In Port Orford, halfway between Bandon and Gold Beach, you’ll find everything you’re looking for. From spectacular seascapes and mountain hiking trails with panoramic vistas, to art galleries and an authentic Victorian mansion. With ocean, lake and river fishing, boating and kayaking, and absolutely perfect windsailing conditions. But here, there’s a difference. You don’t have to push your way through traffic jams or clogged sidewalks to enjoy it.
Small, friendly, quirky, with a relaxing energy in a naturally beautiful setting…Port Orford is filled with nice people, an unhurried atmosphere and no stop lights.
It has a very active artistic community, with eight art galleries owned and operated by working artists, including some genuinely world-class talents. Plus charming gift shops, a very comfortable movie theatre (with an amazing selection of goodies), and a series of cool restaurants including one overlooking the bay where the food actually lives up to the ocean view. You’ll also find great diner food, seafood, steaks and what locals believe is the best fish and chips and chowder on the coast.
The oldest platted town site on the Oregon coast, the most westerly city in the continental U.S., and the northern gateway to the America’s Wild Rivers Coast, Port Orford honors its rich history. Visit Battle Rock Historical Park, the site of a famous battle between Indians and the first whites trying to settle here – there’s a visitor information center at the park. Stop by the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum, which features a restored Coast Guard Station, shipwreck memorabilia, and many artifacts from the years when the Coast Guard Station was providing services to ships off one of America’s most dangerous headlands. And, just a few miles north of town is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the oldest and most westerly lighthouse in Oregon and, in the same park, the beautifully restored Victorian Hughes House Museum.
And don’t miss the port of Port Orford. It is the only natural, open-water port for 600 miles and only one of six “dolly” ports in the world. It’s an amazing site to see working fishing boats lifted into and out of the water every day.
For more information about Port Orford, please visit http://www.enjoyportorford.com/
The Hughes Ranch
Visit the restored 1898 Victorian farmhouse built for pioneers Patrick and Jane Hughes. After operating a successful dairy ranch for more than thirty years, the couple was able to pay pioneer builder Pehr Johan Lindberg to design and build the comfortable, two-story home. You can learn about ranch life more than 100 years ago and about the couple’s seven children, one of whom was a longtime keeper at Cape Blanco Light Station. Free tours are provided April through October each year. You can also visit the nearby Pioneer cemetery or enjoy miles of hiking trails at Cape Blanco State Park.
Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum
Port Orford Coast Guard (Lifeboat) Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1998. From 1934 into the 1960s U.S. Coast Guard “surfmen” lived here, ever alert for ships in distress. When a call came they risked their lives to save others. See the 36-foot self-righting motor lifeboat number 36498 on the grounds. Visit the museum in the former barracks/office building. Four other historic buildings also remain at this 101.29-acre site. This is the only Forge River-type station left on the West Coast. The 36-foot boat came into use during the 1930’s and generally had a three-man crew. U.S. Coast Guard 36′ motor lifeboat 36498 served at the Port Orford Lifeboat Station until the station ceased lifeboat services in 1964. She came home to Port Orford in early 2000.
Redfish Restaurant serves the freshest local and seasonal fare in a Contemporary American style with a full bar and award-winning wine selection overlooking Battle Rock and the vast Pacific Ocean. Meals are served from 11am to 9pm Monday through Friday and 9 to 9 with Brunch Saturday and Sunday. Redfish is located next to the Hawthorne Gallery at 517 Jefferson Street. For information and reservations, call the Hawthorne Gallery.
The Redfish LOFT, located above the Redfish Restaurant, is available for nightly lodging rental all year. Accommodations in the LOFT include a large soaking tub with spectacular ocean views, plush leather sectional, gas fireplace, mini-fridge, hi-speed wireless internet, and a slate balcony overlooking Battle Rock and the Pacific ocean. Please call the Hawthorne Gallery at 541-366-2266 for reservations and information.
WildSpring Guest Habitat
WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small eco-friendly resort overlooking the ocean on the south coast, offering luxurious accommodations in a peaceful, naturally beautiful environment. 5 luxury cabin suites filled with art and antiques, Guest Hall, walking labyrinth and a spectacular open-air slate spa. For more information about Port Orford please visit: http://www.enjoyportorford.com/
Live Culture Coast – Port Orford
Port Orford is proud to be presenting DAY 5 to DAY 7 of the first annual Live Culture Coast, a sensory celebration of fermentation, creativity and exploration that takes along the southernmost 135 miles of the Oregon Coast, from Reedsport to Brookings.
Wednesday–Sunday, October 23–27:
The Sensory Splendors of Place Art Show at Port Orford Arts Council’s Arts at the A-Frame.
Thursday, October 24:
- Books of Life: An Evening of Herbs & Sea Creatures with the Port Orford Arts Council.
- Make it! Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Kefir Water at Port Orford Community Co-Op.
- Sea-to-Table Demo and Tasting hosted by Redfish Restaurant and Port Orford Sustainable Seafood.
- Taste of the Intertidal with a marine biologist from the Port Orford Field Station.
Live Culture Coast (October 18–27, 2019) isn’t a single event, but a menu 75-plus hands-on experiences focused on art, food, nature and adventure. Hosted by the makers, creators, and entrepreneurs of the Southern Oregon Coast, the experiences take place at shores, trails, farms, towns, restaurants, galleries, and businesses. Come for a long weekend or a week. Sign up for one experience or five. Learn more at Live Culture Coast website.
The celebration follows a choose-your-own-itinerary format: Forage for wild mushrooms with a farmer. Read roadside poetry or make a serigraph print. Learn about fermentation, cask ales, brewing or aromatic bitters. Ride a fat-tire bike on the beach. Hike with your five senses. Indulge in a lake-to-table meal.
Live Culture Coast also gives travelers easy ways to explore the best of the Southern Oregon Coast, including the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail, and outdoor gems like the Oregon Coast Trail, the Whiskey Run Mountain Bike Trails, the Coquille River Water Trail, and the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeways.