The city of Bandon can be found in the Coos County of Oregon. It is situated at the southern side of the Coquille River’s mouth. The city is not very large as its population has hovered around the 3,000 mark for some time. Currently, Bandon’s economy is mainly based around agriculture, fishing, wood-based products, and tourism.
Speaking of tourism, Bandon is a wonderful place for you to have a romantic getaway with your other half. Small towns are often overlooked for the more well-known locations in the United States. If you think about it, however, how can a large and busy location beat the remote and naturally secluded nature of the smaller ones like Bandon. This is not to say that there aren’t great romantic spots in these bigger towns, however, they may be a bit easier to find in the smaller ones. To help you plan your romantic getaway, below is an outline of some of the activities you can consider for your trip.
Face Rock Wayside
This beach is a staple and a favorite of many visitors to Bandon because of its serene nature. Not only is the water and the surrounding environment usually welcoming and calm, but the view is simply majestic.
In fact, the serenity is at such an incredible level that you and your lover may simply forget where you are for a moment as you can zero in on each other easily and for lengthy periods as if nothing else around you matters. It is very easy to generate an intimate vibe just by being at this beach and it is a recommended place for you to check out.
The water at the beach is always clean and swimmable if you fancy taking a dip and the sand around Is simply beautiful.
Coquille River Lighthouse
The Coquille River Lighthouse is a location you need to ensure you visit if you are in Bandon. It is a decommissioned lighthouse that is also known as Bandon Light that is now a huge attraction to visitors of the city. It’s exactly what you expect based on the lighthouses you see in the movies and it is located on the southern end of the Bullards Beach State Park on rock formation. Note that there are many active lighthouses in Oregon that are larger than this one but there is a quiet and intimate vibe that this one has that is not easily replicated at the others.
The lighthouse now features a “fog room,” which contains a few exhibits and a little gift shop. The real romantic feel comes from the surrounding of the lighthouse and it is not a bad idea for you to hang around outside a bit, enjoy some quiet time together, and take a few pictures for the memories if you so desire.
Bullards Beach State Park
This landmark was mentioned briefly above based on its proximity to the Coquille River Lighthouse. This proximity means that you can kill two birds with one stone and visit both locations while you are around. The state park carries on for several miles alongside the Coquille River and it is very well suited to your romantic needs and adventures.
First, exploration can take place either on foot, on horseback, or on mountain bikes, all of which are great ways to experience the sights. For the romantic appeal, doing it on foot is recommended as you get to take things at a slower, more comfortable pace as you enjoy each other and slowly appreciate the sights around you.
There is also a picnic area available that is conducive to the kind of mood that is set when two people who enjoy each other’s company and who have feelings for each other take part in a picnic.
If you enjoy a night out with nature, there are also camping areas for both tents and RVs.
Old Town Bandon
Visiting Old Town Bandon is a great way to have an enriching learning experience together. Not only is the town a historical hub, but there are numerous shops for you to check out that have various pieces of memorabilia that you can take with you.
If you enjoy tasting things together then you are in luck as there is a shop that allows you to sample both sweets and jellies, a chocolatier, and even a rum tasting room where you can have a go at the local blends.
There are numerous other shops as well such as one that creates art from ocean trash, an ice cream and fudge counter, etc. If you are lucky, you may happen to be passing through the town when a couple of seals decide to poke their heads out of their watery domain to have a look at you.
There is just honestly so much happening in this little old town that you get one of the most pleasant and the most enriching experiences just by paying it a visit.
Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
This wildlife refuge can be found at the Coquille River’s mouth. It’s not a petting zoo type deal as it is just a place where you and your significant other can enjoy some beautiful views while you enjoy quality time with each other.
There are quite a few exciting sights you can see while at the refuge. These include thousands of plovers and sandpipers. There are also gatherings of falcons, herons, and waterfowl.
There is an easily accessible viewing platform available for viewers of the refuge, which allows you to enjoy the view together without disturbing the habitats of the animals.
Bandon Cranberry Festival
This one is loads of fun but there is a bit of a catch with this entry. You must plan your entire trip around its date as the Bandon Cranberry Festival only takes places during September’s second weekend annually.
The events that take place during the festival, however, are loads of fun for the both of you and include various eating contests, booths that you can experience tasty food in, and even a fun run if that appeals to you.
The festival also sees the Cranberry Court’s Coronation during its course.