6 Reasons to Visit the Oregon Coast in the Winter

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Just because winter season is around the corner doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan a vacation to the Oregon Coast. Winter is one of the best times to visit Oregon’s elusive coast and enjoy some of the holiday events and activities that take place every year. Read further for our top reasons to visit the Oregon Coast in the winter!


  1. Storm watching

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Come late fall and winter drizzly rain, looming clouds, and strong storm surges greet the Oregon coastline. The powerful force of the Pacific Ocean is something to witness during the winter season. As winter storms batter the coastline, watching the waves crash against the rocky cliffs is a site that is worth seeing. Head out to Boiler Bay or Devil’s Punch Bowl for front row shows!


  1. Whale watching

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The gray whales start to migrate along the Oregon Coast starting in December in through March. Whale watching is one of the top things to do in Depoe Bay with pods sticking around throughout most of the year feeding right in our very own backyard. Be sure to stop in at the Whale Watch Center, located right here in Depoe Bay, for a great way to learn more about these beautiful mammals. Watch the incredible gray whale migration from your own private balcony when you stay at the Whale Cove Inn.

Related post: Whale watching tips


  1. Warm up with a cup of chowder

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Can you think of anything better than a cup of clam chowder on a rainy day along the Oregon Coast in the winter? Good clam chowder isn’t hard to find but a few notable places to visit are the Chowder Bowl in Newport and The Horn Public House in Depoe Bay are excellent choices.


  1. Spouting horns

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Small sea caves with varied openings are where spouting horns create dramatic sprays of water when waves crash into them. This is particularly fascinating to see during winter storms that make their way to the Oregon Coast every year. Some of the best spouting horns can be seen in downtown Depoe Bay. Be sure to bring your rain jacket!


  1. Fewer crowds

Towns like Depoe Bay, Newport, and Seaside can get quite crowded during the summer months with those seeking a weekend getaway. Enjoy these same quaint towns in the winter with half the crowds and less competition for getting a table at your desired restaurant.


  1. Crabbing and clamming

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Winter is the perfect time to go crabbing and clamming along the coast of Oregon. Dungeness and red rock crab can be caught up and down the coast and one of the best places is just 20 minutes north of Depoe Bay in Lincoln City. Know before you go and make sure you have the proper licensing before you head out.

Related post: 10 Things to do this winter along the Oregon Coast


Stay at Whale Cove Inn

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Complete your vacation to the Oregon Coast in the winter with a luxurious suite at Whale Cove Inn. Choose from one of our seven signature suites or our three-bedroom premier suite. Each one of our suites comes with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and private decks, perfect for enjoying winter activities in Depoe Bay such as storm watching and whale watching.

So book your stay with us for your getaway to the Oregon Coast this winter!


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