A Mayor’s Invitation

Coos Bay Mayor
I will tell you about Oregon’s Adventure Coast. Our community has two cities along the Bay, Coos Bay (the same name as the Bay, but formerly named Marshfield) and North Bend, and an unincorporated fishing village, Charleston. With a rich Tribal history, the Bay has been the cornerstone of the community’s heritage. Shipbuilding dominated during the early years of development, and in the mid-1900’s, Coos Bay was largest lumber shipping port in the world. The cities are now working to redevelop historic waterfront properties to focus on heritage, increase access to the Bay, and construct a walking trail that connects the two cities.

Start the day with a steaming cup of coffee from one of our coffee shops, and relax with a glass of Oregon wine and succulent Pacific seafood at a casual dinner. Check out some interesting places and unique events.

Coos Art Museum in downtown Coos Bay (historic Old Marshfield) is in a beautiful historic Art Deco inspired building with ongoing world-class exhibitions, and the annual Maritime Art Exhibit, featuring artists from around the nation. The Oregon Coast Music Festival in July is amazing with its own symphony orchestra; each year during the month of September the sounds of Music on the Bay’s Starlight Concert Series rock in Mingus Park. Coos Bay’s Downtown Farmer’s Market is the Wednesday highlight during the summer months, but shopping and antiquing are fun year-round. Music and drama are great entertainment at Little Ole Opry on the Bay featuring regional country western talent on Saturday evenings in July, and theater productions throughout the year. My winter holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the annual Holiday Lights Display wonderland at Shore Acres State Park.

Crystal Shoji, Mayor of Coos Bay
Where else but on Oregon’s Adventure Coast can you have the eternal green of Douglas Fir melting into the golden sand of endless dunes all churned by the frothy blue of the mighty Pacific Ocean?  You can sight- see, enjoy majestic waterfalls, mingle with the bark of sea lions, golf at America’s finest courses,swim,surf, hunt, fish,crab, clam, beach-comb, try your luck at the casino, see giant sea-going ships at work, meet friendly people who know they live in paradise, or just view the magnificent vistas and dream a little dream.  All this and more is yours in a MILD, diverse climate of sun, rain, wind, fog or even perfect silence and refreshing cleanliness-perhaps all in the same day. Did I mention the air?  Come see us- We on Oregon’s Adventure Coast are certainly not going anywhere!!

Rick Wetherell, Mayor, city of North Bend, Oregon