The Oregon coastal town of Manzanita is as alluring as the name suggests.In Spanish the name means “little apple”. Access to this Pacific Ocean paradise is easily done from Portland airport, by car or bus. Once there, you will be guaranteed memories to last a lifetime. Situated equidistant between Seaside and Tillamook, Manzanita seems larger than the just the small area it encompasses. With a little over 560 residents recorded by the 2000 census toll you are sure to have a quiet and thrilling sightseeing experience.
The scenery alone will capture your interest, immediately, creating thoughts you are in some Utopian spot in another time and place. Take in the breathless beauty as you stroll the Pacific coast line, gazing at the simplicity of natural elegance as sand and water create a portrait of forgetfulness. The combination of steep cliffs, rolling topped mountain- like terrain, the endless green foliage along the western part of Manzianita focus the thoughts into a sereneness few visuals can do. Add to those, the magnificent, ever changing Pacific Ocean and the breaths will have to be reminded to inhale and exhale.
Incorporated in 1946, Manzanita invites a variety of events and activities to more than enhance a family or a one person vacation. Nehalem State Park lures people wanting to picnic, hike and enjoy the simple pleasures of the sounds of nature. Bring your camera gear as you will certainly want to photograph the luxurious and numerous sights during your outing. For the equestrians, horse back riding is offered within the park to gently transport you through hours of tantalizing terrain. Combine any or all of the beach combing, crabbing or camping thoughts making them a reality in Nehalem State Park, with its 900 green acres beckoning you daily.
Oswald State Park invites magnificent wildlife viewing, tide pooling, scenic southward vistas as well as beach combing, surfing and an absolutely relaxing atmosphere that compares to few places known.
Manzanita caters to visitors looking for the natural enjoyment, so busy streets and crowds will not be discovered in town. Even cozy little shops and restaurants create an aura of relaxation while a multitude of delight is experienced. While you choose a quiet, well maintained, ocean view motel or condo, only the sea will keep your mind entertained with its’ tones.
Art is a focal interest, which is shared to visitors through several, well managed galleries in Manzanita. With the artistic talents of the painters, you could be tempted to buy and not just look. A gift for you or a special person could easily been selected for purchase.
Each and every evening, a more glamorous sunset can be seen that fills the visual senses with wonder and awe. Ever changing and seem to be more thrilling, you might have to consider several evening viewings so you can tell which one is number one. That alone might bring you to Manzanita again and again.