Toledo, situated on a bend of the Yaquina River and surrounded by wooded hills, is just seven miles inland from the Central Oregon Coast, the only inland coastal community with a deep-water channel. The historic town cascades over the hillsides to the river. Once a bustling lumber mill town, Toledo’s industries today include lively boat repair businesses and Port of Toledo facilities, which support the fishing industry; a vibrant arts community, and a modern paper products mill.
When the wind starts to blow on the beach, Toledo is often warm and sunny. Its strollable 4-block long Main Street is filled with specialty shops, art galleries, gift shops selling the work of local crafters, and a clay works studio. Toledo’s restaurants are one of a kind, including Pig Feathers, designated by Fodors as the best barbeque in the Northwest. And their business has recently expanded to include a a microbrewery in the proud Oregon tradition. Several world-class artists make their homes here, taking inspiration from the small town atmosphere and beautiful river, estuary, and rural vistas.
Toledo is the only city on the Oregon coast which has a downtown on a city street, not on a throughway or highway. Toledo’s Main Street retains its historical flavor through the waterfront and fishing vessels moored at the end of Main. Every summer over 100 bright, colorful flower baskets grace the business 20 Loop and Main Street.