Crater Lake was just the beginning of what Oregon was prepared to share with us. From Crater Lake we headed to Florence just below mid-way along Oregon’s coast. Florence turned out to be our favorite town in Oregon as roadtrippers. It was small enough to be quaint and have a neighborly feel, but it was large enough to have lots of points of interest. We stayed in Florence for about a week and it was sunny, but pretty windy the entire time.
Shall we begin with the town itself? We found Florence to be a mix of Pennsylvania woods and rivers and a New England fishing hamlet untouched by extreme money. The Oregonian flare was added with local massive sand dunes and tidepools to explore, seals in the water, locally produced or wild harvested/foraged restaurant options and of course the Pacific Ocean. Florence has an area called Old Town, where there is a small marina and several streets brimming with pink filled hanging baskets in front of shops, restaurants and even a historical museum. So adorable, it would win even the biggest cynic’s heart.
Here is a shot of the countryside a little farther inland. I absolutely have seen the same scene in Pennsylvania. This is the first place we have felt the pangs of our home state. Pennsylvania in the summertime, similar to inland Oregon, is an abundant place to be.
And the marina in Florence…
While we enjoyed the town of Florence, we were also grateful to be back by the Pacific Ocean. The beach experience here takes a little getting used to, as the weather is generally cooler and very windy (in the afternoon), making it difficult to spend much time on the sand. However, we found places to sit tucked in to small sand dunes to allow us a reprieve from the wind. Most people were out for a walk on the beach allowing their dog to run and play, or flying kites – activities much more suited to Oregon’s cool Coast.
…and the Sea Lion Caves. This is a family run business where visitors take an elevator down in to the coastal cave where sea lions are constantly in abode. It is a family run business, so it is a great opportunity to see something unique while supporting a small business.
I am writing this post after we have crossed in to Washington, and looking back on our time in Oregon, Chris and I agree that Florence was our favorite spot. We have not seen the entire coast there, but the friendly people, Old Town and access to the beach was perfectly relaxing and enjoyable. We could have easily spent a month there.
We didn’t just take relaxing strolls the entire time, our two big adventures in the Florence area are yet to come: sandboarding and tidepooling!
Fun Facts & Tips:
- We did not get a chance to take our kayak out, but there were lakes and the river to enjoy.
- Heceta Lighthouse sits in a state park which you can visit. There is a state day-use fee.
- We happened to be in Florence for the 4th of July. They had fireworks over the river and an air show.