Visit Manzanita, an upscale Oregon Coast town with seven miles of sandy beach.
Where is Manzanita?
Manzanita is one of Northern Oregon's most popular coastal towns. The striking backdrop of giant Neahkahnie Mountain looms over Manzanita's broad, sandy beach.
The Native Indian translation for Neahkahnie Mountain is "Viewpoint of the Gods", and the incredible vistas from this 1,680 foot mountain don't disappoint.
There's a lot of mythology surrounding the area, with colorful tales of Spanish shipwreck treasure buried in the foothills of Neahkahnie Mountain.
Today the township of Manzanita is a quieter alternative to the bustling tourist town of Cannon Beach, just fifteen minutes north. However, both towns share the same upscale feel, with chic restaurants, cafes and gift shops, and an abundance of sophisticated overnight lodging.
Explore Laneda Avenue for cool shops and restaurants.
Manzanita's main street, Laneda Avenue, has a good selection of spas, art galleries, gift shops, vacations rentals and restaurants.
Some great lunch options include the San Dune Pub or Bread and Ocean, with outdoor seating during summer. Stop by the sophisticated Winery at Manzanita for a coffee or meal, and a great selection of wines. Further up Laneda Avenue, trendy Yolk is a delicious choice for brunch.
Manzanita's charming Laneda Avenue runs all the way to the ocean.
Browse the lovely gift shops along Laneda Avenue.
The Finnesterre gift shop (194 Laneda Avenue) has a beautifully curated selection of ceramics, paintings, home goods and jewelry.
Salt and Paper (411 Laneda Avenue) is a local favorite, with a gorgeous selection of cards, stationery, gifts, art supplies. Don't forget to sample their yummy salt water taffy.
Head down to the sandy beach at Manzanita.
After lunch, spend some time exploring Manzanita's quiet beach. The beach runs 7-miles south from the base of Neahkahnie Mountain to the mouth of the Nehalem River.
Look south down Manzanita's beach to the magnificent ridgeline of the Oregon Coastal Range.
Sand-dunes flank the dramatic foreshore of Manzanita, protecting it from storm surges.
Manzanita's Ocean Road runs along the waterfront, with some great vacation rentals to choose from.
This is the intersection of Laneda Avenue with Ocean Avenue. Stairs lead down to the beach from here.
It gets super windy out on Manzanita's beach, due to its exposed location.
This is what Manzanita looks like from the top of Neahkahnie Mountain. Highway 101 makes an incredible descent down the mountain to Manzanita.
Stay at a beautiful inn or vacation rental.
For the ultimate in luxury, book a hotel room at the Inn at Manzanita, or if you'd prefer an oceanfront view, try the Ocean Inn. Vacation rentals can be booked at Sunset Vacation Rentals.
Visit the toy store, icecream store and playground.
Manzanita has a fabulous playground in a forest setting at the Manzanita City Park (corner of Pacific Avenue and South Third Street). Pick up some ice-cream and candy at Schwietert's on Laneda Avenue, then stop by Toylandia for beach toys, kites, and pinwheels. There's also a great selection of books, games and puzzles.
Take a short trip to Oswald West State Park.
Travel a short distance north along Highway 101 to Oswald West State Park. Hike through lush coastal forest along a creek to Short Sand Beach in secluded Smuggler's Cove, one of the most popular surfing beaches on the Oregon Coast.
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