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Florence for 2 days

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Florence for 2 days

We are staying at Heceta Beach for 2 days in July. What are the "MUST DO's" in 2 days?

How are the beaches in Florence, including Heceta beach?

Thanks for the input.

Also, any good restaurants?

Appreciate your time.

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1. Re: Florence for 2 days

When you say Heceta Beach, I'm assuming you mean immediately north of Florence in the area of Driftwood Shores. I say this b/c there is Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint 14 miles north of Florence and the small beach there is called Heceta Beach as well. There is a B&B there as well.

There are a number of good beaches here, but Heceta is the best. Long (~7 miles), wide and pretty vacant for the most part. The beaches to the south are open to motor vehicles, so if you have have a 4x4 or want to rent a buggy or a quad, this is the place to go. Otherwise, I'd stay to the north.

Must do's: Not sure of your interests, but the coastline from Florence to Yachats (north) is arguably one of the most scenic along the coast. Lots of state park pullouts with great beach access.

As I mentioned, there is Heceta Head Lighthouse, considered the most photographed lighthouse on the west coast. Tours are available daily.

Cape Perpetua has miles and miles of hiking trails, a fantastic, albeit small, visitor's center and some of the very best tide pools to be found.

The Historic 804 trail in Yachats is a lovely walk (not a hike as it is basically level) right along the the volcanic ocean bluff. Some of the most pitcuresque views to be found.

Bay Street in Old-town Florence is a good way to kill 2-3 hours. Lots of shops and restuarants right on the Siuslaw River. One of my favorite haunts is Traveler's Cove, a small Mexican restaurant/bar with seating right out on the river. Good food and a beautiful setting. The Waterfront Depot, The Firehouse and The Bridgewater are other good restuarants in Old-town. The Seafood Station, right on hwy 101 just north of the hwy 126 intersection is really good as well. It's a converted gas station, so it doesn't look like much, but it's a real hidden gem most of the locals would pefer outsiders not know about, simply b/c the seating is so limited. It's sister restaurant is called Hickory's BBQ. It's one block off of Hwy 101 on hwy 126 w. Their authentic bbq "pulled pork" is some of the best I've ever had. Then there is Three Rivers Casino, 1 mile east of Florence on hwy 126. There are 5 retuaruants and all of them are top-notch and a relatively good bargain.

South of Florence begins the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. You can explore it on your own, rent quads or dune buggies, or take a guided tour. One might say "it's just sand dunes right?", but they really are quite beautiful and a magnificent ecosystem.

3 miles south of Florence is Jessie M. Honeyman State Park. While camping is king here, there are two nice day use areas, one to west of hwy 101 on Cleawox Lake and one to the east on Woahink Lake. On Cleawox, an 84 acre lake, there are some of the best remaing examples of of CCC era work in Oregon, including a 3200 sq ft "bathhouse" that is now used as a gift store. You can also rent kayaks, canoes and peddle boats to explore the lake.

You should really have no problem finding enough to keep you busy for for two days.

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Thanks so much, I'm really interested in finding out more about Cape Perpetua and the "very best tide pools to be found". Don't think I've ever seen a tide pool, so this should be exciting!

Thanks so much! I will get to work researching the information you have given me!

Make it a great day!

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3. Re: Florence for 2 days

Newport is a nice town to visit; check their website or TA Newport Things to Do.

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4. Re: Florence for 2 days

Afterthoughts... Why not Newport as a base? Also, you do know, I suppose, that OR beaches are not really swimmable, if that's what you had in mind. But they do range, as noted above, from very long open sands to incredible beauty, such as at Depoe Bay, Yachats and Cape Perpetua.

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5. Re: Florence for 2 days

Has Three Rivers opened up in the new building(s) yet? We were there a few months ago and they were still in the portable building. Had quite a good meal!

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6. Re: Florence for 2 days

Here's the link to the Florence restaurant reviews in TA:

tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g51867-Florence_…

And my brief summary of our experiences of some of the above places, just another opinion :-)

Bridgewater - quite good

Bliss' - cute place, only average food

Aztlan - not impressed

Country Kitchen - we enjoy this; limited hours

Thai Talay - have eaten at the Newport one, only ok

Int'l C Food - overpriced, only ok

Blue Hen - closed. Their successor Cackles may be closed too?

Mo's - well, it's Mo's!

Looks as if we should try Pomodori and Crave's.

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7. Re: Florence for 2 days

saltwatertides.com/dynamic.dir/oregonsites.h…

This website will give you the high and low tides for the dates you'll be in the area. There are nice tidepools along the shore between Washburne State Park and Heceta Head Lighthouse (near the base of the Hobbit Trail), at Cape Perpetua and along the shore in Yachats. Be sure to keep an eye on the ocean, especially at times of incoming tides. Unless the tidepools are well above the water line, sneaker waves can be quite dangerous.

And, yes, the hotel/casino complex at Three Rivers is now open.

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8. Re: Florence for 2 days

Wow! Thanks so much everyone!

We chose Florence as a base because we rented a house about 2 blocks from the ocean and the price was right, and well, we just loved the house!

You can walk to the beach from there and I was told the name of the beach was Heceta?

I do realize no swimming, but we hate to be cold anyway! We are more hikers, picture takers and doers than swimmers.

From what I've heard, we can walk and walk on the beaches until our hearts content, so we are very excited at that prospect!

Thanks again, we plan to stop in Newport as well to see the sea lions on the docks, but we will be in Florence for the 'relaxing part' of our whirlwind trip from Vegas to Seattle in 7 days!

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9. Re: Florence for 2 days

You ARE most likely near Heceta Beach. This is a largely residential area with Driftwood Shores being the only exception.

While the ocean is too cold to swim, Cleawox lake is not. By late July, the water temp has warmed to the mid-70's. Nothing more fun that running/sliding down the sand dunes and splashing into Cleawox Lake!!

half-Brit, Cackelberrys, formerly the Blue Hen, is open. It's about he same as it used to be. Just okay IMO. The Country Kitchen was running full hours last summer, but I see it's up for sale again, so who knows what's going to happen there.

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10. Re: Florence for 2 days

Cackle-berrys, that's it, thanks Den. The last few times we've been down there it's been closed, but must just have been odd hours on our part. Still never tried it.