A Hidden Gem on the Oregon Coast.
A recent road trip brought us to stay at Sunset Bay State Park, near Coos Bay, Oregon. Well, I have to say that as much as I love the idea of a Coastal trip, the weather more often than not disappoints. This time, the weather was once again so-so, but the discovery we made overshadowed the weather by far.
Just down the road from our campground, at the literal "end of the road", we stumbled upon Shore Acres State Park. A tiny, and I assume, unknown gem of a park that has some pretty interesting history and some spectacular views of not only the grounds, but of the great Pacific Ocean as well. Since they have such a detailed website, I will just post my pics. If you ever find yourself in the Coos Bay Area, this is a must see!
"Perched on a scenic bluff above the Pacific Ocean, Shore Acres began as a private estate with luxurious gardens featuring trees, shrubs, and flowering plants brought from around the world aboard the sailing ships of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson.
Simpson developed the summer home into a showplace three-story mansion complete with a heated, indoor swimming pool and a large ballroom. The grounds contained five acres of formal gardens, including a Japanese-style garden built around a 100-foot lily pond.
When fire destroyed the mansion in 1921, Simpson began to build an even larger replacement - two stories high and 224 feet long. However, financial losses in the 1930s caused both house and grounds to fall into disrepair. In 1942, Simpson's beloved Shore Acres was purchased by the state of Oregon for use as a public park."- From Shore Acres site.