6 Must Stops Along the Oregon Coast

6 Must Stops Along the Oregon Coast

THGJ Cape Perpetua

The Oregon coast is a delight for any traveler. Dozens of State Parks, hundreds of rocky beaches and thousands of espresso huts dominate the coastline. What’s an espresso hut? Oh…. let me show you:

Tiny House Oregon Espresso Hut

Basically, an espresso hut is a tiny house that serves coffee. We loved pulling our home through a drive-thru miniature version of itself! These locals are serious about coffee. Perhaps this is a decent retirement plan for our tiny home. I could serve coffee out of our bay windows. What do you think?

THGJ Oregon Coast

We spent three full days driving the 350 miles up the 101 freeway (the freeway that lines the entire Oregon coast), pulling over time and time again to gape at various panoramic views. My only quarrel? It rained a lot. To be fair, we were due for some precipitation after leaving poor, dry California.

6 Must Stops Along the Oregon Coast (traveling South – North)

THGJ on Oregon Road1). Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Recently Guillaume and I have visited some of America’s best sand dunes: White Sands National Monument and the Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley, but the Oregon Dunes have their own appeal. Budded between a forest and an ocean, these sandy hills offer diversity and seclusion.

After a short walk through tall trees along Taylor Dune Trail, we were met by an ocean of dunes sprinkled with yellow flowers and thickets of brush. A few deer could be seen grazing amongst the flowers. You could spend an hour or an entire day getting lost in this oasis.

2). Spouting Horn & Devil’s Churn

After passing a few quintessential lighthouses, Guillaume and I pulled over at Cape Perpetua around 2pm, which was the perfect time to see the spouting horn (high tide). The horn sneezed violently into the air, projecting a salty spray that, moments later, showered our upturned faces. I imagined the oceanic geyser was Poseidon (the god of the sea) spitting on tourists.

Wowser it's a geyser!!! #sproutinghorn #Oregon #oregoncoast

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After we were good and wet, we continued down the trail to Devil’s Churn, which resembles the inner battle of an upset stomach. So that’s why Poseidon keeps spitting on everyonehis tummy hurts! I dared Guillaume to jump in, but he just said: “After you.” 

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Devil’s Churn or Poseidon’s Indigestion?

3). Cape Kiwanda

This beach offers hiking, whale watching and beer tasting at the Pelican brewery. Just off-shore there is a gigantic rock sticking out of the water like an island, called “Haystack Rock.” Unfortunately it was raining when we arrived at Kiwanda, a black cloud looming overhead, therefore too treacherous to hike up the slick sandstone cliff. Instead, I watched a whale breach again and again near Haystack Rock. She seemed to be putting on a show, and I felt the need to clap or cheer! Kiwanda’s beautiful scenery was only magnified by the furious ocean storm and the elated whale. I could have sat there, gazing out to sea, for hours.

Cape Kiwanda
Cape Kiwanda & Haystack Rock

4). Short Beach 

It was the morning of my 29th birthday, and the sun was finally out. Guillaume heard about a hidden beach nearby, so we went early to check it out. With three waterfalls (one man-made and two natural), huge boulders and tide pools, “Short Beach” was literally alive!

We saw all sorts of tiny marine creatures, clinging to rocks and hiding in crevices. As the tide washed over their spongey bodies, they opened up and drank in the nutrients. It was really informational. I learned something!

Wow! Nature!! I think all elementary students, and 29 year old women, should take a trip to the beach.

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29th Birthday Celebration Jump!

5). Tillamook Cheese Factory & Blue Heron French Cheese Company

Tillamook Cheese Factory is a tourist stop, but I’m a sucker for free cheese. They also offer a free self-guided factory tour which took about ten minutes. Afterwards, Guillaume and I waited in line for some average tasting cheese and some surprisingly delicious Tillamook ice cream.

Just down the road, the Blue Heron French Cheese Company offers wine tasting and free samples of: cheese, barbecue sauce, dips, homemade horseradish and more yummy items! We ate a lunch of free samples and then washed it down with a wine tasting. Personally, I preferred the experience at Blue Heron over Tillamook, but mostly because Blue Heron was “french” and the crowd at Tillamook was overwhelming,

6). Fort George Brewery

I’m sure there are a lot of things to see and do and Astoria, but it was my birthday and I wanted to go beer tasting! Fort George was recommended to us by a friend, so we headed over there and enjoyed a flight of beer samples.




  1. May 25, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Same as above. Great posts. Beautiful photography. Looks like fun traveling in your little home. I look forward to reading your posts.

  2. April 30, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    I’ve finally caught up with your blog after starting to read it from the beginning about a week ago. I love the adventures and all the hiking! It amazes me that you can live in such a small space…i’m impressed with everything you have done so far with the tiny house & the travels! Please keep posting….I can’t wait for the next story.
    p.s. I like the amazon pitch and I love your dog!! 🙂

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      April 30, 2015 / 10:33 pm

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  3. April 29, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Great read…cool mini-house but the Amazon pitch at the end was just uber-lame. Ruined it for me.

    • April 29, 2015 / 6:50 pm

      Glad you like the post, though I’m sorry the Amazon pitch bothered you so much… But hey, we have to make a living too.
      If you’ve value our work, why not support it? This is our job, our careers, many articles nowadays paid require subscriptions, just like magazine you purchase from the newsstand. We work just as hard creating those stories as we used to work in our previous 9-5 careers. We spend enormous amounts of time processing footage and have many expenses related to the creation of those articles, including gas, lodging, insurance, website maintenance, equipment maintenance, etc etc etc. Yet you can still read them for free if you want to.
      We are asked a lot by people how they could help our project so we just give them the option if they feel like it, there is no obligation. And with Amazon links, it’s virtually free for the person shopping! Whatever you’d already buy on Amazon, just do it through our links. It doesn’t cost you a penny more, but it sends a small percentage our way. Again, you don’t have to do it if you don’t believe in it.
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  4. April 28, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    Wait until you get to Alaska, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a coffee cart. Our Tiny had a previous life as a farm stand!

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