I'm planning a family trip to northern CA and south OR up to Bandon and the dunes during the Thanksgiving week. We are a family of four with grown up teenagers, who love food and nature (and not so much crowds). After reading the forums, we've decided to stay at Bandon and drive around for adventures.
Does anyone knows whether I need to make hotel reservations in advance, is this a busy week? (I'm thinking of staying at the Bandon Beach Motel.) I'd prefer to avoid reservations as I want to have maximum flexibility in case we'd like to stay longer around the redwoods area.
Can anyone recommend good crabbing and clamming spots around Bandon and also outfitters? (We'd have to rent the equipment.)
We'll enjoy the parks south of Coos Bay and maybe we'll take a ride on dune buggies. But after reading a number of reviews, I'm worried about renting agencies scamming people for preexisting damages, etc.; this doesn't seem to occur rarely. Any thoughts?
And finally, does anyone have any ideas where to go for Thanksgiving dinner in case we'd prefer not to be by ourselves?
Thank you in advance!