Toledo, situated on a bend of the Yaquina River and surrounded by wooded hills, is just seven miles inland from the Central Oregon Coast, the only inland coastal community with a deep-water channel. The historic town cascades over the hillsides to the river. Once a bustling lumber mill town, Toledo’s industries today include lively boat repair businesses and Port of Toledo facilities, which support the fishing industry; a vibrant arts community, and a modern paper products mill.
When the wind starts to blow on the beach, Toledo is often warm and sunny. Its strollable 4-block long Main Street is filled with specialty shops, art galleries, gift shops selling the work of local crafters, and a clay works studio. Toledo’s restaurants are one of a kind, including Pig Feathers, designated by Fodors as the best barbeque in the Northwest. And their business has recently expanded to include a a microbrewery in the proud Oregon tradition. Several world-class artists make their homes here, taking inspiration from the small town atmosphere and beautiful river, estuary, and rural vistas.
Toledo is the only city on the Oregon coast which has a downtown on a city street, not on a throughway or highway. Toledo’s Main Street retains its historical flavor through the waterfront and fishing vessels moored at the end of Main. Every summer over 100 bright, colorful flower baskets grace the business 20 Loop and Main Street.
Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show
The 14th Annual Toledo Wooden Boat Show is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates the historic tradition of wooden boats. The weekend’s events include boat exhibits, live music, family boat building and more.
An assortment of vessels will be on display including classic vessels, unique owner-built boats, as well as the Port’s twin Teak Ladies, and local commercial fishermen with their classic boats. The GP Containerboard Boat Contest takes place on Saturday, and brings entries from across the county, and is a huge draw for spectators. There is a special award for the most spectacular sinking.
This year’s show features the Northwest Steam Society. Their members will bring steamboats and other steam equipment from across the Northwest, and there will be opportunities for an excursion ride on the Yaquina Bay. For over 40 years, the Northwest Steam Society has been a place for enthusiasts to share their passion for live steam with the public at large through event appearances and casual gatherings. Between their members, they have literally hundreds of years of experience with this fascinating and history-filled energy source, and will continue to promote it to future generations. They currently count over 150 boats among its membership around the world.
The festival’s location, Waterfront Park, allows visitors easy access to the shops and businesses on Main Street.Visit Website
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