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Manzanita cabin retreat
Photo by Andrew Geiger

Coast Cabins in Manzanita, OR

If Goldilocks were a beach girl, Manzanita would be the town on Oregon's northern coast she'd find "just right." Not too swanky, not too tacky. A bakery, wine bar, organic clothing store, and spa are all worthy indulgences, but you've got to see the beach first: seven wide-open miles of sand, big boomy waves, and poetry-worthy sunsets.

Check in: A group of "cabins" in name only, the Zen-like Coast Cabins is set in a bamboo grove a couple of blocks from the beach, with private outdoor spas, sculptural firepits, and heated floors. From $165.
Explore: Tear around the packed sand on a "fun cycle," a recumbent tricycle that appeals to the kid in all of us. Manzanita Bikes & Boards; closed Mon;
$8 per hour; 503/368-3337.
–J.C.

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