Wheeler on the Bay Lodge is a fabulous find along the coast. It is hidden away in the tiny town of Wheeler along HWY 101. There isn't much in Wheeler, but that is what makes it such a relaxing place to stay.
I stopped here with a friend during a weeklong whirlwind tour of the Northwest. When we pulled in I was a little aprehensive - it doesn't look like much from the outside, especially if you are used to staying in the big chain hotels. However, I was in for a great suprise. Our room, the service, and our stay were fabulous. The check-in process was a breeze. The owner had all of our paperwork ready, offered us breakfast items for the next morning, offered free movies to watch, popcorn, soda and candy. When she overheard us talking about wildlife watching, she loaned us excellent binoculars and a birding guide to the area.
Our room (the blue heron) had a queen bed, a twin bed, and a futon (plenty of room). All the beds were comfortable; however, the queen is a memory foam mattress which takes a few minutes to get used to. There was a gas fireplace, a small dining table, microwave, fridge, and coffeepot. The bathroom was small, but adequate. This room only has a stand-up shower (no tub). High-end toiletries, pleanty of soft towels, and a hair dryer meant we had everyting we needed for our short stay. Everything was exceptionally clean and comfortable.
The balcony has a partial view of the bay, but I recommend taking a short walk to the end of their dock and enjoying the full view. We sat for hours in the evening and the next morning enjoying the peace and quiet while watching the wildlife.
The owners offered excellent information on dining options - no high pressure sales, just information about what was available.
I wish we had more time to spend in this hidden gem. If I go back to the Oregon coast, I will definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come to Wheeler on the Bay Lodge for the finest North Oregon Coast Lodging with spectacular waterfront mountain views. Our quaint little coastal inn is located on the Nehalem Bay and is a great location for you to enjoy kayaking and fishing – you can even moor your boat on our private dock! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wheeler On The Bay Hotel Wheeler