What makes the Manzanita area so special?

Manzanita incorporates all the things to love about the coast; a beautiful beach, sports, shopping and fishing all compacted into a pleasant little town. Not only is Manzanita a great place to visit, but also it accommodates everyday needs of individuals that allow it to be a year around residence.

What are the main attractions in the Manzanita area?

Manzanita beach is one of the most spectacular beaches on the North Oregon Coast that brings in visitors from all over to enjoy the beauty. The beach is a popular destination for running, walking, playing, families, dogs, windsurfers, kite boarders, and surfers. Nehalem Bay State Park offers hiking, boating, horseback riding, clamming, fishing, and crabbing. Manzanita’s downtown features charming shops, restaurants, several grocery stores, banking, and full service hardware and lumber.

Approximately 5 miles North of Manzanita with a beautiful, short walk down to Short Sands Beach. Short Sands provides picnic tables and BBQ pits, which makes it a great day trip for families and friends. This special spot also is a favorite among the surfing community for its forgiving waves and sandy ocean floor.

Neahkahnie Mountain provides a 3 mile hike with a very rewarding view of Manzanita, Nehalem Bay and Tillamook Bay. About a 900 feet elevation gain and a very family friendly hike.

Manzanita also provides a beautiful golf course which winds through dunes, neighborhoods, a small lake and is nearly beachside. It is 2,192 yards, a par 32 and has 9 holes.

The Tillamook Cheese Factory is approximately 2 miles North of Tilamook and is the 44th largest dairy producer in the United States. At the Tillamook Cheese Factory individuals can learn about the dairy processes that date back to 1851, taste and enjoy all of the wonderful dairy products.

How big/long is the beach?

Manzanita Beach is approximately 7 miles long and is nestled between Neahkahnie Mountain to the North and Nehalem Bay State park to the South.

What is the population of Manzanita?

The population of Manzanita is 605. The median age for residents in Manzanita is 59, and there are about 1,600 housing units. 72% of homes are owner occupied and/or vacation rentals and 28% are renter occupied in Manzanita.

What is the population of Neahkahnie?

Neahkahnie is an unincorporated community just North of Manzanita and resides about 192 individuals. The median age for residents in Neahkahnie is 62, and there are 358 housing units. 25% of the homes in Neahkahnie are owned by full time residents, 2% are rented and 72% are not primarily used as vacation homes.

What is the population of Nehalem?

The population of Nehalem is 267 and is approximately 2.3 miles from Manzanita. The median age for residents residing in Nehalem is 44, and there are 722 housing units in Nehalem, which includes Bayside Gardens located between Nehalem and Manzanita.

What is the population of Wheeler?

The population of Wheeler is 414 and is 4.7 miles from Manzanita. The median age for residents in Wheeler is 57.

What are the area schools?

Neah-Kah-Nie Pre K School is 20 minutes and 12.2 miles from Manzanita, heading South on HWY 101. The school is located in Rockaway.
Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School is 15 minutes and 9.9 miles from Manzanita, heading South on HWY 101. The school is located in Rockaway.
Neah-Kah-Nie High School is 17 minutes and 10.6 miles from Manzanita, heading South on HWY 101. The school is located in Rockaway.
Nehalem Elementary School is 6 minutes and 2.3 miles from Manzania, heading South on HWY 101. The school is located in Nehalem.
Website for Neahkahnie school district
Fire Mountain School (Private School) is 12 minutes and 6.7 miles from Manzanita heading North on HWY 101 in Arch Cape. Website for Fire mountain School

What is the best time of year to be in Manzanita?

Manzanita is a great place to be all year! As far as weather goes, August is on average the warmest month and December is usually the coldest month of the year. November is typically the wettest month of the year in Manzanita.
The 4th of July parade is an annual parade that flows through the main street of Manzanita, and is not to be missed! A professional firework show follows shortly after the parade.
Mutzanita is celebration of dogs! Manzanita is a dog loving town and what better way to celebrate your dog than having an event based around them. The event consists of a parade, Chuckit toss and even a fashion show.

Other things to consider while in the Manzanita area…

– Spend some time on Manzanita’s 7 mile long flat walking beach that stretches from fabled Neahkahnie Mountain with its buried treasure to the Nehalem Bay State Park!
–    Bikes and Boards – riding and surfing
–    Nehalem Bay State Park w/ horseback rentals
–    Manzanita Library
–    Vino Manzanita Wine Bar
–    Coffee shops
–    Mother Nature’s Natural Foods
–    Spas: Spa Manzanita and The Parinamah Wellness Center
–    City Parks with tennis, basketball and hand ball courts, and play-ground equipment for kids
–    Restaurants: The Rising Star Cafe [Wheeler]; Wandas, Marzanos Pizza, The Sand Dune Pub, The Chowder House, Terra Cotta Cafe, The Bunkhouse, Bread and Ocean, El Mariachi Loco, The Big Wave, Left Coast Siesta. [Manzanita]
–    Hiking close by in Oswald West State Park, which is just 5 miles North of Manzanita. Hike to short Sands Beach at Smugglers Cove through Oswald West State Park or hike Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain.