The Jetty Fishery, Marina, & RV Park, Rockaway Beach, OR
How do you get the freshest seafood? You catch it yourself. At the Jetty Fishery in Rockaway Beach, Oregon – a two hour drive from Portland – the recipe for success is simple: Step 1) Grab some beers at the nearby market; Step 2) Purchase a non-resident shellfish license ($10 on weekdays; $15 on weekends); Step 3) Rent or buy some crab rings and set them with bait – fun fact: crabs are partial to chicken; Step 4) Drink your beers on the dock while you wait for the crabs to enter the traps; Step 5) Take your freshly caught Dungeness crabs over to one of the employees so they can clean and cook the things right to order. No drive along the 101 is complete without a Jetty detour. Just be forewarned: the crab's so good, you might wind up reserving a cabin to spend the night and do it all over again the next day.