For the best ocean views, often with nearby trails to the beach, look to the lodgings along the Beach Loop. If you want to be able to walk to dinner in Old Town, stay at one of the in-town locations. For the best of both worlds, bring a bike and cycle into town from a Beach Loop room.
Bandon bills itself as America’s storm-watching capital, and special packages are often available October–March.
Right in the heart of Old Town, the Sea Star Guesthouse (370 1st St., 541/347-9632 or 888/732-7871, www.seastarbandon.com, $95 and up) has just four suites, but each is charming and uniquely decorated, with skylights, wood-beam ceilings, a verdant courtyard, and views onto the harbor. Suites sleep 2–6 and have cooking facilities. In addition, Sea Star has a couple of inexpensive dorm-style rooms with single bunk beds that share a bathroom ($27).
On the Beach Loop is Sunset Lodging (1865 Beach Loop Rd., 541/347-2453 or 800/842-2407, www.sunsetmotel.com, $60 and up), a motel complex with a variety of lodging types. With some units built right into the cliff above a scenic beach, the view here is hard to beat. Whether you’re looking for guest rooms with a kitchen, guest rooms that accommodate pets, or guest rooms with a fireplace, there’s something here for you. A hot tub, an indoor pool, on-site laundry, and Lord Bennett’s restaurant across the street also highlight this place. Nonetheless, the steep steps down the 80-foot-high bluff to the beach, the busy atmosphere, and the rusticity of the least expensive guest rooms might not be to everyone’s liking.
$100 and Up
Set on a bluff overlooking Old Town, the Bandon Inn (355 U.S. 101, 541/347-4417 or 800/526-0209, www.bandoninn.com, from $119 d) has spectacular views, comfortable rooms all with balconies, and a path down to town. Pets are permitted in some rooms. This is a great spot to stay if you want the wining and dining of Old Town within walking distance.
A favorite place to stay on the Beach Loop is the older but refurbished Windermere Motel (3250 Beach Loop Rd., 541/347-3710, www.windermerebythesea.com, $120 and up), where baby-boomers can relive their childhood beach getaways in cedar efficiencies or two-story condo-like units, situated on a bluff above a windswept beach. Housekeeping facilities and proximity to restaurants (Lord Bennett’s) and the West Coast Game Park also make this an ideal family vacation spot.
Another popular place is the Best Western Inn at Face Rock (3225 Beach Loop Rd., 541/347-9441 or 800/638-3092, $139 and up). Part of its popularity has to do with the motel’s location—set back from the road near the end of the beach loop, across the street from Bandon’s coastline, and near the Old Bandon Links golf course. Many of the modern well-appointed guest rooms have magnificent ocean views. An indoor pool, a fitness room, a whirlpool, and a restaurant also make this an especially good choice for active travelers. Some suites have fireplaces, kitchenettes, and private patios. There is a short path to the beach.
For avid golfers, the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (57744 Round Lake Dr., 888/345-6008, www.bandondunesgolf.com, $200 and up) is the place to stay. Lodging is in several different locations around the resort and includes single lodge or inn rooms in various sizes, two- or four-bedroom suites, and multibedroom cottages. View options vary from golf course and ocean views to dune and surrounding woods. Bandon Dunes is five minutes from Bandon, a mile north of the Coquille, and 27 miles (30 minutes’ drive) from the North Bend Airport, which is served by daily flights from Portland.
Bandon is an easy place to spend a week, and there are several property-management companies that can help you find a house to rent.
Coastal Vacation Rentals (541/347-3009 or 800/336-5693, www.coastalvacationrentals.com) offers a broad range of properties, including a studio suitable for a single person or a couple and several places that accept pets. Many of the places offered by Exclusive Property Management (541/347-3790 or 800/527-5445, www.visitbandon.com) are large and quite upscale, with great locations and lovely interior design. It also rents a few more modest homes, so don’t be afraid to call or check the website.
Bandon Beach Vacation Rentals (54515 Beach Loop Rd., 541/347-4801 or 888/441-8030, www.bandonbeachrentals.com) has several units available, including one place that’ll sleep 10 people.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel