Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Bandon-by-the-Sea

The bluffs over Coquille Point were a great spot to check
out the scenery.
A trip to Bandon, Oregon was always on the list but an overnight stay quickly, and wisely, turned into a three-night stay when the winds started gusting to over 50 mph howling with a vengeance and sideways rain kept us hobbled and the motorhome off the road.  Lucky for us because we got to spend more time in this cute southern Oregon town; albeit, the raincoats never got put away and wet hair was the new style we were sporting. 

We decided to stay at an RV park in-town so we could make the most of our stay without driving long distances and with high winds we were glad not to be parked under 100-foot pine trees.

Within walking distance (or a short swim during the height of the deluge) was lively Old Town - a wonderful surprise with boutiques, restaurants, a working harbor, farmers market, and galleries.  A few hours of walking around town and soaking in the sites in the cold, rainy weather had us really yearning for a bowl of clam chowder.  The downtown attracts tourists that are perusing the Oregon coast and ranks as one of our favorite Oregon towns which is easy to see between the downtown and post-card perfect coastline.


Bandon is known for its scenery.  There are plenty of public access points (thanks to the Oregon State Park System) that provide an idyllic coastal setting and wonderful beach for walking and photographing.  It was great to watch the storms roll in but the dousing rain and blowing sand was a reminder not to linger too long or stray too far from the car.



Just across the Coquille River from Bandon is Bullards Beach State Park and the Coquille River Lighthouse built by the U. S. Coast Guard in 1896 and operated until 1939.  The restored lighthouse still stands proudly where the river meets the sea and makes for a perfect addition to this picturesque town.


We definitely did our share of eating in Bandon from sampling sweets at Cranberry Sweets, indulging in fish and chips at Bandon Fish Market, to warming up with chowder and fish tacos at Tony’s Port O’ Call and Crab Shack, indulging in delectables at the chocolate boutique Coastal Mist . . . but (being the cheesehead I am), my favorite was the creamy goodness at Face Rock Creamery – a place we visited twice in three days.  The pumpkin a' la mode ice cream was super satisfying and the cheese kept me coming back.
Amazing truffles at Coastal Mist.  Betsy was convinced this was her favorite place to visit in Bandon.
















As our friends over at Tin Teepee/Log Cabin rightly predicted . . . we did love Bandon's vibrant downtown, the lighthouse, fish and chips, the farmers market, and Spirit loved running on the beach.

This face brought to you by blowing sand.

We were in seafood heaven.
The downtown boardwalk displays some of the local youth art projects.
The art was creative and fun to ponder.
The driving rain, monsoonal downpours, and hurricane force winds could not keep us from enjoying Bandon.  Only sorry we could not stay longer . . . but, as we frequently say, "next time."





4 comments:

  1. Did Spirit fight you when you tried to leave? The picture of Spirit's sandy doggy face is priceless! :c)

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  2. OH I forgot about the creamery, wasn't it to die for!!!

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  3. Spirit looks like he's having fun. Oliver and Olivia absolutely loved the coast of oregon and the dog friendly beaches.

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    1. Spirit thinks we should carry a dog beach with us everywhere. We have not broken the news to her.

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