What to Do

STAY ON TOP OF IT. Pacific City and Oregon’s North Coast host all manner of festivals, sports events, food and drink tastings, outdoor opportunities and cultural gatherings throughout the year. We and our Pacific City neighbors work hard to offer fun and interesting activities—planned and facilitated by locals who chose to make their lives here—that will ensure our guests love this place as much as we do. From music festivals and surfing competitions to salmon education and beer tastings, there’s something here for everyone.

  • Nestucca River Morning Paddle 

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: In summer the nearby Nestucca River is a kayaker's paradise. Join your adventure coach for a morning paddle along the scenic river. With any luck you’ll see bald eagle, heron, and leaping salmon, and pick up a bit of local history along the way. Warm waterproof layers are recommended. Cost - $96 per person.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center
    • When: Daily, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • A Day of Clams

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: There are few things as iconic on the Oregon Coast as a morning spent clamming or an afternoon gathering with friends to enjoy the day’s bounty. Whether you head out with us in the morning to dig your own, or join us in the afternoon as we share one of our favorite recipes, we invite you to join in on our Day of Clams!

      Morning, clamming: Our Adventure Coaches will share some of our favorite spots for clamming along the beautiful estuaries of Tillamook County, including the pristine waters of Netarts Bay. Upon return, let us help to ready your clams for transport home. There is always a chance of getting a bit muddy, old sneakers or rubber boots recommended.

      Afternoon, Kiwanda Cream Steamer Clams and Pelican beer: Join us for a fun and delicious afternoon on the patio for clams steamed in Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale with garlic, shallots and butter.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center
    • When: Sunday August 4th, 8:45 am - 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Saturday August 31st, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Minus Tide Exploration

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge 
    • What: Hidden under the mighty Pacific along the jagged Oregon shores is a secret world inhabited by legions of unusual creatures. Visible only when the tides retreat, the treasures of the Cape Kiwanda’s tidepools go unseen by most visitors. Join us for a unique opportunity to encounter the Purple Rock Crab, the prehistoric Sculpin, and scores of Ochre Sea Stars--and perhaps even a Giant Pacific Octopus.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center
    • When: Friday August 2nd, 8:15 am; Weather Permitting. 
  • Full Moon Paddle

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: Join your Adventure Coach on a guided moonlit kayak excursion along the Nestucca River. With the full moon as our light source, we’ll paddle up our local river, delve into its history, stargaze, listen for local wildlife, and hopefully spot some as well. Yummy hot cocoa included! Warm waterproof layers are recommended. Advance registration required. Cost - $125 per person.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center
    • When: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm on Tuesday July 16th, Thursday August 15th, and Saturday September 14th; Weather Permitting.
  • Field Trip to Ghost Forest

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: Join your Adventure Coach on an excursion to the mysterious Ghost Forest in nearby Neskowin. The Ghost Forest was buried in the Cascadia earthquake of 1700 and remained forgotten and invisible until the winter storms of 1997-98 unearthed numerous well-preserved stumps of Sitka spruce and cedar--some estimated to be over 2000 years old! Our visit to Ghost Forest will be timed with an outgoing tide for optimal viewing of the ancient stumps and their beautiful surroundings. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center
    • When: Saturday August 3rd, 8:30 am – 10:30 am; Weather Permitting.
  • Pacific City Farmers Market

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: Join us in celebrating and supporting our local food producers and artisan craftspeople. Shop seasonal goodies and enjoy live music every Sunday through September 29th.
    • Where: Pacific City Library; 6200 Camp Street
    • When: Sundays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Whalen Island Loop

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: Join us and explore one of our favorite nearby trails located at Clay Meyers State Natural Area at Whalen Island. The island is home to a mix of land and sea creatures including salmon, deer, otter, egrets, and kingfishers. An easy loop follows the perimeter of the island, passing through grasslands, mudflats, dunes and a coastal forest. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views and plenty of places to stop and watch birds along the way.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center
    • When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • BLM Community Trail Run

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: Join us for an afternoon run with Michael, our resident runner and Adventure Coach. This is Pacific City’s newest trail that meanders through shore pines and coastal huckleberries and offers a beautiful view of Cape Kiwanda at the top. We have been granted special access to this wonderful 1.25 mile loop on a soft loamy trail that are a runners best friend. We would love for you to join us for this excellent mid-afternoon runabout.
    • Where: Meet at Adventure Center
    • When: Thursdays and Saturdays, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Evening Hike to Top of Cape Kiwanda

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: Join your adventure coach for a hike up the tallest dune on the Oregon Coast. On a clear day the top of the dune offers views of Nestucca Bay to the south and Cape Lookout to the north—with expansive views along the way.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center
    • When: Mondays, Wednesdays - Fridays; 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Sitka Sedge Walk

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: Join your adventure coach to explore Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, the newest jewel of the Oregon State Parks system and one of the largest intact estuaries on the Oregon coast. Located on the southwest edge of Sand Lake Estuary, the trail crosses through a rare combination of tidal flats, saltwater marshes, and forested dunes. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to discover an amazing variety of plants and wildlife. Leashed dogs are welcome.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center ready to caravan a short 10 minute drive to Sitka Sedge
    • When: Sundays, Tuesdays, Saturdays; 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Fat Tire Bike Beach Excursion

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: Our wide, expansive beach provides an ideal setting for a fat tire bike ride. Head out with your Adventure Coach for an exciting peddling adventure. We’ll cruise south along the beach towards Bob Straub State Park, stopping for photo ops along the way, and then head back towards the lodge with the salt breeze in our faces and an unforgettable view of our Cape Kiwanda sand dune. Participation is limited, please register at the Adventure Center.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center at 9:15 am
    • When: Thursdays, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Coffee on the Dune

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: Begin your Sunday morning with coffee atop our 240-foot Cape Kiwanda sand dune. Enjoy the expansive views and explore the numerous trails at the top. We think this is a magical spot even on a cloudy day. We’ll bring a thermos of coffee and goodies to share before we walk—or run!—back down the dune.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center
    • When: Sundays, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Cocktail Series, 8th Edition: The Mai Tai

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: We have been waiting all year for this one: Friday, August 30 is National Mai Tai Day! In honor of the jewel of the tiki crown we’ll delve into two “original” recipes. One is decidedly fruity and sweet, and has given rise to countless variations for tippling tourists; the other is complex and according to many, verges on perfection. Come join us on the patio to cast your vote! Throughout this weekend our Mai Tai will also be available at Meridian Restaurant and Bar.
    • Where: Headlands Patio
    • When: Friday August 30, 3:00 pm

    • Who: Open to the public - $75 per person (does not include gratuity)
    • What: Come enjoy our 2019 Brewer's Dinner Series. Latitude 15 dinner will focus on discovering cuisines from along the 15th parallel by cultivating food from, but not limited to, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras, allowing guests to compare and discover food from around the world. Must be 21+ to attend. Purchase tickets here. Limited seating available. $75 per person (does not include gratuity). Tickets must be purchased before event.
    • Where: Pelican Brewing Co. | Pacific City, OR
    • When: Saturday October 19th, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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