

WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

Check the local, extended forecast. This will help you decide what you will need to pack and what activities to plan for.

Request or download a free visitors guide for inspiration and to help you discover the lay of the land.

Pack Smart. If you are visiting in the fall & winter, dress in layers, as it allows you to adjust for temperature changes (dressing in layers is a smart idea any time of the year - but it’s advised for the cooler months). Your packing list might look something like this:

  • A light, waterproof jacket - November, December and January are the wettest months, but a jacket with a hood is a year-round staple.
  • Hiking boots (waterproof ones are the best) if you plan to hike and explore the outdoors.
  • Warm hat.
  • Jeans or long pants (we’re relaxed around here).
  • Short sleeve and/or long sleeve t-shirts.
  • Pull over sweatshirts and sweaters.
  • Comfortable shoes - you’ll probably do a lot of walking.
  • Multiple pairs of warm socks.
  • Gear for specific activities you plan to do: i.e. waders for fishing or a wetsuit for surfing.
  • Binoculars for viewing wildlife and marine mammals.
  • Sunscreen (yes, even on a chilly or overcast day).
  • A water bottle and snacks.
  • A printed map (in case cell service is limited in some outdoor areas).
  • Your Oregon’s Adventure Coast visitors guide and restaurant guides (see below).
  • Your Oregon State Park Annual Pass (if you have one). Some state parks charge a fee for access. Shore Acres State Park charges a $5/vehicle fee.

Research some itineraries or trip ideas from the Oregon’s Adventure Coast experts. Before your trip, use platforms like the Oregon’s Adventure Coast Facebook to source suggestions on the best spots to visit, eat, stay and explore. You can also find inspiration by following @travelcoosbay on Instagram & Twitter! Here are a few itineraries to consider:

Download our Restaurant Guides. In addition to maps and travel itineraries, print these dining guides and take them with you for quick and easy decision making when hunger strikes!

Last but definitely not least, learn these potentially lifesaving safety guidelines to keep you, your family and/or pets safe while you’re near the water. Our quiet, peaceful, undeveloped beaches are ideal for training runs, long walks, hiking, photography, picnicking, and tide-pooling. If you ignore these guidelines, what should be a beautiful day by the Pacific Ocean could suddenly become unsafe without warning. Check the tide times at tides-forecast.com. Read Safe Ways to Explore the Beach for more information.

WHAT TO DO ONCE YOU HAVE ARRIVED ON OREGON’S ADVENTURE COAST

Visit the Coos Bay Visitor Information Center. Once you’ve checked into your hotel or campsite, put the following address into your GPS and head straight here: 50 Central Avenue Coos Bay, OR 97420. Our friendly staff and volunteers are eager to help you with any questions you might have, along with insider information that only the locals would know. Hours of operation Monday-Friday 9am-5pm & Sat 10am-2pm.

Ask for Help When Needed. In addition to the staff at the visitor’s center, don’t be shy about asking locals for advice when planning your trip, as well as when you’re walking around!

Take Lots of Photos. Of course, you should always take that landscape shot so you can remember the beauty of Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston. However, you should also try to get in some of those photos yourself and your family! Most folks are willing to take your photo, and you’ll be grateful for the memories when you look back on these photos when you get older.

Try a New Restaurant. Want to get a true sense of the Southern Oregon coast food & culture? Try one of the many local restaurants on Oregon’s Adventure Coast specializing in everything from fresh seafood (of course) to authentic Italian, Sushi, American Deli, Mexican, Thai and more - and that’s just on one city block! You will learn a lot about local culture, not to mention help support the economy, by eating locally. Ask locals for their recommendations and ask the server what their favorite item on the menu is.

Explore Local History and Culture. Spend some time browsing the museums, galleries, and other cultural gems in our area, like the Coos Art Museum, where visitors can view the rare personal items of champion runner Steve Prefontaine. The Coos History Museum is Oregon’s oldest continuously operated historical society, and is absolutely worth visiting. Click here to view more wonderful additions to our network of museums and galleries.

Shop Local. You never know what you’ll find in our unique shops on Oregon’s Adventure Coast. While you’re here, shop for treasures in the eclectic retail stores in the Coos Bay downtown area. North Bend’s quaint downtown offers shoppers a blend of gift, antique and clothing stores. Also, a visit to Coos Bay is not complete without a stop at Cranberry Sweets for their unique take on cranberry candies and other delicious selections! Download this walking map of Downtown Coos Bay & North Bend or pick one up at the Coos Bay Visitor Center.

Be Kind to Local Merchants and Front Line Workers. Don’t forget to bring your sunny demeanor and patience, as our local businesses (like the rest of the country) are still recovering from staff and supply shortages that resulted from the pandemic. They are ready to serve!

Go Fishing, Clamming and Crabbing. Autumn and winter are prime times for fishing, crabbing and clamming opportunities! There are more than 30 lakes and rivers to choose from in Coos County alone, and anglers will find plenty of bay and ocean fishing. Click here for a list of resources that will help plan your trip. Be sure to visit one of our bait shops while in the area. They’re always willing to share pointers with visiting anglers. Learn more about crabbing and learn more about clamming on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.

There is an adventure for everyone on Oregon’s Adventure Coast. Learn more about vacation ideas on our site, or contact us for help planning your next trip or family getaway. Click here for directions and other important travel tips, or contact one of our friendly volunteers at the Coos Bay Visitor Information Center on Oregon’s Adventure Coast and start planning your trip today!

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Editor’s Note: As the developments in Coronavirus (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.

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. Click here for more information.

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