Pleasures of the Palate at Cape Kiwanda

Travel is a multi-sensory experience, extending well beyond just what you see, and Pacific City is a virtual playground for the senses, especially the palate. A prime spot for savoring is at the oceanfront suites of the Cottages at Cape Kiwanda, steps from the world-renowned microbrews and expert food pairings at Pelican Pub & Brewery and locally roasted coffee at Stimulus Espresso Cafe. With a charming and luxurious beachfront cottage that includes a fully equipped, contemporary kitchen, you also can hit the local seafood and farmers’ markets and enjoy summer’s bounty right at your own table, with one of the West Coast’s most spectacular views, of Haystack Rock and the Pacific Ocean.

Start out at Pelican Pub & Brewery, internationally acclaimed for its microbrews, from golden ales and European-style lagers perfect for summer at the beach, to ambers, stouts and wood-aged creations to keep you coming back in the fall. At last week’s Australian International Beer Awards, a silver medal went to The Governor, a maibock-style lager, honoring former governor Tom McCall, whose legacy includes ensuring public access to the state’s beaches forever. This brew has body and depth, and with Oregon-grown Sterling hops imparting subtle floral notes, it achieves a bold and balanced character, like the man for whom it was named.

Brewmaster Darron Welch has been honing his craft at the Pelican since it opened for 18 years, and with Executive Chef Ged Aydelott, they are on a daily mission to offer great pairings and innovative menu items. For example, the Kiwanda Cream Ale batter is the secret to the onion rings, and the beer blanc sauce for the blackened cod as well as the brownie sundae is made with the Tsunami Stout. And, all menu items include recommended beer pairings.

When the sun rises, you won’t have to leave your singular surroundings in this state-protected natural area to find fresh, locally roasted coffee. Stimulus Espresso Cafe’s baristas craft specialties using beans from Five Rivers Coffee Roasters in Tillamook, along with smoothies, teas, and locally made pastries.

Summer is the time for strolling through the local farmers’ market to procure fresh berries, produce and fish, and create your own great meals, however simple they may be. When you have a suite at the Cottages at Cape Kiwanda, your stylish kitchen, gas barbecue, beachfront deck and patio becomes your own private culinary venue. Savor salmon fresh from the cape’s Nestucca River, nibble juicy, sweet strawberries just off the vine, and gaze out over the expanse of the Pacific and Haystack Rock, just off shore.

Whether you kick back and dine at your cottage suite, or head out to the Pelican or Stimulus, you are always just steps from the ocean, surrounded by the sound of the sea and the fresh ocean air, at arguably one of the best dining spots in the world.

For details, visit yourlittlebeachtown.com/cottages

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