Travel Tips for Visiting Depoe Bay, Oregon

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Planning a vacation to Oregon’s illusive coastline? Why not make a stop in the quaint town of Depoe Bay? Home to the world’s smallest harbor, whale watching, stunning natural landscapes, and a local friendly vibe you won’t find anywhere else – traveling to Depoe Bay, Oregon is a true treat. To help plan your trip, uncover our travel tips for visiting Depoe Bay, Oregon and soon discover this special part of the world.

Fare Game

Airlines such as United, Frontier, Southwest, and many others offer several direct flights into Portland, Oregon from other major hubs like Denver and Seattle. Flying into Portland, Oregon and renting a car is one of the best ways to access Oregon’s coastline and Depoe Bay. Roughly two and a half hours from the Portland International Airport, the drive to Depoe Bay will bring you up close to some of Oregon’s most pristine and lush landscapes.

Keep it local

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Jewelry sold at Coastal Curators, photo: Coastal Curators

The small town of Depoe Bay offers travelers several opportunities to shop, eat, and drink local. For one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts check out Coastal Curators and for tasty treats try Depoe Bay Candy Company. If you are looking to try some local libations check out the area’s wineries and breweries. The Horn Public House & Brewery and Beachcrest Brewing Company are both great options for a cold brew. Depoe Bay Winery and the Flying Dutchman Winery are both local wineries where you can not only enjoy a glass of merlot but incredible coastal views.

Enjoy some local flavor at casual favorites like Gracie’s Sea Hag Restaurant and the Bay Walk Café. And for fine dining in Depoe Bay make reservations at Restaurant Beck.

The town is a buzz

With Portland’s well-established coffee culture, it is no wonder that this reputation has filtered out into other areas of the state. Depoe Bay is no exception to this expansive coffee culture. With local coffee shops like Pirate Coffee Company, Big Mountain Coffee, and the slightly smaller Nyla’s Cup of Jo., visitors will have no problem finding a hot cup of jo to start their day.

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Breakfast at Channel House

Enjoy a cup of coffee with a complimentary breakfast at the Channel House – all while taking views of the bay from our breakfast parlor.

Luscious landscapes

With rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, bustling harbors, and picturesque lighthouses, Oregon’s coastline is no stranger to the traveler. While every coastal town has something to offer, Depoe Bay is home to some of the most jaw-dropping natural landscapes. With notable landmarks like Devil’s Punchbowl, Rocky Creek Scenic Viewpoint, Spouting Horn, and many others – Depoe Bay is a true feast for the eyes.

Wildlife watching

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A Gray Whale diving off the coast near Newport, Oregon.

Known as the whale watching capital of the Oregon Coast, Depoe Bay is the best place to watch the great whale migration. With its proximity to the ocean and frequent marine visitors, whale watching in Depoe Bay is a popular activity. While this activity is enjoyable year-round, the best times to keep your eye out is during the winter months (December – January) and again in spring (March – June). Be sure to stop in the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center to spot gray whales with on-site staff to help answer any questions you may have. Local charters also offer the opportunity to see the whales up close with scheduled excursions.

Room with a view

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View from one of our suites

For some of the best views of the Oregon Coast, stay at the Channel House. Perched high on an oceanfront bluff, along Oregon’s coastline, Channel House provides the comforts of home with luxurious amenities and first-class service. Imagine stepping out on to your private balcony, breathing in the fresh ocean breeze, all while taking in panoramic views of the ocean? You can do just that with a stay in one of our ocean-view rooms.

Discover the magic of the Oregon Coast and Depoe Bay with a stay at Channel House.


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