July 16, 2010

The Oregon Coast Offers Wine, Sun, and Surf For Portland Getaways

Portland living is great for many reasons, and today I’d like to highlight one of my favorites: The Oregon Coast.

Only a beautiful 80 miles away, the Oregon Coast offers more than just the ocean, beach and sun.  It offers rest and relaxation at World-class resorts like the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort and the Overleaf Day Spa and Hotel.  It’s also home to one of the best golf courses on the West coast,  Bandon Dunes , which has been favorably compared to the famous Pebble Beach.

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Imagine sitting on the patio of your beachfront condo, watching  the waves with someone you care about... Ahhh, what could make this better?  How about a bottle of wonderful, local wine from one of Oregon's boutique vineyards?  The Flying Dutchman’s Pinot Noir is my favorite.

The Oregon Coast is known for having some of the West Coast's best surfing.  My favorite is a secluded cove with a long sandy beach called Short Sands (pictured below)  located in Oswald State Park.  Many people come to Short Sands to learn how to surf, though it is certainly a great spot for experienced riders to come and tear up the waves.

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I know that Oregon isn't typically thought of as a surf destination, but it is a local secret and a big reason why we love living here so much.  So, whether you already live in Portland, or are looking for a reason to move here,  go check out the wonderful Oregon Coast for a day, or two...You'll feel refreshed and relaxed in no time!

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