For Arts & Culture Lovers

Small communities often have a surprisingly vibrant local arts scene.

Suggested Itinerary:

Morning Art Walk:

Start your day with a walk at Kilchis Point Reserve which is right down the street from The Nook, a beautiful protected natural area with an easy walking flat trail. Enjoy the restored native forest with interpretive signage accented by stone carvings from local artists, along with artfully created bridges and benches.  The benches are placed through donations with most dedicated to those who have passed but loved this special place. The dedication plaques can be most touching.  However, the best art is supplied by Mother Nature so bring your camera for great shots of the native forest habitat and stunning views of The Bay. This is also a popular birdwatching location. Allow 60 minutes.


After a morning walk, head north and fuel your day with a delicious breakfast at Wanda's Cafe & Bakery in Nehalem. A popular spot for foodies, they offer incredible comfort food and grab-n-go. Indoor and outdoor dining. Arrive early. Allow 90 minutes.

Art Studio:

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita is a place for those curious about art and culture and who are looking to purchase local art. Here you can learn about and experience work from local artisans on the north Oregon coast. Allow 75 minutes with drive.

Coffee to invigorate your creative spirit:

Grab a coffee and a fresh pastry from Manzanita News before heading out to explore more local art. Relax in a seat outside in the Wonder Garden opposite the Hoffman Center. Allow 45 minutes.

Art Gallery:

Check out local art at Polaris Gallery in Manzanita, named after the North Star.  The Polaris Gallery, like the star, illuminates a blanket of celestial art in the north county area.  Allow 60 minutes.


Visit our best local bookshop, Cloud & Leaf in Manzanita, and check out the selection of books from local authors. Allow 45 minutes.

Handmade Crafts:

Next, head 5 minutes south to Wild Coast Goods in Nehalem. This quaint shop run by local artists features handmade goods, jewelry, art, photography, plants, woodwork and more. Hungry? Cross the street to Buttercup and sample one of Julie's incredible ice creams or chowders. So good! Allow 75 minutes with drive.

Wine Tasting:

Before dinner, take a drive out to Nehalem Bay Winery and enjoy an afternoon wine tasting. One of the ten oldest wineries in Oregon; they offer white, red, and sweet fruit wines. Allow 90 minutes.

Dinner & Evening:

Travel back to Manzanita and enjoy an unforgettable dinner at the Offshore Grill. This family-run diner creates delicious farm-to-table dishes.  Always consider the daily special.  Indoor and limited outdoor dining. After a great meal, head home for cozy sit around the community fire pit at The Nook. Allow 90 minutes for dinner, and all night for talk around the fire.

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Manzanita News & Espresso:



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Breakfast Spots:

Downies Cafe or Mana's Kitchen (Bay City), Yolk (Manzanita), Parkside Diner (Garibaldi), Blue Agate (Oceanside)

Arts Destinations:

NCRD Gallery (Nehalem), Heart of CARTM (Wheeler), Art Accelerated (Tillamook), Bay City Arts Center, Historic Boathouse Gallery (Garibaldi)

Live Music & Theatre: TAPA (Tillamook), Riverbend Players (NCRD Nehalem), Coaster Theatre (Cannon Beach), Tillamook Coliseum Movie Theatre

Lunch Spots: Fish Peddler (Bay City), Dutch Mill Diner (Tillamook), The Spot (Garibaldi), Riverside Fish & Chips (Nehalem)

Dinner Spots: Garibaldi Portside Bistro, Pirates Cove (Garibaldi), Offshore Grill (Manzanita), Sand Dollar (Rockaway), Riverhouse Nestucca (Pacific City).

Museums and local Heritage: Garibaldi Maritime Museum, Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, Tillamook Air Museum, International Police Museum

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