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Florence (Oregon)

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Florence is a city on the Central Oregon Coast. Was voted as the #1 retirement community a couple years ago.

Many of the ideas in Frank Herbert's Dune series came to him during a trip to Florence to write a magazine article about a US Department of Agriculture project there.

Florence is also known as the site of the exploding whale, an incident when the Oregon State Highway Division tried to remove a beached whale by dynamite - with unintended results.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Florence Municipal Airport has general aviation services but no scheduled flights

By bus[edit]

Porter Stage Lines [1] run a twice-daily service from Ontario (Oregon) to Coos Bay, which calls at Florence. It connects in Eugene with Greyhound bus and Amtrak train services. Through ticketing is available.

By car[edit]

The scenic Oregon coast route, US Highway 101, passes through Florence. The Eugene-Florence Highway, Oregon route 126, follows the Suislaw River valley to dead-end on 101 at Florence.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

Sea Lion Caves
  • Sea Lion Caves, 91560 Hwy. 101 N. (11 miles North of Florence on the Oregon Coast), +1 541-547-3111, [2]. 8AM - 6PM. The world's largest sea cave is home to many wild sea lions and bird species, all struggling with the sea for a spot on their favorite rock. Here you can take an elevator down to sea level to catch a glimpse inside the cave. Adults $11, Seniors $10, Children $7.  edit

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Play golf at Sandpines Golf Links. A Rees Jones design and a true links course, Sandpines was voted "Best New Golf Course" by Golf Digest in 1993 and "4-1/2 Star Rated 'Places to Play in USA'," by Golf Digest for 2006 and 2007. Visit www.sandpines.com for more information, or call 800-917-GOLF (4653). A truly unique course in Oregon.

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Restaurants are clustered in the old town, especially in Bay Street; those on the river side of the street usually have decks over the river.

The Waterfront Depot in Bay Street, with a river deck, is the restaurant most strongly recommended by locals, and reservation is advised. It is housed in the former railroad depot from Mapleton, a few miles up the Suislaw River. The Italian restaurant (1285 Resto Bar) opposite the Waterfront Depot is under the same ownership and is also strongly recommended by locals.

Mo's - Fish & Clamchowder restaurant in Florence's old town. Great view of the Siuslaw river and one of the best clam chowders to be found on the Oregon coast. This local chain of restaurant's was started in Newport, Oregon.

Old Town Florence packs many more great restaurants, many with river views and a great atmosphere.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Siuslaw River Coffee Roasters, on Bay Street with a river deck, almost underneath the bridge, has friendly staff, excellent pastries, and a wide-ranging selection of coffee. [3]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Pier Point Inn, 85625 Highway 101, +1 541 997-7191, Toll-free: +1 800 435-6736, Fax: +1 541 997-3828, [4].
  • Comfort Inn, 2475 Hwy 101, +1 541 997-7797, Fax: +1 541 997-7895, [5].
  • Holiday Inn Express, 2475 Hwy 101, +1 541 997-7797, [6].
  • Landmark Inn, 1551 4th Street, 541 997 9030, [7]. Stylish Bed and Breakfast with an outstanding (literally) site just above the old town but also handy for the newer business district and local facilities such as the hospital  edit

Get out[edit]

Drive, cycle or hike down the scenic Oregon coast. Hike on the beaches, cycle on the Oregon Coastal Cycle Route, and drive on US 101. Hikers and cyclists are advised to proceed southwards in summer, when strong, cold north winds prevail.


Routes through Florence
AstoriaYachats  N noframe S  ReedsportCoos Bay
END  W noframe E  VenetaEugene


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