Oregon’s North Coast in January
Tuesday 7 November 2017 — Category: Outings
A good portion of the nearly 60 McMenamins locations are within fairly easy reach of where I live in Albany, Oregon. Others require some time and effort to get to. In January 2017, as part of my McMenamins Passport adventure, my wife and I went on a two-day trip along Oregon’s North Coast to visit a couple of those more remote McMenamins.
During the eleven years I have lived in Albany I have gone on a number of photo outings to the coast. Taken together, I had explored the entire Oregon coast except for the northern-most section between Tillamook and Astoria. Because one of the McMenamins hotels is located in that area, I was finally going to have an opportunity to visit that region.
Early one morning we took the I-5 to Portland, and then U.S. Route 30 along the southern shore of the Columbia River to Astoria. I had never driven this section of U.S. 30, so I was glad for that opportunity as well.
Our first destination in town was lunch. Then we drove across and examined all sides of the impressive Astoria–Megler Bridge. For our final stop we drove up a tall hill close to downtown and then climbed the 164 steps to the top of the Astoria Column. What an amazing panoramic view from there!
After about three and a half hours after our arrival we headed south on U.S. 101 for about 15 miles until we came to McMenamins’ Gearhart Hotel in the coastal village of Gearhart. There we explored the beach, enjoyed some good food and drink, and spent the night.
The next morning we continued south on the 101, making a number of stops along the coast, including Seaside, Cannon Beach (where we had lunch), Arcadia Beach, Oceanside, and finally Lincoln City, where we had dinner at the other McMenamins venue on our itinerary. An additional 90 minute drive brought us back home.
We really packed a lot into our 36-hour, 360-mile outing. I also took a lot of photos: 563 in all. There is much to show and tell; way too much to squeeze into a single photo album and only one article.
Therefore, in addition to this introductory summary article, there are three more articles in this series: