The other week, my family and I had the incredible opportunity to do some filming with the Waldport Chamber of Commerce for their new campaign — “Eat, Play, Shop, Stay” — promoting all that our tranquil coastal town of Waldport, Oregon has to offer!
We filmed for the “play” portion of the campaign featuring clamming for cockles right under the Alsea Bay Bridge, just one of the countless incredible activities here in Waldport. In fact, just clamming alone is practically endless with all of the different species available, but there’s so much more that this majestic coastal town has to offer.
Whether you’re looking to rent a crab boat to catch a bounty of beautiful Dungeness crab for dinner or for a picturesque spot along the Alsea Bay to park your RV for the weekend, McKinley’s RV Park and Marina is just what you’re looking for. If you’re in search of a smooth and serene body of water for your kayaks and standup paddleboards or maybe just the perfect dock to fish off of to catch some tasty rainbow trout, Eckman Lake definitely checks all of those boxes. Or perhaps you’re just in the mood for a leisurely stroll through town to shop for unique coastal treasures — Enough and the Waldport Flea Market always have some good finds and just happen to be right next to the most crave-worthy caramel corn I’ve ever tasted from the Caramel Dude right on the corner of Maple Street and Highway 101.
Waldport is also home to one of the most unique destinations along the entire Oregon coast, Tiny Tranquility Park. Tiny Tranquility is a vintage trailer and tiny house village located right off of Highway 101, just steps from Big Stump Beach. So whether you’re looking for a tiny house or vintage trailer to rent for the weekend, or have your own tiny house that you’re in search of a more permanent place to park it, Tiny Tranquility has everything you’ve been looking for. This 12.5-acre park not only features a jaw-dropping variety of tiny homes and vintage trailers, it also has so much more to offer, including its very own community garden featuring an assortment of micro greens grown by Lil Swiss Farms, a fenced-in dog park, an outdoor grilling area with community tables and cozy fire pit and a duck pond. There is also the Doug Fir Lodge, which hosts a wide variety of activities such as pool and ping pong tables, a cozy wood burning fireplace surrounded by colorful seating, separate big screen TV room, laundry and shower facility and, my personal favorite, the Redwood Commons, which is a gorgeous community kitchen for residents and guests that features a fully stocked cook’s kitchen, gas fireplace, cozy seating, custom made tables and ocean viewing deck.
So whether you’re getting takeout from the best Chinese restaurant on the coast at China Restaurant after a long day of paddle boarding, or cooking up your own freshly harvested clam feast in Tiny Tranquility’s community kitchen with that incredible ocean view, I think it’s easy to see why so many of us immediately fall in love with Waldport.
Here’s a super simple, super quick meal from the clams we harvested that day that looks and tastes like it was an all-day production.
Yellow Curry with Cockle Clams
15 cockle clams, cleaned and chopped
1/4 cup yellow curry paste
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2, 13.5oz cans of coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon coconut oil (you can substitute with vegetable oil)
In Dutch oven or pot, sauté yellow curry paste and garlic in oil for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add coconut milk, honey, red pepper flakes and clams and simmer until clams are fully cooked (approximately 3 minutes) then serve over a bed of rice topped with oven roasted jalapeños and cherry tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, chives and a lime wedge. Fresh, spicy, and incredibly delicious.