Located on Tillamook Bay, Garibaldi, Oregon is the gateway to the Pacific Ocean. This small port town of about 1,000 residents is the only commercial port on the bay, and the closest ocean harbor to Portland.
Bay fishing, clam digging, crabbing and kayaking
Five rivers flow into the Tillamook Bay, producing some of the best bay fishing, clam digging, crabbing and kayaking in the northwest. Garibaldi is also home to great ocean fishing for salmon, rockfish, halibut and albacore tuna. Whale watching, ocean crabbing and sunset cruises are also popular.
Garibaldi is centrally located to take advantage of it all
Just to the north is Rockaway Beach, with seven miles of spectacular, sandy ocean beach. A few miles further north is Nehalem Bay. Just to the south is Tillamook, Cape Meares and the Three Capes scenic loop. Netarts Bay and Nestucca Bay are a few miles further south. Many consider this area to be the jewel of the Oregon coast, and Garibaldi is centrally located to take advantage of it all.
Other Area Attractions:
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Coast excursions run from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach, and are an hour and a half round trip, this includes a layover in the town opposite from where you board. This is a great time to disembark and explore the town, play on the beach, get an ice cream cone, or shop in the variety of boutiques.
Dinner Trains are a three hour round-trip from Garibaldi to Wheeler with views of Tillamook Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and Nehalem Bay. Visit their website for schedules, charter information and special events.
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Over one million people visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory Visitor Center each year! It is open 8 AM to 6 PM (Labor Day through mid-June) and 8 AM to 8PM (mid-June through Labor Day), offering self-guided tours, flavorful samples of its international award winning products, a gift shop, fudge counter, ice cream counter and its famous Farmhouse Café. A visit here will exceed your expectations.
Blue Heron French Cheese Company
Blue Heron’s historic 40-acre farm is a vacation destination. Originally, the land was home to a showcase Grade A Jersey farm, and the Pastega family bought it in 1978 to make its famous brie cheese. The 1930’s Dutch Colonial barn that now houses Blue Heron’s tasting room, deli and specialty foods store has a distinctively old world feel, making it the perfect place to showcase fine cheeses from around the world.
Kids love feeding the gentle animals and chasing chickens, while visitors of all ages enjoy exploring the vintage tractors and farm equipment from a bygone era. Every year the family hosts a variety of special events, including a Fourth of July celebration and the popular Old Iron Show.
Nehalem Bay Winery
34965 Highway 53
Nehalem, OR 97131
Check out their events list, including their Juneteenth Reggae Festival and their Independence day celebration with free BBQ and music.
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This post was written by Gene