Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions




Manzanita has been described as a magical, breathtaking, and romantic place. Our small town attracts people from all over the world. The 7-mile, white sandy stretch of beach is a great place to run, walk, jog, or simply go beach combing. Manzanita Beach offers peace, relaxation and tranquility. Nestled between two State Parks, Manzanita, Oregon offers incredible beauty.

nehalem bay state park

Nehalem Bay State Park has miles of flat, paved trails for the whole family. Most trails lead down to Nehalem Bay where you can relax on a stretch of beach that offers great views as well as a huge sand hill to climb and driftwood forts to play in.  The State Park also has boat launches for those of you that bring boats. Horseback riding is also an option!


oswald west state park



Oswald West State Park is just to the north of Manzanita, this park also offers many trails that wind through old growth pines. The beach at Oswald is breathtaking, with its natural waterfalls off of the cliffs and tide pools full of starfish. This is also a surfer’s paradise!





Manzanita has a variety of great restaurants and cafes to try. We dare you, to try them all. You will receive great service and food. There is Blackbird Restaurant, Neahkanie BistroLeft Coast Siesta, The Big Wave, Bread and Ocean, Marazano’s Pizza, etc. For those of you over the age of 21, Vino’s Wine Bar and the San Dune are highly recommended! The shopping is incredible with such stores as Toylandia, Moxie, Unfurl, Syzygy, T-Spot, Wisteria Chic and Four Paws on the Beach. What more can you ask for?


If it's coffee and pastries you are looking for, visit Coffee Shop Manzanita down by the ocean or Manzanita News and Espresso near US Bank. If your on your way down south, stop at Hugo's in Nehalem for great drive-up coffee, lattes, mocha's, pastries and more! 


Manzanita Golf Course:  Opened in 1987, Manzanita Golf Course has a 2,192-yard, par 32 and 9-hole layout. Designed by Ted Erickson, the course is situated on a lovely hillside overlooking the vast expanse of the ocean. The Manzanita golf coarse is opened year round. The friendly staff will take care of all your needs. They have a full shop that is equipt to rent out anything from clubs to hand carts. Contact them at 503-368-5744 for more information.


If you really need to pamper yourself, we suggest Spa Manzanita or Longevity. Both these spas offer great massages! Spa Manzanita goes above and beyond by also offering pedicures, manicures, facials and more. Either way, Manzanita is sure to be your home away from home minus the stress.


Nehalem: Nehalem is a small town just south of Manzanita. This town offers great shops and a few restaurants. The North County Recreation District is located here and offers great activities such as pilates and yoga classes as well as a full pool for those rainy days. Nehalem Bay is a popular fishing area with various places to launch your boat and start your vacation. Nehalem also has our only gas station in about 15 miles.


Wheeler: Wheeler is located 2 miles south of Manzanita, just after Nehalem. This town offers great antique stores, cafe's and beautiful sweeping views of Nehalem Bay.  Wheeler offers great fishing, crabbing, clamming, kayaking and more. Visit the Wheeler Marina's Website for information on license requirements, boat and kayak rentals. There is no beach access in Wheeler but its fun to take the kids down on the dock.

For info on community events and activities in Manzanita, Nehalem or Wheeler

Please contact us if you have any questions about area activities, we would love to help. 


Other Surrounding Areas:                                         


Astoria - 50 minute drive, north


Seaside - 40 minute drive, north 


Cannon Beach - 20 minute drive, north


Wheeler - 10 minute drive, south


Rockaway Beach - 20 minute drive, south


Tillamook - 45 minute drive, south


Portland - 2 hour drive