Port­land, Ore.

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Ap­prox­i­mately 80 miles north­west of Port­land, U.S. Route 101 hugs the Ore­gon coast and is home to achingly beau­ti­ful scenery, as well as eater­ies that of­fer a va­ri­ety of healthy, home­grown dishes. First, take U.S. Route 26 north­west to Can­non Beach, where off­shore rock mono­liths form an oth­er­worldly seascape. Here, Waves of Grain (waves of­grain­bak­ery.com) uses fam­ily-grown wheat to make bis­cuits, muffins, and cheese sticks. Nearby Ecola Seafoods (eco­laseafoods.com) is a no-frills mar­ket and restau­rant with a menu that in­cludes Dun­geness crab, salmon, and hal­ibut, caught by the restau­rant’s own fish­ing fleet. From there, con­tinue south to Til­lam­ook Val­ley, a re­gion with some of the finest cheese mak­ers in the Pa­cific North­west. Case in point: Til­lam­ook County Cream­ery (til­lam­ook.com), which boasts a cheese shop, a fac­tory tour, and the Cream­ery Café, the place to go for gooey grilled cheese sand­wiches and dairyfresh ice cream in fla­vors like Grandma’s Cake Bat­ter. Any­one vis­it­ing Otis Cafe (otis­cafe.com), a cot­tage just in­land on the Salmon River High­way in Otis, should bring an ap­petite for spe­cial­ties such as pork chops and ap­ple­sauce and thick toast cut from homemade mo­lasses bread. Far­ther down the coast in South Beach, the South Beach Fish Mar­ket (south­beach­fish mar­ket.com) serves burg­ers made from shrimp, crab, or minced salmon. Jazzed for a cup of joe? Try the Green Salmon Cof­fee Shoppe (the­green­salmon .com) in Yachats. The shop’s Kope Jahe (a dou­ble-strength cof­fee with gin­ger and cane sugar) and Café Ore­go­nian (made with hazel­nut milk) are yummy, but treats like the maple-glazed crois­sants are what you’ll re­ally re­mem­ber.

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