Situated in Oregon's bucolic Tillamook County, the small coastal village of Nehalem still shows remnants of its working class origins. Featuring a quaint downtown area that contains remnants of the community's logging and shipping history, guests of Nehalem vacation rentals and residents alike also enjoy spectacular views of the Nehalem River and the nearby Coast Range. The pace of life is slow and leisurely here -- Nehalem only has one traffic signal!
Nehalem is a great choice for those who want something a little slower-paced than the larger coastal communities along Highway 101 but still want to be close enough to be able to enjoy popular attractions. A favorite destination of wildlife viewing enthusiasts, Nehalem is woodsy with a peaceful ambiance that offers a perfect way to destress from the demands of everyday life. You can drive north to historic Astoria in a little under an hour or head south for about 90 minutes and explore Lincoln City. If you're a cheese enthusiast, don't forget to take a tour of the nearby Tillamook Cheese Factory.
Nehalem State Park provides beach access, hiking and biking trails, and opportunities for horseback riding, fishing, boating, kayaking, clamming, and crabbing. Birdwatchers love this park because of the abundance of snowy plovers, and beachcombers count the beach at Nehalem State Park as among the best for finding beach glass, agates, and the occasional commercial fishing float.
Nehalem also has several boutiques and art galleries in it's small downtown area, and wine lovers have the option of paying a visit to Nehalem Bay Wine Company. Visitors to Nehalem also get the added bonus of being right next to two other charming coastal villages, Wheeler and Manzanita.