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Brookings: Oregon’s Coastal Banana Belt

Brookings is a charming seaside town that is located just north of the California border in Oregon. The town’s location on the Pacific Ocean provides it with year-round warm weather and beautiful scenery for residents and visitors to enjoy. Your vacation house, cabin or condo will provide you with comfortable amenities.

Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Azalea Park is known as the “Jewel of Brookings,” with 30 acres of native azaleas, walking trails and a playground. The north side of Brookings is home to Harris Beach State Park, which boasts several offshore sea stacks, and an island that is the largest one along the Oregon coast. Camping and hiking are available in the park. Many birds, such as the rare Tufted Puffin, can be observed in the park, and it is an excellent location for whale watching as well if you want to take your family on a natural adventure.

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a park that stretches along 12 miles of coastline. This driving route features many scenic views and stopping points along the rugged shoreline. Small beaches, sea stacks and sculpted sandstone can be found at sites such as Arch Rock, Thunder Rock Cove, Cape Ferrelo and the Indian Sands Trail. You’ll have the opportunity to see wildlife such as seals and sea lions as well. Take your camera and spend the day exploring this beautiful area of the Oregon coast.

Historic Sites

Brookings is home to a historic site where two Japanese bombs struck the land during World War II. You can view the site by following a Forest Service trail and hiking to the site through the old-growth rainforest. These incendiary bombs were shot into the forest in an attempt to start a wildfire during the war.

The Chetco Valley Historical Society Museum is located in the 1857 Blake House, and it features the largest Monterey Cypress in the state on its grounds. This quaint museum shares the story of the Brookings area through information and displays inside the historic house which was originally a stagecoach stop and trading post.

Shopping and Dining

There are many shopping and dining options in Brookings, including art galleries, boutiques and charming coffee shops and restaurants. You’ll find fresh seafood on the menu and many types of farm-fresh Oregon foods to choose from. Microbreweries make craft beer in the local area, so you will find local ales on tap as well.

The Southern Oregon Kite Festival takes place in July, and it is one of the top kite-flying events in the country. Well-known kite makers and flyers share their skills and products, and food booths, demonstrations and craft vendors make this a fun event for the entire family.

Weather

The weather in Brookings is warm and comfortable nearly all times of the year. The ocean currents keep Brookings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Pack a waterproof jacket should a storm come in from the ocean. It is often windy at the beach, so a windbreaker is a good option as well.

How To Get There

Brookings is a remote area that is served by a small airport. Connecting flights from San Francisco or Portland International Airport are possible, with connections in Medford or Arcata and Eureka in California providing additional travel options when a rental car is available to complete the trip. The best way to travel to Brookings and explore the area is by private or rental car. Commercial bus service also provides travel to Brookings.

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