It's the 40 miles of dunes and swaths of windswept beach that draw visitors to Florence, but once they arrive, it's clear that there's much more to this coastal community.
The approach into town over the Siuslaw River
Grape Leaf Wine Shop & Bistro: Linger over nibbles and a glass of local wine at this well-stocked shop.
Info: $; closed Mon; 1269 Bay St.; 541/997-1646.
Old Town Coffee Roasters: Attitude with a side of joe make this a locals' favorite.
Info: 1251/2 Nopal St.; 541/997-1786.
Waxmyrtle Trail: In the dunes between Florence and Coos Bay, a moderate 1.25-mile route follows the Siltcoos River to the beach for views
of teals, widgeons, and other wintering waterfowl.
Info: From Florence, take U.S. 101 South 7 miles, turn west on Siltcoos Beach Rd.; 541/271-3611.
A 1914 home at the west end of Old Town, the Edwin K Bed & Breakfast offers six decadently decorated guest rooms and a five-course breakfast (from $120; 800/833-9465). Florence's only oceanfront sleeps are found at Driftwood Shores, a large, older condominium complex on Heceta Beach (from $87; 800/422-5091).