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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.

  • Minus Tide Exploration

    • Who: Registered Headlands Lodge and Tidepools Spa guests
    • 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: Saturday March 16th, 4:15 pm; Sunday March 24th, 9:45 am
  • Whale Watching at the Cape

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: Beginning in late March nearly 20,000 Gray whales will pass by our shores on their annual migration north to their summer home in Alaska. For a special treat join Whale Watching Spoken Here® volunteers at Cape Kiwanda just in front of Headlands, daily from March 23rd to March 31st, 10 am -1 pm. Learn more about the Whale Watching program and Oregon State Parks.
    • Where: Cape Kiwanda
    • When: Daily from Saturday March 23rd – Sunday March 31st, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Field Trip to Cape Lookout

    • Who: Registered Headlands Lodge and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: A favorite destination for explorers of all ages, Cape Lookout Trail is one of the most picturesque trails on the North Coast. For a few weeks each year the trail becomes especially exciting when as many as 20,000 Gray whales pass the cape on their way to their Alaskan summer home. Join resident whale enthusiast and adventure coach Lauren Pahl for a hike along the cape edge and through the cape’s rare coastal old-growth forests of Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock. Coach Lauren fell in love with Keiko (the Free Willy whale) as a little girl on countless visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and still thrills at the sight of the giant mammals. She knows plenty of vantage points along the cape from which to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures as they head north. This trail is accessible for all levels. Comfortable, sturdy shoes and warm waterproof layers are recommended.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center ready to caravan a beautiful 30 minute drive to the trailhead.
    • When: Saturday March 30th and Saturday April 6th, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Campfire Desserts

    • Who: Registered guests of Headlands Lodge, Inn at Cape Kiwanda, and Harts Camp
    • What: After a day exploring the North Coast join our Adventure Coaches at a fireside dessert bar. Share campfire stories with family and friends while creating perfectly toasted marshmallows for s’mores, crisp but gooey inside-out caramel apples, and banana boats loaded with toppings. The choice is yours! We can’t think of a more perfect way to end the day.
    • Where: Hart's Camp
    • When: Saturdays between March 30th - April 20th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Minus Tide Exploration

    • Who: Registered Headlands Lodge and Tidepools Spa guests
    • 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: Saturday April 20th, 8:15 am; Sunday April 21st, 8:45 am
  • Field Trip to Mount Hebo

    • Who: Registered Guests of Headlands Lodge
    • What: Join Adventure Coach and frequent Mount Hebo visitor Matt Goodwin on this easy guided interpretive trail walk along the summit of Mount Hebo. Only a 40 minute drive from the lodge to the 3157ft summit this is one of the best and most easily accessible views in all of Oregon. Along the walk you’ll learn about the history and geology of the area and on a clear day be rewarded with a stunning 360’ view of the coastline, the ocean beyond, and the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains 150 miles away.
    • Where: Where: Meet at the Adventure Center, ready to caravan to the summit trailhead
    • When: 9:00 am-11:30 am on Friday, March 29th, Saturday May 4th, Sunday May 26th, Saturday June 8th, and Saturday June 22nd
  • Field Trip to Cascade Head

    • Who: Registered Headlands Lodge and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: Join Adventure Coach Sarah Schouten on an outing to one of our favorite Spring hiking spots. The Cascade Head trail, owned and carefully maintained by the Nature Conservancy, is a moderate 4.2 mile out and back hike that climbs through a magical old growth coastal forest to stunning wildflower meadows, gaining 1200 feet of elevation. The headlands meadow is a very rare ecosystem and is home to the endangered Oregon Silverspot Butterfly along with rare plants including the Cascade Head Catchfly, and Hairy Stemmed Checkermallow.  The view from the peak is one of the most spectacular along the Oregon Coast - - on a clear day we’ll catch views that include the 529-acre Westwind Stewardship Conservation Area and Camp, the Salmon River Estuary, and the Pacific. Comfortable, sturdy shoes and warm waterproof layers are recommended.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center, ready to caravan to the trailhead
    • When: 8:45 am - 12:30 pm on Saturday May 11th, and Saturday May 25th
  • Fireworks on the Beach!

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: It's confirmed! Pacific City's annual Fourth of July fireworks show is back on for 2019! Join us on July 4th at dusk at Bob Straub State Wayside park for a new and improved Fourth of July Fireworks Show. We can't wait to celebrate with you!
    • Where: Bob Straub State Wayside Park
    • When: Thursday July 4th, Dusk
  • Field Trip to Cascade Head

    • Who: Registered Headlands Lodge guests
    • What: Join your Adventure Coach for a mid-summer hike along the dramatic Cascade Head trail. The Nature Conservancy’s Cascade Head trail is a moderate 4.2 mile out and back hike that climbs through a magical old growth coastal forest to stunning wildflower meadows, gaining 1200 feet of elevation. The headlands meadow is a very rare ecosystem and is home to the endangered Oregon Silverspot Butterfly along with rare plants including the Cascade Head Catchfly, and Hairy Stemmed Checkermallow.  The view from the peak is one of the most spectacular along the Oregon Coast - - on a clear day we’ll catch views that include the 529-acre Westwind Stewardship Conservation Area and Camp, the Salmon River Estuary, and the Pacific. Comfortable, sturdy shoes and warm waterproof layers are recommended.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center, ready to caravan to the trailhead.
    • When: Tuesday July 16th, 8:45 am – 12:00 pm
  • Beer + Cheese

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: Pelican Brewing Company has teamed up with Visit Tillamook Coast to host our 2nd Beer + Cheese event featuring pairings of cheese with craft beers! $15 per person (21+ only) – includes a taster glass, tote bag, and 10 taster tokens. Extra tokens can be purchased for $1 each. All proceeds will go to Tillamook’s own, Food Roots! Learn More.
    • Where: Pelican Brewing Bottling Warehouse – 1708 First Street, Tillamook, OR 97141 – Enter on Grove Avenue between 1st and Front Street
    • When: Saturday April 13th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sitka Sedge Walk

    • Who: Registered Headlands Lodge and Tidepools Spa guests
    • 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: Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Whalen Island Loop

    • Who: Registered Headlands Lodge ad Tidepools Spa guests
    • 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 ready to caravan a short 10 minute drive to the trailhead
    • When: Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Two Rivers Trail

    • Who: Registered Headlands Lodge and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: Join your adventure coach for a journey through the new Two Rivers trail at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Recently opened to the public in July 2018, the 192 acre Two Rivers Peninsula culminates at the confluence of the Nestucca and Little Nestucca River including a series of trails winding through dense, mossy-covered forest and along the tidal shores of the bay. *Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on this hike as it may disturb the wildlife. Please inquire about our dog-friendly hikes if you'd like to bring Fido.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center ready to caravan a quick 15 minute drive to Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge
    • When: Wednesdays and Sundays, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Evening Hike to Top of Cape Kiwanda

    • Who: Registered Headlands and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: Join your adventure coach nightly for a sunset 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. In the winter months you might be lucky enough to view the Aleutian Cackling Geese as they soar overhead to their nightly roosting spot on Haystack Rock.
    • Where: Meet at the Adventure Center at 3:45 pm
    • When: Every day, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Crab 101 with John Nelson

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: Join us for an entertaining and delicious afternoon with John Nelson - - local author, chef, and life-long resident of the Northwest Coast. John, the son and grandson of commercial fishermen, spent much of his youth as a self proclaimed “dock rat” on the docks of Astoria near his mom’s clam chowder shack. Later, at his mom’s larger restaurant in Chinook WA, John started cooking and serving the foods that he had grown up harvesting. His continued love and appreciation for the bounty of the Northwest Coast is palpable –  John will share some of his expert crab-crackin skills, a few of his favorite crab recipes along with plenty of tips and stories.
    • Where: Meridian Restaurant and Bar
    • When: Sunday March 24th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Fireside Tasting with Branch Point Distillery

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: Come celebrate the adventurous spirit of the Northwest with Branch Point Distillery. Using locally-grown grains and traditional production methods including copper pot distillation, Branch Point creates unique whiskey expressions. They are one of the Northwest's only distillers using the grain triticale, a hybrid of rye and wheat, and the only distillery in Oregon specializing exclusively in whiskey. Branch Point is a family owned and operated distillery located near Dayton in the heart of Oregon wine country. Join us fireside to explore these wonderful spirits and see what surprises await you.
    • Where: Headlands Lobby
    • When: Friday April 5th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Fireside Tasting with Samuel Robert Winery

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: We are excited to welcome back Oregon Pinot noir specialists Samuel Robert Winery from nearby Amity. Samuel Robert's passion to introduce the world to Willamette Valley Pinot noir has culminated in the creation of some truly exceptional wines. Join us fireside to celebrate Oregon’s most famous varietal and learn more about Samuel Robert Winery’s special mission. More about Samuel Robert Winery
    • Where: Headlands Lobby
    • When: Saturday April 13th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Fireside Tasting with Canned Oregon

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: The folks at Canned Oregon are on delicious quest to quench the Northwest's thirst for adventure. The team has crafted five excellent wine offerings featuring Oregon made varietals, from white bubbles to their pinot noir. Join us fireside to explore wine beyond the bottle - -  perfectly suited for our outdoor lifestyle. Learn more
    • Where: Headlands Lobby
    • When:  Saturday April 20th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Cocktail Series, 4th Edition: Oregon Beach Comber

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: We’re bringing the Polynesian Tiki culture to Cape Kiwanda with the April edition of our cocktail series. The history of the Beach Comber dates back to the birth of the tiki culture in 1930’s; our version is a twist on the classic - - sweet, sour, slightly boozy and taken to the next level with Dorymen’s Silver Rum from Cannon Beach Distillery
    • Where: Meridian Restaurant and Bar
    • When: Friday April 26th, 3:00 pm
  • Fireside Tasting with Cannon Beach Distillery

    • Who: Open to the public
    • What: Cannon Beach Distillery, recently voted by USA Today as a Top 5 Craft Rum distillery, has been fermenting, distilling, and bottling distinguished spirits in Cannon Beach since 2012. Join us by the fireside to sample a few of our favorites including Dorymans Silver and Donlon Shanks Amber Rum. Both spirits have received multiple awards, including “Best in Class” from the American Distilling Institute and are true treasures of the Oregon Coast.
    • Where: Headlands Lobby
    • When: Saturday April 27th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Latitude 30 – Brewers Dinner

    • Who: Open to the public - $75 per person (does not include gratuity)
    • What: Come enjoy our 2019 Brewer's Dinner Series. Latitude 30 will feature a six-course gourmet meal paired with Pelican Beers. Our Latitude 30 dinner will focus on discovering cuisines from along the 30th parallel by cultivating food from, but not limited to, Mexico, India, Morocco, South China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Nepal, 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 April 27th, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • LATITUDE 15 – BREWERS DINNER

    • 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
  • Mindful Flow Yoga

    • Who: Registered Headlands and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: A gentle flowing class rooted in Hatha Yoga that includes deep stretching, balancing postures, and breath awareness.
    • Where: Tidepools Spa & Wellness Center
    • When: Mondays, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Inner Balance Yoga

    • Who: Registered Headlands and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: A blend of Hatha Yoga and Pilates Mat that focuses on balancing all muscle groups strength and flexibility with an emphasis on challenging the core muscles with each movement.
    • Where: Tidepools Spa & Wellness Center
    • When: Tuesdays, 9:00am - 10:00 am
  • Yoga Foundations

    • Who: Registered Headlands and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: Drawing on the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga, this class focuses on alignment, breath, and fine tuning the mechanics and flow of poses.
    • Where: Tidepools Spa & Wellness Center
    • When: Wednesdays, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Body Sculpt Wellness Class

    • Who: Registered Headlands and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: Focus on every joint and muscle group in this low impact, full-body strength class.
    • Where: Tidepools Spa & Wellness Center
    • When: Thursdays, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Flex and Foam Wellness Class

    • Who: Registered Headlands and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: Ease into a comprehensive flexibility session with light movement, focused stretching for each muscle group and targeted foam rolling.
    • Where: Tidepools Spa & Wellness Center
    • When: Fridays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • TRX Circuit

    • Who: Registered Headlands and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: A full body strength circuit that features suspension training and emphasizes balance, deep core, and joint strength.
    • Where: Tidepools Spa & Wellness Center
    • When: Fridays, 4 pm - 5 pm
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga

    • Who: Registered Headlands and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: A flowing sequence of yoga poses focused on muscle strength, flexibility and tension release.
    • Where: Tidepools Spa & Wellness Center
    • When: Saturdays, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga

    • Who: Registered Headlands and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: A flowing sequence of yoga poses focused on muscle strength, flexibility and tension release.
    • Where: Tidepools Spa & Wellness Center
    • When: Sundays, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Synergy

    • Who: Registered Headlands and Tidepools Spa guests
    • What: Enjoy a simple yet challenging combination movements that train core, balance, strength, power, and flexibility.
    • Where: Tidepools Spa & Wellness Center
    • When: Saturdays, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
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