The Big Wave Café is located in the Nehalem Bay area, one of the more beautiful spots in the world.
We are in Manzanita, the northernmost of the three villages that make up the region. The other two – Nehalem and Wheeler – are just south of us along US Highway 101.
Manzanita, which rises along a hill from the beach, is at once an upscale resort town and an arts community filled with colorful characters.
It features an eclectic array of shops, ranging from an environmentally sustainable clothing boutique to a game store, along its two main thoroughfares, along with a wide range of lodging options.
Nehalem is built along the river of the same name. Despite the fact that the highway runs through it, it still bears a remarkable resemblance to its turn-of-the-19th-century self, with its old-fashioned storefronts.
Wheeler offers residents and visitors an impressive view of the bay, where, during the town´s heyday, local mills floated logs bound for San Francisco.
Together, the three villages, as many refer to them, compose a tight-knit, yet diverse community catering to everyone from golfers to organic farmers to visitors from the city to sports fishermen.
For a closer look at each of the three communities located in the shadow of Neahkahnie Mountain, read on. …