The first time I visited Bandon, I saw the Coquille River Lighthouse from the boardwalk in Old Town and wanted to see it. We only had a short time before we had to leave, so we drove in the general direction of the lighthouse, and drove around enough for me to come to a conclusion: spoken with a heavy Maine dialect in my head, You cant get [...]
After Bandon, Ireland native Lord George Bennett founded Bandon, Oregon in 1873, he must have been feeling homesick when he imported gorse, the Scotch broom relative from Ireland, and planted it as an ornamental shrub. Little did he know it would spread for miles around, cover the beaches at the future Bullards Beach State Park, cause a fire [...]
Oregon's public beaches are some of the things that make Oregon great, but they were not always open to everyone.
If sight of sand and sky and sea has given respite from your daily cares, then pause to thank Oswald West former governor of Oregon (1911-1915). By his foresight, nearly 400 miles of the ocean shore was setaside for public use [...]
At the end of a quiet road 10 miles south of Bandon is a hidden gem. Over 1000 acres of public land are nestled along a quietly flowing 8-mile long river with a few miles of hiking trails, a tranquil lake, seasonal boat access into the river, ocean views, and a visitors center with a knowledgeable host. Dont let the peaceful surroundings [...]