Romantic Getaway Contest

Posted: March 3, 2015

Romantic Getaway Contest

During the month of February, we asked our Facebook fans to share with us their romantic stories from Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda. We hoped that many would share their stories from this little beach town, but the response was overwhelming. Over 425 people sent in stories of first love, marriage proposals, meeting that special someone and great times spent with family and friends on the Oregon Coast!

The prizes we put up for the contest included one Grand Prize of a 2-night stay here at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. We also pledged to name 10 runners up who would each receive a $10 gift card to Pelican Brewing Company's Pub & Brewery.

If you see your name and story here, please email Kim@InnAtCapeKiwanda.com to claim your prize!

THANK YOU to everyone who sent in photos and stories. You've all reminded us how unique this place is and how lucky we are to be a small part of so many memories. Here are the winners and their unedited stories as they shared them at www.Facebook.com/PacificCity...

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Starwolf Purple Phoenix

Last February, we had decided that we were going to the coast for Valentine's day. We tried all the regular spots: Canon Beach, Seaside, Manzanita, Garibaldi, Rockaway, and all were full. We had camped at the site near Pacific City, Oregon and loved it, but there was a terrible storm. We decided to call The Inn at Cape Kiwanda with hopes that they had an opening and were so excited that not only did they have an opening, but it was a king size suite with a perfect view, Champagne, Chocolates, and wine tasting! The wind and rain howled against our glass doors and we did not think we would get out on the beach at all. But the morning was glorious-eye of the storm-and we got beautiful pictures. I didn't think we would find any shells to add to our memory box, but as we were headed back, there was a pile of the most beautiful shells half buried outside the Pelican Pub! We gathered the shells and a small amount of sand and they now sit in a beautiful vase with "Pacific City: Your Little Beach Town, February 2014" written on it. It was the best Valentine's day we had ever had and the couple running the Inn were the most friendly and accommodating people we had ever met! We hope to go back for our anniversary in April, but would love to win a trip there sooner!​

RUNNERS UP

Richard Ott

Long before meeting, we both separately enjoyed and needed our "time at the beach". When life was stressful and overwhelming, when there weren't enough hours in the day, we would independently run away to take in the gentle calming rhythm of the waves, wind, rock and sand. Separately we gained strength, nourished by the natural power and beauty and, after meeting, we found that we shared this drive, this need, to seek out this place of natural solace.

Our lives intertwined and, as we discussed our plans to marry, we knew that our love for each other would be forever symbolized with Our Rock as the corner stone. Everything fell into place, as naturally as could be, and before we knew it we were standing together sharing our vows, our rings, our lives and our view of Our Rock in Pacific City.

To this day, we still make regular trips to this little beach town. Sometimes we go camping, stay at the Inn, eat at the pub, or just have a scone and a cup of coffee. Walking on the beach, sitting by the campfire, or marveling at the dory fleet surfing in, we still find our cares and stress melt away, in the shadow of Our Rock. 

Rain or shine, storm or calm, when we are there with our toes in the sand, we are reminded of how we began, drawn together with Our Rock in the distance, keeping its eternal vigil, a symbol of our hopes, dreams, and the love we share.

Like Our Rock, our love can weather any storm, undeterred, as we walk hand-in-hand into our happily ever after.

Sara Tucholsky

I have been lucky enough to visit Pac City many times in my life. My grandparents own a small beach house off the airport strip and we have been able to make wonderful family memories here. I have seenPacific City: Your Little Beach Town grow and change so much, but my love for the little beach town always remains strong. In 2009, I started bringing a wonderful man Eric Bradley to our beach house and Pac City soon became OUR favorite place. His love for my family, our memories made at the beach and the little beach town grew just like mine. Five years later, this man proposed to me on a spontaneous trip to Pac City. We climbed the dune and walked towards the water, past the "do not enter" signs. We arrived at our favorite spot, which a few months before we were lucky to see a whale right below us. It was such a perfect moment, enjoying a growler of Pelican beer, the company of our two closest friends, he proposed to me. The timing of the sunset couldn't of been more perfect, the moment couldn't of been more perfect A few months ago, my grandfather passed away and there have been talks about selling our home in Pacific City. As much as this saddens me, I feel so lucky to have all of the wonderful memories here and this city will always be close to my heart.

Chrissy Blank

I spent one of the best days of my life sitting on the bluffs in Cape Kiwanda and couldn't imagine a more perfect place to re-visit with my sweet husband. My husband Kyle (long time, long distance boyfriend at the time) and I decided to make an impromptu trip to the coast to escape the craziness of our busy lives and spend the day relaxing on the beach. We loaded the car and spent the day hiking, taking pictures and sitting on the bluffs talking about our future. I wanted a picture standing in front of the incredible crashing waves and Kyle humored me and said he'd take my picture. When I got back to our spot on the beach I was looking at the pictures he had just taken and there it was on the camera screen: the most beautiful picture of a stunning ring sitting in a box on the sand. I was completely surprised and speechless! Kyle pulled the ring out of his pocket, got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was a magical moment with my sole mate sitting in front of me telling me how much he loved me, the waves crashing on the bluffs and the sun shining on my back. It was the perfect proposal and I will remember it for the rest of my life. We have now been married for 3 years now and haven't been on a single date since our daughter was born 14 months ago. A coastal getaway is exactly what us love birds need!

Kinsey Coyne Brock

September 2009: my boyfriend and I went on our first trip together to Pacific City! We stayed at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. Our first night, we sat on the balcony watching the sunset and drinking champagne. It was then that we both realized we were in love. We must have been thinking it at the same time because Josh said it just as I was thinking it! Now we are married and visit the Inn almost every year  Pacific City will forever hold a special place in our hearts

Stacy Coplin

We have been coming to Pacific City for over 10 years. We stayed at the Inn many times over the years. We always loved it, because they were so generous and kind and welcoming to our labs. We were there in July 2007 with our youngest lab on his first beach trip, and my husband proposed right there on the beach across the street. On March 15, 2008, we were married in the Pelican Pub, for a wedding my family still talks about several years later. We still visit there multiple times a year, and now we bring our three year old daughter along with our two labs. It is truly a magical place, and one where we have spent many of the best moments of our lives.

Archell Banta

We traveled in the dark of the night; a spontaneous trip to the waves of the beach. It was about 12am when we arrived to the beach at Pacific City from Beaverton. We sat and talked and I playful suggested we should see who could climb the sand hill the fastest. I exited the car first and had a head start but he was faster at getting up through the sand. When we both reached reached the top he took me by the hand and told me he had a surprise to show me. We came up to the area where the waves were crashing against the rocks below. It was so beautiful watching the water sprays glisten from the lights behind us. We sat down together and just watched the waves; hand in hand, cuddled in each others arms. In the midst of the sounds of the waves crashing and spraying we heard another sound. I leaned in to listened closer and gasped. He giggled and assured me that what I heard was in deed what I thought I had heard. I became so excited. SO EXCITED!!! Jumping up and down! The coolest thing that I have ever heard. It was the whales! The whales! THE WHALES!! It was almost like they were singing just for us! There musical notes bounced off the rock ledge behind us; like a kind of ampa theater. I could have sat there forever, but I could only stay till I could no longer feel our fingers and faces anymore. I hated to have to leave but I knew I would never forget. NEVER!! This was 15 years ago and I'll always remember it like it was yesterday. One of my most vivid cherished memories. THE WHALES!

Alex Strocsher

It was labor day 2012. My plan was to propose to my, now wife, on the cliff left of the big dune where the trees are. I called my parents and told them there were 200 votive candles under their bed in the Rv and Whitney and I would be coming at sunset the next day. I had all these sketches of how I wanted it set up, but then mother nature had other ideas. My mom called the next morning and said it was too windy to do it on the cliff but she had another idea.

We arrived and everything was set we walked out to the beach. On our way Whitney went to put her phone in my pocket that had the ring in it. I quickly turned and offered my other pocket. I thought I had been too obvious and ruined the surprise. We kept walking the sunset was perfect I roughly knew where to go but wasn't 100% sure. My mom said it was set up in a cave by the tide pools. We get to the tide pools and I looked up above and saw my mom and her friends pointing where to go. "Hey babe let's go check out that cave." Closer...closer. "Alex, turn around I think we're walking in on someone's moment." "We sure are keep going."

I propose, we kiss, then I see my dads friend was taking pictures of us during our entire walk on the beach. I must say they are my most cherished pictures. Thank you to all involved and Pacific City fir being the perfect spot to pull it all off.

Dennis McMillan

My wife Jill and I have been visiting and enjoying what the Pelican and Pacific city have to offer for most all of the 22 plus years we've been together. I have been dining and drinking great food and beer there for way longer past that. Besides the love of my wife and Two beautiful Girls, there is a love affair of many kinds with what I would relate as the most iconic and totally Oregon beach on the Coast. I am certain that we will continue to make regular trips down as there is something about pacific City and the Pelican pub that we never tire of. When I take solo rides on my Harley, it is where I usually end up.

Sherryl Childers

My husband and I have many, many wonderful memories with our toes in the sand on the Pacific City beach. By far our most favorite place to be. It brings tears to my eyes when I think of the times we have spent there. Many romantic walks, many moments of watching our kids play who are now grown and making their own Pac City memories. There are far too many memories to put in one single post. We cherish Pacific City and all it has to offer and look forward to making many more memories.

Amie Chouinard

We just made our first trip to Pacific City last month! It was perfect! We watched the game at the Pub, had breakfast at the cafe, climbed the dunes, sat and watched the sunset, built a puzzle in our room after dark, fed the bunnies! It was, by far, the best vacation we had been on. It was very sour of the moment and the hotel staff was simply the best! We could stare in awe at that rock for hours! Can't wait to go back! WithErik Jarvey!

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Kamp Kiwanda Spring Break Activities

Posted: February 27, 2014

Celebrate Spring Break with Kamp Kiwanda!

Register at the Front Desk of the Inn at Cape Kiwanda.

  • Tuesday, March 18 & 25 and April 1: Flower Leis
  • Thursday, March 20 & 27 and April 3: Pirate Hats
  • Saturday, March 22 & 29 and April 5: Jelly Fish

Classes are open to children 5 - 12 years of age and will be held in the meeting room at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. There is no charge for these fun activities and classes are limited to 6 children per day. Parents, to sign your child up for a class, please stop by the front desk at the Inn. Adult supervision will be provided or you're welcome to help with the class.

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2013 Christmas Day Buffet at the Pelican Pub & Brewery

Posted: November 4, 2013

The oceanfront Pelican Pub & Brewery invites you to enjoy a special Christmas Day buffet Wednesday, December 25th from Noon to 6pm.

Cost is $28 per adult and $15 per child*. Please call to make reservations, 503-965-3674.

Prime Rib au Jus

Hazelnut Crusted Salmon

Pomegranate Glazed Roasted Duck

Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding
chanterelle mushrooms, crimini mushrooms and fresh herbs

Mixed Green Salad
hazelnuts, tomato, cucumber and carrots

Spinach Gratin

Roasted Root Vegetables

Oven Roasted Winter Squash
red chard, garlic and shallots

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Carrot Ginger Soup

Spent Grain Bread

Assorted Cookie Tray

Mother of All Storms Figgy Cake

Salted Caramel Tart

Orange Cranberry Tart

Fresh Fruit

*Price does not include beverage or gratuity.
 

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2013 Christmas Day Buffet at the Pelican Pub & Brewery

Posted: November 4, 2013

The oceanfront Pelican Pub & Brewery invites you to enjoy a special Christmas Day buffet Wednesday, December 25th from Noon to 6pm.

Cost is $28 per adult and $15 per child*. Please call to make reservations, 503-965-3674.

Prime Rib au Jus

Hazelnut Crusted Salmon

Pomegranate Glazed Roasted Duck

Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding
chanterelle mushrooms, crimini mushrooms and fresh herbs

Mixed Green Salad
hazelnuts, tomato, cucumber and carrots

Spinach Gratin

Roasted Root Vegetables

Oven Roasted Winter Squash
red chard, garlic and shallots

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Carrot Ginger Soup

Spent Grain Bread

Assorted Cookie Tray

Mother of All Storms Figgy Cake

Salted Caramel Tart

Orange Cranberry Tart

Fresh Fruit

*Price does not include beverage or gratuity.
 

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Kamp Kiwanda for August 8 - 11

Posted: August 7, 2013

Celebrate Summer with Kamp Kiwanda!

Register at the Front Desk of the Inn at Cape Kiwanda.

  • Thursday, August 8: Shark Hats
  • Friday, August 9: Beach in Bottle
  • Saturday, August 10: Rain Sticks
  • Sunday, August 11: Egg Carton Crabs

Classes are open to children 4 - 12 years of age and will be held in the meeting room at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. There is no charge for these fun activities and classes are limited to 6 children per day. Parents, to sign your child up for a class, please stop by the front desk at the Inn. Adult supervision will be provided or you're welcome to help with the class.

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Kamp Kiwanda for August 8 - 11

Posted: August 7, 2013

Celebrate Summer with Kamp Kiwanda!

Register at the Front Desk of the Inn at Cape Kiwanda.

  • Thursday, August 8: Shark Hats
  • Friday, August 9: Beach in Bottle
  • Saturday, August 10: Rain Sticks
  • Sunday, August 11: Egg Carton Crabs

Classes are open to children 4 - 12 years of age and will be held in the meeting room at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. There is no charge for these fun activities and classes are limited to 6 children per day. Parents, to sign your child up for a class, please stop by the front desk at the Inn. Adult supervision will be provided or you're welcome to help with the class.

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Stimulus Espresso Cafe to offer wine by the bottle

Posted: July 25, 2013

Stimulus Espresso Cafe now carries Pacific Northwest wines, with an emphasis on Oregon Pinot Noir.

Below is a list of wines with tastings notes that will be offered at Stimulus. This list will continue to grow, so be sure to stop by the cafe to view the latest selections.

Bryn Mawr Pinot Noir Rose – Salem, OR
An alluring nose of tropical guava, orange marmalade, ripe honeydew, nectarines, and hints ofcream. The palate starts with a quick burst of sweet stone fruits enveloped in a plush androunded mouthfeel, then nimbly transitions into a surprisingly briny midpalate with subtle acid. The wine finishes light and thirst quenching. A uniquely elegant and refreshing wine. $25.00

Bryn Mawr Pinot Noir Reserve – Salem, OR
A focused wine with dark fruit and bittersweet notes. Dark violet in color, with a powerful nose of blackberry, blueberry preserves, wet stone, black tea and dried pine needles. The palate is streamlined and angular, starting with a burst of sweet fruit and fresh acid. This medium-bodied wine has light grain tannins and expresses oak spice, bittersweet chocolate, and chicory on the finish. $60.00
 
Domaine Trouvere Chardonnay – Dundee Hills, OR
Sourced entirely from the venerable Durant Vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA, this Chardonnay delivers New World elegance in an Old World style. With an eye toward texture, balance, and structure, we have crafted a chic white wine with just a hint of French oak and a serious food-worthy backbone. 250 cases produced. $37.00
 
Domaine Trouvere Tempranillo – Dundee Hills, OR
While tasting Tempranillo from Spain, winemaker Don Lange became convinced that this grape varietal was perfectly suited to Oregon. Fortunately, winegrowers in the Umpqua Valley agreed, and we were able to secure our sources and begin producing small lots of this noble varietal. Aged in French and American oak barrels, this robust yet refined wine is a fabulous complement to any meal. $34.00
 
Dion Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, OR
A clear, clean nose, with a bit of alcohol that soon burns off, ruby tending toward brick in color. The scents of cloves, toast and black pepper on the nose turn to black cherries, spice and pepper in the mouth, ending with a tasty, smooth finish. $28.00
 
Omero Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir – Ribbon Ridge, Newberg, OR
Comprised predominately of Estate grown fruit from the Ribbon Ridge AVA, this wine is very aromatic and texture driven.  It has a spicy dark red fruit and floral nose with a long delicate finish.  Great with roasted or braised dishes. $45.00
 
Patit Creek Chardonnay – Red Mountain, Walla Walla WA
This barrel fermented Chardonnay displays all the best varietal characteristics of a classic Red Mountain Chardonnay starting with great balance. Golden straw in color, with crisp apple, hints of fresh cut hay, and a creamy texture. $24.00
 
Patit Creek Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon – Walla Walla WA
Exhibiting classic characteristics of cassis, black cherry, and hints of dried herb. The nose is full with balanced fruit and savory profiles. On the palate this wine is smooth and finishes with silky, well integrated tannins. $38.00
 
Scarborough Main Event Cabernet – Tukwilla WA
With so many great vineyards to blend with, this tasty treat as a textbook is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon, in the best ways Washington has to offer. Essence of black berry pie, tobacco, pencil shavings, black plum and cherry are supple and seductive. Sweet cedar plays a role throughout, adding attractive aromas and depth to the finish, yet it remains balanced and can age extremely well. $42.00 

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Stimulus Espresso Cafe to offer wine by the bottle

Posted: July 25, 2013

Stimulus Espresso Cafe now carries Pacific Northwest wines, with an emphasis on Oregon Pinot Noir.

Below is a list of wines with tastings notes that will be offered at Stimulus. This list will continue to grow, so be sure to stop by the cafe to view the latest selections.

Bryn Mawr Pinot Noir Rose – Salem, OR
An alluring nose of tropical guava, orange marmalade, ripe honeydew, nectarines, and hints ofcream. The palate starts with a quick burst of sweet stone fruits enveloped in a plush androunded mouthfeel, then nimbly transitions into a surprisingly briny midpalate with subtle acid. The wine finishes light and thirst quenching. A uniquely elegant and refreshing wine. $25.00

Bryn Mawr Pinot Noir Reserve – Salem, OR
A focused wine with dark fruit and bittersweet notes. Dark violet in color, with a powerful nose of blackberry, blueberry preserves, wet stone, black tea and dried pine needles. The palate is streamlined and angular, starting with a burst of sweet fruit and fresh acid. This medium-bodied wine has light grain tannins and expresses oak spice, bittersweet chocolate, and chicory on the finish. $60.00
 
Domaine Trouvere Chardonnay – Dundee Hills, OR
Sourced entirely from the venerable Durant Vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA, this Chardonnay delivers New World elegance in an Old World style. With an eye toward texture, balance, and structure, we have crafted a chic white wine with just a hint of French oak and a serious food-worthy backbone. 250 cases produced. $37.00
 
Domaine Trouvere Tempranillo – Dundee Hills, OR
While tasting Tempranillo from Spain, winemaker Don Lange became convinced that this grape varietal was perfectly suited to Oregon. Fortunately, winegrowers in the Umpqua Valley agreed, and we were able to secure our sources and begin producing small lots of this noble varietal. Aged in French and American oak barrels, this robust yet refined wine is a fabulous complement to any meal. $34.00
 
Dion Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, OR
A clear, clean nose, with a bit of alcohol that soon burns off, ruby tending toward brick in color. The scents of cloves, toast and black pepper on the nose turn to black cherries, spice and pepper in the mouth, ending with a tasty, smooth finish. $28.00
 
Omero Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir – Ribbon Ridge, Newberg, OR
Comprised predominately of Estate grown fruit from the Ribbon Ridge AVA, this wine is very aromatic and texture driven.  It has a spicy dark red fruit and floral nose with a long delicate finish.  Great with roasted or braised dishes. $45.00
 
Patit Creek Chardonnay – Red Mountain, Walla Walla WA
This barrel fermented Chardonnay displays all the best varietal characteristics of a classic Red Mountain Chardonnay starting with great balance. Golden straw in color, with crisp apple, hints of fresh cut hay, and a creamy texture. $24.00
 
Patit Creek Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon – Walla Walla WA
Exhibiting classic characteristics of cassis, black cherry, and hints of dried herb. The nose is full with balanced fruit and savory profiles. On the palate this wine is smooth and finishes with silky, well integrated tannins. $38.00
 
Scarborough Main Event Cabernet – Tukwilla WA
With so many great vineyards to blend with, this tasty treat as a textbook is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon, in the best ways Washington has to offer. Essence of black berry pie, tobacco, pencil shavings, black plum and cherry are supple and seductive. Sweet cedar plays a role throughout, adding attractive aromas and depth to the finish, yet it remains balanced and can age extremely well. $42.00 

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Cape Kiwanda Beach Etiquette & Safety

Posted: April 3, 2013

Cape Kiwanda Beach Etiquette & Safety

As the busy summer season approaches and we welcome larger numbers of visitors to Your Little Beach Town, we'd like to take a moment to share some pointers:
 
Be aware of the tides – don’t get stranded on the rocks or a secluded piece of beach by incoming tides.
 
Sneaker waves – they do happen. Be alert and don’t turn your back to the ocean. Observe the warning signs on Cape Kiwanda and do not cross fence lines. Waves DO crash over the Cape and could sweep you off. Also, Cape Kiwanda is composed of sandstone, which erodes and could crumble from under you. Sadly, there have been instances where people have accidently fallen from the Cape.
 
Pack It In, Pack It Out – if you’re a camper, you’ve heard this one. It applies equally for visits to the beach.
 
Douse campfires with water – don’t smother them with sand. There’s potential for a barefoot beachcomber to step in your abandoned fire. Ouch!
 
Dog Poo – this could fall under the Pack It In, Pack It Out rule and maybe even the potential barefoot beachcomber misstep similar to above, but Yuck! We absolutely LOVE dogs, but please be a considerate pet owner and pick up after your four-legged friend/family member.
 
Wildlife – All animals, including seals, should not be approached on the beach. Watch from a distance; you can still get a good picture! And for those living creatures you see in the tide pools, please observe, but don’t touch. It can’t be fun being pulled forcefully from their home and they may not survive the trauma.
 
Stay clear of the emergency lane & ramp – there are sidewalks for beach access and the dory launching rigs must get a run at the ramp; so be aware and get out of the way.
 
Be aware of dory boats landing on the beach – boats DO NOT have brakes or steering when they come in riding a wave! Heed their horns; it’s all they can do to warn you that they are coming.
 
Driving & Parking on the beach – if you’re launching a dory boat, GREAT!, turn north from the ramp. If you’re not, turn south from the ramp. (There ARE signs posted in case you forget by the time you arrive at the beach and you can be ticketed.) Also be aware that although the beach sand appears to be solid & firm, it CAN give way under the weight of your vehicle and cause you to become stuck. I’ll never forget the poor guy in the Cadillac Escalade this happened to a few years ago as he was driving down the surf line. Back tire sinks and the tide is coming in. Soon the On Star voice starts alerting everyone nearby – repeatedly – that water is entering the vehicle. Do you think that added to the stress of the situation? If you get yourself in a similar predicament, the local tow companies will be happy to help - to the tune of about $200 cash.
 
Changing – Please keep it G rated. Cape Kiwanda is a family beach and parking area. There are public restrooms at the north east corner of the parking lot for your use. 9 times out of 10 you can be seen in your car changing from your wetsuit, and towels don’t cover all!
 
We hope you find these guidelines helpful as you enjoy your time at the beach. Thank you for visiting!

    

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Cape Kiwanda Beach Etiquette & Safety

Posted: April 3, 2013

Cape Kiwanda Beach Etiquette & Safety

As the busy summer season approaches and we welcome larger numbers of visitors to Your Little Beach Town, we'd like to take a moment to share some pointers:
 
Be aware of the tides – don’t get stranded on the rocks or a secluded piece of beach by incoming tides.
 
Sneaker waves – they do happen. Be alert and don’t turn your back to the ocean. Observe the warning signs on Cape Kiwanda and do not cross fence lines. Waves DO crash over the Cape and could sweep you off. Also, Cape Kiwanda is composed of sandstone, which erodes and could crumble from under you. Sadly, there have been instances where people have accidently fallen from the Cape.
 
Pack It In, Pack It Out – if you’re a camper, you’ve heard this one. It applies equally for visits to the beach.
 
Douse campfires with water – don’t smother them with sand. There’s potential for a barefoot beachcomber to step in your abandoned fire. Ouch!
 
Dog Poo – this could fall under the Pack It In, Pack It Out rule and maybe even the potential barefoot beachcomber misstep similar to above, but Yuck! We absolutely LOVE dogs, but please be a considerate pet owner and pick up after your four-legged friend/family member.
 
Wildlife – All animals, including seals, should not be approached on the beach. Watch from a distance; you can still get a good picture! And for those living creatures you see in the tide pools, please observe, but don’t touch. It can’t be fun being pulled forcefully from their home and they may not survive the trauma.
 
Stay clear of the emergency lane & ramp – there are sidewalks for beach access and the dory launching rigs must get a run at the ramp; so be aware and get out of the way.
 
Be aware of dory boats landing on the beach – boats DO NOT have brakes or steering when they come in riding a wave! Heed their horns; it’s all they can do to warn you that they are coming.
 
Driving & Parking on the beach – if you’re launching a dory boat, GREAT!, turn north from the ramp. If you’re not, turn south from the ramp. (There ARE signs posted in case you forget by the time you arrive at the beach and you can be ticketed.) Also be aware that although the beach sand appears to be solid & firm, it CAN give way under the weight of your vehicle and cause you to become stuck. I’ll never forget the poor guy in the Cadillac Escalade this happened to a few years ago as he was driving down the surf line. Back tire sinks and the tide is coming in. Soon the On Star voice starts alerting everyone nearby – repeatedly – that water is entering the vehicle. Do you think that added to the stress of the situation? If you get yourself in a similar predicament, the local tow companies will be happy to help - to the tune of about $200 cash.
 
Changing – Please keep it G rated. Cape Kiwanda is a family beach and parking area. There are public restrooms at the north east corner of the parking lot for your use. 9 times out of 10 you can be seen in your car changing from your wetsuit, and towels don’t cover all!
 
We hope you find these guidelines helpful as you enjoy your time at the beach. Thank you for visiting!

    

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