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Sleepy Coastal Gearhart’s Small-Town Charms

Gearhart is a small, quiet town that is located just north and south of some of the busiest areas of the Oregon coast. There are no traffic lights, a pristine beach and wide streets with very little traffic. To the north of Gearhart are attractions such as Fort Stevens State Park and the historic city of Astoria that sits at the mouth of the Columbia River. To the south is the tourist destination of Seaside that plays host to families who travel to the coast from the urban Portland, Oregon area.

Shopping and Dining

Gearhart is home to small shops and dining opportunities for fresh seafood, coffee, sandwiches and other delicious fare. Three miles south of Gearhart, the busy town of Seaside offers a broad range of dining options that will appeal to many tastes. A wide variety of boutiques, art galleries, grocery stores and gift shops are abundant in Seaside as well. To the north, the town of Astoria has many additional options for shopping, boutiques, museums and art galleries, including a historical museum, a film museum and a maritime museum.

Historic Sites

The Gearhart area is home to many historical sites, including the remains of the shipwrecked Peter Iredale, which sits on the beach just 12 miles north of Gearhart. This sailing ship ran aground in 1906, and although attempts were made to recover it, it became embedded in the sand. Much of the ship was salvaged, but the structural parts remain, and it has been a popular visitor attraction for more than 100 years. The rusted hull that is buried in the sand is a fun photo opportunity of this easily accessed shipwreck.

Fort Stevens is a former military defense fort that was in service for 84 years, including the Civil War, World War I and World War II. An earthen fort, gun batteries and a military jail can be explored. Fort Stevens is now a historical attraction that includes a museum, tours and a park with camping, hiking and other recreational opportunities. 4,300 acres of hiking and bicycle trails allow you to explore sand dunes, forests and beaches.

Outdoor Sports

The Oregon coast is a wonderful destination for many types of outdoor sports, including hiking, beachcombing, surfing, golfing and horseback riding. Wide beaches and state parks offer a multitude of opportunities for sports and activities of all types. Seaside merchants offer surfing equipment rentals for your use during your visit, and bicycles - including surreys and tandem bicycles - are available for rent to ride along the boardwalk.

Golfing is a popular sport in Oregon, and Gearhart is home to the Gearhart Golf Links, a golf course that is the oldest one in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1888, this golf course offers you the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf in a scenic location while enjoying the brisk salty sea air.

Weather

The Oregon coast is often rainy and windy, with moderate temperatures making your visit a comfortable one any time of the year. You will want to bring a waterproof, windproof jacket and sturdy waterproof shoes for your visit. Storm watching is a popular activity from an oceanfront vacation home, and visitors will come to the coast specifically to watch the waves during a winter storm.

How to Get There

The Oregon coast is remote and travel options are limited. The Portland International Airport is a two-hour drive from Gearhart and is the best option for your commercial flight’s destination. Travel by private or rental car is the best way to travel to Gearhart and explore the Oregon coast. Commercial bus service is also available to this coastal location.

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                                                                                                    Recent Gearhart Reviews

                                                                                                    Fantastic lodge, A MUST SEE

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                                                                                                    A group of 16 stayed for 2 nights following a friends wedding and we could not have asked for a better location for our extended wedding weekend celebration. The river views are so scenic, the lodge itself is quirky, quaint, and cosy, and the nearby beaches are beautiful as well. The short walk to the beach is well worth it and we surfed at nearby Ecola park which was an easy drive and good surf spot. The lodge itself is well stocked with necessary items to do a large group family style dinner and the ample sleeping arrangement worked well. We highly recommend this spot, you won't be disappointed.
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    Perfect Gearhart home!

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                                                                                                    We had a perfect vacation staying in this Gearhart home. We love the town and we will definitely rent this home again. The home is very large with a lot of space. We have a large family and also entertained many visitors from Portland. We were never cramped. The house is well-equipped. Kitchen flows well. There was plenty of firewood, beach toys and patio furniture. The BBQ is new and works great. The couple of rollaway beds came in handy, too. The location is perfect. The kids crossed the street towards Southeast and went to the basketball courts. Or, crossed the street to the southwest and walk to the beach. We hope to return summer. Thanks
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    Beautiful and immaculate house near the ocean

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                                                                                                    The Gearhart house is a beautiful piece of property! Every detail of the property is beautiful...the curbside appeal and the landscaping, the interior design, the colors and craftsmanship are truly gorgeous. The walk to the ocean from the house takes you through beautiful sand dunes to a sweeping view of the ocean. (You cannot see the ocean from the house--just to clarify. But the walk isn't too long and is lovely.) You can see Haystack rock and a lighthouse in the distance once at the beach. Elk graze among the dunes in the evenings and are fun to watch. We had a campfire on the beach one evening and watched the sunset. It was our favorite evening there. And once we came home on a rainy cold day, we were able to build a cozy fire in the Gearhart house to enjoy. The beds were very comfortable, but I would have liked the option of a firm pillow. The feather pillows are pretty, but don't support my neck. The house is extremely clean and immaculate. I would have liked window coverings in all bedrooms and bathrooms for privacy, though. The shower doors are clear glass and there are houses with second story Windows that look directly into the bathrooms. Another useful thing would be a laundry basket, a dust pan to go with the broom, and more places to hang wet towels or clothing to dry. Also, the shared bathrooms could use better lighting options. There weren't enough well-lit mirrors for guests to apply makeup in the mornings when getting ready at the same time. If these details were fixed, it would be 5 stars, hands down! I would stay there again and highly recommend this beautiful home!!!
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Jul 2016