Twenty minutes south of bustling Cannon Beach sits the sleepy town of Manzanita. With seven miles of sandy shoreline, an excellent handful of local businesses, and a laid-back vibe to soothe even the busiest soul, it's one of the best-kept secrets on the Northern Oregon Coast. One of our Manzanita rentals is the ideal destination for travelers who enjoy staying in a low-key environment with gorgeous sandy beaches, but still having easy access to amenities such as grocery stores, coffee shops, and even a sports pub!
Where is Manzanita, OR?
Nestled between Arch Cape to the north and Rockaway Beach to the south, the town of Manzanita is nestled at the base of Neahkahnie Mountain, a 1,600-foot peak that juts out into the Pacific Ocean from the coast, providing a spectacular backdrop to the scenery along the beach.
Things to Do in Manzanita, OR
For hiking enthusiasts, trekking up to the Neahkahnie summit on a clear day is a must; the views along the shoreline down to Tillamook Bay are magnificent and make the challenging climb well worth the effort!
For those who prefer less strenuous activity, take a stroll from your charming vacation home for a long walk along Manzanita's beach stretches from the base of the mountain to the Nehalem Bay Jetty, where seals lounge on rocks as pelicans and eagles fly overhead.
Or, get up close and personal with the nearby Nehalem Bay on a coastal kayak tour. The town itself has just enough retail and restaurant options to meet the needs of most travelers while feeling considerably more intimate than the more developed downtowns of Cannon Beach and Seaside.
Along the main drag of Laneda Avenue, visitors can enjoy cardamom cinnamon rolls at the Bread & Ocean Bakery, a cold pint at the San Dune Pub, a well-earned massage at Spa Manzanita, and pick out a floatable Frisbee at Four Paws on the Beach; after all, Manzanita is one of the most dog-friendly spots along the Coast and we have a number vacation rentals that welcome pets to choose from!
The town even offers a natural-foods grocery and a few lovely bookstores - perfect for browsing on rainy days!
Day Trips from Manzanita
Heading south along Highway 101, the fisheries and seafood markets near Rockaway Beach are only 12 miles south, and bigger-city amenities (along with a certain cheese factory!) are a 26-mile drive away in Tillamook. A Manzanita rental will also put you just 15 miles south of Cannon Beach's upscale boutiques and galleries, and within half an hour of Seaside's bustling boardwalks. Manzanita is just under two hours' drive from Portland, making it an easily accessible weekend getaway for city folk, but certainly also isolated and intimate enough to provide a truly relaxing Oregon Coast experience.
Spend your time taking romantic strolls along the beach or paddling Nehalem Bay and its adjoining river on a kayaking adventure. The choice is yours when you stay in one of our Manzanita vacation rentals!