One of the favorite stops on my road trip from Seattle to San Francisco was at Bandon, Oregon. Located on the south side of the mouth of the Coquille River, Bandon is a small coastal town with a lot to offer. Charming Old Town, spectacular beaches, world class golf course, cranberry farms, and excellent seafood restaurants are among things to explore in this town. Activities like fishing, kayaking, hiking, and storm watching will keep any outdoor person busy and truly satisfied.
Table Rock at the Bandon Beach.
A great place to taste local food and enjoy the view of the bay is at Wheelhouse Restaurant. The restaurant’s menu features local seafood, steaks, vegetarian dishes, and homemade desserts.
For lunch, I had delicious Clam Chowder and Beer Battered Halibut with Coleslaw and Fries.
After exploring the picturesque town, I stopped at Bandon Coffee Cafe for a cup of their flavorful coffee, and checked out “Henry the Fish,” a 15-foot-long sculpture that is made completely of ocean debris.
Fish and Chips Chowder House at the Bandon Fish Market was my dinner choice. Located in Bandon’s Old Town, the market is housed in the little blue building overlooking the bay. The market is famous for its Bay shrimp, dungeness crab, local oysters, salmon products, sandwiches, chowders, and, of course, their traditional fish and chips.
I really enjoyed their Halibut Burger, which was served in ciabatta bread with tomatoes, lettuce, and tartar sauce.
After dinner, I went on a long walk on the beach. Even though it was cloudy, the sunset was breathtaking.
The next day, for breakfast I stopped at Bandon Baking Company – a cosy breakfast place located in the Old Town Bandon. Their baked goods are all made from scratch. I ordered French style croissant, cranberry bar, and coffee to go.
Before heading out of town, I did some shopping, first, at the famous Fudge Factory, which offers 26 types of fudge, including walnut cranberry fudge made from locally grown cranberries. I sampled a few of the fudges, but my favorite was rum and raisin flavor.
My second shopping destination was Cranberry Sweets and More, a store where you can find all things cranberry. After all, Bandon is a cranberry capital of Oregon. If you are cranberry lover, then the best time to visit Bandon is in September during Annual Cranberry Festival. At this time, you can tour working cranberry farms and sample products at their farm stands and enjoy other cranberry related activities in town.
The store offers a wide variety of pate, some of which are made with wine.
This bottle of Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce went home with me (I haven’t opened it yet).
I look forward to coming back to this amazing place, hopefully, in the near future. Happy travels!