Florence, Oregon lies on the mouth of the Siuslaw River, approximately half way down the Oregon Coast. We spent our third night on the Oregon Coast in Florence, Oregon. The two previous towns were a bit of a let down, but Florence was a great surprise. For a small town, there is surprisingly a lot of things to do and check out. The city has a has a small old town area with a promenade and marina. It’s a small, quaint and full of charming buildings. I couldn’t help but revel in the cuteness of it all.
I almost felt like I was in the wild wild west. Minus the wild. The buildings just had that shape.
We stumbled upon a tiny park.
Complete with its own gazebo.
And great views of the Siuslaw River.
The city is right on the edge of the Oregon Dunes National Park, a fact that didn’t seem real until you actually see the sand. We were driving over the bridge and to our right there was a huge pile of sand that dropped off suddenly into the water.
What Seaside, Oregon lacked, Florence had in bucket loads and I finally realized what was missing in Seaside. Charm. Old school charm. With a bit of history thrown in.
Sea Lion Caves – North of Florence along Highway 101 are the sea lion caves. We attempted to go, but they were closed due to a malfunctioning elevator.
Sand dunes tour – Easily one of the best experiences on the whole trip. It was so much fun! Stay tuned for a full post on the experience.
Heceta Head Lighthouse – Explore this restored lighthouse that dates back to 1894.
Homegrown Public House – This restaurant boasts of a farm to table approach to food using produce, meats and seafood from the Northwest. They offer local craft beers and drinks as well as a seasonal menu and daily specials. We came here for dinner and it was a pleasant affair.
Waterfront Deport Restaurant – Another highly recommended option with a similar approach to food. Its cuisine is a mix of Pacific Northwest food and Indonesian flavours. Reservations are recommended.
BJ’s Ice Cream Parlour – Who doesn’t want ice cream during the warm summer months? Stop for an ice cream before going on a stroll down the river.
Have you visited any charming small towns lately? Which ones surprised you?