Portland to Lincoln City: about 200 miles
Why go: Long stretches of pristine beaches are interspersed with rugged headlands, unpretentious beach towns and artist colonies like Cannon Beach and Manzanita. At Garibaldi Marina, hands-on seafood lovers can rent small motorboats for crab-harvesting excursions.
Where to stay: Surftides Lincoln City recently got a hip overhaul by the folks behind L.A.'s trendy Farmer's Daughter hotel. Rooms have balconies with ocean views (doubles from $99).
What to eat along the way: Warrenton Deep Sea Crab & Fish Market sells fresh-caught and boiled Dungeness crab; beer-battered cod and chips is the signature dish at the Pacific Way Bakery & Café, a Gearhart institution since 1988.