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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!

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.

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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!