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Treasures Large and Small at One Oregon Coast Village
(Yachats, Oregon) - At first glance, it doesn’t seem like there's a lot here in the tiny village of Yachats, on the central coast. But this diminutive Oregon burgh is filled with a lot of manmade and natural treasures.
The beaches here are a bit odd, and not extremely beach-like in the regular sense of the word, which can turn a few off. They are more comprised of rocky slabs and labyrinths than sandy spots, but that’s actually what makes them more spectacular. Indeed, this kind of geology and geography makes for never-ending wave wildness, the kind that is absolutely hypnotizing. Forget just walking in the sand when you can witness this sort of tidal melee on a constant basis without storms.
Beyond the beaches, the businesses have some deliciously inviting options for fun making. A variety of rental outfits provide some opulent, almost decadent places to stay in: dream-like mansions that sometimes boggle the mind with their beauty and architectural inventiveness. The views of the ocean don’t hurt either. There’s at least one engaging restaurant in town that can single-handedly cater to almost everyone, and other places to stay that make for nothing but awe-inspiring memories.
Here is just a sample:
Overleaf Village Vacation Rentals. Several vacation homes are clustered within a coastal landscape, along a trickling stream meandering under a stone bridge. Some have ocean views and all are a quick walk to the rugged, rocky beach of Yachats and to the stunning 804 Trail that follows the shore. All beautiful, upscale homes with woodsy, retro architecture, based on designs from historical beach cottages from the northwest coast, with thick foliage and immaculate gardens that make you quite secluded. They all come with every modern amenity, including: full kitchens, washer/dryers, TV’s, DVD players, fireplaces and propane barbecues. You may also find whirlpool tubs, stone fireplaces, wrap-around decks, maybe even a secluded window seat, and more. Some are cottages; some are larger homes perfect for reunions, big gatherings. Some sleep as many as ten. Large conference center on the premises, hosting as many as 80. Overleaf Lodge Lane. Yachats, Oregon. (541) 547-4880 or (800) 338-0507. www.overleafvillage.com.
Overleaf Lodge. Luxury surrounds you at every turn, with all rooms right on the ocean, overlooking the pounding waves. Six different styles of rooms pamper you in varying degrees. The Grand Pacific Suite hosts two bedrooms, living room, three-way fireplace, full kitchen, granite counters, and large balcony. Other plush rooms come with patios or balconies, some with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and other amenities such as robes. Some have two rooms to host larger families, with a bedroom and living room. Some adjoin to create even bigger suites. Others are smaller and cozy, with a big window or picture window to the surf. Rooms also come with TV’s, hair dryers, DVD’s, wi-fi. Smoke free, large and small conference facilities, books/games, free guest laundry, oceanview exercise room. Rates include sizable continental breakfast.
Plus, there's the famed Overleaf Spa on the premises, where pampering yourself or a loved one comes even easier in these beachy surroundings. Overleaf Lodge Lane, Yachats, Oregon. (541) 547-4880, (800) 338-0507. www.overleaflodge.com.
Ocean Odyssey Vacation Rentals. Fabulous homes abound – for every taste and budget - with dozens stretching from just north of Florence, to Yachats, Waldport and Newport. There are some seriously stunning mansions as well. Many are located right on the ocean, some on those especially dramatic rocky shores between Yachats and Florence, and along the 804 Trail. Find homes new and older, with amenities such as wi-fi, fireplaces, hot tubs, large decks, barbecues, firepits, and large yards. Some truly unique features are provided in some cases - intriguing things you've never seen before. There are small, lovable homes like A-Frames to a few enormous, sprawling homes - rentals that sleep from four to 26. One looks like a wave from some angles. Another between Yachats and Florence is simply huge, set on a perch overlooking incredible ocean vistas with some bucolic gardens. Their website features online booking; floor plans on award-winning website allow you to plan details of your vacation. Many homes are pet friendly as well. 261 N. Hwy 101 (the office is in Yachats Village Market). 800-800-1915. www.ocean-odyssey.com
Oregon Beach Vacations. There are well over 100 homes available as vacation rentals – all quite distinctive and carefully selected to be something on the special side. Homes are available in dizzying array of areas: Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Nye Beach, Otter Rock, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar and Rockaway Beach. Full kitchens, laundry facilities, oceanfront, ocean view, garden view and homes that are studios to elaborate mansions with eight bedrooms are part of their massive catalog. Recent acquisitions have spread their territory down to some condos in the Florence area. Many of their Yachats homes are just north of town and in the Waldport area. Some stand on secretive, grandiose bluffs in exclusive developments; some are condos or sophisticated homes practically on the beach. Some have hot tubs, and some are pet friendly. Perfect for families – or romantic getaways and special occasions. Large reunions, corporate or group retreats are well catered to. Special guest services like gift baskets, deliveries, even groceries can be arranged. 690 SE 39th Street, Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-800-723-2383. www.oregonbeachvacations.com
Dublin House Motel. A grand and charming wooden structure greets you as you pull up, and inside plenty of surprises wait. Besides the fact it’s the only motel (that we’ve heard of) on the coast that has its own extensive fly-fishing shop, along with goodies for the visitor, you’ll find a sumptuous indoor pool that’s heated year round. Lovely ocean views come with many rooms, where you can gaze out at the consistent drama of the waves, as they make a scene no matter how calm the weather. All units are big and extremely comfortable, coming with writing desk and other special touches. Each room contains a microwave, refrigerator, in-room coffee makers, cable TV, and larger kitchen units are available as well. There’s plenty of free parking, and you have a choice of smoking or non-smoking rooms. It’s within walking distance from all of Yachats’ various amenities, as well as a short walk to the beaches. 101 and 7th St. Yachats, Oregon. 866-922-4287. www.dublinhousemotel.com
Landmark Restaurant and Lounge. It’s an unusually pleasant place where family friendly meets grown up entertainment – all in the same location. The view at the restaurant presents a flood of wonders from the natural world, including all manner of wildlife wandering past you or in and out of the ocean or bay. The free show gives way to some of the finest Italian cuisine in the state. Sauces are light, delicate and very subtle, for pleasures like baked ziti, spaghetti or mushroom pasta.
Plenty of pancakes, eggs in various incarnations, sausage, ham and omelets are available for breakfast – from $6 to $10. Also some interesting Italian items, like a pesto omelet, eggs simmered in olive oil or seafood omelets.
Lunchtime and dinner brings numerous seafood appetizers around $8, chicken and beef entrees like Chicken Parmesan or steak, their fab Italian specialties and a bundle of seafood specialties from fancy to fish and chips ($10 - $18). There’s also a kids menu. A late-night menu boasts simpler items like nachos or burgers around $10.
At night, the lounge kicks into life with a wide range of entertainment until the wee hours, allowing the adults of the area something really cool to do. Some national acts float through here in the blues and esoterica realms, while a heavy roster of fine northwest bands show up, with genres like reggae, alternative, jam bands and classic rock spread out the fun along all sorts of musical boundaries. Hwy 101, Yachats. (541) 547-5459. www.landmark-yachats.com
Village Market Bistro & Deli. It’s about a 25-minute drive north, but it’s well worth it. In Newport’s Nye Beach district, you can lunch on gourmet cuisine to a beautiful view of the ocean. Specializing in cutting edge sandwiches, soups and specialty meat, cheese and veggie plates. Sandwiches (around $9) include wonders like the Tuscan Turkey (Hickory smoked turkey breast, sun dried tomatoes), Citrus grilled chicken breast or an ethereal pulled pork barbecue. You can also design your own sandwiches. Plates ($6 - $12) include artisan breads and cheeses, a luscious housemade pate, and imported meats. Try the Artichoke-Fennel-Parmesan Spread (Artichoke hearts sautéed in white wine with fennel seed and blended with fresh grated Grande Parma), for example. Fine wines from around the NW and world are sold. There’s a massive deli assortment to take home, or back to your beach bungalow. Specially made “beach baskets” can be ordered, with gourmet foods, cheeses, wine, etc. Open Wed – Sun, 11 a.m. to around 7 p.m. 741 NW Third, Newport, Oregon - 541-574-9393. www.beachconnection.net/village_bistro_newport