This post is continued from Part I of my blogs series, Oregon Coast Staycation. Read Part I to find out what we did the first half of the week.
I believe I forgot to mention in my first staycation post that our Niece came with us. It was great! She was fun to be around and so helpful with out boys. I highly recommend that if you have multiple small children that you bring a teenager with you to help. It’s always nice to have an extra eye around at the beach, the pool and in crowds. It also made it easier for my husband and I to go for runs in the mornings and even out for a glass of wine one evening at McMenamins after the boys went to bed.
I have to tell you about our drive down to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Tillamook is just short of an hour from the Seaside/Gearhart/Cannon Beach area. It is a beautiful drive right along the coast. When you drive down you will see cute little fishing towns and gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. Plan on being there for lunch. When you arrive, you will walk in for a self-guided tour to watch the factory employees make the cheese and see it packaged. After you tour the factory, you will be able to walk through a line to sample about 6 different kinds of cheese, including one of my personal favorites, the squeaky cheese. The garlic white cheddar is good too. The tour itself doesn’t take very long. So to make the drive down worth it, you will want to stay for lunch and Tillamook ice cream. YUM!
Dundee’s Bar and Grill in Seaside is a fantastic restaurant to take the kids. They have a restaurant side, a bar side and a bakery side. We sat in the bakery side for dinner and EVERY table has it’s own flat screen TV you can watch! We watched the Olympics.
Okay, I want to leave with you with a few things about planning an Oregon Coast staycation:
1. Plan to go for 3 nights. 2 nights seems too short for a 3 hour drive down and 4 is too long for a staycation.
2. Go to the dollar store and stock up on beach toys, towels and snacks for the trip.
4. Take your photo in front of Haystack rock in Cannon Beach. Remember the giant rock from The Goonies? 🙂 The massive rock attracts really cool wildlife in the tide pools that the kids love to see.
Have a fun planning your Oregon Coast staycation. let me know what your favorite things to do on the coast are in the comment section below.