Updated: May 21, 2015

Inn at Cape Kiwanda (Pacific City, Oregon):

The Oregon coast is a beautiful place to take a weekend and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I recently ventured out to Pacific City having never been to that particular section of the Oregon coastline. Lincoln City to the south and Cannon Beach to the north are the more popular destinations, but I was looking for a quieter spot with less commotion and more privacy. Pacific City is a small town just off of Highway 101 with a quaint setting and picturesque Haystack Rock just off the beach making for great photo opportunities. Pacific City is definitely small and your choice of places to stay range from the Inn at Cape Kiwanda to rental homes or condos that stretch out along the beach or a few blocks inland. I chose to stay at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda since I had heard great reviews about it.


The Inn at Cape Kiwanda has only 35 guest rooms, but the rooms all have private decks that offer an excellent view of the ocean and famous Haystack Rock. The weather along the Oregon coast is very unpredictable all year round, but we happened to get a gorgeous 2 day period with sunny skies and unbelievable sunsets. The inn is really more like a small hotel that sits right across the street from the beach and the Pelican Pub & Brewery which is very family friendly. My wife and 2 kids accompanied me on the trip and they too loved the location and easy beach access. The beach across the street has fishing boats that go out every morning and return after a few hours of fishing. My kids and I had a great time watching them come back into the beach. They sped along the water and then road the waves in the last 100 yards or so and skidded along the wet sand to their waiting trailers. The beach is open to the south for at least a mile with plenty of sand to keep your kids busy. Just to the north about 100 yards or so are some great tide pools where you can see sea urchins, hermit crabs, fish, and starfish. If you are physical inclined, there is a huge sand dune that must be about 10 stories high that people climb up to get an even better view looking north. We had dinner and breakfast at the Pelican Pub (across the street from the inn) and the beer was first rate. There is even a market next door to the hotel which offers a fresh deli and other food/amenities. To learn more about Pacific City, we suggest going to the cities official site HERE. The official website for the Inn at Cape Kiwanda is HERE. You can book your room online via the website or call their toll free phone # and do it over the phone. They have recently built some nice looking condos/townhomes that sit on the beach side of the street which will be available for fractional ownership starting at $79,000.

Getting There:

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area getting to the Inn at Cape Kiwanda is really quite easy. You can either go out Hwy 26 and take the Hwy 6 towards Tillamook. Then head south about 25 miles and you will hit Pacific City. You can also go out from Salen or McMinnville on Hwy 99W or Hwy 22. I took the highway 22 from Salem and stayed on 22 until I came to the Little Nestucca River Road which helped cut some time off the trip. The road was not bad at all and helped eliminate having to go through Lincoln City to the south or Hebo to the North. It did take us about 1 hour 45 minutes to get there leaving from just south of the Portland metro area. You can find a nice map on the main Inn at Cape Kiwanda website and get detailed driving directions. We have supplied a simple map of the specific area down below.

Accommodations:

Why stay at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda? The rooms are spacious, the private balcony with views of the coast and Haystack Rock are priceless, and each room comes with a gas fireplace to keep you warm even on the colder winter nights. The mattresses and pillows were top quality and the rooms had a DVD player which my kids just loved for watching movies. There was a small refigerator which kept our drinks and food cold. The room offered 2 queen beds for around $200/night (with taxes) and that was midweek. Weekends may be a little higher and harder to get reservations for. The whole family enjoyed the deck with chairs we sat in to watch the sunset over Haystack Rock. The dining at Pelican Pub was more than sufficient and the kids loved eating out on the patio of the restaurant watching the ocean. There is a small workout room at the inn that overlooks the ocean as well. Although I would say the rooms are a touch pricey, you do get a quiet and peaceful experience on the Oregon coast.