Exhilarating Things to Do in Coos Bay in the Winter: Embrace the Season
Discover a season of natural beauty and unique charm when you visit Oregon's Adventure Coast in the winter. A calming peace falls over the land and sea, the crowds go home, and the prices fall. For many travelers, winter is the ideal time to connect with the true character of Coos Bay and to experience its authentic spirit. Watch for whales and see storms crash on the coast. Play games and sip craft beers. Explore all the fun things to do in Coos Bay on an invigorating winter getaway – and stay in the heart of it all at our friendly, centrally located hotel.
Feel the Thrill of Winter Storm Watching on the Oregon Coast
The fall and winter months are storm watching season in Coos Bay, and you can see massive waves up to 120' high as they crash along the coast. Storm watching is an epic display of nature's raw power and beauty, a mesmerizing show that will captivate your sense of wonder and awe. Storm watching is best when the swells are high, so be sure to check the local forecast. You'll find great viewing at Shore Acres State Park, where there's a designated area for storm watching. Other good spots include Sunset Bay State Park and Bastendorff Beach. Wear warm layers topped with rain gear and remember to stay safe: never turn your back on the ocean.
Watch Gray Whales Swim Along the Coast in December & March
Witness the annual gray whale migration between Mexico and the Arctic, which takes place every year as they move between their southern breeding grounds and their northern feeding grounds. Whales can often be seen along the Oregon Coast in March and December. Look for white spouts in the water and the occasional breach (when a whale launches itself out of the water and back down again on its side with a mighty splash). You can also book whale watching tours out of the marina at Charleston.
Go Crabbing & Clamming with the Locals to Catch Your Own Dinner
Nothing is more delicious than a fresh-caught seafood dinner that you pulled from the ocean yourself. Clamming and crabbing are some of the most popular things to do in Coos Bay for locals during the winter. Clams can be found throughout the year on the tidelands of Coos Bay, including gaper clams, cockles, littleneck clams, softshell clams, and butter clams. Love the taste of crab? Lower Coos Bay is the perfect place to fish for Dungeness crab. You can rent crab rings at the local marina and tackle stores, and you can have your crabs cooked for you at Fisherman's Wharf (in the Charleston Boat Basin). Before you embark on your crabbing and clamming adventure, check with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for updated harvest notices, information on shellfish regulations, and to purchase your fishing permit.
Relax Over a Heady Pint of Craft Beer at an Oregon Brewery
Oregon is world-famous for its high-quality craft beer, and you can sample some of the best libations right here in Coos Bay at 7 Devils Brewing Co. Located on 2nd Street near the Coos Art Museum, this convivial hangout features live music every week and is open every day. Try popular ales like the Chinook Redd, Resilience IPA, and Stanton Street Lager. There's also a farm-fresh menu of locally inspired pub fare including local Coos Bay oysters, hearty poutine, and braised beef ragout. Want to venture farther afield? Head south on the coast to reach Bandon Brewing Company in Old Town Bandon, which offers wood-fired pizza along with its beers. Drive north to visit Defeat River Brewery, an experimental brewery located in a pub in Reedsport.
Play Games & Win Big at The Mill Casino & Three Rivers Coos Bay
Test your luck at Coos Bay's two big casinos, which both offer hundreds of slots and Vegas-style table games like poker, blackjack, and roulette. Ride our hotel's free shuttle to reach The Mill Casino, which features five restaurants plus a pub that hosts live music and comedy shows. Just 1.5 miles from our hotel, it's a place where you can easily spend a day or two. Three Rivers Casino is smaller, but it still offers live entertainment and one restaurant. It's about 3 miles from our hotel.
Warm Up with a Blissful Soak in the Hot Tub at Quality Inn & Suites
After a fulfilling day of sightseeing and adventures, unwind in our bubbling hot tub and enjoy a relaxing evening of downtime. No matter when your vacation brings you to Oregon's Adventure Coast, you'll find a comfortable, inviting home base at Quality Inn & Suites Coos Bay. Discover complimentary hot breakfast each morning plus free parking and free Wi-Fi. Sleep like a dream in a charming room with a flat-screen TV. Located one mile from Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, our hotel is ideally situated to explore all the fun things to do in Coos Bay and North Bend. And with our exciting special offers and packages, you can save big on your winter escape.