On the Oregon Coast, adventures abound!
It doesn’t require much effort to find yourself in the midst of great action and adventure
should you so choose. Take some of our suggestions below or ask our staff to assist you in
finding the right kind of activity to fill your day. By land or by sea, there’s something
for everyone to enjoy.
The whales love Depoe Bay and Depoe Bay loves the whales!
Depoe Bay is known as the Whale Watching Capital and is fortunate enough to have a pod of gray whales make their residence in the waters off our shores for several months of the year. They can be seen migrating by or feeding and frolicking nearby for 8 months or more of the year. Landlubbers, stay put on terra firma and watch the whales from the Whale Watching Center, the seawall in town or points nearby.
Seafarers, step right outside our door, walk down to the docks and hop aboard a charter boat for group whale watching. Or climb on the zodiac with local whale researcher, Carrie Newell for a personalized and up-close experience with these magnificent creatures. Carrie is one of the foremost authorities on gray whales on the Oregon Coast, has been featured on PBS with Jean-Michel Cousteau and has over 20 years of teaching and research experience.
Fishing is what this town was built on and a fishing town it remains. Enjoy not only the adventure of fishing on the open waters, but live a part of the history of this sea-going town and its people. For larger groups or to join with others, set a course with Dockside Charters (located adjacent to the inn).
It takes a little bit of a hardy soul and a small amount of effort, but to experience the Oregon Coast during a
storm is to truly have experienced the Oregon Coast. This is one of the times in life where the effort is worth
the reward…watch Mother Nature in action, carving sculpture of the basalt foundation Depoe Bay was
built on. Feel the force of high winds on your face and listen and huge waves crash against the Spouting
Horn Blow Holes forcing spray up to 60 feet in the air!
Within an easy day trip from the inn, there are miles and miles of hiking
trails to enjoy. Some of our favorites? Drift Creek Falls Trail: a moderate
hike starting down-grade, the 1.5 mile trail leads you to beautiful, 75 foot,
Drift Creek Falls and the suspension bridge constructed to
maximize views of the falls and the wooded location. Cascade Head
Trail: another moderate hike, one mile up gaining 160 feet and worth the
work. Make it to the top of Cascade Head, which has been preserved
for everyone to enjoy by the Nature Conservancy, and you will be rewarded
with bird’s eye views of Salmon River and Estuaries and
never-ending coastline to the south.
Wildlife Viewing / Education
Almost anywhere you look there is an opportunity for viewing and observing wildlife in its natural habitat. Watch whales, harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, blue herons and shorebirds too numerous to name! Make sure to leave time in your schedule for visiting the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center for a fun and interactive learning experience.
For an indoor adventure
We suggest a visit to Mor Art Glass Studio in Lincoln City. For as little as $25.00 you can create your own Fused Glass masterpiece.