North Bend shares its history, economy and inevitably its future with Coos Bay. The two cities are situated seamlessly side-by-side with most visitors traveling between the two never realizing they’ve transitioned from one to the other. Although numerous proposals have been made for them to merge, consolidation has been rejected each time since it first came up in 1943. Today the two coexist with mutual cooperation sparked with a healthy rivalry, particularly when it comes to high school athletics.
North Bend has a number of desirable residential areas, including Simpson Heights, which is on the bay at the north end of the city limits just as the southern onramp to the McCullough Bridge begins its ascent. Simpson Park, Winsor Park and Ferry Road Park, are all located in the immediate area, with great walking trails and waterfront views.
Glasgow Heights, on the northern side of the bay is also very popular, with many homes situated in the wooded hillside with wonderful views of the bay and city to the south.
Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH), our major transportation hub with popular connections to San Francisco year-round and flights to Denver from May through September, both via United Airlines. It is the only commercial airline with passenger service on the Oregon coast. The local hub has a newer, modern passenger terminal built in 2008 and was recently awarded two major grants in 2019 designed to help attract new service between North Bend and Portland.
North Bend is home to many popular restaurants, notably Ciccarelli’s, specializing in fine Italian cuisine, freshly baked bread, hand cut steaks, pasta dishes and brick oven pizza, to name just a few items on their menu.
The Liberty Theatre on the Bay is located a block south of Ciccarelli’s, featuring a number of quality productions scheduled for 2020 including Nunsensations!, Matilda The Musical, Tribute to our Veterans, Leading Ladies, and Little Ole’ Opry.
The popular Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park, operated by the Coquille Tribe, is located on the waterfront. The Tribe received federal recognition in 1989 and opened the now hugely popular casino in 1995, frequently hosting nationally known entertainment talent. The Coquille Tribe has been a major contributor to the community.
North Bend has had its share of newsy controversy with regard to the proposed Jordon Cove liquified natural gas (LNG) plant and shipping terminal that has thrust environmentalists into conflict with those eager for economic development. Years of applications and approvals have passed, though the layers of government with a role in approval have made it a slow, contentious process.
As with its sister city of Coos Bay, North Bend has an air of promise, as if on the cusp of a new and exciting future. There’s much here to take advantage of, whether you’re a resident, young or old, or a business.
As the livability of nearby major metropolitan areas such as Portland, Seattle and San Francisco decline with the burdens that come with big city life, smaller cities such as Coos Bay and North Bend shine with opportunity.