More to do in Wheeler on the Bay!
Restaurants (within walking distance)
- Rising Star cafe
- Tsunami Bar and Grill (503) 368-3778
- The Roost cafe
- 20+ restaurants within a 15 min drive - ask for our best picks!
Things to do:
NEHALEM BAY VALLEY is comprised of Manzanita by the ocean, Nehalem on the river, and Wheeler on the bay.
ANTIQUE & ART GALLERY SHOPPING
Six major Antique Shops & Art Galleries are just across the street. Enjoy an abundance of antique stores & art galleries between Wheeler and Nehalem. Take a boat ride on the beautiful Nehalem Bay to have lunch in Nehalem & shop the stores. Ask for our list, "The Best of the Coast!".
Yes, the most aerodynamically produced bird kite in the world. Own a work of art. Choose a Dove, Gull, Blue Jay, Canadian or Blue or Arctic Goose, Loon, Mallard, Osprey, and/or Eagle. Use the Ospreys to discourage small birds from feeding or roosting in specific areas.
We sell them at the lodge. The birds are made of Tyvek (a flexible plastic), packaged in a tube and easy to transport. Fly them in your yard. Be the center of attraction in your block. Great gifts!
Just try to make par on this lovely nine hole golf course in Manzanita (only 4 miles North). After a hard game of golf relax in your waterfront room. From your room or the private dock relish in the ambiance of Nehalem Bay.
You can choose to ride on the scenic seashore or ride the sand dunes in Nehalem Bay State Park. We have phone numbers of the horse guides. Call us for information.
Famous Oregon Coast Trail. You can start at Short Sands. A short walk through the towering 2nd growth Douglas Fir and red cedar trees, salmonberry and wild roses will bring you to Short Sands Beach, a popular camping spot.
Beyond the campground lies a steep trail over Neahkahnie Mountain - the next section of the Oregon Coast Trail and once the only direct route between Nehalem and Arch Cape. The Neahkahnie Mountain Trail begins just across the right of way. It's a steep trip to the top, but the ocean view is worth every inch.
The trip down the south side of the trail is an easy walk back to the highway. Continue three more miles south on Highway 101 to Manzanita. Hike Neahkahnie Mountain for a great panoramic view of the Mighty Pacific Ocean and Nehalem Bay and Coast Mountains. With a trip for every skill level, let us show you why we call this place home!
Ask us about hiking the Back Country.
NEAHKAHNIE MOUNTAIN: Just a few miles north of Wheeler on HWY 101 is majestic Neahkahnie Mountain. A well-marked trail gradually ascends through trees and meadows until reaching the breathtaking summit, providing spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the river valley. Bird and wildlife sightings are frequent and rewarding. This hike is moderately difficult and is recommended for ages 10 and up. Expect a good half day, about 4 to 5 hours. You can do this on your own. Take water and your camera.
BICYCLE RENTALS: Standard bikes for around town riding or three-wheelers for riding the sand at Manzanita Fun Cycles on Laneda Ave., (503) 368-6606
MOUNTAIN BIKING: The North Oregon Coast offers mountain biking to thrill beginners and advanced hikers. First timers and young children need to start on Nehalem Bay State Park bike paths.
WHALE MIGRATION: - It's a Whale of a Trip
It's amazing what happens at the Oregon coast, when you roll out the welcome mat and really mean it. In We have gray whales living off our shores. We're delighted that they come for the fresh seafood, balmy climate (if you're a whale, that is) and good company.
Or maybe it's that they really love a good party. Starting in early December, the great Arctic-to-Baja winter migration starts passing the Oregon Beaches. Up to 24,000 gray whales pass by our shores, first going south, then March and April they head north. It's the whale party of the year - you're invited.
Jutting out into the ocean at 600 feet elevation, Neahkahnie viewpoint (milepost 41) provides an unsurpassed whale-watching location. Morning is the best time to watch, with relatively calm, and overcast days giving the best viewing conditions. Bring a pair of binoculars and dress warmly in water- proof clothing. There will be whale guides at the viewpoint on the weekends of December and again on the return trip in March and April .
Call for Whale information 1-800-469-3204
BIRDING and WILDLIFE:
Easy Birding - Mountain Elevations, Woody Forests, Rivers, Estuary, Pacific Ocean, Ponds and Pastures are all within a 7 mile diameter. Birding the Nehalem Bay Area is fun. Ask us for a Birding list of the area. Rent Binoculars & Bird Books. Also, see Cruise or Kayaking.
Nehalem Bay State Park: The park has three camping sites in Loop "A" with tables, fire pits and ground cover facilitate access. The restroom and showers in Loop A meet access standards.
The 1.5 mile paved walking and bike path winds through the different sections of the park. At one place you can park by a bike path and walk about 2 blocks east to the Nehalem bay.
OSWALD WEST STATE PARK: The trail from the east parking lot to the picnic area offers one of Oregon's premier encounters with an old growth forest. The picnic area itself overlooks the beach.
BEACH ACCESS: The public owns rights to the beach west from a line 16 feet above sea level. During the early years of the 20th century, public rights were taken for granted because travelers used the beaches as roadways. In 1916 Governor Oswald created the Public Rights Roadway on the Oregon Coastline. Access rights were confirmed by the Beach Bill of 1967. Manzanita has 7 miles of open beach and Nadonna Beach has 8 miles of open hiking beach.
Now that you see all of the wonderful things you can do in Wheeler, come for a visit and enjoy the finest Oregon Coast Lodging at Wheeler on the Bay!