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Holy Toledo! Vanlife and Overland Gathering on the Oregon Coast, July 15-18

Highway 101, or the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, is a legendary road trip route that draws visitors from all over the globe. Typical postcard-worthy spots feature expansive beaches, weathered lighthouses, and rolling dunes. For those heading to the Oregon coast this summer, the Holy Toledo rendezvous might be a fun addition to your road trip schedule.

Seven miles east of Newport, the event will be held on the Yaquina River and Bay near the city of Toledo, home to a thriving arts community and intriguing history of rail travel, forestry, and boat building. The Waterfront Park venue includes views of the 59-mile Yaquina River, a popular kayaking and paddling spot.

The Holy Toledo event schedule includes Happy Hours serving local beer from Newport Brewing, morning yoga, and guided kayak and paddleboard eco-tours of the nearby estuary with a (top-secret) biologist, scientist, and conservationist. Other activities include testing your singing chops at a karaoke session hosted by the Timbers Restaurant and Lounge, partaking in The 13th Annual Holy Rollin’ Bowling Tournament and Debutante Ball at Muggly’s Bowling, and enjoying sunset estuary tours departing from the local marina.

Event founder and organizer Josiah Roe says the event welcomes all, and you don’t need to be a van owner to attend. “It’s meant to create a deeper connection between vanlifers and a town and community that welcomes the modern nomadic community, where we come to a place to experience and connect in a deeper way,” he says. “Of course, we frequent local businesses but also want to participate in the traditions and culture that make it unique.”

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For additional information, visit holytoledogathering.com.

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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. As Senior Editor at Overland Journal, you can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or writing about the unsung women of overlanding history. @desktoglory_ash