Often touted as Oregon’s Banana Belt, Brookings has weather patterns that deliver some of the warmer temperatures along the Oregon Coast; it’s not uncommon to encounter a 70-degree day in January or February.
This pleasant climate has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Brookings as a center for the nursery industry. Nearly all of the lilies marketed in the U.S. are cultivated in the Brookings area. A prime spot to take in the floral bounty is Azalea Park, which has 33 acres of native azaleas, some growing here when Lewis and Clark wintered on the Oregon Coast in 1805 and 1806. The revitalization of the park, with the addition of walkways and a charming “Kidtown” play area, was a robust community-led volunteer effort. In springtime the park is replete with blooms, but you’ll likely find flowers year-round. The park is also the site of the annual Azalea Festival and Parade, held each Memorial Day weekend.
During the third weekend of July, the Southern Oregon Kite Festival takes place. It’s known as one of the premier kite-flying events in the country. Art lovers can browse the galleries— including Burtonique Art & Photography, Manley Art Center and Signatures Gallery — or enjoy the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk.
The Chetco Valley Historical Society Museum is housed in the 1857 Blake House — the oldest standing building in the Chetco Valley — and features artifacts of 19th-century Oregon pioneer life. The largest Monterey cypress in the state, towering at 130 feet (40 meters), lives on the museum grounds.
The Brookings area boasts numerous outdoor diversions, including Harris Beach State Park. Named for George Harris, a Scottish pioneer who raised sheep and cattle here, it features sizable offshore sea stacks, including the largest island on the Oregon Coast. Bird Island is a breeding ground for a variety of species, including the tufted puffin.
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor — a long, narrow park with 12 miles (19 kilometers) of rugged coastline — is named for Oregon’s first parks superintendent. Featuring one must-stop scenic viewpoint after another, the park is also home to pocket beaches and offshore sea stacks, including the dramatic Arch Rock and Whaleshead. The beach at Thunder Rock Cove is considered one of the best of the sheltered beaches on the Coast. Walk the Indian Sands Trail through the unusual sculpted sandstone for views of the coastline and rocky islands. Don’t miss the stunning view at Cape Ferrelo, named for a Spanish explorer who skirted this area in 1542.
For a historical detour, travel 18 miles (29 kilometers) east of Brookings along Forest Service Road 1205, which winds through an old-growth redwood forest, to the site that was hit by two Japanese incendiary bombs during WWII. Inland hiking and river access are available at Alfred A. Loeb State Park on the Chetco River. Just up the road is the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) Redwood Nature Trail, which connects with Loeb’s own Riverview Trail.
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Whether your interest lies in fishing, hiking, golfing, kayaking, biking, swimming, beachcombing, whale watching or just enjoying a good book or a picnic lunch with a beautiful view, Brookings has something for everyone!
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Vacasa - Brookings
Enjoy sunny summer days and cozy winter nights at a Vacasa vacation home in beautiful Brookings! Take in incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and Macklyn Cove, while enjoying easy access to the shops and restaurants in town. Every Vacasa home is unique, but many offer private hot tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, and pet-friendly policies. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind getaway with the peace of mind you'll only find when you stay with the Oregon Coast's leading property management firm! Visit Vacasa.com for detailed descriptions and photos of each property, along with customizable search and easy online booking.
The Liberty Theatre Classical Series
The Liberty Theatre is proud to present a second year of classical performances and school workshops. The first season presented seven workshops within Astoria and Warrenton High Schools, which reached 100+ students. Thanks to foundations, corporations, and donors, they plan to many more area schools during our 2018/2019 season.
Along with this exceptional educational outreach, they have chosen performers from around the country that the audience is sure to enjoy.
- September 22 – Portland Chamber Orchestra 7pm
- January 13 – Quartetto Gelato 7pm
- February 23 – BodyVox Dance 7pm
- March 7 – Trio Solisti 7pm
- April 26 – Clarinetist David Shifrin w/ Cary Lewis 7pm
- May 4 – Soprano Deborah Mayer w/ Cary Lewis 7pm
The season opener with Portland Chamber Orchestra with Yaacov Bergman, Music Director, is entitled, “The Eight Seasons.” Works will include:
- Antonio Vivaldi…..The Four Seasons
- Astor Piazzolla….The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Las Cuatro Estaciones Portensas)
The Portland Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1947 by Finnish composer and conductor, Boris Sirpo, who came to Portland after leaving his war-torn native country, and the orchestra was initially composed entirely of his music students at Lewis and Clark College. Now one of America’s oldest chamber orchestras, the commitment to quality performances of innovative repertoire that was instilled from the beginning continues.
Tickets available online or at the Box Office, Wed-Sat 2pm-5:30pm. Single tickets and season packages available.Visit Website
Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service at the Coos History Museum
The Coos History Museum presents Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service from October 17 through Summer 2019.
Historically, tattoos have many meanings and misconceptions. Traditionally, military inspired tattoos depict the story of wars and battles, and symbolize lost soldiers or achievements in service. This new exhibition, created in honor of the more than 8,000 Coos County Veterans, takes a closer look at the stories behind the "ink" through a series of audio, visual and interpretive panels.
Active duty military families, as well as veterans and their spouses/partners receive free admission to The Coos History Museum through a grant from the Coquille Indian Tribe and other donors.Visit Website
Second Saturday Gallery Tour in Florence
A self-guided tour of Florence galleries featuring receptions and local artists on the second Saturday of each month year-round, rain or shine! Make sure to grab a Florence Art Passport before you start the tour. Galleries include Backstreet Gallery, The River Gallery, The Hideaway Gallery, Florence Regional Arts Alliance, many professional studios and several displays of art at local businesses.Visit Website
How do you define romance? A romantic candlelight dinner, love notes tucked under the pillow, chocolates and flowers, taking a walk together or holding hands? Our “Romance at the Cape” package includes: 2 nights in a beautiful Kiwanda Guest RoomA $50 dining credit to the Pelican Pub & BreweryA beverage of your choice upon arrival: Oregon Pinot Noir, Oregon Chardonnay, bubbly champagne, Pelican beer or…
7TH NIGHT FREE It's often bittersweet when a vacation comes to an end. Do you find yourself wishing you could stay just one more night? We would like to grant you that wish! Make a reservation for ANY DATES in 2016 for six nights and receive your seventh night FREE. Applies to new reservations only, based on availability.
We serve our guests individual thermoses of steaming hot, organic, apple cider with a cinnamon stick inside as a reward for being a Winter Explorer! Come watch Winter wildlife with warm cider in your belly. Mention The People's Coast Special Deal to receive your 40% Off the price of these excursions. No limit on size or number of your group.