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which town on southern coast?

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which town on southern coast?

We are driving from CA and want to know which town on the southern coast is the one to visit. We want to stay where the views are awesome and the town has some dining options. Bandon? Brookings? Coos Bay? Please feel free to post about specific hotels also! Thanks SO much....

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1. Re: which town on southern coast?

Of the three you mention, I would choose Bandon. You do not mention Yachats, but that is where I would go (to the Adobe) for a white-tablecloth meal directly on the water.

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2. Re: which town on southern coast?

Yes, Bandon. It's bordered by spectacular beaches, and has a charming little downtown area with one of my favorite dining spots on the coast, Alloro Wine Bar & Restaurant. The best lodging around is at Bandon Dunes Resort, north of town, but unless you're wanting to play golf, you'd probably want to stay in one of the several older motel-like lodgings overlooking the beach south of the downtown. We've stayed in the Vern Brown Addition of Sunset Oceanfront Lodging; great views and a nice restaurant on-site. But otherwise, I have no particular reason to recommend it over others along that same stretch of beach, all of which have the same or similar views. In this instance, you'd probably be fine flipping a coin between the top several choices on this website: tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g51758-Bandon_Oregon-… .

Brookings is generally spread out along either side of hwy 101 and lacks much character. Coos Bay is inland several miles from the coast; a working port town trying to find an economic footing, given the dramatic decline in the lumber industry over the last 20 - 30 years.

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3. Re: which town on southern coast?

Coos Bay is inland on the bay, not on the ocean. It combined with North Bend is the largest "metro" area on the coast with nearly 30,000 people. It's a lively vibrant area with tons of stores, theatres, museums, community college and more . . . but is in all honesty, not really very scenic. There are lots of restaurants and we enjoy one of our favourite German restaurants there :-)

Brookings is also a larger town (pop ~ 10,000) that has one of the *best* located hotels on the entire coast -- the Best Western Beachside Inn. The beach is about 100 level feet from the hotel. The south section is newer and does not allow pets. You can walk along the beach or stroll over to the marina which is about a half mile away. We've stayed here several times.

Bandon is a much smaller town and in addtion to the newer sections which stretch for miles along Hwy 101, it has an "old town" (which really isn't that old) down by the marina. Very walkable. We've stayed at the Sunset Motel several times over the years - the first time was when the "Vern Brown" section was new way back in 1986 or so. The motel sits up on a high bluff with great views, and Bandon has the interesting sea stacks which Brookings does not.

Is your southern Oregon coast stay part of a longer trip?

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4. Re: which town on southern coast?

There are some great VRBOs in Brookings that have outstanding views. It's in the Banana Belt region (nice weather pattern) and is more laid back, less touristic than Bandon. I'd encourage you to check out VRBO.com in those areas and see which house you love/drawn to - really Brookings to Bandon is beautiful, Coos Bay is a working mill town (though not as big as it use to be), it's not on the beach (as already mentioned), I never vacation in Coos Bay but have family members that live there, it is a true working coastal town... least touristic. :) Cheers.

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5. Re: which town on southern coast?

Hi,

Your budget and specific interests do come into play. Without your specifics, it is hard to help you with appropriate replies. What style of lodging do you prefer, or are you open to anything, any budget?

Do you want to sit by a window and watch the magnificence or go see the tide pools or visit covered bridges/light houses?

Best,

Mrso

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