The Southern Oregon Coast
After a day of preparing table settings, discover some of the most awe-inspiring natural settings on the majestic coast of southern Oregon.
The Oregon Coast Culinary Institute campus is nestled in scenic Coos Bay amid lush forests and hills, towering sand dunes and the grandeur of historic lighthouses.
Recreational opportunities abound. Before or after class, take a relaxing stroll on the shores of the roaring Pacific Ocean. Hike through acres of pristine woods surrounding the campus or watch playful sea lions from a rocky bluff overlooking the water.
Enjoy year-round biking, fishing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, surfing, crabbing, and clamming. Or, for a weekend getaway, venture to the nearby Willamette Valley for premium snow skiing and snow boarding.
Things to See and Do in the Southern Oregon Coast
- Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
- Dune tours and ATV rentals
- Golf (2 public courses)
- Historic McCullough Bridge
- Disc golf (2 public courses)
- Coos County Historical Museum, North Bend Information Center, historic walking tour of North Bend
- North Bend Airport
- Little Theatre on the Bay
- Pony Village Mall
- Mill Resort and Casino
- Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, maritime activity
- Marshfield Sun Printing Museum
- Coos Bay Boardwalk, bay tours, historical and interpretive information
- Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Menasha Working Forest Tour, historic walking tour of Coos Bay, information about antique shops, restaurants, shopping, biking and hiking trails
- On Broadway Theater
- Public swimming pool
- Coos Art Museum
- Myrtlewood factories, retail and tours
- Mingus Park and Japanese Gardens, public swimming pool, disc golf course, tennis
- Cranberry Sweets Candy Factory
- Oyster farm and retail outlet
- Charleston Marina, deep-sea fishing and whale watching tours
- Coos Head Coast Guard Lookout
- Bastendorff Beach County Park
- South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, bird watching, hiking trails
- Sunset Bay State Park
- Cape Arago Lighthouse
- Shore Acres State Park, formal, rose, and Japanese gardens, storm watching
- Cape Arago State Park, whale watching (March and October)
- Simpson’s Reef and Shell Island National Wildlife Refuge, excellent seabird, seal and sea lion viewing.