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I’ve been trying to plan a trip to the Oregon Coast for the past 3 years. I remember going there when I was little and playing on the sandy beach. So, when I had the opportunity to check out the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, I jumped on it! May contain affiliate links.

Where is the Inn at Cape Kiwanda?

The Inn at Cape Kiwanda is located in Pacific City, Oregon. It’s about a 2 hour drive from Portland, depending on traffic.

This Oregon Coast hotel is right across the street from the beach. All their rooms and suites directly face Haystack Rock and the Pacific Ocean.

You can check prices and availability here.

The O’Neill Surf Suite

My family had the opportunity to stay in the O’Neill Surf Suite (named for the popular surf brand created by Jack O’Neill.)

Photo of the bathroom at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, Oregon #innatcapekiwanda #oregoncoast #oregon #pacificcity
So much countertop space in the bathroom! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Let me tell you, out of all the places we’ve stayed over the years, this was the BEST set up for our family.

The bathroom was quite spacious and had an actual tub (which is always important when going anywhere near sand with kids!)

Photo of the O'Neill Surf Suite at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, a kid-friendly hotel on the Oregon Coast #oregoncoast #kidfriendlyhotel #pnw #oregon #pacificnorthwest
The O’Neill Surf Suite is spacious and easily fit our family of four. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

There was also a little kitchenette with a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker and sink.

And in the living area, there’s a gas fire place, a couch (that is also a queen size pull out bed,) coffee table, as well as a breakfast table and chairs.


The biggest feature of the O’Neill Surf Suite for families with little kids is that there’s a separate kids sleeping area.

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My kids LOVED sleeping in these cool bunk beds! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

This sleeping area has the cutest bunk beds we’ve ever seen! They are built to look like a VW surf van.

Plus, there’s a cozy bean bag chair on the floor next to a little bookcase filled with children’s books (including our favorite Pete The Cat book!) And a set of Megablocks!

For older kids, there’s also an XBox set up with a mounted TV.

As a mom with a 2 year old and 4 year old, I appreciated that it was semi-private. There isn’t a door so my kids felt like we were all in the same room.

It’s also the first time ever that my toddler has slept in a “big boy bed” and I credit that to the fact that he was excited to sleep in the surf van!

Why Families Should Stay Here

Pacific City is a sleepy beach town and the Inn at Cape Kiwanda embraces that same laid-back vibe. It’s one of those hotels where you’ll still have fun even if you are just hanging out in your room.


Parents will love that there’s a really great cafe right downstairs. It’s called Stimulus Coffee + Bakery and their lattes are delicious!

Photo of kids drinking apple cider at Stimulus Coffee + Bakery in Pacific City, Oregon #pacificcity #oregon #oregoncoast #familytravel
We loved starting our day at Stimulus Coffee + Bakery. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

They also have quite a few kid-friendly options. My kids loved drinking their apple cider and eating yogurt parfaits.

And they have an extensive menu of food that is made in house. There’s even windows outside where you can watch them cook!

While there are lots of tables and chairs inside the cafe, they also have places to sit outside.


I also liked seeing a huge bookcase filled with movies that are available for families to borrow.

Each room has an LCD TV mounted on the wall. We actually spent one evening snuggling in bed watching Frozen and it was awesome!


While our kids were a bit too young to try, we saw that they offer complimentary use of beach cruiser bikes!

If your kids are older, this would be such a fun way to explore the town and really get into the beach lifestyle.

You could also pack your kids’ bikes and tricycles and use these bikes to join them for a ride!


On the second floor, right outside the elevator, they have a loft area with kid-friendly board games and puzzles.

Photo of the game room at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, a kid-friendly hotel on the Oregon Coast #kidfriendlyhotel #oregon #oregoncoast #pacificcity
My 4 year old picks out a puzzle. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

One afternoon, our toddler needed a nap in the room and it was raining outside. So, I took our 4 year old to the second floor and we did puzzles for an hour.

It was very relaxing to chat with him as we worked on the puzzle. Plus, we could watch the rain and the ocean and it was quite nice.


If you are there on a Friday or Saturday night, the Inn at Cape Kiwanda hosts Welcome Receptions that feature local wine, beer, or cider and snacks.

When we were there, they had an assortment of Pelican beer. My kids enjoyed watching them rearrange the lobby for the event!

Photo of a telescope in the lobby of the Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, OR #pacificcity #oregon #oregoncoast #telescope
My husband lifts our 4 year old to check out the telescope. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Plus. the lobby has a cool telescope where you can look for surfers and see what’s happening on the beach!


My husband and I appreciated that we could grab a few groceries right next door.

Our kids are used to drinking milk every morning as soon as they wake up and it was nice that we could walk over there and stock up our fridge the night before.

They also have other items you might need, like beach stuff, in case you forgot to pack.

Oh, and they have fudge there!


I know one stress of families with dogs is finding someone to take care of their dog on weekend getaways.

The Inn at Cape Kiwanda has select rooms that are dog-friendly.

Not only are they dog-friendly, but they are set up to spoil your dog with dog towels, leashes, blankets and dog treats!

There’s even a wash station available, which I’m sure would come in handy after playing on the beach!

What to do on the Oregon Coast

Pacific City is a convenient place to stay on the Oregon Coast with kids, especially if you’re doing an Oregon Coast road trip. There’s lots to explore and many attractions are nearby.


The biggest attraction in Pacific City is the beach! It’s massive and so much fun!

Since we were on the Oregon Coast in September, we wore layers of clothing and rain boots to play at the beach and it was perfect.

Photo of Haystack Rock in Pacific City on the Oregon Coast #pnw #pacificnorthwest #oregoncoast #haystackrock
What a view of Haystack Rock! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Our kids loved running and jumping in the waves and throwing sand into the water.

We saw several families walking along the beach and kids building sandcastles.

The weather got a bit drizzly when we were hoping to make a beach fire, so we have to save that for our next trip.

Our kids were looking forward to sitting around a fire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores!

Insider Tip: Make sure to grab complimentary beach chairs and towels from the Inn at Cape Kiwanda before you head over!


We enjoyed Stimulus Coffee + Bakery both mornings we were there. It’s really very good!

We also got take out from Pelican Brewing Company, which is right across the street from the hotel on the beach.

The kids and I enjoyed our flatbread pizza and my husband loved the sandwich he ordered. We saw many families walking over there for dinner.

Oh, they make their own root beer and it’s soooooo goooooood!

Another dining option is Meridian Restaurant & Bar located at Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa across the street. If mom and dad can get away for an evening out, this is the perfect spot for them!

We didn’t have a chance to try it this trip, but their menu features a lot of seafood and sounds incredible!


One of the highlights of our trip was getting to ride on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.

It had been on my radar for the past 2 years and our family thoroughly enjoyed it!

Photo of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad in Garibaldi, OR #train #pnw #oregoncoast #garibaldi
My toddler loved holding his train ticket! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

We caught it at Garibaldi. It’s about 50 minutes from the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, and totally worth the drive.

The whole excursion is 1.5 hours. The train takes you up the coast where you can see rock formations, fishing boats, and just gorgeous scenery.

It’s probably the most beautiful train route we’ve been on, and we ride a lot of trains!


If you haven’t heard, the Tillamook Creamery just got a brand new visitors center and it is awesome!

Photo of the Tillamook Creamery yellow van photo op in Tillamook, Oregon #oregon #pnw #tillamook #tillamookcreamery
The best part about the Tillamook Creamery is that it’s free! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

It’s located about 40 minutes from the Inn at Cape Kiwanda (and it’s on your way back from the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.)

You can read my full post about the Tillamook Creamery here.

Additional Places to Stay in Pacific City

The Inn at Cape Kiwanda also has some sister properties that are worth checking out:


This is located right at the beach (across the street from the Inn.) They have a full spa, cooking classes, seafood restaurant, exercise classes and more.

You can stay in one of their 33 guest rooms or opt to rent a luxury cottage. Check prices and availability here.


For a completely different experience, rent an Airstream trailer at Hart’s Camp, which is directly behind the Inn.

It’s kind of like glamping since the Airstreams have fully equipped bathrooms and kitchenettes and bunk beds! Check prices and availability here.

Inn at Cape Kiwanda Room Tour

Thanks to the Inn at Cape Kiwanda for hosting our stay and the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad for the train ride tickets. All opinions are my own.

More Fun Things to do in Oregon

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Family Travel Guide to Portland, Oregon with Toddlers
How to Explore the Oregon Zoo in Portland with Preschoolers
Pacific Northwest Girls Weekend in Astoria, Oregon

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.


  1. This place looks amazing! I love how they have so many fun adventures available plus are stocked up for activities for quiet evenings or rainy days! And the beach looks beautiful!!!

  2. I love family friendly hotels that feel like home! So easy to go to the grocery store, or stay in and play games. And that wine tasting in the lobby is a perfect touch!

  3. WOW…definitely kid friendly…look at that bedroom, books and more! Unbelievable! Definitely a family friendly place. I’d like to see more of those around. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Okay, Cape Kiwanda sounds like a dream – a grocery store nearby, movies to rent, and that is the most adorable bunk bed I’ve seen at a hotel. I’m glad you all enjoyed ypur stay.

  5. Theresa Bailey Reply

    I have never been to Oregon but it is on my bucket list. This place looks so cozy. I love the VW bed for the kids. That is super cool. Also, who doesn’t love a wine tasting and some board games!

  6. Oregon looks so inviting and my type of speed. I want to visit all of the United States and this one of the first ones I want to visit!

  7. Those bunk beds slay me! So cute. This place looks like a real treat. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This looks like the cutest little place ever! I would love to bring my boys here.

  9. Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful to plan a great trip to Cape Kiwanda. Loving the pictures so much.

  10. This place looks awesome! Your photos are terrific. I’d definitely consider staying!

  11. This looks like the perfect place for a family getaway. Oregon is a stunning setting, and the hotel looks so quaint with many unique touches. Loved the cute little bed!

  12. Love the surf board in the room, cool idea. I have never actually heard of Cape Kiwanda, it looks like an amazing place to take the kids!

  13. Wow! Looks amazing. Sometimes after going away with my son I need another break to recover but this looks perfect for keeping everyone occupied. Think my boy would be happy with just the bed!

  14. This looks like the most family-friendly hotel I’ve ever seen! My kids would absolutely love it. And my toddler is absolutely obsessed with trains. This would be a great family getaway.

  15. This looks like a wonderful family adventure! Love that bunk bed, so cute! I’ve never been to Oregon, the beach look beautiful. I love Tillamook cheese, how fun to visit!

  16. The fact that it is so kid friendly is appealing, and that VW bed is just adorable. I think I was sold at coffee?☕. Your photos are great, thanks for sharing.

  17. This looks like a really great place to visit. I have only been out on the west coast for business, but I would love to spend more time there, especially in Oregon and Washington. Just love the nature!

    Happy to hear you guys had a grocery store next door, too. That alone is probably the best thing in my opinion! 😉

  18. Geraline Batarra Reply

    I have never been there but definitely a high recommended place to visit and I am sure you’ve had a wonderful adventure with your family.

  19. Anchored Mommy Reply

    Wow this looks so nice! I especially love the board game area. Always a nice touch for families

  20. I like such kid friendly places. Makes the travel more interesting and memorable.

  21. It is important to have some quality time together. The child get most of the memories from these family events. 🙂

  22. oh my gosh this hotel looks amazing. for a momma with two little i am always looking for kid friendly places. thank you for sharing

  23. Your kids must have really had a fun time in their car bunk bed…they seem to have enjoyed the stay & outings very much. It feels good when the whole family can enjoy & not just the grown ups OR the kids.
    – Nandita

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