Bandon has plenty of outstanding outdoor activities all year long, but fall brings out the beautiful colors, cooler weather, harvest celebrations and the change of seasons. As the kids get into a groove at school, autumn is the perfect time to get out and about for a vacation or stay-cation in this idyllic town.
Why Should You Experience Fall in Bandon?
Fall fun in Bandon represents the off-peak season for tourists. That means area attractions are less expensive. It also means fewer crowds and fewer people so that you can enjoy the outdoors or time with your kids without the hustle, bustle, and jostling of many other people. You can relax during your recreational time, no matter what you choose to do.
Bandon Beach Riding Stables, on Bandon’s south side, lets you ride on horseback along Bandon’s scenic beaches. The company offers rides every two hours, including a sunset ride, so you can enjoy the quiet beauty of Bandon’s main attraction. Take in the waves, the beach and the sunset among a pack of horses as you relax and leave your cares behind for a while. Cross creeks and tide pools while viewing caves, rock formations in the Pacific Ocean, and, of course, the sunset.
Frolic along the beach and then take a walk near Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The resort has more than 6 miles of walking trails for anyone to enjoy, and even the parking is free. Trails take you near the ocean and among the tree-covered sand dunes. Explore ponds, wildflowers, Chrome Lake and groves of trees along your journey. During the fall time, the trees sing with color as birds and small mammals flitter in and out of their hiding places.
Bandon contains four golf courses, all related to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, for those who love hitting the links. Whether you avoid tall pine trees on either side of the fairway or massive dunes that surround your greens, every hole is a challenge. Take on the wind coming off the Pacific Ocean as you watch your ball soar through the air. Because fall is during off-season times, golf is cheaper here at this time of year. If you want something low-key, guests can use the Punchbowl putting green or the practice center before hitting any of the four main golf courses. The Preserve is a 13-hole, par-3 course for people who enjoy the short game. Bandon Crossings is another beautiful play to go golfing.
At the end of Bullard Beach State Park sits the Coquille River Lighthouse. Although you can’t climb into the tower due to safety issues, the fog/signal room remains open to visitors from mid-May to the end of September from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The park is open year-round for bikers to explore the dunes, or you can walk along 4.5 miles of pristine beaches. This kid-friendly park also has a campground for a memorable weekend stay-cation.
Fishing and Crabbing
The pleasure of crabbing and fishing continues into the fall on the Oregon Coast. Rent a boat or go crabbing dockside. Head to Prowler Charters to find out more about deep sea fishing. Bandon is where fish tales are created.
Birding is another popular pastime in the fall. Visit one or more of the wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bandon, including Bandon Marsh, Coquille Point, and Ni-les’tun March unit where you can spot piping plover, seabirds, birds of prey, and more. Visit the Bandon Marsh website to find out more about the Oregon Shorebird Festival in September.
Autumn represents the ideal time for kid-friendly fun in Bandon. During warm, Saturday afternoons, stretch your legs in the great outdoors that makes Bandon such a special place to visit and live.
Explore Face Rock Scenic State Park to view caves that appear during low tide. Bring a bucket to collect any driftwood or seashells you find along the way to the caves. The fish hatchery gets kids up close and personal with native fish that inhabit the area, including fall Chinook salmon, rainbow trout, winter steelheads and fall coho salmon. Kids love getting a close view of wildlife, so the hatchery represents the perfect combination of live animals and a controlled environment.
Faber Farms and Cranberry Scoop Gift Shop let anyone pick cranberries, and autumn is the ideal time for dipping your hands into a cranberry bog. Farmers typically harvest these dark red fruits in the late fall, just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The fun culminates in September with the annual Cranberry Festival, a celebration that began in 1947. View a parade, the royalty, and a cranberry eating contest as Bandon celebrates the fall harvest. Also, check out the Old Town Farmers Market for a variety of fresh produce and more.
Bandon has plenty of choices when it comes to vacation accommodations. Try renting a vacation home in the area as a way to relax with all of the same amenities you have at home. The only thing that’s different is the scenery outside and the relaxing atmosphere. Start searching for the perfect spot early in the season so you have plenty of time to set a budget, talk to a real estate agent and set your itinerary. Make sure to look over the contract fully and make your deposit so no one else snatches your property away before you have a chance to reserve it. A Bandon vacation home serves as a headquarters from where you launch your daily adventures in the great outdoors.
Talk to a real estate agent at Beach Loop Realty to find a vacation home that meets your needs. Local agents are very familiar with the area, and they know who to contact when it comes to renting a gorgeous home in one of Oregon’s most beautiful areas.
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