I am trying to plan a family vacation on the Coast with family members visiting from California and Washington. What cities, say north of Newport, would be best? I'm looking for a variety of outdoor activities, not tourist trap-like (there will be no children in the group), maybe some artsy things, and, of course, good food, which I know is relative as the Coast is not Portland.
Any recommendations as to which town would be very helpful. I've been looking online at Nye Beach, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Rockaway, etc.