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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.
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.
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!
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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This lovingly restored hotel offers stunning views of Nehalem Bay. Relax in a tranquil setting with beautifully appointed rooms. Gaze out at blue herons, eagles, and herds of elk that inhabit the landscape. Spend a day fishing or kayaking on the bay. Rent a boat at the marina and cruise the river and bay! Browse antique stores, art galleries, and gift shops. Indulge yourself at our excellent restaurants. Leave your car where you park it — at the Old Wheeler Hotel shopping and dining are just steps away from your front door!
Distinctive oceanside vacation rentals featuring huge views, large decks overlooking the beach, wood burning fireplaces, and designer touches throughout. When visiting the beautiful north Oregon coast, you deserve a front row seat. Located in Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, Nehalem, Wheeler and Rockaway Beach.
Wheeler, OR 97147
The finest North Oregon Coast Lodging with spectacular waterfront mountain views. A quaint coastal inn located on the Bay with a great location for you to enjoy kayaking and fishing. All suites and rooms are furnished with fireplace, microwave, fridge, TV with DVD player, FREE WI/FI, and FREE movie rentals! Bring the whole family or enjoy a pampered romantic getaway for just the two of you with in room hot tub spas, specialty décor and in room massage (Licensed Massage Therapist available with advanced reservations).