Tillamook Coast Life

March 9, 2017
Spring Chinook caught on the Nestucca River
Spring Chinook fishing

Chinook salmon is king, and a’ plenty in Tillamook Bay

Salmon is one of the most popular fish worldwide. But in the Northwest, Salmon is king. In fact, you’ll often hear Chinook referred to as king […]
March 6, 2017
Garibaldi Pier's End
Photo courtesy of Save Garibaldi Pier.

Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative to give Pier’s End a new beginning

Garibaldi’s Pier’s End Boathouse is worth a visit not only because it offers a unique vantage point for viewing Tillamook Bay, but because the decommissioned U.S. […]
March 6, 2017
Netarts Bay
Netarts Bay - where it all begins. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.)

Netarts Bay is nerve center of regional oyster industry

Given that the origin of the name “Netarts” is likely a variation of “Na-ta-at,” the local Native American word for Oyster Bay – it’s a fair […]
March 6, 2017
Air Force General Surveillance Radar Station
Mt. Hebo Air Force General Surveillance Radar Station.

Hiking, fishing, camping replace military activity on Mt. Hebo

Today, few traces remain of Mt. Hebo’s days as a Cold War-era U.S. military station. However, from 1956 until 1980, Mt. Hebo was home to a […]
March 3, 2017
Garibaldi Harbor Docks
Seafood businesses line the docks at the harbor in Garibaldi. (Photo by LeeAnn Neal)

Garibaldi harbor combines recreation with working port for a vibrant atmosphere

Few towns on the Oregon coast offer as many marine-related businesses in one location as Garibaldi. Owned and maintained by the Port of Garibaldi, the harbor […]
March 2, 2017
Littleneck clams
Littleneck clams are abundant in Tillamook Bay. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Foraging pays off in clams and sea vegetables along Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi

With a little patience and some rudimentary knowledge of shellfish and sea vegetables, anyone can successfully forage for dinner along Tillamook Bay. The Tillamook Indians, who […]
March 1, 2017
Food Truck Taco La Providencia
Combo burrito from Tacos La Providencia in Tillamook

Top 5 food trucks on the Tillamook Coast

Food trucks are all the rage in Portland. But, the craze for food from a travel-size kitchen doesn’t stop at the Portland city limits. Tillamook County […]
February 23, 2017
Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage

The first wildflower of the year

Most years the first wildflowers I see are Skunk Cabbages. Despite their name, these are really lovely, showy flowers that provide a splash of bright yellow […]
February 21, 2017
Western Gull Tillamook Coast
Western Gull with Herring

Mass spawning of Pacific Herring: A wildlife spectacle

In late winter each year, at select locations along the Oregon Coast, Pacific Herring spawn in huge numbers and attract a frenzy of fish-eating birds and […]
January 25, 2017
Terimore Lodging by the Sea
The Terimore Motel in Netarts on the Tillamook Coast.

The Terimore Motel Love Story

“We were happy whenever we could be together,” Ben Nunez, 80, said as he looked around Room #8 at the Terimore Motel. It was the same […]

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