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Seaside Escape: Manzanita, OR

In Manzanita, Oregon on August 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm

photo by Anne Jansen

This little seaside town was adorable! Aside from the fact that it had two amazing independently owned bookstores (the Cloud & Leaf Bookstore, pictured below, and Ekahni Books) — really wonderful little shops — Manzanita had some great restaurants, a good yarn shop, a jam-packed general store, several art galleries, and a beautiful picture-perfect beach. That beach…wow! I grew up in Southern California, so I’ve never seen a beach with so much sand (very fine sand at that — just ask my poor point-and-click camera, which I dropped face-down in the super-fine sand) between the road and the ocean. There’s so much beach to walk on, which is good because the ocean was freezing. Well, okay, not freezing…but really cold for someone wimpy like me. Wetsuit-cold, actually, as evidenced by the large number of wetsuit-clad kite boarders enjoying the waters on what turned out to be ridiculously sunny days.

photo by Anne Jansen

The beach was also windy, but mostly just gorgeous. I was in Manzanita because my cousin-in-law was getting married (hence the final photo, below), and I’m glad I had the opportunity to discover this hidden gem. I’ll admit to being surprised by how much Manzanita has to offer its visitors. I wasn’t expecting much, because I’ve seen some pretty small towns while living in Ohio, but Manzanita was small without being boring. It was a wonderful place to visit, and one that I would certainly return to if I had the chance.

photo by Anne Jansen