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#1 piece of advice to travel on a budget, travel during the off season. March-May and October are off times. October is still really nice in NW Oregon, with alot less tourist activity.
Drive PDX to Cannon Beach Oregon via HWY 26 approx 2 hours. Stay at Ecola Creek Lodge, it is a short walk to the beach, and town. Right near the river, and Ecola St. Park access rd. See the link for more information. $99 x 2 nights = $198 plus tax
2. Osburn's Grocery -Day 1 - Lunch
Pick up a sandwich or other deli treats and head to the beach. Cost $12.00 for 2 lunches
This restaurant isn't cheap but it is worth it. With the amazing view, and comfortable atmosphere with a full bar, you can't go wrong. So scrimp on other things, and hit this for your nice dinner out and you won't be disappointed. Cost - Soup De Jour $3.95 and house Salad $4.25 on up to $24.95 for Filet Mingon. They do offer 1/2 servings that are filling in themselves, so don't discount them out of hand simply because of the higher price sticker. See website for more information
Unique breakfast offerings, like quiche. All homemade Cost- Allow $5.00 each or more (503) 436-2816 126 N Hemlock St If you just want something to take out, check the local bakeries, all are very good and delicious also.
Excellent Seafood, fresh, caught by the owners (Jay and Cindy Bechman). You can buy seafood fresh, or have their awsome fish and chips basket, shrimp cocktails or chowder. Location- Ecola Seafoods 2nd and Spruce 503-436-9130 Cost- $5.00 on up depending on what you want
This Gallery is interesting as you can also paint your own Ceramics, they will fire them for you and either mail them to you or you can pick them up. Cost -$5.00 on up depending on the piece.
11. Ecola St Park / Indian Beach - Day 2
Excellent Whale Watching from Ecola St. Park. Has public restrooms, covered picnic area with fireplace, large field (where the scary house from the Goonies was built and filmed), and many trails. Indian Beach, trails to Ecola St. Park, as well as over Tillamook Head. Excellent tidal animals here, good beach for kayaking also. Cost - Free if off season, in Summer nominal Parking fee.
The Lumberyard Rostierre and Grill - Often has evening entertainment, so check their schedule. They have a full bar and a fun atmosphere and is non-smoking. Costs- See menu on website, $4.50 for a cup of chowder $3.95 for a side salad, most expensive is $19.95 for the prime Rib