Nestled into the central Oregon Coast in the tiny town of Otter Rock is the Devil’s Punch Bowl. There are so many great vantage points to check out along the coastal highway. Signage off the 101 is spotty so slowing down to really watch for the turn off is necessary. Following a few twists and turns there is a small parking area set across from a few businesses. Just beyond the pavement are dirt paths wending their way through a grassy area sitting at the top of the cliffs. The Devil’s Punch Bowl has always been a particular favorite of mine.
Looking out over the water here just feels magical. The landscape is rugged and wild, and there are always at least a few brave souls down in the inlet surfing. There’s something hypnotizing about watching waves crash against the cliffs. Picnic tables are available for those who want to relax and enjoy the edge of the world feeling of the cliffs. Mo’s (their world famous chowder is my favorite) is a great place to grab a bite while exploring. A note to those who have visited other Mo’s branches in Oregon, this is one that does not have a fryer.
During the summer months there is also an ice cream and coffee truck. My favorite stop though is the Flying Dutchman Winery. No trip to the Oregon Coast is complete without stopping here. They offer a great combination of tasting flights and snarky napkins and signage. Rain or shine, there is just something about the lookout that always pulls me back.
Do you have a landscape that moves you? One that you find yourself visiting over and over again?