Envision a tranquil winter’s vacation spent on the coast, surrounded by gorgeous natural sights and breathtaking views looking out over the churning waves of the mighty Pacific Ocean, the jutting Cape Kiwanda, and Haystack Rock looming just offshore. When you come to spend winter 2022 with us here in Pacific City, this picture can easily become your reality and everyday experience! With an excellent location at the base of the Three Capes Scenic Loop, here you can explore the magnificent Cape Kiwanda, and embark on further adventures throughout the state. Pacific City is the kind of place that offers both the conveniences of a modern town and the feel of a remote escape to nature. With lots of recreation, miles of stunning shoreline, small-town vibes, and a chilly crisp in the air, Pacific City is the perfect destination for a winter 2022 getaway!
Escape to the Beach this Winter in Pacific City, OR
There’s something unique about a winter spent on the Oregon coast—gorgeous overcast days, crisp and breezy afternoons, and an expanse of natural wonders to explore. You can enjoy a bit of that seasonal temperature drop, but you can expect things to average in the low 50s during the day, opening a world of outdoor recreation to you. At the same time, you can cozy up around the fire in your vacation rental on rainy days and take a dip in the hot tub on chilly nights. It’s the kind of destination that’s just as perfect for adventure as it is for relaxing and soaking up the scenery. Since we’re a small town, it’s wise to plan and book your winter 2022 getaway ahead of time, ensuring you have a vacation rental reserved by the time the season arrives—especially if you’re looking to book one of our holiday rentals!
Explore Cape Kiwanda and the Three Capes Scenic Loop
Pacific City is home to Cape Kiwanda, a massive sandstone cape that extends into the sea and offers sweeping views of the beach and the towering Haystack Rock in the water past the break. Once you’ve explored Cape Kiwanda, you can embark on the famous Three Capes Scenic Loop, which will take you up to Cape Lookout, and Cape Meares. We have some beachfront homes in Kiwanda Shores where the sand is just outside your back door, and where you can relax in your hot tub with epic views of the ocean and Cape Kiwanda. Understandably so, properties with features like these tend to get booked quickly, which is another excellent reason to be thinking about booking your winter 2022 vacation ahead of time!
Winter Wildlife Watching in Pacific City, OR
If you love to spot a wild critter or two, Pacific City and the surrounding area offer quite a few chances to glimpse creatures in their natural habitat. December marks the start of whale watching season, and you can take a local tour, or try to spot a few migrating Gray Whales from the top of Cape Kiwanda. Walk the trails at Bob Straub State Park for a chance to see migratory birds and coastal wildlife along the beach—you might even spot a seal or sea lion! Explore along the Nestucca River and you might see a variety of avian life such as birds of prey, as well as rarer creatures like otters. Many of our homes are centrally located in these areas, so if you have one in mind, be sure to reserve it now for your winter vacation!
Discover the Oregon Coast in the Winter Season
Wake up to spend your mornings walking on the beach with moody views of a foggy shore, spend the afternoon grabbing a local brew at Pelican Brewing, and the evening dining out at one of our fantastic local restaurants. You’ll find that when you’re visiting in the winter you can still experience all the best parts of the city, from the abundance of natural beauty to the charming shops and eateries in town. In order to experience it all, it’s smart to start planning your winter 2022 vacation today—and it all starts with your vacation rental!
Book Your Winter 2022 Getaway with Open Nest Today!
At Open Nest, we’re proud to be the premier vacation rental company in Pacific City, where we strive to give you a personalized experience combined with our local expertise, for a winter vacation you’ll remember for years to come. We have a long list of rentals with features ideal for a winter escape—homes with ocean views, handsome fireplaces, hot tubs, rooms with private balconies, and views of the Nestucca River and the beach beyond. With features like these, it’s no surprise we book up quickly—so give us a call and we’ll start planning your Pacific City winter 2022 getaway today!
There’s no purer picture of Pacific northwestern beauty than the Oregon coast—jutting capes, stretching coastlines, and driftwood beaches all paint a vision of remote and untouched beauty, waiting to be discovered—and who better to take along than your romantic partner? Pacific City is home to a number of adventurous activities to keep you both entertained, whether it’s summer hang-gliding or an enchanting coastal hike. With an intimate, small-town vibe, Pacific City offers everything you need for a romantic escape from the stresses of daily life—local restaurants, ocean views, and endless outdoor recreation. If you’re ready to take a romantic vacation to an enchanting coastal landscape, rest assured that when you’re in town you’ll have a selection of romantic things to do in Pacific City Oregon for couples to enjoy!
Take the Three Capes Scenic Drive
This scenic drive will showcase some of the best spots on the coast and is a great activity with your partner as you both get acquainted with what the area has to offer. Pacific City sits at the south end of this famed drive, home to the stunning Cape Kiwanda which can be admired right in town. From Pacific City, you can head north on the Three Capes Scenic Loop, which will take you to the other two capes. Cape Lookout is first, where visitors can take several walking trails along the two-mile long cape and be treated to awe-inspiring ocean views—and during whale watching season, you’re likely to catch sight of one or two! Next along is Cape Meares, where you can find a classic lighthouse set amongst otherworldly seaside cliffs. Play your favorite tunes, stop for a picnic along the way—it’s a simple yet memorable activity where you can immerse yourself in one another’s company and the unique beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Kayak Along the Nestucca River
For an adventure that will let you experience another side of Pacific City’s beauty, you can rent kayaks to journey along the Nestucca River. Offering a serene view of banks covered in forest, you can glide along the river and take in the sights, including spotting wildlife. Nestucca Adventures is a local company offering several different types of water rentals—paddle kayaks, paddle boards, and unique Hobie pedal kayaks. They’ll educate or refreshen paddle instructions if you need, as well as help you launch off the dock so you can head out on your own adventure—just the two of you!
Explore Cape Kiwanda Up Close
Since Pacific City is home to one of the three capes, you can enjoy the beauty of Cape Kiwanda at any point during your visit. You make the trek up the sandstone cliffs, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the ocean and Pacific City. Stand in awe of the magnificent waves crashing against the cape, and revel in the salty scent of the ocean air. You can watch the dory boats come onto shore and walk along the beach to marvel at the towering Haystack Rock that sits just offshore, surrounded by the sea. For another romantic way to take in these views from the beach, consider booking a horseback ride for two.
Dine Out at Pacific City Restaurants
Pacific City may exude the perfect remote, small-town vibe, but that doesn’t mean we lack anything that makes for a sublime vacation—including our fantastic culinary scene. Grab a romantic morning coffee at the adorable Village Coffee Shop, or stop by Stimulus Coffee and Bakery, where you can grab a muffin and walk a short distance to gaze at Cape Kiwanda and the Pacific. Of course, if you’re looking for a romantic evening out with elegant ambiance, the Meridian Restaurant and Bar offers sweeping ocean views and freshly caught seafood, where The Riverhouse Nestucca has dreamy river views and a menu with a gourmet twist. Slightly more casual than romantic, stopping by Pelican Brewing is a still a must, as they have an impressive selection of locally brewed beers and amazing ocean views right by the beach!
Reserve Your Romantic Getaway with Open Nest Today!
When you’re taking a romantic vacation, you want your rental to be everything you want and more—and we have several properties made for a romantic vacation, from homes with ocean views to those that are right on the beach. Each property is unique, but you’ll always find basics like fully equipped kitchens, and homes might even have additional features like private hot tubs or spa-like bathrooms—it all depends on the property you pick! We value our guest experiences, and always strive to go the extra mile for our renters, whether it’s suggestions on fun things to do or where to pick up a handmade souvenir. We’re locals with a true love of Pacific City and welcome you to discover the magic of the area! Call our friendly reservation team, and we’ll help you select the perfect romantic vacation rental for your Pacific City escape!
Holiday Season 2021 in Pacific City
Imagine a peaceful holiday spent on the shore, surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty and stunning views out over the deep blue waters of the magnificent Pacific Ocean. When you spend the 2021 Christmas and New Year’s season with us here in Pacific City, that’s exactly what you’ll get! Nestled at the base of the renowned Three Capes Scenic Drive, and home to the famous Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Pacific City offers visitors both the raw and wild outdoors, as well as the comforts and conveniences of a town. With plenty of recreation, lots of gorgeous shorelines, small-town charm, and a seasonal crisp in the air, our tranquil seaside town is the perfect setting for a beautiful Oregon Christmas!
Your Choice of Winter Oregon Coast Activities
Even with that delicious seasonal chill in the atmosphere, you’ll still find plenty of activities to keep you busy when you visit for Christmas. Stroll along the pristine coast on the Winema Beach Walk, a trail just under two miles that takes you along one of the most gorgeous beaches in the northwest. The nearby Bob Straub State Park sits between Nestucca Bay and the Pacific Ocean and is a terrific place to enjoy unspoiled beaches.
Make new traditions with a Christmas dinner at Pelican Brewing–Pacific City for their pub classics and holiday specials with a front row seat to Haystack Rock. Stop by Meridian Restaurant & Bar or coastally crafted cocktails with an ocean view or Tidepools Spa & Wellness for a wellness retreat to ring in the new year. You can also simply grab coffee and treats from Stimulus Coffee + Bakery and take a coastal hike or make a beach bonfire create memories with the ones you love.
Winter Wildlife Watching
The Oregon coast is an excellent place for wildlife watching, and during your Christmas trip you’re sure to spot a critter or two. December marks whale watching season, and from Cape Kiwanda you can occasionally spot migrating gray whales. Visit the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge to explore their seven habitats and spot a variety of migrating shorebirds and birds of prey. Along the coast, you’ll likely see seals and sea lions, and even have a chance of glimpsing rarer marine creatures during low tides at the tide pools at the base of Cape Kiwanda, like sculpins, starfish, anemones, urchins and more.
Explore the Majestic Cape Kiwanda
The beauty of Cape Kiwanda is right at your fingertips, easily accessible and an icon of the Oregon coast. The cape is home to cliffs, the famous Haystack Rock, and a massive 200-foot-high sand dune that once summited offers amazing views of the area. If you’re looking to explore beyond the town, head north on the Three Capes Scenic Loop. First, you’ll hit Cape Lookout, which extends two miles into the Pacific Ocean and offers tons of hiking and walking trails and more opportunities for whale watching. Further along the drive you’ll find the final cape, Cape Meares, home to a picturesque lighthouse and jaw-dropping sheer seaside cliffs. Once you’ve explored the capes, as a bonus check out Neskowin Beach south of Pacific City, where you can find petrified ancient tree stumps studded along the shore.
Shop for Local Christmas Presents
It’s a terrific time to check out the local shops of Pacific City and pick up a last-minute present or a gift for a loved one back home. Check out Moments Surf Shop for delightful beach apparel, or Catch the Wind, a quaint little kite shop that will make treasured gifts for the kids. Head down to Brooten Road and Pacific Avenue to browse an assortment of handcrafted local goods, including the heavenly soaps at Ritual Coastal Soapery and Candelarium, and delightful sweets from Pacific Coast Candy Explore further south in Lincoln City for outlet stores, toy shops, and more to check off everything on your list.
Open Nest—Your Host for An Unforgettable Christmas!
At Open Nest, we’ve hand-picked our lovely selection of vacation rentals and are proud to say we know each and every one of our homes well—which is saying something in the era of massive vacation rental websites that have little to no oversight. We’re also real locals with Pacific City roots, and always aim to give our guests the best and most personalized experience possible. Our business functions on a set of four Core Values that guide us to always go above and beyond for our guests—We Make it Easy, We Keep Our Promises, We Take Pride in Our Hometown Connections, and Make your Beach Dreams Come True! Browse our online rentals and give our friendly team a call to reserve your 2021 holiday vacation rental in Pacific City today!