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Inn at Cape Kiwanda An Oregon Coast Fave for Decades, And Here's Why

Published 05/15/2019 at 5:53 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Inn at Cape Kiwanda An Oregon Coast Fave for Decades, And Here's Why

(Pacific City, Oregon) – A longtime Oregon coast staple has been the Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. It is, after all, the maven and maverick hotel that started the whole ball rolling in the '90s, just after Pelican Pub and Brewery was created, bringing the tiny town up from a rather obscure and offbeat destination to the powerhouse tourism hotspot it is now.

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Still elegant and transformatively peaceful after all these years, the hotel been around long enough to be a pull on two generations. In some ways it’s changed a lot, in approach and maybe even in look. But in key ways it hasn’t: the Inn at Cape Kiwanda still gazes out at the stately Haystack Rock from every room and pipes in that lulling, mesmerizing ocean murmur.

The place certainly has its staunch devotees.

Portland musician Pilar French is quite the fan of Inn at Cape Kiwanda, and has been for at least a decade. She’s also been indulging in the Cottage at Kiwanda before that luxury site was converted into the ultra-luxurious Headlands Coastal Lodge and Spa.

Both have been a regular stop for her for ages now, always with her two happy-go-lucky Australian shepards in tow. Heading to the Oregon coast with her pups is the bottom line with her, and so the Inn at Cape Kiwanda’s open door policies to the wee beasties make it a standard.

“Not quite on the beach but close enough to have wonderful views of the haystack,” French said. “The staff are very friendly and always want to make sure their guests are content. The local grocery is just next door and visitors miss out on a treat if they don’t pick up some of the homemade fudge.”

The Stimulus Cafe on the ground floor of the Inn at Cape Kiwanda is a famed purveyor of coffee and sweets on the Oregon coast as well.

French, a smooth-but-urgent vocalist with a slightly gritty Americana sound, has plenty to sing about in the area. She’s big on the next door Pelican Pub and its beers, as well as the Headlands’ new Meridian Restaurant. along with other eateries in Pacific City.

The dreaminess starts with the lobby. You’ll find a telescope there to zoom in on the oceanic action. An elegant fireplace is somewhat the centerpiece, with a kind of marble-like construction and graceful yet sleek, futuristic lines.

Many of the rooms come in a soft, eggshell white, often with blue accents in the surrounding fabrics while comely elements of polished wood are scattered throughout the decor. All this is lit up by day by the oceanic word outside, always with Haystack Rock dominating the view.

All the balconies at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda are private.

“The rooms each have a deck and many are equipped with soaking tubs,” French said. “Also, when you walk outside the Inn you will almost always see charming bunnies in the grass.

Rooms at the Inn come with wi-fi, gas fireplace, down pillows, down comforter, an LCD flat screen TV and a hairdryer. Some of the larger, more elaborate suites accommodate families and have kitchens. These also have Xbox 360s in the kids bunk room along with in-room board games and puzzles. Some have adorable kids’ bunk beds shaped like a little bus complete with surfboards on the top.

The whole facility is a hop, skip and a jump from the sprawling, sandy ruggedness of Cape Kiwanda. And if it’s too gnarly outside to engage in outdoor frivolity, those ocean views provide practically a front row seat to the storm action on the cape, where you may see waves so chaotic and massive they pounce over the cape from the other side.

Even that, however, brings a sense of not just wonder but stillness as well, that calming vibe the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon coast is known for. Then Pilar, with all her learned eloquence and artistic wisdom, can’t help but break it down into the simplest of terms at times when describing her favorite getaway.

“It’s so peaceful,” she said.  

33105 Cape Kiwanda Dr. Pacific City, Oregon. 888-965-7001. Website for full details. - Lodgings in Pacific City - Where to eat - Pacific City Maps and Virtual Tours

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