Berry byway from Port Orford to Bandon
Ramble along the berry trail from Port Orford to Bandon for a bucketful of sweet tastes. A morning start at Port Orford Community Co-op yields a delightful harvest of picnic provisions, including organic meat, fresh catch and seasonal produce like sun-kissed, handpicked strawberries, raspberries and blackberries from Valley Flora Farm. Head north on U.S. 101 to Peters Cranberry farm stand in the little burg of Sixes for fresh, tart sustainably-grown cranberries as well as jams and berry vinegars to take home. Plan on late breakfast at The Spoon in Langlois with griddle-hot pancakes and French toast drizzled in locally made cranberry syrup from Bowman Bogs. Next door, the Floras Creek Coffee Company’s house-roasted local mocha will fuel your hunt for sweet blueberries at family farms like Valentine Blueberries, Twin Creek Ranch and Jensen's Blueberries. Spread your picnic blanket in the sunshine at Dragonfly Farm & Nursery in Langlois and enjoy a post-lunch stroll through the verdant grounds and greenhouses where you can pick out young blueberry bushes to plant at home. If you still have room after lunch, stop in at The Rolling Pin Bakery in Bandon for a biscuit made with blueberries from Twin Creek Ranch or strawberries from Valley Flora. In Old Town Bandon, quaff a fruity pre-dinner drink at one of the local watering holes — cranberry rum at Stillwagon Distillery or a cranberry cider at Bandon Brewing Company.
Seafood search from gold beach to brookings
This culinary treasure trek starts with made-from-scratch bagels and steaming coffee at First Rise Baking Company in Brookings. Thus well provisioned, head out for a two-hour exploration by kayak with South Coast Tours. Fish from the boat, forage for mussels and edible seaweeds, or just enjoy bird watching in the refreshing sea breeze. Post paddle lunch options at Barnacle Bistro in Gold Beach include the Fisherman’s Panini-melt with a side of garlic fries or crab cakes made with locally caught Dungeness crab and Oregon bay shrimp. The Arch Rock Brewing Company tasting room pours seaside sips of lager, pales and porters and growlers to go. Don’t miss Fisherman Direct Seafood with freshly canned albacore tuna and salmon to take home. In Port Orford, visit the working waterfront to see the unique dolly dock lifting boats in and out of the water by crane. Fish from the beach in the pretty cove around Battle Rock or watch for great grey whales. Net your dinner from the dock at Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon. They’ll cook your catch or sell you a variety of fresh items like the wild salmon burger, Diver’s Catch pasta, or grilled oysters.
Timeless beauty from Reedsport to Brookings
This dreamy drive from Reedsport to Brookings passes through some of the South Coast’s most stunning landscapes. From the Umpqua River Scenic Byway catch a glimpse of majestic Roosevelt elk at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area followed by a hearty breakfast at Reedsport’s Harbor Light Restaurant with offerings of Salmon Harbor Browns and Country Fried Steak. Further south stop in at the Coos Head Food Co-Op for energy-packed snacks and beverages to take with you. Stroll the lush formal gardens at Shore Acres State Park and view dramatic surf crashing below the soaring cliffline. The trails in Cape Arago State Park provide breathtaking beauty of hidden coves and seascapes along the headland. Stop at Charleston’s Bayside Coffee Shop for organic fair trade coffee and tea and find refreshing smoothies made from house-made nut milks and fresh berries at Coos Bay’s Noster Kitchen. Book a shoreside table at Redfish in Port Orford for a lunch of ocean-fresh seafood, salads and burgers along with gorgeous views of Battle Rock from the sun-drenched deck. In the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, 27 miles of Oregon Coast trail wind through towering Sitka spruce with striking vistas of Arch Rock, Natural Bridges and other wind sculpted sea stacks. At the end of the day, tuck into a burger at The Vista Pub in Brookings — made with grass-fed local beef and Grandma Katie’s special seasoning. End the night at the lively tasting room at Chetco Brewing Company or get a growler to go and watch the sunset from the windswept beach.