Our beautiful Oregon Coast certainly is a magnet for retirees. We were curious to find out what brings people here and how relocating has worked out, so we asked our readers to send us a note about their experiences.
We found, first of all, no regrets. In fact, everyone who wrote was ecstatic about having made the choice to live here. Some of the reasons that we heard again and again include incredible scenery, wonderful beaches for walking, cool weather and clean air, and fewer allergies. Retirees also appreciate the fact that many coastal towns boast excellent art, music, and theater that would ordinarily be found only in bigger cities. Volunteer opportunities abound and medical facilities are close at hand and very good.
Add to that no sales tax and lower real estate prices than in California or Arizona, and living on the Oregon Coast is clearly a good financial choice. You’re sure to enjoy reading the accounts of how our readers made their dreams come true, each with a different story but all unanimous in their delight.
In this issue, we profile artsy Cannon Beach, a favorite North Coast haunt for both visitors and residents. Just enough away from busy Highway 101 to miss the traffic, this quiet, beautiful town boasts both a famous offshore rock and miles of beautiful beaches.
You’ll also find a story about the Bandon Fire of 1936, which wiped out the town. Bill Astore writes with a personal angle, as his dad came out from Massachusetts as a young man and fought the fire with the ccc.
A couple of anniversaries this fall: Oregon Sea Grant celebrates 40 years of connecting marine science with visitors and residents, and the Yaquina Bay Bridge celebrates its 75th birthday. More on both of those inside. Fall also brings edible mushrooms—glorious fungi celebrated by mushroom hunters and at several festivals on the coast.
Drop us a note and let us know how you liked the issue, or tell us about an adventure you had on the coast. You can reach me at email@example.com. You can also “friend” us on Facebook, where you can share a special spot you found, a favorite restaurant, or a photo. The address is www.facebook.com/oregoncoastmagazine. Enjoy!
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