Like I mentioned earlier, we decided to take the long way home from the beach on Sunday. It was such nice weather and we really had no plans so we thought, why not? We left Gearhart around noon and drove on Highway 101 through little towns I can’t quite remember the names of but the big one was Manzanita. I’d never been there before but it was so cute. I definitely want to go spend some time there this summer. From there we kept going through Tillamook before stopping at Pacific City. I hadn’t been there since September of 2014 when I was preggo with G!
It was packed there. I’ve never seen the parking lot by the Pelican Pub so packed. We had to park across the street and walk down to the beach. We took some obligatory photos and then headed to the Pelican for a beer. We started out outside but it was pretty windy where we were standing so we decided to head in to finish our beers. Note to mamas, – Pelican has a fantastic stand alone bathroom/changing station that could probably also be used to pump.
On our way out of town Chris stopped at Twist to have some Pliney the Elder (hard to find beer) while I hung out with G in the car since minors weren’t allowed inside. After that, we headed home through wine country and it was gorgeous. Our friends recently moved to Dundee so we stopped by their house at 5 for a tour and then we headed to dinner at Red Hills Market. We wanted to try the new brewery there but it also doesn’t allow minors. Another note – great separate bathroom/changing table at Red Hills.
We didn’t end up getting home until about 8 so it was definitely a long day but G did great, never cried in the car and was perfect during all of our stops. The only thing we sort of messed up was her food. We’d packed sandwhiches for us to eat in the car but didn’t have much for her so the poor girl ended up just eating slices of cheese until we grabbed her a yogurt in Pacific City. We got her a sample platter of turkey, apples and cheese at Red Hills but she just wasn’t feeling it.
Anyway, great weekend and great little local road trip. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to spend a day exploring the coast on a nice day.
What about you – favorite road trip?