Sunny Winter Day in Winchester Bay

Salmon Harbor in Winchester Bay

Boats at Salmon Harbor in Winchester Bay

I’ll be the first to admit that it isn’t always nice on the Oregon Coast in the winter (or in the summer, either for that matter). I’ve spent my share of days on the coast, huddled against the rain and wind, scurrying to get from point A to point B as quickly, warmly, and dryly as possible.

There are also times, though, when the weather at the coast far exceeds anything we are getting in the Willamette Valley. Those times are usually in the winter, usually when the Valley is enveloped in fog – much like it has been for the past week or so. It is on days like today, when we are entering into our 4th day of oppressive fog that quick trips to the sunny coast can be very revitalizing.

The thermometer in our car registered 59 degrees in Winchester Bay and it slowly dropped to below 40 as we made our way home.

Weather projections are for another sunny day at the coast tomorrow. Perhaps you’ll be able to go?


Blue Mountain Park
Lowell Covered Bridge and Interpretive Center


  1. Awesome! What a great day at the beach! Thanks for sharing. It was clear and 61 in Bend today!

  2. Beautiful day. Beautiful photos, Colette. The daily fog in the valley is getting real old. Guess it’s better than snow and below zero temps!

    • Hi Todd. Cottage Grove was beautiful yesterday (Saturday). The sun was amazing! Maybe its time for a little road trip to get out of the Valley fog….

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