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Brookings-Harbor [1] is the most southern city on the Oregon Coast. Travel only five miles south of the city limits on Highway 101 and you will be in California.

Get in[edit]

There is one road into Brookings, good old Highway 101. Highway 101 runs right through the middle of the town and is the town's main road. In town it is also known as Chetco Avenue.

Get around[edit]

The main strip in Brookings is Highway 101, aka Chetco Avenue. Other common roads in town are Railroad Street, Easy Street, and Ransom Street which will navigate you around the library, school, community pool, and community fields and parks. From there you can get pretty much anywhere in town.

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Beaches[edit]

The main attractions in Brookings and Harbor are the beautiful clean beaches.

  • Crissey Beach The newest state park in Oregon (inaugural season 2009), Crissey Field State Park, located at the mouth of the Winchuck River, features a state-of-the-art visitors center and miles of beach.
  • Harris Beach Possibly the most well known beach in Brookings, it is a very popular spot for camping and flying kites. It's also a place where you can witness one of the most gorgeous sunsets in Oregon.
  • Sporthaven Beach South Jetty Beach is popular for surfing, enjoying the scenery, trailer camping, and you can also see various commercial fishing vessels come in and out of the jetty. Below is a great picture of a local boat trying to cross the bar in hazardous conditions.
  • Lone Ranch Beach A very secluded beach, it is mainly used for nice long walks or a warm camp fire in the evening.
  • Whaleshead Beach Whaleshead beach has a beautiful resort right next to it. This provides a great place for vacationers to take a stroll on the beach or build a nice big sand castle.

Lighthouses[edit]

Two lighthouses are visible from or in the Brookings Harbor area.

  • Pelican Bay Lighthouse Pelican Bay Lighthouse is privately owned and tours are rarely offered, but it is clearly visible from Sporthaven Beach or the commercial boat basin.
  • St. George Reef Lighthouse The St. George Reef Lighthouse is visible (during clear weather) on the ocean horizon from many high points in Brookings and Harbor. It is accessible only by boat or by helicopter.

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  • Salmon Fishing Fishing is a fun activity while you are in Brookings. Whether it is on the Pacific Ocean or the Chetco River, you always have a good chance of catching a salmon when the season is open. If you don't know much about salmon fishing there are many guides around town that will be more then happy to take you out and catch a big one, for a price.
  • Bruin Sports If you are new to the area or just looking for something to do, attend a Brookings-Harbor High School sports game and witness the strong support the community has for its local teams. Check for game listings in the local newspaper, the Curry Coastal Pilot [2]
  • Chetco River The river is a beautiful place to camp, fish, have a camp fire, picnic, and swim during the summer. Just take the North Bank Road off of Highway 101 just north of the Chetcto River Bridge and you will run into many river bars and camp sites such as Loeb Park, Miller Bar, Little Redwood, and South Fork.
  • Redwood Theater If you want to see the latest movies, the Redwood Theater has between two and four movies playing seven days a week. The theater has recenely undergone a major remodel, including a brand-new second screen with stadium seating..
  • Chetco Public Library The local library has a great selection of books, magazines, and newspapers to fulfill all of your literature needs.
  • Hiking Trails There are several easy hiking trails in the area, including the Bomb Site Trail, where in 1942 a Japanese bomber firebombed the area in hopes of starting a forest fire, and Chetco Point Park, where your choice of trails can lead to a tiny, sheltered beach or a spectacular bluff overlooking Pelican Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Azalea Park Azalea Park is known as the "Jewel of Brookings." It features a large playground known as "KidTown," sand volleyball courts, soccer and baseball fields, horseshoe pits, the "Octopus Tree," the "Capella by the Sea," and several miles of walking trails.
  • Camping Brookings has several campgrounds, including Harris Beach State Park, Loeb State Park and Little Redwood Campground.
  • Brookings-Harbor Museum The museum is the oldest building in the area and features a collection of antique farm and logging memorabilia. It also features the largest California Cypress tree in Oregon.
  • Whale-watching Whale-watching is a popular activity in the Brookings area, especially during the autumn and spring gray whale migrations. humpback whales, bowfin whales, and occasionally blue whales or orcas are often seen from Harris Beach State Park and Cape Ferello overlooks.

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There are several classic gift shops in Brookings.

  • Windjammer Windjammer, located on Chetco Ave in the center of downtown Brookings, across from the movie theater, features kites, flags and whirlygigs.
  • Beachfront Gifts Beachfront Gifts is in Harbor, between the commercial boat basin and Sporthaven Beach. It features classic travel gifts, including sweatshirts and t-shirts. Pelican Bay Lighthouse is clearly visible from the store's parking lot.

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Breakfast[edit]

  • Apple Peddler The only 24 hour restaurant in town, Apple Peddler is one of the few chain restaurants in Brookings and provides a 24 hour breakfast and a great selection of meals.
  • Boogie Board Bagels One of the best bagel shops on the Oregon Coast. All the bagels have custom recipes and are made fresh every morning. They also have custom bagels that are only made there and are well worth trying out.
  • Bakery By The Sea
  • Flying Gull
  • Mattie's Pancake & Omlette Excellent Omlettes! Great, friendly servise. Always can put a smile on you face, or your pancake.
  • Oceanside Diner Good biscuits and gravy, even better to hear the local fisherman tell stories in the morning.

Lunch[edit]

  • Chetco Seafood Company Freshly caught seafood that you can either take home or have cooked. Great Clam chowder and even better Fish and Chips.
  • Hungry Clam
  • La Flor De Mexico Excellent and affordable mexican buffet.
  • Quizznos Subs
  • Scampi's Seafood Freshy caught seafood and great tasting.
  • Wharfside Seafood Restaurant

Dinner[edit]

  • Bella Italia
  • Chan's Restaurant
  • Great American Smokehouse
  • Lee's Dragon Gate
  • O'Holleran's
  • Rancho Viejo
  • Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Smugglers Cove
  • Toreros Mexican Restaurant

Pizza[edit]

  • Figaro's Pizza
  • Pizza Place Affordable and tasty, the Pizza Place is a great place to have lunch for under $4.
  • Wild River Pizza Company Native to Brookings, this pizza parlor has a unique tasting pizza that is loved by the locals.
  • Zola's Pizzeria family owned and operated pizzeria on Chetco Avenue, all of their ingredients are fresh and baked in their fiery brick oven.
  • Ken's Tavern - great local dive bar
  • O'Holleran's Steak House
  • Pine Cone Tavern and Lounge - Serving handcrafted cocktails, micro brews, organic wine, fresh cornmeal crust pizza and some vegetarian/vegan items also on the menu. Live music most weekends.
  • Sporthaven Bar and Grill Located in the Port of Brookings-Harbor, this is a good place to drink with the local fishermen.
  • MoVino's Wine Bar

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Wild Rivers Motor Lodge" Chetco Ave Newly remodeled rooms. Best prices.
  • Best Western Beach Front Inn 16008 Lower Harbor Road
  • Best Western Inn 1143 Chetco Avenue
  • Bonn Motel of Brookings 1216 Chetco Avenue
  • Chetco River Inn-Lavender Bee 21202 High Prarie Road
  • Holmes Sea Cove Bed & Breakfast 17350 Holmes Drive
  • Ocean Suites 16045 Lower Harbor Road
  • Pacific Sunset Inn 1144 Chetco Avenue
  • Portside Suites16220 Lower Harbor Road
  • Spindrift Motor Inn 1215 Chetco Avenue
  • Whaleshead Beach Resort 19921 Whaleshead Road

Get out[edit]

Routes through Brookings-Harbor
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