If you want to get away from it all on the Northern Oregon Coast, there's no better place than an Oregon Coast vacation rental in Gearhart. This sleepy resort town boasts one of the state's most beautiful stretches of unspoiled beach, with wildflowers and grassy dunes giving way to white sand and crashing waves.
The town is mostly residential, with a large number of vacation homes, but a charming strip of downtown retail offers all the amenities a visitor could want: an old-fashioned grocery store, a lovely bakery and cafe, antique shops, and a glass-blowing studio. Golfers flock to Gearhart's 18-hole public golf course, among the oldest west of the Mississippi, made even more desirable now that the McMenamins Sand Trap is located on site!
Kids and adults alike will love riding bikes along the town's wide streets, or head to the beach for sand castle building, kite flying, and whale watching. From your Gearhart vacation rental, nearby recreation areas at Del Rey Beach State Park and Sunset Beach State Park offer even more stretches of sandy coastline to explore, plus hiking trails and horseback riding.
Gearhart feels very quiet and secluded, but only a few miles south lies the bustling tourist town of Seaside. Here, visitors and local families delight in strolling the oceanfront promenade, with its seemingly endless array of arcades, souvenir shops, and saltwater taffy. Seaside also offers a wide selection of dining options, from pizza and pasta to seafood, Mexican cuisine, or even Japanese. Award-winning restaurants and more upscale shopping are only fifteen minutes further south in Cannon Beach, or drive twenty minutes north to Astoria for fresh seafood right off the boat from the Columbia River.
Gearhart is one of the closest beach towns to Portland, only an hour and a half away, and less than three and a half hours from Seattle. Along the Northern Oregon coast, our Gearhart vacation rentals are an excellent destination for discerning travelers who like to be close to all the action, but still feel the peace and quiet of a relaxing resort town.