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Oh how we love summer and how sad we are when it comes to an end. Gone will be the long days that stretch out before us in an array of endless possibilities, vacations will have ended, and real life begins to intrude but as we grow closer to those final moments of the solstice, there is still one more last hurrah to look forward to. Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to start making your plans to visit Pacific City and your comfortably luxurious stay in our Open Nest holiday hideaways! Spend your days celebrating this weekend of wow and your evenings celebrating all that is beautiful about our special escapes! This guide to spending Labor Day with us will ensure that every moment of your stay will be your favorite!

Sunrise and Scrambled Eggs

Yes, the long weekend should be one filled with as much relaxation as your body can handle, but on at least one day, we suggest waking up to watch the sunrise. For those of you renting one of our oceanfront sanctuaries, slipping into a pair of comfy sweats and spending the pre-dawn moments with your toes buried in the sand will be an experience that will become your new obsession, but even if you aren’t as close to the beach as you would like, sitting out on the deck or balcony promises to be an equally delightful experience. Watching the sky cycle through all its colors, feeling the cool morning breezes kissing your cheeks, and then heading back to bed for a couple more hours of sleep will touch a place in your heart that you didn’t know needed the touch. Our early risers, however, may want to head over to Village Coffee Shop, 34910 Brooten Road in Cloverdale, for a hearty breakfast that will fill all the empty places in their stomachs. The compact cabin in which this charming diner is located adds a country appeal to the comfort foods served here! If you are looking for haute cuisine and modern décor, the Village Coffee Shop won’t be the place for you but if you prefer a spot where the wait staff is friendly, the coffee is strong, and the food tastes like what your grandma used to make for you, this may be your place for the duration of your stay!

A Day at the Beach

You have come all this way, of course you will want to spend as much time in the sand time as possible and the pristine beaches of Pacific City are where your best memories will be made! Our coastal town is off the beaten path, offering a peaceful serenity and a happy lack of raucous crowds, ensuring your beach day will be one that you will wish never had to end. Climb the heights of the sandy dunes of Cape Kiwanda and savor views that spread out for miles or stick close to the base and explore the tide pools filled with sea life at low tide with your favorite tiny travelers. Building sandcastles at water’s edge is another popular beach activity enjoyed with the littles, requiring nothing more than sand, water, and plastic buckets and shovels and the memories made in these quiet moments will be ones that take root, lingering in your children’s minds when they become adults with kids of their own and repeat the happy experiences!

Pelican Brewing Company, 33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive in Pacific City

Oregon is known for its craft beers and when you want to combine the beach and the beer, Pelican Pub and Brewery is the only place you will want to be! Offering patio seating with views of Haystack Rock (a view that may be familiar to any “Goonies” fans out there!) and an everchanging selection of frothy craft beers, spending a few hours here is one of our favorite ways to celebrate any day!

All the Comforts of Home

The magic of your Labor Day getaway begins and ends in our Open Nest holiday hideaways. Offering all the comforts of home blended with a sophisticated coastal décor, every moment here will be filled with luxury and style. Choose a bright and airy retreat with the ocean serving as its backyard and you will never have to leave the beach. The amenities in each of our Pacific City vacation rentals will vary from place to place, but the atmosphere of warmth and welcoming never changes. Enjoy a barbecue on the back deck, playing board games in our brightly lit dining rooms, or simply take a day to relax on overstuffed chairs as you lose yourself in the words on the pages of a summer blockbuster. The best parts of your Labor Day weekend celebration will be spent right here with us; reserve your favorite today!

The 4th of July is just around the corner and for those who can’t wait embrace a beachfront holiday, heading to Pacific City, Oregon is a must! Between the sand, sun, access to recreation, and amazing flavors to be found, Pacific City is a destination where there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The following are just a few of the many activities and attractions to check out while you’re here that will have you packing your bag and getting ready for an unforgettable Independence Day adventure in no time.

Enjoy Time with Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides

Those who are traveling to scenic Pacific City, Oregon this 4th of July and are looking for a romantic way to see the sights won’t want to miss out on booking a beach ride through Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides. Located at 5985 Pacific Avenue, Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides is open daily from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm and offers weekend ride options at both 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. You don’t have to be an experienced equestrian to make the most of a stunning horseback ride on the beach when you partner with this company. The team here is happy to help riders of all levels get acquainted with the techniques they need to know and get comfortable in the saddle before setting out for their adventure. Your July ride will take you out towards the Pacific Ocean before turning around at Bob Straub State Park. Along the way, riders will enjoy watching the waves crash into the shoreline and opportunities to view sand dunes too. In total, the ride takes about an hour and places can be booked for $105 per rider.

Visit Cape Kiwanda

A trip to Pacific City over Independence Day is the perfect time to explore Cape Kiwanda. This is one of three that make up the greater Three Capes Scenic Route and it’s a destination where those looking to connect with nature this summer will find a long lineup of options! Cape Kiwanda is home to everything from sandstone cliffs and sand dunes, providing an intriguing backdrop for photographers of all types. Cape Kiwanda is also packed with hiking trails to explore when you’re looking to get out and make the most of the mid-summer weather, bird watch, or even whale spot if your timing is right! Looking to cool off when temperatures rise? Head over to the tide pools at low tide and dip your toes in. These pools are often found to be hosting everything from starfish to crabs. Beach lovers will find that the shoreline here is endlessly appealing but if you’re not into crowds, an early morning stop might be your best bet. Cape Kiwanda also offers up breathtaking views of Haystack Rock, Cape Lookout, and Nestucca Bay if you’re willing to trek to the top of the cape and take it all in at once. If you’re someone who loves to explore new places on two wheels, Cape Kiwanda is also an excellent spot to enjoy biking this Independence Day. While the Cape Kiwanda Fat Bike Route is always exciting to check out, bikes can easily maneuver the beaches in this area.

Test Your Skills Out on the Waves

If your idea of a fantastic holiday away includes as much time as possible on a surfboard, you’re in luck! Pacific City is an oasis of surfing fun and whether you’re trying it for the first time or you’re experienced, getting out on the water is a must while you’re here over the 4th. The combination of reef breaks and pristine beaches make this destination one-of-a-kind for surf enthusiasts. Do note that even in July, the water can be cold, so having quality gear in place like a wetsuit and gloves is always important. If you’re looking to check iconic stops off your must-try list while you’re in town over the holiday, be sure to pair your surf adventures with a post-ride stop at The Pelican Brew Pub which is just steps from the sand.

Include Fireworks into Your Getaway

If you can’t imagine a 4th of July adventure without fireworks included on your trip to Pacific City this year won’t disappoint! The annual fireworks display is hosted at dusk at Bob Straub State Park. Be sure to check the city’s website for any potential changes to the fireworks display before heading out.

Book Your Getaway Today

Making time to unwind, relax, and enjoy your time in Pacific City is always worth your while. When you’re looking for incredible accommodations to top the experience off in style, the property professionals at Open Nest have you covered. Reach out today to learn more about our many inviting Pacific City vacation rentals available in this area and how we can help you start planning your trip!