With over 350 miles of coastline, the Oregon Coast is brimming with charming towns, many of which offer exciting culinary experiences. From local farmer’s markets – among the best ways to experience a local food scene – to distilleries making amazing spirits, to wineries, little shops and cafes, there is something for everyone. Here’s our guide to some of the must-visit places along the Oregon Coast.
Located in the southern Oregon coastal area, in the tiny town of Elkton, is the award-winning Brandborg Winery. Known for its pinot noirs, Brandborg also produces white wines and reds such as cabernet franc, syrah, and grenache. Oenophiles can visit the winery’s tasting room daily where they will also find an array of specialty food items that complement the wines perfectly. Brandborg also hosts numerous events year-round, including live music entertainment.
Brandborg Winery, 345 1st St, Elkton, OR, USA +1 541 548 2870
Brandy Peak Distillery is the oldest craft distillery in the area. A family-owned establishment, this distillery is located in a beautiful coastal forest a bit outside the town of Brookings. The team at Brandy Peak procures only top-quality grapes and fruit for its creations, adding no additional colors or flavoring, which produces ‘100% pure spirits.’ A seasonal outfit, this distillery is open from the first of March through the first weekend in January, Tuesday through Saturday, from 1-5PM. Visitors can learn about brandy making, take a tour, and, of course, sample the delicious brandies and liqueur offered.
Brandy Peak Distillery, 18526 Tetley Rd, Brookings, OR, USA +1 541 469 0194
The Coos Bay Farmer’s Market offers an array of fresh fruits and vegetables along with artisan products like candy, jellies, and jams. For those people looking for unique gifts of the non-food variety, there are also vendors selling handcrafted art and other crafts.
The Flying Dutchman Winery is a must-visit when in Otter Rock, situated on the northern coast of Oregon. This small, family-owned winery is in a most beautiful location — atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean — offering incredible views in addition to great wines. Richard Cutler has been making wine since 1997 and procures the best grapes available from area vineyards for his unique, award-winning wines, which include reds, whites, plus sweet and dessert varieties. People can visit this gem every day of the year except Christmas Day, but the hours vary depending on the season.
Flying Dutchman Winery, 915 First St, Otter Rock, OR, USA, +1 541 765 2553
Newport Farmer’s Market procures the freshest produce available. Open on Saturdays during the growing season (May through October), this outdoor market offers visitors the opportunity to buy local. From fruits to vegetables to baked goods to handcrafted goods, the market has something for everyone. A great thing about this farmer’s market is that beginning November through April it moves indoors so that visitors can get their fill of fresh food any time of the year.
Siren’s Cove Cafe is a cozy venue located in Port Orford. Serving a variety of coffee and espresso-based drinks along with baked goods, sandwiches, pizzas, and more, this cafe is a place the entire family will enjoy no matter what their tastes. If visiting in the morning, a muffin, croissant, scone, or any other baked treat paired with a coffee drink will make for an excellent start to your day. The breakfast menu also includes biscuits and gravy and breakfast sandwiches. As for later in the day, diners can’t go wrong with any of the sandwiches, soups, salads, or pizzas.
Siren’s Cove Cafe, 1320 Oregon St, Port Orford, OR, USA +1 541 332 2970