“Nestled in The Hills Overlooking Bay, and Ocean.”
Historic, Timber and Fishing Industry Roots Give Way to Quiet Tourism…
Wheeler was founded in the early 1900′s when a railroad link was completed connecting Portland to the timber-rich area surrounding the bay. The train delivered lumber and seafood to hungry markets in the east. But the timber economy was devastated after the first of the Tillamook burns in 1933 (which locally destroyed 311,000 acres of virgin, old growth forrest). The lumber mills and fish packing plants have been gone for decades now, leaving a charming, historic waterfront village whose buildings are strung together on the edge of a beautiful bay, with what some call some of the loveliest views in all Oregon.
A Picturesque Bayside Town Occupying Less Than One Square Mile.
Look for little Wheeler to be a definite retreat from hectic urban life. Other than the fact that busy Highway 101 is the town’s main street, time spend here will be spent very much in a laid-back mode. It’s not that there is not a lot to do, there is fishing, hiking, golfing, horseback riding, bicycling, whale watching, birding, and wildlife viewing, parks, beach access, and Wheeler Marina for boat and gear rental. There is also a quaint downtown shopping area with a a variety of eateries, art galleries, and several antique emporiums.
The Little Town With The Million-Dollar View!
Wheeler is a coastal refuge where people come to relax, refresh, and enjoy the scenic splendor of Oregon’s north coast. Wheeler is small enough to be peaceful and unhurried — yet big enough to offer the services and advantages of a tight-knit community. It enjoys a wonderful “mini” climate and is often bathed in sunshine while surrounding coastal areas enjoy fog and mist. Local natives call Wheeler “Pukalani” (hole in the sky) as the surrounding hills seem to protect Wheeler from the prevailing northwest wind and fog. Sunsets here can be some of most spectacular to be seen anywhere!
Dining and Accommodations
Wheeler has largely been overlooked by the big fast food chains and is too small for national hotel franchises to bother with. Locals and frequent visitors alike are happy to keep it that way, preserving the character and flavor of this historic place.
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