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/
Cape Blanco State Park
Use the extra-large, private, wind-protected campsites at Cape Blanco as your base of operations while you enjoy the lighthouse and historic Hughes House tours. Work off your picnic lunch by hiking over eight miles of trails with many spectacular ocean vistas, woodland and wetland settings. Bring your horse and enjoy seven miles of horse trails and the facilities in the horse camp. Don't forget a sunset walk along the headland beaches to finish out your day. Vital stats: All campsites are first-come, first served.
Cape Blanco Light Station
Climb the winding stairway to the top of Cape Blanco Lighthouse and stand beside its spectacular Fresnel (pronounced: frey-NEL ) lens. Up close you can appreciate the genius of its inventor and imagine generations of dedicated light keepers toiling to keep the lamp burning brightly. Beyond the windows your gaze is drawn to the magnificent ever-changing Pacific coastline. Erected in 1870, this lighthouse stands on Oregon’s farthest west point of land and is the oldest one continually operating in Oregon. It holds the record for longest service at one lighthouse too: James Langlois worked here for 42 years. James Hughes, born on a nearby ranch, served at this light station for 37 years. Discover several other records this special lighthouse holds when you visit.
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.
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/
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.