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Gearhart, Ore: Weekender

A beach town northwest of Portland, Ore., boasts bargain antiques, great seafood, and sweets.

  • Diners smile at Pacific Way Bakery and Cafe, Ore., image
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    Breakfast at Pacific Way Bakery & Cafe means smiles and sweet treats.
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    Bury bones or build castles along two-plus miles of open sand at Gearhart Beach.
  • Glass pitcher and cups, John Cook art studio, Gearhart, Ore., image
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    Local glass artist John Cook takes inspiration from the sea.
  • Hearty breakfast plate at Gearhart Junction Cafe, Ore., image
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    Get a hearty start at Gearhart Junction Cafe.
  • Ice cream cone at Pop's Sweet Shop, Gearhart, Ore., image
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    Pop's Sweet Shop delights with saltwater taffy and 20-plus flavors of Tillamook ice cream.

Enjoy a slower pace with a beach stroll in this coastal town, where fresh seafood lures epicures and antique stores draw bargain hunters.

Area code is 503 except as noted.

to do and see
Gearhart Beach The perfect spot to fly kites or gaze at the Pacific Ocean. Razor clam season runs October through July. Access at 10th Street. Necanicum Estuary Walk among the dunes and shore pines, or watch for about 250 species of birds that stop here on their migratory route. Trailhead at Wellington Avenue and H Street. Trail’s End Art Association Hands-on classes and monthly shows of local artists. 656 A St., 717-9458, Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival Apr. 29–May 1. At this popular event 17 miles north of Gearhart, enjoy a crab dinner, browse crafts booths, and sip local wines. Clatsop County Fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria,

Fitzgeralds Home & Garden/Dennis’ 7 Dees Two stores under one roof, with French country linens, elegant driftwood vases, and an art gallery. 738 Pacific Way, 717-9748. John Cook Glass Studio & Gallery Whimsical stars, fanciful fish, and vibrant six-foot-tall flowers—in process and for sale. 3427 Hwy. 101 N., 738-5122. Pacific Crest Cottage Unearth European antiques and thick blankets from Norway. 726 Pacific Way, 738-6560. Romancing the Home Ten vendors offer vintage goods ranging from the glamorous (geisha attire) to the extravagant (a complete 1940s bedroom set). 3350 Hwy. 101 N., Ste. B, 738-9977.

Gearhart Junction Cafe At this diner inspired by the 1950s, try a salmon burger with a frosty milk shake. 3350 Hwy. 101 N., 738-5505. McMenamins Sand Trap Wood paneling warms this pub-style restaurant offering clams steamed in Edgefield pinot gris and crab-and-shrimp melts. 1157 N. Marion Ave., 717-8150, Pacific Way Bakery & Café You could stay all day. Start the morning with a marionberry scone, enjoy a Dungeness crab sandwich for lunch, then finish off with a dinner of saffron-scented cioppino. 601 Pacific Way, 738-0245, Pop’s Sweet Shop Old-fashioned candy store fare such as homemade fudge (try the chocolate Butterfinger), plus warm scones every morning. 567 Pacific Way, 738-8484.

Gearhart by the Sea Individually owned one- and two-bedroom condos with well-equipped kitchens; fine views of the ocean on one side and the 18-hole Gearhart Golf Links on the other. 1157 N. Marion Ave., (800) 547-0115, Gearhart Ocean Inn Cottages with upscale amenities including rain showers and either kitchenettes or full kitchens. Complimentary use of beach-cruiser bikes and bocce sets. 67 N. Cottage Ave., (800) 352-8034,

Photography by Don Frank

Check out the rest of our Oregon North Coast package:
Astoria: American history and movie history collide.
Cannon Beach: Dramatic skies and solitude.
Manzanita: Go for the baked goods, stay for the trees.
Seaside: Family fun with seals and wheels, arcades and ales.

This article was first published in March 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.