Enjoy a winter day in Florence, Oregon

In a midwinter jaunt, you'll browse, eat, hike, and maybe even hit the beach

Bonnie Henderson

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.

Stay overnight
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).

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