Coos Bay Oregon

Coos BayCoos Bay Area / North Bend

Coos Bay is a great area to stay in as it is close to so many things.  And there are a lot of smaller places to visit during your stay.  Mom & I had to visit one of her favorite quilt shops, Threads That Bind in Coos Bay, as she needed a project, then had lunch at Kaffe 101.  Great sandwiches & coffee in a relaxing atmosphere.

Mills Casino

John & I visited Mills Casino one evening to try our luck.  When we arrived we found out they had a buffet very reasonably priced, and even surprised us with a senior discount without asking!  It was an average buffet, but the price was right (and I didn’t have to cook!).

Yeong’s Place in North Bend is a favorite of my parents, and we had lunch there before we left.  Great hamburgers and fries… and oh yeah, chocolate shakes.  No wonder I need to go on a diet after vacation!

Winchester Bay/Reedsport

Winchester Bay dunes

Winchester Bay is a place we will definitely return to – and we will have some sort of toy to ride in the dunes with by then.  John can’t wait to find an ATV and return to play.  We are going to look into staying at one of the several campgrounds in the area.  That will be an update later in our adventures.  We would love to get some feedback from you on your experience of staying in this area.

Update: we stayed in Winchester bay and rode ATV near Lakeside – click here

There are so many lighthouses up and down the coast – Umpqua River Lighthouse is located here.

Sugar Shack in Reedsport, another favorite, we visited twice.  Great pastries, and if you order ahead they even have sugar free pies.

More information on Lakeside – click here


Florence Oregon is located at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, an hour west of Eugene Oregon.  We visited the historic downtown Florence area and wandered the shops.  There are a few galleries with local art, a few souvenir shops, ice cream, Mo’s, a few boutiques, a fun little walk around the town.

coos-bay-areaSiuslaw River Bridge – and 1936 Art Deco style bridge on Hwy 101 is very pretty, although there is construction going on now on it.  And there are sand dunes all over this area as well.

Sea Lion Caves are close by – but our limited time didn’t allow us to visit.  Making a note here so we can visit when we return.

Heceta Head Lighthouse is circa 1894 and on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is a working lighthouse, 205 feet tall.coos-bay-area

We covered a lot of area on our trip, but know we missed things to see and experience.  We are using these blogs to share our experiences and get feedback from you on what else to see and visit in these areas.  Please share your fun spots to visit with us.