Oregon Coast Venues near Tillamook

The Fireside Room at Headlands Coastal Lodge and Spa, courtesy of the hotel

It’s time to visit event venues on the Oregon Coast! Tillamook County’s shoreline stretches from Neahkahnie Mountain in the north to Cascade Head in the south, encompassing sandy beaches and rocky headlands. The coastal destinations in Tillamook County are within easy reach of Portland as nothing is more than two hours away by car, making it a great destination for events. There’s a variety of different options out here. So let’s explore Oregon coast venues near Tillamook, shall we?

The Winery at Manzanita

Located mere blocks from the beach on Manzanita’s main drag (Laneda Ave), this cozy tasting room would make a great place for a casual meeting or an evening engagement. There are various configurations of space (indoor and outdoor) that can be rented from two hours to all day, and a whole venue buyout is also possible. And you’ll be able to sample some of the delicious vintages this winery is known for.

The Winery at Manzanita (from their website)

Headlands Coastal Lodge and Spa

Located on the south end of the county in Pacific City, the Headlands is a full-service hotel and spa with a five meeting rooms to suit various meetings and events. Many of these rooms (which can hold up to 15) offer sweeping views of the beach and ocean. An adjoining patio provides space to expand your gathering whether it’s a group retreat or intimate wedding.

Tillamook Creamery

The mothership of Tillamook’s dairy operation, the creamery is a must-stop for many folks traveling on US 101 along the Oregon Coast. But besides touring the plant and eating tasty ice cream, did you know that the Creamery has meeting spaces too? And of course they’ll cater your meeting.

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

Lastly, we’ll mention this excursion railway that we mentioned back in our 2019 “Use a train for an event” post. This heritage road that uses the former Southern Pacific/Port of Tillamook Bay trackage from the town of Garibaldi north to the mouth of the Nehalem River. (The Coastal Gale of 2007 cut off rail access over the Coast Range, leaving this railroad cut off from the North American network.) The railroad runs excursion trains generally from spring through fall. And you can rent an entire car on the train, and also charter a whole train for your next event or meeting.

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad’s rentable excursion train pulled by a steam engine is ready tour the beauty of the coast.

Transportation

While most people will get to coastal locations in Tillamook County by car, there are alternative forms of transportation! The Coastliner bus (formerly Tillamook Wave) provides daily service three times a day between Union Station in downtown Portland to Tillamook’s transit center. From there you can catch buses north or south on US 101 to get to the destinations listed above and then also connect to adjacent transit systems Sunset Empire Transit (Clatsop County) and Lincoln County Transit, all part of the NW Connector network.

We hope that you found this post informative and that it helps you to source for your next Oregon Coast Meeting or event. While this post concentrates on Oregon coast venues near Tillamook, for more information about other Oregon and SW Washington Coast destinations check out our posts on Astoria, Seaside, and the Long Beach Peninsula. If you need any help planning your next corporate meeting, event, or conference on the Oregon Coast, EJP Events is here to assist.

Long Beach, Washington Peninsula Weddings and Events

Beards Hollow, Cape Disappointment

Thinking about a wedding by the sea? Consider a Long Beach Peninsula Wedding in Washington State! Located in the far southwestern corner of the state, the peninsula is across the Columbia River from Astoria. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Portland. Close enough that a weekend can be made out of it, far enough to feel like a getaway.

The exterior of the Adrift Hotel, showing the Pickled Fish restaurant in its top-floor setting. It’s a great place to view the ocean!

Adrift and Shelburne Hotels

The Adrift Hotel in the town of Long Beach is a good landing spot. Many rooms have a view of the ocean. And the view and proximity to beach are not the only selling factors here. A guest can borrow a free balloon-tire bike to cruise the beach and the Discovery Trail path that runs parallel to it. The Adrift also contains a modest spa facility as well as the Pickled Fish Restaurant. The dining room sits on the top floor of their west building, with an expansive view of the beach and the ocean. Pickled Fish offers a variety of locally-sourced Pacific Northwest starters and entrées. But our favorite are their New Haven-style pizzas –thin crusts with just the right amount of char.

Event space at Adrift, from their website.

Because they have both an indoor and outdoor gathering space that can fit about 100 people, The Adrift Hotel would be a great spot for a small beach wedding! Pickled Fish would cater, a delicious choice. And best of all, it’s less than five minutes to walk to the beach. The “sister” hotel to Adrift, the Shelburne Hotel, can also host weddings. The late-Victorian era Shelburne was built in 1896, making it the longest continually operating hotel in Washington State.

Sou’wester Lodge

The Sou’wester Lodge is a lodging facility featuring a mix of cabins, vintage travel trailers (like Airstream) and campsites. They are located in Seaview, a community between Long Beach and Ilwaco. The Sou’wester can lodge 70 to 100 people, and accommodate 250 guests for a ceremony. It’s a good spot for a unique wedding! Plus, They offer extras, like a wellness package and a beach bonfire package.

Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park, a state park located south of Long Beach, is a great destination in itself. Located on a peninsula where the Columbia River meets the Pacific, the park features beaches, hiking trails through coastal rainforests, and a wide variety of camping options, including yurts and cabins. The North Head Lighthouse* and surrounding grounds are available for wedding ceremonies only. You must hold receptions elsewhere. The North Head Lighthouse Keepers’ Residence is available nearby for honeymoon or other overnight rental.

Keepers Residence at North Head Lighthouse
Oysterville Church
Oysterville School

Oysterville on the Peninsula’s North End

We also want to give a quick mention to the picture-perfect village of Oysterville, located on the north end of the peninsula. Founded in the nineteenth century when this area was dominated by (what else!) oyster fishing, Oysterville consists of a couple dozen Victorian houses on the edge of Willapa Bay. There is one cute (but small) venue available if you want something different for a wedding: The Oysterville Church. This historic church, can hold around 100 people. The nearby Oysterville School can be used for the reception. There are no lodging options in Oysterville itself, however there are in the community of Ocean Shores, just a ten-minute drive away. (The city of Long Beach is about a half-hour drive from Oysterville.)

The Long Beach Peninsula is filled with nice vistas, abundant nature, good food, and a great beach. Maybe you’ll consider a Long Beach Peninsula Wedding or holding your small meeting or conference there?

Bonfire on the beach.

*The other lighthouse at the park, simply named “Cape Disappointment Lighthouse”, does not allow weddings.