The Gullymonster's Guide to Rockaway Beach

Amy

The Gullymonster's Guide to Rockaway Beach

Favorite Food
Our very favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - and ice cream!!
Best spot for fish, shrimp, crab cakes and chips on the coast - super unassuming, laid back, great fried food, coleslaw, and sodas. Smoked fish, fresh fish and crab cakes available to purchase by the piece. Lots of hot sauces too. A Rockaway classic. Outdoor seating on picnic tables. Great people watching too.
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Old Oregon Smoke House
120 U.S. 101
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Best spot for fish, shrimp, crab cakes and chips on the coast - super unassuming, laid back, great fried food, coleslaw, and sodas. Smoked fish, fresh fish and crab cakes available to purchase by the piece. Lots of hot sauces too. A Rockaway classic. Outdoor seating on picnic tables. Great people watching too.
Amazing taco truck with delicious, fresh burritos, homemade salsas, and entree servings as well. The nicest folks run it. Limited outdoor seating. Perfect to pick up and take to the beach.
Barview Jetty Taqueria
318 South Anchor Street
Amazing taco truck with delicious, fresh burritos, homemade salsas, and entree servings as well. The nicest folks run it. Limited outdoor seating. Perfect to pick up and take to the beach.
THE pizza place in Rockaway, run by a hard working crew of women who make yummy food. Order early because they will sell out, like place your order a 5pm to pick up at 7pm.
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Upper Crust Pizza
342 U.S. 101
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THE pizza place in Rockaway, run by a hard working crew of women who make yummy food. Order early because they will sell out, like place your order a 5pm to pick up at 7pm.
Delicious India food cart with the kindest people running it. The portions provide multiple meals and are seasoned to order with fresh herbs and chutneys. The samosas are huge and my favorite veggie dish is the Dahl Tarka. Limited outdoor seating. Open until 9pm for when you loose track of time at the beach!
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New Taste of India
530 North Highway 101
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Delicious India food cart with the kindest people running it. The portions provide multiple meals and are seasoned to order with fresh herbs and chutneys. The samosas are huge and my favorite veggie dish is the Dahl Tarka. Limited outdoor seating. Open until 9pm for when you loose track of time at the beach!
Your local spot for a Tillamook ice cream cone with hand made waffle cones. Run by the sweetest family. When you want to skip the lines at the Tillamook Creamery - or have another cone in town. Downtown right across from the Pirate Ship Playground for when the kids need to burn off that sugar energy!
Sea Breeze
102 Hwy 101 S
Your local spot for a Tillamook ice cream cone with hand made waffle cones. Run by the sweetest family. When you want to skip the lines at the Tillamook Creamery - or have another cone in town. Downtown right across from the Pirate Ship Playground for when the kids need to burn off that sugar energy!
Everyone's favorite breakfast spot up the road in Nehalem. It's a beautiful drive with lovely outdoor garden seating. On beautiful busy weekends prepare to wait but usually not longer than 30 min. Call ahead if that's a concern. Fresh, scrumptious omelettes, scrambles, and sweets. Our faves are the green chili omelette, tofu scramble, fiesta potatoes, and waffles with fresh berries, whipped cream, and real maple syrup.
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Wanda's Cafe + Bakery
12870 H Street
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Everyone's favorite breakfast spot up the road in Nehalem. It's a beautiful drive with lovely outdoor garden seating. On beautiful busy weekends prepare to wait but usually not longer than 30 min. Call ahead if that's a concern. Fresh, scrumptious omelettes, scrambles, and sweets. Our faves are the green chili omelette, tofu scramble, fiesta potatoes, and waffles with fresh berries, whipped cream, and real maple syrup.
20 minutes up 101 in Manzanita, this places is worth the drive. Delicious farm to table menu with an emphasis on seafood and local produce. Pricier than our other recommendations but worth it for a wonderful meal. We just wish they hadn't moved from Rockaway up the road to Manzanita.
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Offshore Grill & Coffeehouse
122 N Hwy 101
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20 minutes up 101 in Manzanita, this places is worth the drive. Delicious farm to table menu with an emphasis on seafood and local produce. Pricier than our other recommendations but worth it for a wonderful meal. We just wish they hadn't moved from Rockaway up the road to Manzanita.
Local Tillamook coffee roaster with a great variety of beans to pick up on your way to RB or to grab a breakfast sandwich or treat on your way south. Good sized indoor cafe and coffee shop workspace as well as a lovely outdoor space in the back. Friendly folks too.
Five Rivers Coffee Roasters
3670 U.S. 101
Local Tillamook coffee roaster with a great variety of beans to pick up on your way to RB or to grab a breakfast sandwich or treat on your way south. Good sized indoor cafe and coffee shop workspace as well as a lovely outdoor space in the back. Friendly folks too.
If you like corn dogs this is THE place for you. Bonus for the mechanical corn dog. And the giant corn dog on the roof. Seriously!
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The Original Pronto Pup
602 S US-101
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If you like corn dogs this is THE place for you. Bonus for the mechanical corn dog. And the giant corn dog on the roof. Seriously!
Day Trips & Rainy Day Adventures
If you're in town for a longer stay or find yourself here when the weather is wet, here are some excursions within an hour or two that we've enjoyed.
Home of world renowned Tillamook ice cream and cheese! Watch how the cheese gets made, pick up cheeses and other limited availability treats, and choose from dozens of flavors of ice cream for a hand made waffle cone.
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Tillamook Creamery
4165 U.S. 101
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Home of world renowned Tillamook ice cream and cheese! Watch how the cheese gets made, pick up cheeses and other limited availability treats, and choose from dozens of flavors of ice cream for a hand made waffle cone.
Wonderful aquarium with thoughtful, beautiful, educational exhibits and healthy animals. About a 2 hr drive south to Newport. Perfect for a rainy day adventure.
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Oregon Coast Aquarium
2820 Southeast Ferry Slip Road
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Wonderful aquarium with thoughtful, beautiful, educational exhibits and healthy animals. About a 2 hr drive south to Newport. Perfect for a rainy day adventure.
A more scientific, educational focused, less crowded and less expensive alternative to the Oregon Coast Aquarium right down the street. Entry is donation requested. Our kids prefer the aquarium but adults often enjoy the science center more. Or check them both out!
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Hatfield Marine Science Center Oregon State University
2030 Southeast Marine Science Drive
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A more scientific, educational focused, less crowded and less expensive alternative to the Oregon Coast Aquarium right down the street. Entry is donation requested. Our kids prefer the aquarium but adults often enjoy the science center more. Or check them both out!
See where the beer is made - so many selections to try, yummy food, and chill vibe. Great stop after the Newport aquarium.
Newport Brewing Company
1118 Southwest Canyon Way
See where the beer is made - so many selections to try, yummy food, and chill vibe. Great stop after the Newport aquarium.
Local beer with your feet in the sand - what more can you ask for? A fun stop on your way home from the Oregon Coast Aquarium or a destination in its own rite. Kids will love climbing the giant sand dune. Cute gift shop too for your Oregon Coast souvenir hoodie.
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Pelican Brewing – Pacific City
33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive
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Local beer with your feet in the sand - what more can you ask for? A fun stop on your way home from the Oregon Coast Aquarium or a destination in its own rite. Kids will love climbing the giant sand dune. Cute gift shop too for your Oregon Coast souvenir hoodie.
Drive 1 hour north towards Astoria to explore the secluded beaches around Fort Stevens and the unique beauty of the Peter Iredale, a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore October 25, 1906, on the Oregon coast en route to the Columbia River. She was abandoned on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens in Warrenton about four miles south of the Columbia River channel.
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Wreck of the Peter Iredale
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Drive 1 hour north towards Astoria to explore the secluded beaches around Fort Stevens and the unique beauty of the Peter Iredale, a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore October 25, 1906, on the Oregon coast en route to the Columbia River. She was abandoned on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens in Warrenton about four miles south of the Columbia River channel.
Located in Astoria, this former jail has now become the Oregon Film Museum, dedicated to movies made in the state of Oregon. You’ll find costumes and memorabilia from The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Twilight, Sometimes a Great Notion, and National Lampoon’s Animal House.
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Oregon Film Museum
732 Duane Street
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Located in Astoria, this former jail has now become the Oregon Film Museum, dedicated to movies made in the state of Oregon. You’ll find costumes and memorabilia from The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Twilight, Sometimes a Great Notion, and National Lampoon’s Animal House.
Indoor option with lots of shops and a sweet carousel in the middle of it all, up the road in Seaside.
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Seaside Carousel Mall
300 Broadway
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Indoor option with lots of shops and a sweet carousel in the middle of it all, up the road in Seaside.
Outdoor Exploration
If you can pull yourself away from the beach (which I'll be honest is hard to do), there are some lovely places to explore in our gorgeous coastal forests and along the shore.
A beautiful boardwalk trial loops 1 mile through wetlands to the Big Tree, a massive cedar tree that is between 800-1200 years old. Keep an eye out for bald eagles!
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Rockaway Big Tree
911 S Island St
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A beautiful boardwalk trial loops 1 mile through wetlands to the Big Tree, a massive cedar tree that is between 800-1200 years old. Keep an eye out for bald eagles!
Fishing, boating, swimming, with life vests to borrow from the dock off 101. Beautiful lake and a great alternative for swimming on hot days.
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Lake Lytle
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Fishing, boating, swimming, with life vests to borrow from the dock off 101. Beautiful lake and a great alternative for swimming on hot days.
Head into the park and campground to climb up the big dune for views of the ocean and Tillamook Bay and then explore the tide pools at the entrance to the park by the jetty. Kids will delight in turning over rocks to find "baby crabs" and the occasional starfish.
Barview Jetty Park
8000 Cedar Ave
Head into the park and campground to climb up the big dune for views of the ocean and Tillamook Bay and then explore the tide pools at the entrance to the park by the jetty. Kids will delight in turning over rocks to find "baby crabs" and the occasional starfish.
Ride the vintage steam engine from Rockaway down to Garibaldi and back. Open air cars with covered options wind down the coast along the shore to the west of 101. Runs daily May 22 through Sept 30, tickets are $22 and round trip lasts 90 minutes.
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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
402 American Avenue
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Ride the vintage steam engine from Rockaway down to Garibaldi and back. Open air cars with covered options wind down the coast along the shore to the west of 101. Runs daily May 22 through Sept 30, tickets are $22 and round trip lasts 90 minutes.
Beautiful hike with an amazing view looking south over Manzanita towards Rockaway Beach. It's truly the riviera of the Oregon coast! Roughly 3 miles up and back with an elevation gain of 840 ft. Watch yourself when you reach the switchbacks by the rock face as they are somewhat sketchy and can be difficult to make out in foggy weather. More details are athttps://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Neahkahnie_Mountain_from_South_Hike
Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain Trail - South Trailhead
Beautiful hike with an amazing view looking south over Manzanita towards Rockaway Beach. It's truly the riviera of the Oregon coast! Roughly 3 miles up and back with an elevation gain of 840 ft. Watch yourself when you reach the switchbacks by the rock face as they are somewhat sketchy and can be difficult to make out in foggy weather. More details are athttps://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Neahkahnie_Mountain_from_South_Hike
Beautiful rock formations with excellent tide pools to explore at low tide. Limited parking but accessible by the railroad tracks, but keep an eye out for the train!
The Three Graces
14474 Oregon Coast Hwy
Beautiful rock formations with excellent tide pools to explore at low tide. Limited parking but accessible by the railroad tracks, but keep an eye out for the train!
Fish off the jetty or watch the boats coming in and out of Tillamook Bay, but watch your step! The boulders are big and can get slippery, especially by the ocean where waves will occasionally wash up.
Barview Jetty
Fish off the jetty or watch the boats coming in and out of Tillamook Bay, but watch your step! The boulders are big and can get slippery, especially by the ocean where waves will occasionally wash up.
Explore the secluded beauty of the Bayocean Peninsula, an thriving resort town in the early 20th centurn gradually lost to the ocean as the northern end became an island. Details on the 7.6 mile loop and shorter options are available at https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Bayocean_Spit_Loop_Hike
Bayocean Peninsula Park
Explore the secluded beauty of the Bayocean Peninsula, an thriving resort town in the early 20th centurn gradually lost to the ocean as the northern end became an island. Details on the 7.6 mile loop and shorter options are available at https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Bayocean_Spit_Loop_Hike
Small city park with a playground, play fields, and basketball courts. Home of the 4th of July Weiner Dog Races!
Phyllis Baker City Park
341 North Falcon Street
Small city park with a playground, play fields, and basketball courts. Home of the 4th of July Weiner Dog Races!
Beautiful secluded beach with no development just a mile north of The Gullymonster.
Manhattan Beach State Park
8845 Beach St
Beautiful secluded beach with no development just a mile north of The Gullymonster.
Bike rentals, a rock garden, and a homemade Wizard of Oz themed mini-golf course, this family run business is doing their part to keep Rockaway Beach, OR weird! Run by the friendly Troxel family, mini-golf is $3 cash only. Bikes are $15/hr and generally available between 11am and 5pm but the Troxel's are flexible, just text or leave a message on Jen's phone at 541-418-2842. They also offer a fat tire beach wheelchair at no cost, first come, first serve.
Troxel's Rock Garden
146 North Highway 101
Bike rentals, a rock garden, and a homemade Wizard of Oz themed mini-golf course, this family run business is doing their part to keep Rockaway Beach, OR weird! Run by the friendly Troxel family, mini-golf is $3 cash only. Bikes are $15/hr and generally available between 11am and 5pm but the Troxel's are flexible, just text or leave a message on Jen's phone at 541-418-2842. They also offer a fat tire beach wheelchair at no cost, first come, first serve.
Shopping
Classic gift shop with 100s of souvenir options including your Rockaway Beach souvenir hoodie.
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Flamingo Jim's Gifts & Clothing
234 Hwy 101 S
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Classic gift shop with 100s of souvenir options including your Rockaway Beach souvenir hoodie.
Sweet shop with lots of hidden treasures among the vendors ranging from newer items to vintage finds all at pretty affordable prices
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Little White Church Antiques
344 US-101
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Sweet shop with lots of hidden treasures among the vendors ranging from newer items to vintage finds all at pretty affordable prices
Vintage depression era glassware? Historic postcards? Local jams and jellies? Who knows what you will find at this gem of a shop that has been around for decades.
Trash & Treasures
180 US-101
Vintage depression era glassware? Historic postcards? Local jams and jellies? Who knows what you will find at this gem of a shop that has been around for decades.
Super cute gift shop with unique finds, local crafts, and boho vibe clothing run by the nicest women. My daughter and I always stop in to see what's new.
The Little Crow
104 N Hwy 101
Super cute gift shop with unique finds, local crafts, and boho vibe clothing run by the nicest women. My daughter and I always stop in to see what's new.
Thrifting at the beach is a great way to pass a rainy day and the kind volunteer women who run this place are worth stopping in just to say hello. Clothing, home goods, books, the usual thrift shop fare.
Hope Chest Thrift Shop Too
316 US-101
Thrifting at the beach is a great way to pass a rainy day and the kind volunteer women who run this place are worth stopping in just to say hello. Clothing, home goods, books, the usual thrift shop fare.
The nicest, most helpful, friendly hardware store anywhere - and it has that wonderful smell. Whatever you need from paint to tools to hardware and light bulbs, they have it and will help you find it.
Nehalem Lumber Co
12895 H St
The nicest, most helpful, friendly hardware store anywhere - and it has that wonderful smell. Whatever you need from paint to tools to hardware and light bulbs, they have it and will help you find it.
Groceries
Tillamook super store for all your needs - stock up on your way to the beach and then supplement with local markets.
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Fred Meyer
2500 North Main Street
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Tillamook super store for all your needs - stock up on your way to the beach and then supplement with local markets.
Right across 101 from the Gullymonster this lovely grocery and deli has delicious deli options plus the only produce in town. Don't judge it from the humble exterior, come in for yourself and you'll be glad you did.
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rb little store
1720 N Hwy 101
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Right across 101 from the Gullymonster this lovely grocery and deli has delicious deli options plus the only produce in town. Don't judge it from the humble exterior, come in for yourself and you'll be glad you did.
Not a grocery but a great spotin town to supplement your ice cream, beer, and wine needs plus a small assortment of groceries and sundries. The owners are opening a new local grocery store in town soon!
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Center Market
140 N Hwy 101
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Not a grocery but a great spotin town to supplement your ice cream, beer, and wine needs plus a small assortment of groceries and sundries. The owners are opening a new local grocery store in town soon!
It's not fancy and there's no produce but if you need groceries and don't want to drive, this spot has a decent selection of frozen, boxed, and canned goods plus lots of other home goods.
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Dollar General
412 N Hwy 101
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It's not fancy and there's no produce but if you need groceries and don't want to drive, this spot has a decent selection of frozen, boxed, and canned goods plus lots of other home goods.
Josi Farms (formerly DeNoble’s Produce Stand) at 735 Wilson River Loop, Tillamook – self-serve farm stand - check this spot out on your way through Tillamook in case you can score local produce from the amazing farmers of Tillamook County!
735 Wilson River Loop
735 Wilson River Loop
Josi Farms (formerly DeNoble’s Produce Stand) at 735 Wilson River Loop, Tillamook – self-serve farm stand - check this spot out on your way through Tillamook in case you can score local produce from the amazing farmers of Tillamook County!
Closest option for whole foods, organic, co-op style groceries, about 20 minutes north in Manzanita
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Wild: Grocery & Cafe
298 Laneda Avenue
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Closest option for whole foods, organic, co-op style groceries, about 20 minutes north in Manzanita
Small local grocery just 6 miles south in Garibaldi, closer than Freddie's in Tillamook
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Garibaldi's Bay Market
705 Garibaldi Avenue
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Small local grocery just 6 miles south in Garibaldi, closer than Freddie's in Tillamook
Rockaway Beach's only liquor store
On The Rocks llc. Formerly North Coast Novelty
422 U.S. 101
Rockaway Beach's only liquor store