Guest Post: Wheeler by the Bay, Wheeler, Oregon
Although the 21st century has given us tremendous technological advancements, sometimes it’s important to unplug and be able to shut off the computer and cell phone and remember a simpler time. There’s no better place to do just that than the Oregon Coast, and specifically a little town called Wheeler. A road trip to this quaint little hamlet will provide you with rest, relaxation and a restorative sense of well-being.
Wheeler, with a population of 350 people, is situated on the breathtakingly beautiful Nehalem Bay. And the Old Wheeler Hotel is the perfect place to stay with its cozy ambiance and spectacular views of the bay. From the moment you enter the charmingly rustic lobby, you are transported back in time. Restored with fine antiques and tender loving care, the Old Wheeler Hotel makes it seem as though you are staying with friends and family. Each room is slightly different, but the décor is homey and welcoming. As you eat your complimentary continental breakfast in the common room, abundant with comfy furnishings, you can use the binoculars on the window sill to gaze out at the bay where you may spot some elk wandering about.
There are plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking available on the Oregon Coast. Oswald State Park is only minutes away from Wheeler and the hiking trails along the coast are spectacular. After a long hike, you can return to the Old Wheeler Hotel for a soothing and rejuvenating soak in the Jacuzzi tub in your room. The town of Wheeler also has its share of antique shops and a stellar restaurant called the Rising Star Café. The town of Manzanita is in very close proximity to Wheeler and has its own share of charming shops and fun places to dine. If you’re looking for something slightly more populated and commercial, you won’t have far to go if you drive over to Cannon Beach which is the largest of these three beach towns.
Though slightly farther down Highway 101, the Tillamook Dairy is about 30 miles from the town of Wheeler. You may not want to miss the opportunity to sample the delicious varieties of Tillamook Cheese along with the most amazing and creamiest ice cream that will ever pass your lips. The flavors, which include Grandma’s Cake Batter and Cinnamon Banana Bliss, certainly don’t skimp on the chunky ingredients. You have to chew this ice cream and once you’ve tried it, you will be hard-pressed to ever forget how extraordinary it is.
This small town getaway by the coast is the perfect road trip for girlfriends. You can forget your troubles for a few days and get your fill of good food, fresh air, gorgeous scenery and antique shopping. Bring your camera, your sense of adventure and a couple of your best gal pals and you will be sure to have an unforgettable time!