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Azalea Festival
May 24-27, 2024

Airport Day!
May 26, 2024 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Golde Beach Visitor Center Community Sale Event
June 8, 2024 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Brookings Bodacious Bazaar
June 8 - Sept. 28, 2024 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Apr. 16, 2024 - What to do in Port Orford: 25 Best Ideas
Dec. 15, 2023 - The Best Stops on the Southern Oregon Coast
Oct. 23, 2023 - Southern Oregon Coast: 13 Epic Stops—Bandon to Brookings!
Mar. 1, 2022 - Southern Oregon Coast Scenic Road Trip: Coos Bay to Brookings - A photograph in the tiny Rogue River Museum in Gold Beach, Oregon, shows a horse-drawn wagon traversing a deeply flooded beach. Waves splash as high as the horses’ bellies, while the man at the reins sits, serene and resolute. As the picture’s simple caption puts it, 1920s coastal highway travel was difficult. Pioneers’ rough wagon paths eventually gave way to proper asphalt roads, although foggy winds and ocean spray can hint at the hardships southern Oregon travelers faced a century ago.
Mar. 2, 2022 - 2022 Oregon Whale Watching Season Kicks Off With Orcas Near Brookings - Spring is a fascinating season at the Oregon Coast for many reasons. One of our favorite excuses to visit the ocean is the annual return of migratory whales to our seaside waters. Oregon Whale Watching is always a rewarding adventure.
Feb. 11, 2022 - Warmest temps since start of the year expected Friday in Oregon - Other notables: Gold Beach Municipal Airport on the southern Oregon coast reached 77 degrees. The ODOT RWIS network temp near Gold Beach at Hwy 101 reached 86 degrees at 4 p.m.! That short stretch of the coast also lined up with a thermal trough, so the upper 70s and 80s were not widespread.
Feb. 8, 2022 - Oregon coastal tribe takes on decline of Chinook salmon through unique partnership - “So, obviously the idea is that this (net) is clear enough that the fish don’t see it,” Linnell, the tribe’s biological planning and operations manager, told a colleague and tribal member who had just arrived to help.
Jan. 26, 2022 - Here's why hundreds of sea pickles are washing up on Oregon's shores - Pyrosomes, or “sea pickles” as some people refer to them, are once again appearing along the Oregon coast. These cylindrical or cone-shaped colonies of creatures are certainly an odd thing to spot on a walk along the beach. 
Jan. 21, 2022 - Crabbing Tips for Oregon Coast Right Now - It's a mixed bag out there at the moment for crabbing along the Oregon coast, with conditions generally having not been very favorable in most areas. But a run of good weather for the coming week may increase your chances of catching the yummy Dungeness along this state's waters
Dec. 30, 2021 - Out-Of-State RV Campers to Pay 25% More Starting in Oregon Next Year - The increase will include 56 campgrounds and will not affect campsites on federal lands, such as U.S. Forest Service campgrounds. Around 60% of state park campsites are designed for RVs and currently run around $24 to $40 per night. For those who are from out of state and camping in Oregon, you should expect to pay roughly $30 to $50 when the new fee goes into effect.
Dec. 29, 2021 - Oregon mountains seeing heavy snow; large waves hit the south coast - Further south, a high surf advisory expected to last until late Monday afternoon. Large waves hit beaches along the southern Oregon coast in Coos, Curry and Douglas counties. High surf can cause beach erosion and damage infrastructure like sewage systems or roads.
Dec. 9, 2021 - Dozens of Earthquakes Strike Off Oregon Coast, but Experts Say Not to Worry - At least 66 earthquakes rattled the Blanco Fracture Zone from Tuesday into Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Dec. 29, 2021 - Controversial plan for natural gas terminal on the southern Oregon coast abandoned - A Canadian energy company called it quits Wednesday on a controversial natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal on the southern Oregon coast after failing to obtain all necessary state permits.
Nov. 26, 2021 - Researchers to study decline in kelp and sea stars along Oregon Coast - The populations of sunflower sea stars, bull kelp and abalone have all been declining across the Southern Oregon coast. A recent $250,000 federal grant has been awarded to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to study the decline.
Nov. 24, 2021 - RAZOR CLAM HARVESTING NOW CLOSED IN SOUTHERN OREGON - Harvesting of Razor clams has been halted effective immediately along the coast from the California Border to Cape Blanco due to higher levels of domoic acid. The ODA issued the following release today:
Nov. 24, 2021 - Green crabs are invading the Oregon Coast - Growing European green crab populations throughout Coos Bay are likely to impact Dungeness crabs and coastal habitat, according to a new report by researchers at South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Nov. 24, 2021 - Higher threat for sneaker waves expected along the southern Oregon Coast on Thanksgiving - The National Weather Service says there is a "higher threat for sneaker waves expected" along the beaches on the Douglas, Coos and Curry county coasts from late Thursday morning through Thursday evening on Thanksgiving.
Nov. 19, 2021 - Scientists discover beavers living in tidal wetlands on Oregon Coast - Scientists have made a new discovery about Oregon's state animal -- beavers have been found living along the coast.
Nov. 24, 2021 - Experts on southern Oregon coast advise eating 1 crab species to save another - Sometimes the best thing you can do to help a crab survive is to eat a crab.

At least that’s the case when two species, one native and one invasive, are competing for the same resources, as has recently come to pass in Coos Bay on the southern Oregon coast.
Nov. 24, 2021 - The Crazy Norwegian’s Fish And Chips Serves Amazing Food In Port Orford On The Oregon Coast - Stunning views, fresh ocean air, charming towns and good food are some of my favorite reasons to visit the southern Oregon coast.  If you’re on your way to Humbug Mountain State Park for some incredible hiking, or to Cape Blanco State Park for some camping and pretty vistas, head into Port Orford, situated right between the two, for good food at The Crazy Norwegian’s Fish & Chips.
Apr. 12, 2021 - Casey exhibit opens at Manley Art Center - Casey said he doesn’t classify himself as one type of photographer because he likes to shoot everything from rusty, old farm equipment to people. However, no matter what he is photographing, he tries to capture his subject in an unusual perspective — an interesting light or an unexpected angle
Apr. 10, 2021 - Tourist businesses excited about the future - On a hot spring day, vehicles with license plates from states all over the continental U.S. filled the port of Brookings-Harbor parking lot, an indication that it could be a busy summer ahead for local businesses.
Apr. 5, 2021 - Whale Sightings and Hikes on a Road Trip Along Oregon's Wild Rivers Coast - Named after federally-protected “wild and scenic rivers” like the Rogue and Chetco that empty into the Pacific along this shorefront, the Oregon portion of the Wild Rivers Coast (the full region extends into northern California) stretches roughly 107 miles along Highway 101 from the town of Brookings to Coos Bay, Oregon. 
Feb. 11, 2021 - Oregons Wine Industry Continued on Its Long-Term Growth Trajectory in 2019, but Encountered Headwinds in 2020 - he economic contributions the wine industry makes to Oregon showed robust growth from 2016 through 2019, according to the new report released today by the Oregon Wine Board. Conducted by Dr. Robert Eyler of Economic Forensics and Analytics, Inc. and Christian Miller, proprietor of Full Glass Research, this study is published every three years.
Feb. 11, 2021 - New study shows how outdoor recreation in Oregon is a growing and important part of the state's economic growth and resiliency - Travel Oregon, in partnership with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation (OREC), Oregon Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and Earth Economics, released a new Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study that demonstrates the importance of Oregon's vast range of outdoor recreation opportunities to the state's economy.
Feb. 11, 2021 - Oregon: stunning coast and great outdoors - Oregon isn’t a place you see as much as you do. You can sight-see the beautiful coast, volcanic mountains, crystal-clear lakes and deserts that stretch as far as the eye can see. If you’re looking for world-class pinots, some of the best food and craft beer in the country, epic cycling, kayaking, windsurfing or just about anything else-ing, look no further.
Feb. 10, 2021 - Eerie, Mind-Bending Ghost Forests Appear Around Oregon Coast - (Oregon Coast) – Parts of the central Oregon coast are thick with a new – yet extremely old – sight. 4,000-year-old ghost forests have popped up in numerous sections as sand levels there get scoured out by winter storms and the recent king tides. (Above: ghost forest stump at Seal Rock)
Feb. 10, 2021 - Tourism: Oregon Mural Trail runs through Gold Beach - “More visitors come to the coast than any other region in Oregon,” Gold Beach City Administrator Jodi Fritts said.

A new mural in Gold Beach entitled, “Oregon Is Magic,” should encourage even more people to follow.
Feb. 9, 2021 - OREGON COAST TRAIL - “Beach vacation” doesn’t always mean sunshine and margaritas. Exhibit A: the Oregon Coast Trail, which winds through smooth sandy shore, seaside cliffs, and Sitka spruce forests for almost 400 miles. From the mouth of the Columbia River to the California state line, this work in progress samples state parks, national forests, public beaches, and small coastal towns. Half the time there’s no trail at all, as the route traverses open sand shoreline. Get to know the lay of the land and the ways of the locals on this unconventional Oregon trek. Here, our experts answer some of the most essential questions for would-be Oregon Coast Trail thru-hikers.
Feb. 9, 2021 - Guest View: The age of innocence is over - America: the mountains, forests and deserts that awaited discovery on my hitchhiking journey, Pennsylvania to Oregon. 

In the spring of my life, 1968, it was all there for the taking, or, I should say, for the joining: the peaks I climbed, the woods where I slept, the rivers where I rinsed away preconceptions. It was a journey that opened my eyes to all around me and one that shaped who I became.  
Feb. 9, 2021 - ROAD TRIPPING WHILE BLACK IN OREGON - When you prepare for a grand road trip, a few questions might run through your head: Is the driving playlist up to date? When was the car’s last oil change? Are there enough snacks?

But for BIPOC travelers (Black, Indigenous, people of color), there’s another question that might arise: Will I travel through a city that might target me based on the color of my skin? I am an avid road tripper, but after a cross-country experience where I was followed for miles until I had to wait inside a Wal-Mart for them to leave, it is something that I think about every time I prepare for a long drive. 
Feb. 4, 2021 - Curry Public Library and Port Orford Public Library Earn Star Library Designation - Curry County is known beyond its boundaries for its cranberries, its rivers and salmon, its coastline and increasingly it is garnering national attention for its libraries. The most recent recognition for the libraries' successes was the December 2020 “Star Library” designations announced by the leading magazine for libraries, Library Journal.
May 6, 2020 - Transient Lodging Reopening -
Nov. 29, 2016 - Gold Beach Artist Wins Honors - Tod Steele receives People’s Choice honorable mention prize....
July 24, 2016 - Paddler’s Paradise at Port Orford Heads - EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Dave Lacey shouts over his shoulder, his voice carrying through salty air laced with a pungent shrimp-and-sour mystery aroma: “Have you ever smelled whale’s breath before?”...
July 22, 2016 - Rogue Indian War Archeological Dig Spurs Need for Historical Registration - GOLD BEACH — In 1856, Miner's Fort north of Gold Beach housed over 100 people for 30 days as they were attacked by Native Americans during the Rogue River Indian Wars. Mark Tveskov, professor of anthropology at Southern Oregon University, has done extensive research on the war, that desperate moment of history, and he and his students are excavating sites from that period with the goal of adding them to the National Register of Historic Places.
July 11, 2016 - Pacific Sushi & Grill serves only sustainable seafood and local organics when possible. - Pairing quality with a cause, Pacific Sushi & Grill serves only sustainable seafood and local organics when possible.
July 6, 2016 - Arch Rock Brew Brings Home the Gold - Just three and a half years after opening, Arch Rock Brewing has racked up five gold medals at prestigious national and international beer competitions.
June 23, 2016 - Oregon Coast's Southern Shores - The exquisite southern stretch of the Oregon coast rewards travelers with rugged sea cliffs and enormous boulders in the churning waves.
June 9, 2016 - Visiting the Oregon Coast - With miles of pristine coastline, rivers, bays and estuaries, there’s a waterway and an outfitter on Oregon’s South Coast for the biggest adrenaline junkies as well as the solace-seeking nature lover.
June 9, 2016 - World Renowned Wind Surfing Competition a Yearly Event in Pistol River - With riders coming from as far afield as Morocco and Maui, all descending on the Inn of the Beachcomber in Gold Beach Oregon, for the kick off to the infamous Pistol River Wave Bash.

We have a great turn out of riders all fired up and ready to push themselves to the limits.
May 16, 2016 - Exploring the wonders of Samuel Boardman State Park - In 1967 Oregon passed landmark legislation ensuring that the public would have access to its 362 miles of ocean beaches from the Columbia River to the California border. A small 18-mile stretch of those beaches is found in the isolated southern part of the state between Gold Beach and Brookings. TheSamuel H. Boardman State Park is named after the state's first parks superintendent. Within this stretch of highway that hugs the Pacific there are 27 miles of coastal trails offering ocean vistas from high bluffs and cliffs, old-growth Sitka Spruce, wildflowers, wildlife, and ocean beaches. The trails are part of the Oregon Coast Trail that was completed in the 1970s and '80s. However, its roots trace back thousands of years when Native Americans established trail routes for hunting, fishing, and trading here and along the entire Oregon coast. The corridor is also part of the Pacific Flyway where birds migrate to Siberia from as far south as Patagonia.
Mar. 30, 2016 - A 1940 Oregon Coast Tour
Mar. 16, 2016 - Get Outside on Highway 101 - Spring is here and you know what that means on the Curry Coast — get outside! What better way to dust off your sense of adventure than a road trip down U.S. Highway 101? With miles upon miles of outdoor family fun, there are many opportunities to explore the Coast for those of all ages.
Mar. 9, 2016 - Gold Beach local turned University of Oregon student of everything cool, blogs about the lifestyle and experiences of a girl who wants the world. - Gold Beach local turned University of Oregon student of everything cool, blogs about the lifestyle and experiences of a girl who wants the world. And she will have it. Follow Mariah and be prepared for adventure! The first stop of many, the Eugene Goat Cheese Tour!
Mar. 9, 2016 - Shaping surfboards with a sense of place - Ask anyone seduced by the foamy crash of the surf, and they’ll tell you that it’s hard to stay in one place — something about the ocean’s churning rhythm takes hold of your soul and won’t easily let it settle. But for many, this all seems to change when you find yourself on the Oregon Coast.
Jan. 19, 2016 - 10 Awesome Places to Camp on Oregon's Coast
Jan. 6, 2016 - The Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway is a 61-mile route based out of Port Orford -

Last week the Oregon State Parks Commission unanimously approved two new Scenic Bikeways; the Wild Rivers Coast and Cascade Siskiyou routes. The new routes are the first time the Bikeway program has included the coast and the southern Oregon region.

The Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway is a a 61-mile route based out of Port Orford. It heads southeast along the curvaceous Elk River and then north up to Cape Blanco State Park, the westernmost point in the entire state. The park includes a lighthouse and the historic Hughes House, both of which you might recall hearing about when I explored the area myself a few years ago during a ride down the coast.
Jan. 6, 2016 - 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest featuring the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest - Gold Beach local, Julia Denning, is recognized for her photo of a burn she was working in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The photo is a local favorite and sure to draw a lot of attention in the 2015 National Geographic photo contest.
Dec. 22, 2015 - Make your next road trip to Secret Beach and Thunder Rock Cove
Dec. 21, 2015 - Favorite Wild Places on the Oregon Coast - Curry County; The farthest south county on the Oregon coast, Curry County has redwoods, rivers and remote beaches. It's nickname says it all: Wild Rivers Coast.
Dec. 18, 2015 - Whale watching year round on the Curry coast - Whale-watch week, Dec. 27-31, is prime time to spot migrating leviathans while stretching your legs on a beautiful shore.
Dec. 4, 2015 - Fat Bikes Bring Tourism to the Oregon Coast - Over the dunes and through the sand, a new tourism boom is rolling in on four-inch tires.
Dec. 2, 2015 - Twenty five miles of the Rogue Wilderness Trail generously restored for hikers, explorers and adventure seekers. - Galice, OR — A newly opened 25-mile backpacking route that explores the Wild Rogue Wilderness was recently restored by the Siskiyou Mountain Club, a southern Oregon non-profit that employs college interns and coordinates volunteer trips.

The loop includes the Mule Creek Trail 1159, Panther Ridge Trail 1253, Clay Hill Trail 1160, and a portion of the Lower Rogue Trail 1160. Many trail miles had been swallowed back into the Rogue’s steep slopes. Other trail sections were brushed in and full of downed logs, many killed by the 2005 Blossom Fire.

The loop has five trailheads, offering a number of day hikes as well, like to a massive outcrop called Hanging Rock that looms over the wilderness. The route features the pristine gorges of Mule Creek, old growth havens of Panther Ridge, oak and pine savanna of Clay Hill, and, of course, the Rogue River itself.

Two trailheads are near the historic settlement Marial, OR, and three others are accessed from Eden Valley, closest to the towns of Agness and Powers. Use the Powers and Gold Beach Districts Map and Oregon Road Atlas. An interactive map and gps data is available on the SMC website,
Nov. 16, 2015 - Restore Oregon Places the Port Orford Lindberg House on the List of Historical Places to be Restored - The Peter John Lindberg House in Port Orford is an outstanding example of Oregon vernacular Queen Anne architecture. It is unusual use of unpainted Port Orford Cedar gives it a distinctive and uniquely local character, and its connection to one of the town’s most important figures adds to its importance to the community. The home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but is currently threatened by deferred maintenance and significant structural issues.
Nov. 16, 2015 - Cape Blanco Features Historic Hughes House - The Oregon State Parks Division purchased nearly 2,000 acres from the Joseph N. Hughes Estate in 1971 and turned it into the Cape Blanco State Park. The park offers tours of the lighthouse and the historic Patrick Hughes house from April through October. The lighthouse is Oregon’s southernmost, and Cape Blanco, named by a Spanish explorer in 1603, is the state’s most westernmost point.
Oct. 14, 2015 - Rogue River Gets Starring Role in Movie
Sept. 24, 2015 - Rogue River canyon hike offers views of Blossom Bar, historic ranch
Sept. 15, 2015 - Best of southern Oregon, from redwoods to Crater Lake - Home to one of the world's most beautifully rugged coastlines broken only by raging rivers spilling into the sea, southwest Oregon is a bit of a blend. It mixes the wet climate of the Willamette Valley country to the north with the warm Mediterranean climate of California to the south. Don't ask questions. Just enjoy.
Sept. 8, 2015 - National Geographic films Brookings Bomb Site Trail - Hankoff and Richard Lyons, a Portland-based videographer, spent a recent afternoon searching for the display at the site where Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita dropped a bomb during World War II — one of only two attacks on the continental U.S. during that war. The two spent several hours searching for the sites, following the signs at the trailhead and traipsing miles through the woods — but came up empty-handed.
Aug. 2, 2015 - Boardman State Scenic Corridor features 12 magical miles along U.S. 101 - You don't need to walk far, just short micro-hikes to see why this landscape is often considered the most scenic on Oregon's Pacific shore.
Aug. 1, 2015 - Pistol River, Cape Sebastian pack scenic punch along U.S. 101 - One place the Pacific hits you straight in the eyeballs is driving south off Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor, five miles south of Gold Beach, past Myers Creek Beach and the Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint. Photos of this highway have made many an automotive-themed calendar or atlas.
July 27, 2015 - OregonLive: Cape Blanco Lighthouse sits at farthest west point in Oregon - You will need to go four miles south and view Cape Blanco from Port Orford to see the extent of the white cliffs, which were spotted by a Spanish explorer (blanco means white in Spanish) in 1603 and bears one of Oregon's oldest European names.
July 26, 2015 - The Oregonian: Why We Love Curry County - Curry County may just have the best Oregon state parks that you've never visited.
June 25, 2015 - The Oregonian: New Bikeway on the Curry Coast - A new bikeway was approved by the state. The bikeway is in the northern part of the county and brings the cyclist through the Elk River area and scenic areas north of Port Orford.
June 18, 2015 - National Geographic: Biking Redfish Rocks - As part of a 175 bicycling adventure, National Geographic praises the Redfish Rocks team for their collaborative outreach....
June 14, 2015 - Only In Your State: Zola's is Curry County is No. 1 Pizza in Oregon! - ~These 15 Pizza Places In Oregon Are So Good That Your Mouth May Explode. Zola's Pizza in Curry County ranked number one.
June 1, 2015 - Oregon Coast Mag: Agness Outpost - ~Agness, A Rogue River Outpost. The land that time forgot .... thankfully.
June 1, 2015 - Bend Bulletin: The Rogue River Jet-boating from Gold Beach proves exhilarating. - Jet-boating from Gold Beach proves exhilarating. ~ Skipping across the rapids of the lower Rogue River at about 35 mph, Laird suddenly slowed and shifted the boat into reverse.
May 28, 2015 - Travel Oregon: Video: Brookings Welcome Center - When you’re out exploring Oregon, stop in and say hello to these important front-line ambassadors. They’re eager to learn about your region, community or business and share that information with visitors.
May 20, 2015 - Video: Redwoods to Coast: California and Oregon by Drone - An aerial journey from from the Redwoods of California to the Coast of Oregon.
May 8, 2015 - Statesman Journal: Rogue River Best Family Vacation - Rogue River offers Oregon's best family vacation. - But for me, what makes the Rogue the best multiday trip in Oregon — and among the best family vacations in the Pacific Northwest — are those moments of wildness.
May 4, 2015 - Tourism Breaks All-Time Record for Economic Impact and Jobs Numbers in Oregon - Just in time for National Travel and Tourism Week (May 2-10) a celebration of the wide-ranging impacts of tourism.
Mar. 15, 2015 - Music Festival to Draw Almost 20,000 - The Festival is an excellent opportunity for communities to create additional events, or businesses offering special promotions, to get visitors to stay a while longer in Curry County, thereby increasing tourism dollars and jobs. The 2015 festival will run July 31-August 2.
Jan. 28, 2015 - Jefferson Public Radio: Valentines Day - Better than chocolate. Jefferson Public Radio: All I Want For Valentine's Day Is A Trip To The Coast.
Jan. 28, 2015 - Video: Why Bring Your Business to Curry County? - Love working here, love playing here, love living here. Few places can offer you all three.
Jan. 6, 2015 - Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway a Huge Draw in Port Orford - A Wild and Scenic river, lush cranberry bogs, towering basalt sea stacks and vast ocean views await riders on the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway. The 61-mile ride is anchored in the quaint fishing hamlet of Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon coast.
Jan. 6, 2015 - Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway a Huge Draw in Port Orford - A Wild and Scenic river, lush cranberry bogs, towering basalt sea stacks and vast ocean views await riders on the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway. The 61-mile ride is anchored in the quaint fishing hamlet of Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon coast.
Dec. 15, 2014 - Oregon Farmers Can Now Export to China - In October McKenzie received the good news—frozen cranberries, along with blueberries, cherries and strawberries could now be shipped to China.
Nov. 25, 2014 - Subaru Commercial: Port Orford and Surfing - This will help you understand why we love the Curry Coast...
July 19, 2014 - Huffington Post: The Most Beautiful Place You've Never Heard Of - Huffington Post: This Secret Slice Of Oregon Coast Is The Most Beautiful Place You've Never Heard Of
July 15, 2014 - Seafood: Buy Local, Buy Sustainable - Port Orford Sustainable Seafood encourages an ethical approach to conservation.
Jan. 17, 2014 - Video: Why Is Everyone Moving to Oregon? - United Van Lines COO Rich McClure discusses the moving trends his company sees domestically and overseas.
July 18, 2009 - Agness tomatoes outsell the imports - The beefsteak-style tomatoes aren’t pretty and they’re only available between August and September, but Hamilton said customers know they’re worth the wait.