||Hwy 101 South to Brookings - Arguably the most beautiful hour’s drive along the entire US Pacific Coast, with lots of clearly marked view spots to stop and enjoy truly awe-inspiring views. Stop in Gold Beach for lunch or bring a picnic from Port Orford. We'll be happy to arrange for it.
Brookings (1 hour south) - Brookings-Harbor is the only spot in the continental US that was bombed by a foreign power (Japan) in World War II. The bomb site is marked by a monument accessed from the Bombsite Trail, located about 10 miles inland from Brookings-Harbor on South Bank Road. The pilot of the plane returned to Brookings twenty years after the bombing during their annual Azalea Festival, and presented the town with his personal samuri sword. The sword, now on display at Brookings City Hall, had been carried in his plane for good luck. Plus, don’t miss their great harbor/marina with shops, eating and recreational opportunities.
Brookings - Alfred Loeb State Park (1 hour south, off the 101, 10 miles north of Brookings) - The park is in the middle of a grove of a very aromatic myrtlewood forest - where many of the trees are well over 200 years old. The Chetco River runs just beyond the park. You can fish, swim and raft, or just walk a self-guided streamside nature trail. The river offers some of the finest fall and winter salmon and steelhead fishing on the south coast. Throughout spring and summer, you're likely to see chipmunks, osprey and possibly a family of otters in the water. And...the northern-most redwood grove in the US can be reached by a .75 mile self-guided River View Trail adjacent to the Chetco River.
Brandy Peak Distillery (1 hr south, 18526 Tetley Rd., Brookings-jJust north of Brookings on Hwy 101, take Carpenterville Road and drive 4 miles to Tetley Road, turn right and stay right.) (541) 469.0194. Brandy Peak Distillery is a family-owned “micro-distillery,” producing premium, award-winning brandies, grappas, marcs and blackberry liqueur. It is one of but a handful of such distilleries in the U.S. Dedicated to the art of creating the finest brandies, the Nowlin family uses only the best fruits and grapes available, carefully fermented and slowly distilled in wood fired pot stills to produce a drink that captures all of the natural flavors and aromas. No colorings or flavorings are added. The result is 100% pure spirits that are smooth, rich and aromatic. Visit us and see the art of brandy making, take a tour our distillery, and sample the “fruits of our labor” in their tasting room. Open March 1 through the first week of Jan, Tues thru Sat, 1 - 5pm.
Art 101 (20 miles north) - The Washed Ashore Project builds large art sculptures of sea life made from plastic marine debris. Our unique art pieces are part of a traveling exhibition which includes educational signage and programs that encourage reducing, refusing, reusing and recycling. You won't believe how cool some of these sculptures are! See their website for more info.
Prehistoric Gardens (15 min south) - One of the most unusual tourist attractions in the world, a "lost world" of life-size replicas of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Scientifically correct, the size and shape of these restorations are based on the measurements of fossil skeletons. Check out this website for more information.
Game Park Safari (20 minutes north) - See lions, tigers, bears, snow leopards, elk, deer, chimps, llamas, bison, camels, goats, cougars, peacocks (even white ones), lynx, black panthers, miniature horses, and zebras. Also a great petting zoo where you can hold all sorts of baby wild animals. Visit their website for more information.
Jedediah State Park (1 1/2 hours south) - This 10,000 acre park is filled with predominately old-growth coast redwoods and is a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. It has the last major free-flowing river in California running through it – the Smith River. You will also find western hemlock, Sitka spruce, grand and Douglas fir, as well as the rare and lovely Port Orford cedar, plus tan oak, madrone, red alder, big leaf and vine maple, and California bay. Ground cover is dense with a wide range of species and varieties of shrubs, bushes, flowers, ferns, mosses and lichens common to the coast redwood environment. Visit their website for more information.
The Mill Casino (Coos Bay, 1 hour north) - Play over 550 slots, or enjoy blackjack & bingo, craps & roulette.
Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area (8 miles east of Reedsport on Hwy 38, about 1 1/2 hours north) Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area (EVA) totals 1,040 acres. The 440 acres of bottomland consist of pasture and wetlands, and the 600 acres of woodlands contain hardwood and coniferous forest. Dean Creek is managed to provide optimum viewing opportunities. Pastures are mowed, grazed, and fertilized to improve the nutrition and palatability for the elk. Portions of the wetland have been enhanced to provide more standing water for a variety of waterfowl. A heard of 60 to 100 Roosevelt elk are year round residents. Numerous birds can be seen in the area and waterfowl are visible in the wetlands. The best times to view elk are early mornings and before dusk. It is jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Brandborg Winery and Gallery and Rivers Edge Winery (about 40 miles east of Reedsport on Hwy 38, about 2 hours north) - Enjoy good area wines in their tasting rooms. Visit their website for more information.
Girardet Wine Cellars (Roseburg, 2 hours east) - Enjoy wine sampling in the tasting room, take a tour of the cellar, and take advantage of the picnic area with BBQ overlooking the vineyards. Visit their website for for more information.
More info & photos at EnjoyPortOrford.com