Fuel up with a breakfast at Wanda’s Cafe before you start your coastal adventure. After poking around the various downtown shops, spend some time at the Nehalem Bay Winery. When it’s time for dinner, The Pizza Garden offers up traditional New York style pizza, as well as other Italian fares such as shrimp fettuccini and vegetarian lasagna. The restaurant sits right on the bay with incredible views, and is a perfect spot to watch the sunset. Finish your day with a scoop of gourmet Sour Cream Strawberry Rhubarb ice cream at Buttercup.
Nehalem Bay is as unique as the Salish Indian tribe it was named after. Nehalem means “where the people live.” So, experience how the people now live by stopping by the North County Recreation District. Get in your daily workout, take an art class, or relax with yoga. Or, slow down and drink Tillamook Coast-grown tea at North Fork 53 Farm and Retreat Center.
Rent a floating house where you can dock your boat after a delightful day of fishing on the Nehalem River. Boat rentals are also available, as well as guided tours, including stand-up paddleboarding. Be sure to check out the large curving beaches and bayfront of Nehalem Bay State Park, where you can visit for a day or spend a night or week camping.