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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Collecting collectibles

Collecting Collectibles:


Whether you’re looking for fantastic objet d’art or a new handle for your shovel, you’ll find it AND everything else you didn’t know you were looking for in this section of the North Coast. Books, furniture, Art Deco lamps, vintage jewelry, tools, fishing equipment, kitchen ware, and a lot more await the savvy searcher on this jaunt through the world’s largest garage sale.


Let’s start off with a hearty breakfast at Irish’s Mooring Cafe, right across the street from the Harborview next to the boat launch. Maighread and crew whip up home-made corned beef hash that is AWEsome! It’s kind of local hangout, so be prepared to be drawn into conversations all around you.


Having fed that need, let’s start our hunt! Room By Room is 4 miles North on 101 just as you enter Rockaway Beach on the right. They’ve recently switched over to all vintage jewelry of every sort imaginable.

The Little White House Antiques is next on the same side as Room by Room. Lots of period antiques and furniture.

Next we come to Trash & Treasures, right next to the Cow Belle. It’s exactly what the name implies. You make the decision as to which is which!

A block North of that is the Frugal Crow. Lots of old stuff that is actually useful adorns the shelves of this little shop.

Then make a right on Nehalem and go 3 blocks where you’ll find Wheeler Station Antiques, kind of an antique mall with very reasonable prices.



Go back to Hwy 101 and head North to Upper Crust Pizza, the best pizza on the Coast! Try the Garlic Shrimp Pizza; WOW! Gluten-free and vegan cheese options, too. Keep going North for another 8 miles and you’ll be in Wheeler, home of two of the most varied antique houses on the North Coast.


To call the other Wheeler Station Antiques an antique mall is a vast understatement. Each cubicle you walk into has something different from a different era. You will spend a LOT of time in this one.

Then right across the street is Old Wheeler Antiques, a former gas station that is home to the best collection of Art Deco lamps & decorations you’ll ever see. Truly amazing!

By this time you’ll be ready to head for home. Come back South on Hwy 101 to Garibaldi and explore both of our treasure marts, Antiques By the Bay and Hidden Treasures, both on the left side of the street about 2 blocks apart.

Hidden Treasures has an eclectic collection of everything from slightly used paperback books to real antique furniture, all at very reasonable prices. AND the 2 cutest dogs you’ve ever seen!



10559909_702985739773778_5323463144740407651_nAbout time for some sustenance before you head for the barn. Right in the middle of Garibaldi you’ll find the Garibaldi Hook, Line & Sinker. Really good chowder, the best burgers around, and some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Not to mention a good selection of local microbrews!


Time to head back to the Harborview and fortunately, you’re only about 3 blocks away!








Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Take a Hike

Take a Hike:



“Hiking is an outdoor activity which consists of walking in natural environments, often in mountainous or other scenic terrain.” That being said, prepare yourselves for some SERIOUSLY natural environments and some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll ever see, not to mention some really good food!


1)  Wanda’s Café is a little family-owned and –operated place just up the road in Nehalem. Fantastic coffee, the best huevos rancheros on the Coast and some dangerously good pepper bacon will get you started the right way. Open at 8 AM, closed on Wednesdays.

2) Then we’re off to Neahkanie Mountain Trailhead. Head North on Hwy 101 about 3 miles and between milepost 41 & 42 you’ll see a brown hiker-symbol sign on the right. Turn off there and go about a half mile to the trailhead.  It’s a moderate but steep 3-mile climb to the summit, gaining 900 feet of elevation.  Neahkanie is Native American for “place of supreme deity” and you will be a believer when you get to the top.



3) When you’re done with Neahkanie, you’ll need to recharge and one of the best spots in the area is a little place in Manzanita called Bread & Ocean. It bills itself as a Mediterranean bakery, but it’s so much more. Sunday’s special sandwich is roast beef, smoked blue cheese butter, roasted onions on potato-rosemary-leek bread. Need I say more? Yes, I do: try the cinnamon cardamom roll!


1) Next, we’re off to Bayocean Spit, a nice little jaunt on a peninsula that keeps most of Tillamook Bay from the ocean. Head South on 101 into downtown Tillamook. Follow the signs to Cape Meares by turning right on 3rd street. 1.7 miles out, turn right on Bayocean Rd. which runs right along the South edge of the Bay. After about 4 miles you’ll see a turnoff on the right which takes you out the dike road to a parking area about 1/3rd of the way out on the Spit.

Head due West from the parking area and you’ll hit the beach. From there go straight North up the beach all the way to the South Jetty of the Garibaldi Bar. You can either return up the beach or take a little gravel track back through the forest to the parking area. It’s about 7.6 miles round-trip and it’s a pretty easy walk.



2) Head back into Tillamook after your hike, cross Hwy 101 on 3rd St. and turn left on Pacific. Just 2 blocks up, go straight through the light into the parking lot of the Pacific, one of a few really good restaurants in Tillamook. I suggest starting off with the Rockfish Taco and moving on to the Seafood Linguine with lemon cream sauce. These chefs are really good with seafood!







After dinner, roll on back North on 101 and maybe stop off at the Ghost Hole Public House in downtown Garibaldi, one of the best selections of local microbrews around.










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