The Oregon coast is well known for its dozens of natural attractions. There are so many beautiful places to choose from that it can be hard to decide where to stay. Bandon, Oregon is a town packed with old-school charm and modern entertainment. North of Brookings and South of Astoria it’s a perfect middle ground to travel to attractions like Thor’s Well and the famous Sea Lion Caves. Every summer this town goes from a small population of 3,000 residents to more than twice its size at 13,000 people, and after just one visit you’ll see why.

What to do:

Oregon can boast that it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. All of the beaches in Bandon are public. The trail at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint leads you down a winding path, full of natural rock formations. If you want a quiet relaxing stay, visiting off-season has its perks but during peak season there are lots of activities to be enjoyed such as horse riding and jet boating. 

One of its most exceptional spectacles is Circles In The Sand. On select dates in April through August watch dozens of artists collaborate to create geometric landscapes directly onto the sand.

Image courtesy of Circles In The Sand

Those with kids will enjoy the West Coast Game Safari park where children can see and learn about exotic wild animals close up.

Image courtesy of West Coast Game Safar

Art lovers will enjoy its many galleries, the Art by the Sea Gallery and Second Street Gallery carry timeless pieces while the Washed Ashore Gallery and Volunteer Shop take a more environmental and educational approach to their craft.

Art by Washed Ashore Gallery

Where to eat:

There is no shortage of places to dine in Old Town Bandon. For the best burgers and a friendly pub environment, Broken Anchor Bar and Grill does not disappoint. If seafood is what you’re craving, Lord Bennet’s or Edgewater are both immaculate fine dining experiences.

Image courtesy of Lord Bennetts’s Restaurant

Where to stay:

To maximize your stay look no further for lodging than the Bandon Marina Inn. Located directly in the heart of town this quirky retro motel is just a short walk to bars, cafes, and downtown shopping. If you’re a nature lover, take a stroll on the docks and you’ll likely spot furry sea critters playing in the water.

Bandon Marina Inn
Bandon Marina Inn

Photography: Bandon Marin Inn

For those looking for an ocean view, the cabins at the Sunset Oceanfront Lodging have an 80s vibe with all the modern luxuries a hotel can offer. It’s situated on high ground that overlooks the beach and they offer a variety of rooms and cottages to choose from. This premier motel offers exclusive beach access and private ocean-viewing patios making it the best choice for a romantic getaway.

Sunset Oceanfront Lodging

Before you end your stay, make sure to visit FaceRock Creamery for an amazing assortment of ice cream, local wine, and cheese that will make Wisconsinites jealous.

Photography: FaceRock Creamery

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By Jennifer Bigotta