WILLAPA BAY
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Willapa Bay is in Washington, right along the Long Beach Peninsula. Nearly every oyster you eat while traveling the North Oregon Coast is going to be harvested from this bay. Being from Hawaii, I'm used to those huge, gross oysters that need to be cooked on the half shell over a grill. These are not like that. They are small and pretty, and I love eating them smoked or in oyster stew. 

At the very tip of Long Beach Peninsula is Leadbetter Point State Park, where a number of trails run from the bay to the ocean. It's worth the drive alone up the peninsula, even if you don't care to hike at the end. We headed out there in early November, and chose a trail that went from the parking lot to the bay, then across the peninsula through the trees and to the ocean. You can walk the tip of peninsula along the beach instead of across, but it was fairly windy and a little rainy that day, so through the trees we went. 

This hike is definitely on the easy scale. I would recommend heading out there on a sunny, not-so-windy day and walking the beach instead of going through the trees. The ocean views are breathtaking, and there are these adorable little birds called Snowy Plovers that run along the sand. 

On your way back, do yourself a huge favor and stop at North Jetty Brewing for a pint and growler fill. They're in Seaview and their beers are delicious. My favorites are the Simquinox Hopped Up Dark Ale and the Discovery Coast Coffee Milk Stout. You can also get some of the absolute best tacos in the area from the Streetside Taco 2.0 truck that's parked outside. 

I live and play on the Oregon Coast. I sell real estate from Astoria to Cannon Beach. I blog about the cool stuff you can do on the Coast.