A 7:30am coffee wake-up call was the perfect way to crawl out of a cozy bed and greet the morning. Last week we enjoyed visiting with our host Jon at Coos Bay Manor, an Oregon coast lodging facility and Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild membership inn.
The manor boasts five guest rooms, a hearty, healthy breakfast and two sweet dogs that happily greet each and every guest. This pet friendly inn offers the perfect location for bird watching, dune buggy rides in the sand dunes and many other family fun activities.
A day or two on the coast then we discover hwy 38. This highway is a must. I mean you really must drive this highway. An absolute gorgeous ride with many surprises along the way. Herds of elk, the Umpqua River, the rolling green hills, and oh yeah, all the red barns. Lots of them, tons of them all along this hwy. I could have spent an entire day just photographing and looking at the barns...but then I would have missed the butterflies.
Elkton, Oregon, a small historic town, and home to the Butterfly Pavilion, is only about 36 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 60 miles from Eugene. With a population of 197, this town is fast becoming the "Bass Capital of Oregon". Go fishing for trout, salmon, steelhead or shad too. Or, just go see the butterflies. At the Butterfly Pavilion, you can enjoy espresso and/or Umpqua ice cream while perusing the beautiful gardens that provide the natural attraction for many species of butterflies. Tour the gardens full of native shrubs and trees, see the Life-cycle display of Oregon butterflies, sponsor a log and help construct or just visit the replica of historic Fort Umpqua. Consider this natural botanical garden for the perfect Oregon wedding site!
Blueberries, orchards, flowers, gardens, wine grapes and feed crops grace this towns countryside and provides the perfect backdrop for the four wineries found in Elkton. River's Edge Winery, Brandborg Vineyard & Winery, Anindor Vineyards and Bradley Vineyards are all located nearby.
So, a scenic drive along the Oregon Coast, a comfy night in a Coos Bay, Oregon Bed & Breakfast, an unforgettable ride on highway 38, a nice Pinot Noir from an Elkton, Oregon winery and I think we tapped the perfect trip. Just a night and a day or two to discover another Oregon treasure...can't wait to go again!