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12 Top-Rated Beach Resorts on the Oregon Coast

Written by Brad Lane

With wide sandy beaches, densely forested headlands, and a never-ending rhythm of the tides, the Oregon coast is a rich collection of beautiful landscapes waiting to be discovered. One of the best ways to add to the experience of nature on the coast is an overnight stay at a beachside resort. Many of the best beach resorts can be found in the top small towns on the Oregon coast, including the tourist-friendly communities of Cannon Beach and Newport. Alongside access to community attractions, like the Adobe Resort near Yachats and the dramatic shoreline accessed from its backdoor, all the best beach resorts also feature stunning surroundings that are easy to explore.

In whatever fashion you want to add to your Oregon coast vacation, whether it's a full-service spa experience or 18 holes of golf overlooking the ocean, places like the Inn At Spanish Head and the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort can surpass your expectations. If relaxing is high on your list of things to do, places like the Surfside Resort offer access to a long stretch of sandy beach, perfect for laying a towel down. For wildlife and whale watching, Depoe Bay has more than one great place to stay, including the incredible Whale Cove Inn with a perfect patio space to spot the spouts of the resident whales nearby. Find the best place to stay on your next vacation with our list of the top-rated beach resorts on the Oregon Coast.

1. Salishan Spa and Golf Resort, Lincoln City

Sunset at Gleneden Beach adjacent to Salishan Spa and Golf Resort

Sunset at Gleneden Beach adjacent to Salishan Spa and Golf Resort | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Adjacent to the beautiful Gleneden Beach, the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort comprises 250 prime coastal acres that really connect guests with the environment. Hiking, wellness retreats, and romantic weekends are some good reasons to visit this four-star hotel and longstanding resort on the Oregon coast, as are the 18 holes of their signature golf course overlooking the ocean. Packages are available to make the most out of your stay.

The intricate wood and stone décor of the Salishan pairs well with the modern art found on the walls, making it a popular wedding venue throughout the summer season. Five options for dining can be found at this stylish resort, ranging from fresh on-the-go items to fine-dining experiences. Overnight accommodations at the Salishan range from traditional rooms with private balconies to premier suites with stunning oceanside views.

Accommodation: Salishan Spa and Golf Resort

2. Hallmark Resort & Spa Cannon Beach

Hallmark Resort & Spa

Photo Source: Hallmark Resort & Spa

Overlooking the sand of Cannon Beach, including a spectacular view of Haystack Rock, Hallmark Resort & Spa provides an unforgettable night near the ocean. With a variety of accommodations, from king-size traditional rooms to oceanfront suites with personal spas and kitchen areas, Hallmark Resort caters to every type of traveler. Off-site suites are also available for more private accommodations.

On the hotel grounds, two saltwater pools and the full-service Elements by the Sea Spa offer extra pampering during your stay. Complimentary cruiser bike rentals from the resort provide an easy way to explore the sand and city of Cannon Beach. Half of the rooms are pet friendly at Hallmark Resort, and other pet-friendly amenities, like a dog wash station, cater to canine companions.

Accommodation: Hallmark Resort & Spa Cannon Beach

3. Whale Cove Inn, Depoe Bay Editor's Pick

The view from the back porch of Whale Cove Inn

The view from the back porch of Whale Cove Inn | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

One of the best back patios on the coast, the sprawling sitting space behind Whale Cove Inn overlooks the impressive Whale Cove Habitat Refuge in Depoe City. Sea lions, sea birds, and whales can be spotted by the naked eye from this comfortable vantage point throughout the year. This luxurious boutique inn on the coast also offers comfortable and spacious suites with private decks to enjoy the view. For fine dining, guests can enjoy the on-site Restaurant Beck featuring a first-class dining experience. Every aspect of Whale Cove Inn caters to an intimate getaway, and couples looking for a romantic place to stay will surely enjoy the comfortable furnishings of this first-class hotel.

Accommodation: Whale Cove Inn

4. Adobe Resort, Yachats

Adobe Resort

Photo Source: Adobe Resort

Adjacent to a dramatic shoreline on the northern edge of Yachats, the Adobe Resort offers beautiful views of the nearby Sand Smelts State Recreation Area. Besides constant and changing views of the nearby crashing waves on the basalt shoreline, guests at this independently owned, full-service resort enjoy whirlpool suites, apartment rooms, and oceanside overnight spaces. The on-site restaurant at Adobe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch options. The immediate coastline outside the Adobe Resort encourages all day spectating, and surrounding this first-class resort are other inspiring natural features, including Cape Perpetua, Sea Lion Caves, and nearby sandy beaches.

Accommodation: Adobe Resort

5. Surfsand Resort, Cannon Beach

Front door view from Surfsand Resort

Front door view from Surfsand Resort | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

It's not just the easy beach access that makes reservations required at this premiere oceanfront hotel, steps away from Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock, it's the first-class service that really encourages repeat visits. Family- and pet-friendly rooms at Surfsand Resort range from two-bedroom studios to patio suites with stunning ocean views. The Wayfarer restaurant next door is a great place to grab a bite to eat, and the resort provides complimentary fruit, saltwater taffy, and fresh-baked cookies in the lobby. The Surfsand Cabana Service is an extra perk, which includes beach chairs, towels, toys, and an umbrella.

Accommodation: Surfsand Resort

6. Hallmark Resort, Newport

View of Hallmark Resort from the beach in Newport

View of Hallmark Resort from the beach in Newport | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

A popular place for long-standing family traditions, this full-service resort in Newport offers a true getaway with luxurious surroundings. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this highly-rated resort features traditional rooms and admiral suites all with views of the water. Suites and multi-bedroom spaces at Hallmark also feature walk-out balconies, fireplaces, and in-room spa tubs. Ideal for families, tourists, and couples looking for a romantic retreat, Hallmark also features a saltwater pool, pet amenities, and on-site dining at Georgie's Beachside Grill. Special rates are available for the winter season, where the beachside rooms make for a great viewing platform of the wild winter surf.

Accommodation: Hallmark Resort

7. Inn At Spanish Head, Lincoln City

Inn At Spanish Head on the Lincoln City coastline

Inn At Spanish Head on the Lincoln City coastline

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows in all 120 rooms, the Inn At Spanish Head is a premiere resort on the Oregon coast with unbeatable views. Oceanfront suites, studios, and bedrooms at Spanish Head cater to families, business travelers, and anyone looking to treat themselves with an extended stay. While the location in Lincoln City provides access to many fun cultural outlets close by, with the exquisite Fathoms Penthouse Restaurant on-site, as well as the enclosed ocean-view spa, a full vacation experience can be enjoyed without ever leaving the property. For younger visitors, an arcade and games room can be found on the ground floor adjacent to the outdoor heated pool.

Accommodation: Inn At Spanish Head

8. Hotel Elliott, Astoria

Hotel Elliott, Astoria

Hotel Elliott, Astoria | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

For a hip and historic hotel in Astoria, the Hotel Elliott is brimming with style. While the building and aesthetics of Hotel Elliott exude yesteryear's charm, the accommodations and services inside have a distinctly modern feel. The 32 uniquely decorated rooms at Hotel Elliott range from deluxe guest quarters to premium suites complete with fireplaces, two-person soaking tubs, and views of the nearby Columbia River. Common spaces at this stylish hotel feature fine wood furnishings and welcoming American decor. Right outside the front doors of the Hotel Elliott, many of the top-rated tourist attractions of Astoria, including downtown Astoria, can be found within easy walking distance.

Accommodation: Hotel Elliott

9. The Ocean Lodge, Cannon Beach

Haystack Rock seen from The Ocean Lodge

Haystack Rock seen from The Ocean Lodge | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Perfect for families looking to enjoy the many attractions of Cannon Beach, The Ocean Lodge has a long reputation for satisfying stays. While it's the oceanside location overlooking Haystack Rock that draws initial interest to this beach resort, it's the extra special touches like a river rock fireplace in the lobby that keep guests coming back for more. Rooms at The Ocean Lodge range from partial and full ocean-view studios to pet-friendly suites. As an extra bonus, guests at The Ocean Lodge receive member privileges at the nearby Astoria Golf and Country Club and one free class a day at Cannon Beach Yoga Arts.

Accommodation: The Ocean Lodge

10. Clarion Inn Surfrider Resort, Depoe Bay

Clarion Inn Surfrider Resort

Clarion Inn Surfrider Resort | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Two miles north of Depoe Bay, also known as the whale watching capital of the West Coast, Clarion Inn Surfrider Resort can be found high on a cliff overlooking Fogarty Creek. Whether staying for business travel or pleasure, everyone who spends the night enjoys the panoramic ocean environment. Offering single and double-bed rooms, the Surfrider Resort also includes easy beach access, an indoor pool and hot tub, and an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Great coastal activity surrounds the resort, particularly in the neighboring world's smallest harbor of Depoe Bay, where patrons can book a whale watching tour or fishing excursion.

Accommodation: Clarion Inn Surfrider Resort

11. Surfside Resort - Rockaway Beach

The beach accessed from Surfside Resort

The beach accessed from Surfside Resort | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Featuring four different types of suites and simple "sleeping rooms," the main appeal of Surfside Resort is the quiet beach accessed right from its backdoor. Rockaway Beach extends for miles in either direction of the resort, making this an ideal getaway for those looking to spend time playing in the sand. Extra special amenities at the Surfside Resort include fully equipped kitchens within the suites, gas fireplaces, and a wide variety of free-to-use beach toys. Other recreation options easily accessed from the resort include chartered fishing excursions and plenty of picnic spots near the beach.

Accommodation: Surfside Resort

12. Lanai at the Cove, Seaside

Seaside Beach view from Lanai at the Cove

Seaside Beach view from Lanai at the Cove | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

For a family-friendly vacation in Seaside, Lanai at the Cove provides instant access to the world-famous Seaside Promenade. Offering both oceanside and poolside rooms, Lanai at the Cove is comprised of individually owned condos available to rent, lending to the feeling of visiting a friend's home rather than staying at a hotel. Downtown Seaside and its numerous attractions are also easily accessed from Lanai at the Cove, including the fun-on-a-rainy-day Seaside Aquarium. The biggest appeal of this oceanside resort comes from the sunsets at the end of the day, though, and the ability to watch them from the comfort of your own personal vacation space.

Accommodation: Lanai at the Cove

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