|Hug Point State Park on the Oregon Coast|
With lots of sunshine forecast for the Oregon coast this week and next, what better way to celebrate than with a lazy day on the beach… feet in the sand, dogs by my side, a good book and cool vegan treat in hand… oh, I can hardly wait. If you’re headed that way, too, or more specifically to the northern stretch of coastline between Astoria and Nehalem, then let me save you some trouble by telling you exactly where to go to find those treats:
Frite & Scoop [Astoria]
175 14th Street #150, Astoria in the 14th Street Pilot Station
Conveniently located on the Astoria Riverwalk, and just steps away from where the sea lions congregate under the trestles, sits a small-batch ice cream shop called Frite & Scoop. Flavors change regularly, and generally include one or two vegan options. The day’s selection is posted everyday at noon on the store’s Facebook page; however, you’ll need to inquire within to confirm which of those flavors are vegan.
Open Thursday through Saturday from noon ‘til 8pm and Sunday and Monday from noon ‘til 7pm.
Bridgewater Bistro [Astoria]
20 Basin Street in Astoria
Planted at the foot of the Astoria-Megler Bridge with a wonderful view of the Columbia River, you’ll find Bridgewater Bistro, which offers vegan lunch and dinner options, vegan sorbet for dessert (try the Mango Coconut Lime), and a lovely, relaxing atmosphere, to boot.
Open ‘til 9pm Sunday through Thursday and on Saturday and Sunday until 9:30pm.
Sea Star Gelato [Seaside]
8 N. Columbia Street in Seaside
|Berry Lemon Sorbetto from Sea Star Gelato|
If you’re looking for a wider selection to choose from and/or closer proximity to the beach, head to Sea Star Gelato in Seaside, where six to seven clearly marked “dairy free” sorbettos are made fresh each day. Some of the frequently offered favorites include Berry Lemon, Blood Orange Lemon, Fresh Pear, Watermelon Mint, and Chocolate Cashew. Or, if you have a special flavor in mind (like hazelnut, pistachio, peanut butter, or perhaps a favorite fruit combo), simply leave a message via the shop’s Facebook page the evening before, or really early on the morning of, and the owner says he will do his best to make it happen.
Open weekdays from noon ‘til 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 9pm.
Cannon Beach Café [Cannon Beach]
1116 South Hemlock Street in Cannon Beach
Is any trip to these parts complete without a visit to Cannon Beach? Whether you’re bound for Haystack Rock, Ecola State Park, or Hug Point (my personal favorite), plan a stop at the Cannon Beach Café, which in addition to vegan fruit sorbet offers one heck of a sweet potato burger.
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 3pm for lunch and 5pm to 9pm for dinner.
35915 Highway 101 North in Nehalem
Nestled among the antique shops lining Highway 101 in the quaint village of Nehalem sits a sweet little gem called Buttercup, where the list of revolving flavors has included such vegan treats as Cherry-Chocolate Sorbet, Strawberry-Basil Sorbet, Summer Sangria Sorbet, Rhubarb Ginger Sorbet, Passion Fruit Lime Sorbet, Lemon Violet Sorbet, Coconut Pistachio, and Almond Milk Mint Chocolate Shard, all of which can be paired with a specialty vegan cone. For today’s list, check the shop's website or Facebook page.
Open Wednesday through Monday from 11:30am until 6pm.
Know of any other great spots that offer cool vegan treats on the Oregon Coast? Post ‘em in the comments!