Nine Ways to Enjoy Your Oregon Coast Summer Getaway

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We can all probably agree the best part of summer is FINALLY being able to take that much deserved vacation. The Oregon Coast is an all seasons destination, and there is no better place to be this summer. Whether you plan to stay the weekend or for a full week, we want to help you plan the perfect summer getaway.  Here are some local attractions and activities we recommend to our guests:

1. Stroll, Swim or Surf our beautiful beaches!

Whether you want to swim, walk, surf, paddle board or just sit watch the tide; this is the most versatile coastal destination on the Oregon Coast! Visitors come to watch the seals and hope to catch a glimpse of migrating whales! Click here to check out our many beaches.

2. Visit Shore Acres State Park.

Thousands of visitors come to Shore Acres each year to take in the sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the luxurious gardens featuring trees, shrubs, and flowering plants.

Looking for a good value? Click here to learn more about our Summer Flowers Hotel Package which includes an overnight stay, $40 in dining credits that can be used at any of our venues, complimentary champagne or cider, a parking pass to Shore Acres State Park (or complimentary shuttle service), and turndown service.

3. Ride or Hike the Sand Dunes!

It’s easy to see why The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is a favorite among adventure seekers! This natural wonder extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast and is like no other in the world. The Sand Dunes are very popular with sports enthusiasts who enjoy taking on the challenge in an ATV or Dune Buggy, and there are plenty of places who will them to you!

4. Explore the Downtown Coos Bay Farmers market

The Downtown Coos Bay Farmers market is the perfect place to find locally grown fruits and veggies, baked goods, and goods by local artists. The market takes place in downtown Coos Bay, Every Wed 9am – 3pm through October.  Call Coos Bay Visitor Center at 541-269-0215 for general information or visit coosbaydowntown.org

5. Come Play in our Casino!

Ok, we may be a little biased, but we’ll say it anyway with pride….Our casino is among the best attractions along the Oregon Coast!  With over 700 slots, Vegas style table games and Oregon’s most rewarding player’s club, The Mill Casino is the place for players! Want to earn more slot play, dinner, shopping rewards, invitations to special player’s only events every time you play? Join the Mill Club! It’s free and easy!

6. Watch a Race at Coos Speedway!

Whats not to love about Coos Speedway? This family friendly spot offers a variety of exciting Motorsports. 1/8 mile Drag Strip, High Banked Dirt Oval, Mud Drags AND Special Events. Check their site for event details!

7. Check out the Live Music and Comedy at Warehouse 101

With seven giant plasma screen TVs, a tempting menu and 20 micro-brews on tap, Warehouse 101 at The Mill Casino is your place to play at the end of the day. Take a mid-week break and come join us for some laughs at Warehouse 101. Every Wednesday, in addition to serving great food and drinks, we feature new comedians who are sure to make you laugh. Two FREE hilarious shows start at 7 pm and 9 pm. Friday & Saturday night, Warehouse 101 is live! That’s right, get your groove on and dance the night away to live music each night or stop in for a cool drink, great food and conversation. (2 Drink minimum during live entertainment.)

8. Fish on!

Whether saltwater or freshwater fishing is your thing, you will find plenty of prime fishing spots in our area! Between the bay, ocean and 30+ lakes and rivers, this area is an angler’s dream come true and summer is the perfect time to plan your fishing adventure. Click here for some great tips!

9. Check out one (or all) of these local Festivals!

  • June 28, 2014 – June 29, 2014: Coquille Indian Tribe Restoration Celebration Pow Wow
    Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration Celebration of The Coquille Indian Tribe. Event will also feature Native Craft Vendors and a Salmon Bake Meal. 3201 Tremont Ave North Bend, OR 97459 Visit www.themillcasino.com for more info.
  • June 28, 2014: Clamboree!
    Come out and enjoy live music, a parade, food with clam themes, historic tours and cultural information and activities. Demonstrations include Native American crafts, live Coast Guard operations, and much more! Listed food vendors include West Coast Clams and talented aspiring chefs from the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. The wildly popular “Hollering Contest”, one of the main attractions of the event, is always a good time! 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Empire District Coos Bay, OR 97420 (541) 888-4477
  • July 3-4, 2014 Independence Day Celebrations!
    We love Independence Day so much that we devoted an entire post about it! Click here to learn more about all of the patriotic festivities happening around town.
  • July 12-26,2014: Oregon Coast Music Festival
    A 14-day music festival that takes place throughout Coos Bay, Charleston, and North Bend areas. Please visit www.OregonCoastMusic.org for more information on specific times, locations and prices.
  • July 18, 2014 – July 20, 2014: The Mill Casino•Hotel & RV Park — Oregon’s Adventure Coast RV Jamboree
    Escape to the Oregon coast this summer and experience three winning days of fun and friendship, plus a traditional salmon feast on the shores of Coos Bay at the annual RV Jamboree, July 18-20, 2014. This unique jamboree features an RV Show, Poker Run, an excursion to Shore Acres State Park, even a Pooch Paparazzi Photo Contest — Plus win a share of $500 in door prizes! Our RV Jamboree offers something for everyone!
  • July 18-19,2014: North Bend July Jubilee
    This Year’s July Jubilee events include our Sip ‘n Stroll, Show ‘n Shine, Parade, Back Alley Bash, Border Patrol, Disc Golf tournament, vendor fair and more! 1380 Sherman Ave North Bend, OR 97459 www.julyjubilee.com
  • August 9-10, 2014: 24th Annual Charleston Seafood Festival
    This family-friendly party includes plenty of great live music as well as games and contests for kids and adults. Crab race anyone? Beer and wine, and, of course, SEAFOOD will be the center of the event. Always the 2nd weekend of August! Boat Basin Charleston, OR 97420 (541) 269-0215
  • August 23-24, 2014: Blackberry Arts Festival
    Arts, crafts, jewelry, photography, paintings, prints, weaving, spinning, woodworking entertainment. Blackberry treats, food, drinks and a whole lot more! For more information visit www.coosbaydowntown.org 50 Central Ave Coos Bay, OR 97420

Be sure to check the Oregon’s Adventure Coast Events Calendar for current information and to see what else is happening!

Book your Summer stay today! For rates and availability, please call 800-953-4800, ext. 3. Ask about our Summer Getaway Hotel Package and the Summer Flowers Hotel Package!

Let Us Be Your Guide to the Most Fantastic Fourth Ever!

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Be among the first to take advantage of our Summer Getaway Hotel Package! This package includes an overnight stay, $40 in dining credits, complimentary champagne or cider, two complimentary toasting glasses and turn down service. Please call for rates and availability: 800-953-4800, ext. 3

Watch Oregon's Largest Waterfront Fireworks display July 3, 2014

There is nowhere better to spend Fourth of July than on the Southern Oregon Coast!  Not only do we have the best beaches, state parks, food, shopping, music and more to explore; our region is bustling with special events fun for the whole family- including the largest pyrotechnical display in the state!

From fireworks to sand dunes; from the speedway to casino thrills- there is no shortage of excitement here.  Spend the day or the whole week with us, we are your guide to summer relaxation.

Mill Casino to Put on Oregon’s Largest Fireworks Show July 3, 2014!

We get so excited about Independence Day here at The Mill Casino, we like to kick things off 1 day early!   Our annual waterfront pyrotechnical display, the largest show of its kind in the state will take place on Thursday July 3, 2014!

Each year, we delight visitors and locals of all ages by lighting up the skies over North Bend and the Coos Bay shoreline with our dazzling fireworks display. Guests are invited to enjoy the 10 p.m. fireworks show for free in the non-reserved seating areas located along the boardwalk. An outdoor grill, beverage station and beer garden will be available at the north side of the casino from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. while free non-stop shuttle service will be available from the south end of Pony Village Mall (next to Macy’s and cinema) to the casino from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Live Music & Dining Deals

The Mill Casino will be serving up great live music and amazing dining deals throughout the day (July 3rd). Early Bird dining specials will be available in the Plankhouse restaurant starting at 4 p.m. while those hungry for a deal are sure to find satisfaction at the Sawblade’s bountiful signature buffet from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for only $17 and half price for children 5-11.  After the fireworks guests can enjoy live music by Toyz at Warehouse 101. The Sawblade also features a special $14.95 buffet from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 4 and 5.

The Young Bucs CD Release Party July 4th!

Celebrate the Fourth with one of our favorite bands, THE YOUNG BUCS! Launching their 2nd Doo-Wop CD, you’re sure to hear some of your favorite oldies here on July 4, 2014 from 7-10 pm.  Concert Admission $10 (21 and older). Tickets and CD’s available at Ko-Kwel Gifts 541-756-8800 Ext 9

Also Happening Around Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston

July 4, 2014: 4th of July 25th Annual Mayor’s Firecracker Run
Annual run will take place at Mingus Park and the Coos Bay Waterfront, 10am. Call (541) 269-1199 for more information. 1M for kids, 4K around the park and up Wall’s Wall. 725 N. 10th St Coos Bay, OR 97420

July 4, 2014: 4th of July in Mingus Park & Concert in the Sky
11:00 am to 3:00 pm Fishing ponds, face painting, FREE swimming, family competitions, clowns, kids entertainment, horse viewing & petting, Boy Scouts, Furry Friends Therapy Dogs. Crafts and goodie bags, food available, and much more. Live entertainment includes “Endless” and the “Lab Band”. Fireworks and Concert in the Sky sponsored by the City of Coos Bay and K-DOCK. Day time activities at Mingus Park, Evening activities on the Coos Bay Boardwalk starting at 8pm. 10th & Central
Coos Bay, OR 97420 (541) 269-1191

Other Awesome Things to Do Courtesy of Oregon’s Adventure Coast

Hang out in Charleston
The bustling marina in Charleston, OR is one of the best kept secrets on the coast!  Not only is it the heart of this community, it serves as a home port to a large commercial fishing fleet and serves charter boat operators, sports fishermen, crabbers and recreational boaters. The harbor area includes amazing seafood restaurants, tackle, and specialty gift shops. If you’d like a more authentic experience, stop by our fish markets. Go to Fisherman’s wharf on the D Docks to pick out your crab to be cooked and cleaned for you to take home or eat right there on the docks or stop by Chuck’s seafood for fresh oysters and clams.

Spend an afternoon (or two) at Shore Acres
The jewel of the South Coast, Shore Acres State Park is perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean. Shore Acres is an unexpected combination of beautiful natural and man-made features. Once the famed estates of Louis Simpson, Shore Acres features lushly planted gardens with plans and flowers from all over the world. There’s something blooming everyday of the year.

Go Fishing, Go Crabbing, Go Clamming
Our area features a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, clamming and of course crabbing!  The best information about these fishing opportunities is available from local tackle shops. Most Pacific salmon fishing occurs April through November. Halibut is a spring and early summer fishery, while Albacore Tuna tend to be offshore from mid summer through early fall. Bottomfish are available year around – weather permitting – and a charter trip usually ends with an ice chest full of fish. Check the ODF&W website for bottomfish catch limits.

Ride the Dunes
Spring is the perfect time to hit the Dunes! The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast and features wind-sculpted sand dunes towering up to 500 feet above sea level. The largest riding area at the Oregon Dunes stretches between Spinreel Campground and Horsfall Road. In addition to off-highway vehicle use, the  Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the perfect spot for hiking, photography, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and camping. For maps go to: http://www.fs.fed.us

Explore the Cape Arago Highway
Follow Cape Arago Highway and you’ll find outstanding ocean beaches, state parks, and stunning untouched scenery! Explore the beauty in Sunset Bay State Park, Bastendorff Beach and Shore Acres State Park.  The Cape Arago Beach Loop is a wonderful way to experience a variety of natural Pacific Coast beauty in a number of settings.  This loop will take you to beaches and state parks where you can take in the breathtaking vantage points and see the famous seals and sea lions on the Oregon Coast.  Be sure to dress comfortably and  bring your camera!

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Visit the Jewel of the South Coast a.k.a. Shore Acres State Park this Spring or Summer!

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There are a multitude of events happening in our region during the spring and summer months and many of you are planning your Oregon Coast getaway! As you make your travel plans for the summer season, be sure to add a visit to Shore Acres State Park on Cape Arago Highway to your travel itinerary….trust us.

Shore Acres State Park isn’t just your typical tourist destination. Known as the “jewel of the South Coast” visitors come here for the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, storm watching, whale watching, photography and to enjoy the meticulously kept gardens filled with gorgeous floral blooms. If you visit during the spring or summer months, you can expect to see:

  • 8,000 tulips – late March thru April
  • Hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas – April thru mid-May
  • 5,000 flowering annuals/perennials – May thru Sept.
  • 800 rose bushes – June thru Sept.

Events this season include:
May 11, 2014 RHODODENDRON SUNDAY MOTHER’S DAY
June 7, 2014 STATE PARK DAY (Free Parking!)
June 15, 2014 ROSE SUNDAY – FATHER’S DAY
July 19,2014 OREGON COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL GARDEN CONCERT
August 16,2014 BONSAI DAY

Best Value: See Shore Acres and Book the Mill Casino Summer Flowers Hotel Package (available for a limited time only).
This package includes an overnight stay, $40 in dining credits that can be used at any of our venues, complimentary champagne or cider, two complimentary toasting glasses, turn down service and your choice of complimentary shuttle service to and from the State Park or a complimentary parking pass if you’d like to make the scenic drive yourself. To book this package, please call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3.  Click here for details.

A bit of history: Shore Acres was once the private estate of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson who developed the summer home into an elaborate mansion (destroyed by fire in 1921) and featured five acres of formal gardens. In 1942, Simpson’s estate was purchased by the state of Oregon for use as a public park. Visit shoreacrespark.com for more event information.

How to Get There
Shore Acres State Park is located on the Cape Arago Highway, 13 miles southwest of Coos Bay/North Bend and U. S. Highway 101. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Please check posted times at park entrance for exact closing times. A nominal daily vehicle parking fee is charged. Annual day-use permits are available for purchase. Now available for either 12 or 24 month periods. Your camping receipt from Sunset Bay State Park or any other state park campground is accepted as a daily permit for those days registered. Display the receipt on the driver side of your dashboard when visiting Shore Acres State Park.

Book the Mill Casino Glass Float Event Package and Find Your Own Glass Float!

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Mill Casino Glass Floats Weekend Package October 12-13, 2013

For Oregon coast beachcombers, discovering a glass float that has washed ashore is considered by many to be a rare and highly sought after treasure.

In fact, searching for glass floats have become such a popular activity, some communities along the Oregon coast have commissioned glass artists to create replicas to find.

This fall, the Mill Casino wants to give you an opportunity to find your very own glass float. Come stay at The Mill Casino on October 12, 2013 and the next morning, journey to the beach to find your very own Oregon Blown Glass Float!

Glass floats, once used by fishermen to keep their fishing nets afloat, have become very popular collectors’ items. Though they are rarely used today, many can still be found floating in the Pacific Ocean and will one day wash ashore. Discovering a rare color, a different shape or one perfectly intact excites many a beachcomber or treasure hunter.

The Mill Casino Glass Float Event will take place Sunday October 13, 2013 on a undisclosed area of beach where we will take you to have the treasure hunt of a lifetime!


This package includes:

  • *One Deluxe Room at the Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park
  • $40 Dining credit at any of our dining venues
  • One Courtesy Shuttle to a secluded and undisclosed beach, where you will be set free to frolic along the beach line to find your own, take-away, Oregon Blown Glass Float. (Individuals that would like to take their own transportation can arrange this at check in)

Check in on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
Glass Float Event is Sunday, October 13, 2013

Package Price: $ 179.00 plus room tax. *Package based on Double-Occupancy (maximum 2 floats per room). Call 1.800.953.4800 today to make your reservation or visit www.themillcasino.com for more information.

PLAYERS, NON-HOTEL & RV GUESTS are welcome to attend. Please purchase your Float day pass from Ko•kwel Gifts. Tickets are $30/person (Subject to availability).

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Book the Mill Casino Whale Watching Hotel and RV Park Package Before it is too Late!

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Whale watching season is here, and an estimated 18,000 gray whales are passing the Oregon Coast right now on their  journey to the Baja lagoons of Mexico.  Most of the whales are about 5 mile off shore, but some can be seen as close as 1-2 miles off shore.

One of the prime viewing locations, Shore Acres State Park, happens to be located nearby.  Whale watchers gather here at this time of year to catch a glimpse of the whales spouting, breaching (heads straight up in the water), flukes and tails.

When you book The Mill Casino’s Whale Watching Hotel and RV Park Package before January 31, 2013, guests will receive:

Packages start at $149 in the Hotel and $70 in RV Park.

Time is running out!  To book this special stay, call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3 or visit www.themillcasino.com/accommodations before January 31, 2013

Here are some interesting facts about gray whales we found:

  • Gray Whales are noted for their 12,000-mile annual migration from the Arctic Ocean to Mexico in the winter and their return north in the spring.
  • Whalers nicknamed the Grays “Devil Fish” because they fought so hard to defend their babies.
  • Today, they are best known for being friendly to people.
  • In the 1600-1700s Gray Whales in the Atlantic were hunted to extinction.
  • They were hunted almost to extinction two different times in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Starting early in the 1900s, the birthing lagoons were protected by the Mexican government.
  • The United Nations joined in the protection (1935), as did the International Whaling Commission (1946), but the moratorium against whaling wasn’t started until 1986.
  • The Grays made a good recovery and were taken off the endangered list in 1994, but are still threatened.
  • The reason for the migration south is to give birth to their young in the warm, calm bays of Mexico.
  • Gray Whale babies are 15 feet long and weigh 2,000 at birth
  • The grow up to 45 feet long and weigh 70,000 pounds.
  • They return north and spend the summer feeding in the Bering and Chukchi Seas (they seldom eat during migration).
  • About 200 Gray Whales don’t continue to Alaska, but stay along the Oregon Coast to feed.
  • Grays have baleen plates instead of teeth, with 130-180 plates or pieces along each side of the upper jaw.
  • They take great mouthfuls of food-laden water; then using their tongues, they squeeze out the water and swallow the food that sticks to the baleen.
  • The Oregon coast produces lots of phytoplankton (small marine plants) which are eaten by zooplankton (small marine animals) including bottom dwelling amphipods and mysid shrimp – primary food of the Gray Whales.
  • The only natural predators of Gray Whales are Orcas (killer whales) and large sharks. Even though some countries are still whaling, the biggest threat to the whales is pollution in the oceans.

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Local Attraction: Shore Acres State Park

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When you plan your trip to the Oregon Coast, a visit to Shore Acres State Park on Cape Arago Highway is practically mandatory!

What a shame it would be to come all this way, and not see one of our most treasured local and national attractions. Known as the “jewel of the South Coast” visitors come here to take in the views of the Pacific Ocean, outdoor fun, and delightful displays of floral blooms year round and scenic beauty.

The “garden for all seasons” includes:

  • Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru March
  • 8,000 tulips – late March thru April
  • Hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas – April thru mid-May
  • 5,000 flowering annuals/perennials – May thru Sept.
  • 800 rose bushes – June thru Sept.
  • 250 dahlias – Aug. thru mid-Oct.
  • 300,000 or more holiday lights (almost all L.E.D.)- Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve.
  • Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru Mar.

Events coming up include:
May 13, 2012 RHODODENDRON SUNDAY MOTHER’S DAY

June 2 STATE PARK DAY (Free Parking!)

June 17 ROSE SUNDAY – FATHER’S DAY

July 21 OREGON COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL GARDEN CONCERT

Visit shoreacrespark.com for more event information.

How to Get There
Shore Acres State Park is located on the Cape Arago Highway, 13 miles southwest of Coos Bay/North Bend and U. S. Highway 101. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Please check posted times at park entrance for exact closing times. A nominal daily vehicle parking fee is charged. Annual day-use permits are available for purchase. Now available for either 12 or 24 month periods. Your camping receipt from Sunset Bay State Park or any other state park campground is accepted as a daily permit for those days registered. Display the receipt on the driver side of your dashboard when visiting Shore Acres State Park.

Spring Whale Watch Week on the Oregon Coast March 24-31, 2012

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Planning an Oregon Coast visit this month? If you are planning a getaway at the end of March, you are in for a special treat. Each winter & spring, thousands of visitors come to our coast hoping to see the migrating Gray Whales as they make their annual trek from Mexico to The Bering Sea.

Volunteers with the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be available from 10am to 1pm at Shore Acres State Park and 26 other locations along the Oregon Coast each day during Whale Watching Week- March 24-31, 2012. Whale Watching Spoken Here Volunteers help visitors spot the whales and answer questions.

An estimated 18,000 whales will pass by our coast this spring on their way to Alaska’s Bering Sea. Although most continue north, around 200 stay along the Oregon Coast to feed can still be spotted until late May. Many of them come close to shore feeding on Oregon’s great food supply. To learn more, call 541-888-3732 or visit www.WhaleSpoken.org

You can also learn more by visiting
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2011 Festival of Trees on Display Through December 1!

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The 2011 Festival of Trees, sponsored by The Bay Area Rotary and The Mill Casino is on display in our hotel lobby this week. Come by to The Festival of Trees auction on Thursday December 1 when the trees will be auctioned off for charity! The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Salmon Room.
In addition, a family viewing reception will be held from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 in the hotel’s second floor reception area. A cookie reception and a visit from Santa are all part of the festivities. Photos with Santa will be available through the Women’s Safety & Resource Center.
Earlier this week, the judges selected his year’s Festival of Trees decoration contest winners- take look!

Most Original: International Port of Coos Bay


Best Use of Color: Life Care Center


Best Theme: Engles Furniture


Best Wreath: Ocean Ridge Assisted Living


Best of Show: Hough, McAdam & Wartnik, CPA


Visitors from the Deep Blue Sea….Whales Spotted at The Mill Casino!

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Most people go to casinos for the “wild life,” but it is a little known secret that The Mill Casino sometimes plays host to another form of wildlife. Every so often you will see whales pass through the bay, and sometimes they will even put on a little “show” just for us.

For these three Orca (aka Killer Whales) it’s a twelve-mile swim from the Pacific to our stretch of the bay. We were fortunate to have spotted them as they said “hello” to our dinner guests at the Plank House Restaurant. You never know what you are going to encounter here at The Mill Casino! We hope all enjoyed their visit!

Featured Oregon Coast Attraction: Shore Acres State Park

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Shore Acres State Park, located on Cape Arago Highway, is a local and national treasure. Each year thousands of visitors will visit the gardens and take it the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the delightful displays of floral blooms year round and scenic beauty.

The Shore Acres were once the private estate of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson who developed the summer home into an elaborate mansion (destroyed by fire in 1921) and featured five acres of formal gardens. In 1942, Simpson’s estate was purchased by the state of Oregon for use as a public park.

Today, visitors can enjoy seasonal blooms and a “garden for all seasons”:

  • Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru March
  • 8,000 tulips – late March thru April
  • Hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas – April thru mid-May
  • 5,000 flowering annuals/perennials – May thru Sept.
  • 800 rose bushes – June thru Sept.
  • 250 dahlias – Aug. thru mid-Oct.
  • 300,000 or more holiday lights (almost all L.E.D.)- Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve.
  • Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru Mar.

Here is a brief video tour:

How to Get There
Shore Acres State Park is located on the Cape Arago Highway, 13 miles southwest of Coos Bay/North Bend and U. S. Highway 101. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Please check posted times at park entrance for exact closing times. A nominal daily vehicle parking fee is charged. Annual day-use permits are available for purchase. Now available for either 12 or 24 month periods. Your camping receipt from Sunset Bay State Park or any other state park campground is accepted as a daily permit for those days registered. Display the receipt on the driver side of your dashboard when visiting Shore Acres State Park.

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