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Tillamook to Nehalem, Oregon Coast

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A July 2005 trip to Tillamook by btwood2

·Twin Rocks, Rockaway Beach Photo, Tillamook, Oregon More Photos
Quote: An enchanting land of rocky ocean capes, thundering waves, secluded beaches and forests, shellfish flats, dairy cows grazing in lush green fields, and delicious cheese and ice cream awaits you. Crowds? Only at the cheese factory. Congestion? Very few stoplights encountered. Freeways? Forget it!

Tillamook to Nehalem, Oregon Coast

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Overview

·Twin Rocks, Rockaway Beach Photo, Tillamook, Oregon
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Tourist brochures want us to believe that Tillamook means "land of many waters". Though undeniably moist and verdant, with rivers, lakes, and ocean, the original word was Killamook, and probably meant people of the Nehalem. The prefix Ne refers to "place" and prefaces other geographical entities in this region. Nehalem means "place where people live or gather". Today’s Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes are descended from both; they lived around Tillamook and Nehalem Bays and often inter-married. Now mostly elders, they’re still struggling to gain federal recognition. ...Read More

Paradise Cove Resort and Marina

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Hotel

Paradise Cove Resort and Marina Photo, Tillamook, Oregon
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Best Things Nearby:Oregon coastline and beaches, Nehalem Bay, towns of Wheeler, Nehalem, Rockaway Beach, and Garibaldi. Tillamook (think cheese) is 22 miles south on Highway 101. Best Things About the Resort:The views! Right on Nehalem Bay, tiered RV sites and rental units have unsurpassed views of the bay, boating, birds and wildlife. The RV sites on the other side of Highway 101 on the hill are more secluded, forested, but without bay views. Marina with boat rentals. Fishing, clamming and crabbing, with cleaning and cooking facilities on-site. Resort Experience:Paradise Cove currently belongs to Adva...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Paradise Cove Resort and Marina
32455 Highway 101 North
Tillamook, Oregon
503-368-6581

Ghost Hole Public House

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Restaurant

Ghost Hole Public House Photo, Tillamook, Oregon
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After reviewing the menu at highly popular Pirates Cove, we regretfully decided it was more than a wee bit beyond our budget plans for that evening ($20 and up per entrée). But we had a backup plan: Ghost Hole. And what a fun experience it turned out to be! Though lacking Pirate’s Cove’s stunning bay views and upscale cuisine, it more than made up for it in terms of down-home atmosphere and local hospitality. We no sooner had set foot in the door, when the old geezers drinking at the bar began kidding us. "So you decided yet whether she’s the right one for you?" Followed by more razzing when Bob didn’t respond as quickly as anyone would have liked. Though it was beginning to cool off, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Ghost Hole Public House
409 Garibaldi Ave
Tillamook, Oregon
503-322-2733

Freewheeling Wheeler

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Story/Tip

·	Town of Wheeler on Nehalem Bay Photo, Tillamook, Oregon
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Since Paradise Cove, the RV park at which we were staying, was only a mile south of Wheeler, we soon took the opportunity to check out this little town, about which we knew exactly nothing. First order of business was mailing a letter. We were immediately charmed by the trapezoidally shaped post office, so built to make best use of the space between two streets coming together at a rather acute angle. In fact, though Wheeler doesn’t have all that many back streets, the few they have show that their builders didn’t seem to care much for straight lines and neat corners. They meander pleasantly along the hillsides of the town, where it’s also clear from exteriors of businesses as well as homes...Read More
·	Contented Brown Swiss cows, Tillamook Photo, Tillamook, Oregon
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We pulled into the parking lot of the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) Visitor Center mid-day, mid-week, and were surprised how busy it was. Though we shouldn’t have been; more than one million visitors come to TCCA every year. A continuous stream of people was entering and emerging from the Creamery visitor center’s glass double doors. A Red Cross blood drive mobile was parked by the curb, and inside the center, a table where people could sign up to donate. Not much of a line there, but substantial lines had formed at the ice-cream counter and Farmhouse Café. We decided to take the self-guided tour first. Maps and wall signs m...Read More
·	Cape Meares, wildlife refuge overlook Photo, Tillamook, Oregon
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Cape Meares is the northernmost cape of Three Capes Scenic Route, above Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda. We took an abbreviated loop (about 20 miles), driving out to Cape Meares from Tillamook on Bayocean Road, and returning via Oceanside and Netarts, on Netarts Highway. Bayocean Road takes you right along the south edge of Tillamook Bay, with a few houses and cabins on shore, and log pilings offshore. As the road curves south, it’s high up enough to view the five-mile-long, finger-like Bayocean Spit pointing north. Between 1910 and the 1930’s, Bayocean was a bustling resort, the intended "Atlantic City of the West", with two hotels, a natatorium, dance hall, and 1600 lots sold for homes....Read More
·	Barview, deteriorating trestle supports Photo, Tillamook, Oregon
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Sand blown by whipping wind stung my legs as I walked down to the Stonehenge-like edifices which were all that remained of portions of old railroad line built during Barview’s resort days in the early 1900’s. Constructed of wood, not stone, and rapidly deteriorating. We’d turned off to Barview on a whim; the "B" on the hill east of Highway 101 and store and houseboat on the corner tickled our curiosity. Houseboat? Yep, on dry land, a corner lot, brightly painted in white with blue trim, with a wooden deck built onto the side of it. Barview Jetty Park: We drove down the road past a booth into a large campground. It’s a Tillamook County park, one of seven, we learned, after getting a pap...Read More