Manzanita is a sleeper coastal town, in that it’s both less discovered (at least to this inlander) than nearby Cannon Beach and Newport and with its gentle waves, caressing breezes, and eternal fog, more conducive to napping. The downtown is simply a road of boutiques—inns, restaurants, shops, marts, galleries—extending from the coastal highway to the ocean. Neahkahnie Mountain (pictured behind the kids) crashes into the ocean a few blocks from downtown. I squandered half my morning gawking at the Forbidden Cliffs at the precipice of Neahkahnie hoping a pirate ship would emerge. The beach, which extends seven miles from the Cliffs to nearby Nehalem Bay State Park, is dog-friendly and broad and has the softest sand I’ve felt outside the Caribbean. A must stop for days or naps when on the Oregon coast.