We Just Might Have What You Want in Yachats, Oregon

Our Sea Anemone Ocean View Vacation Rental

We just might have what you want in Yachats, Oregon.

If you are looking for a private and cozy getaway for a few days of relaxation, we just might have what you want in Yachats, Oregon.

Our ocean view vacation rental home is located on the central Oregon Coast in Yachats, about 20 miles south of Newport. As owners of the Sea Anemone we rent and manage our home personally. Following three years of management by a large vacation management company we learned many lessons. Most noteworthy, we missed having the opportunity to provide our personalized service to our guests.

Customer service is a really big deal for me. With over 30 years in the customer service business, I have  developed a strong foundation for helping people.

The Sea Anemone is Cozy and Secluded

Our Sea Anemone ocean view vacation home is cozy and comfortable with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and accommodates four people. We are located at the end of a quiet street bordered by a peaceful spruce thicket. One of the most desirable features offered by the Sea Anemone is the ocean view from the living and dining areas of our home. You just might see a whale, too.

The living room is furnished with a comfortable reclining love seat from which you can see both the ocean and the wooded area adjacent to our property; watch winter storms here as the wind whips through the trees and the surf roils below. Sometimes I extend back in the comfy recliner, and, well, before I know it, that snoring mechanism kicks into gear.

Unpack and unwind at the Sea Anemone

I did mention we have two bedrooms. I trust you will agree that directly underneath CLEAN, a comfortable bed is tops on your list of requirements for a vacation rental. Which do you prefer, a pillow-top mattress or gel bed? Our home has one of each in queen size which is furnished with quality bedding, fluffy comforters and plenty of blankets and pillows. Furthermore, dressers are provided in each bedroom so you can unpack and unwind with ease.

Dining options in Yachats, Oregon

We Just Might Have What You Want in Yachats, Oregon

Our kitchen is well equipped with quality cookware and plenty of utensils and bake ware if you wish to prepare your own food. In addition, a BBQ is available on the large deck where you can watch a splendid sunset over the ocean as you grill dinner. Complimentary coffee and tea is supplied for you. Or, you may satisfy your epicurean cravings by visiting the variety of interesting eateries in Yachats.

Relax, Replenish, Rejuvenate

The Sea Anemone has two bathrooms that are supplied with plenty of fluffy white towels and wash clothes. One bathroom has a shower; the second features a claw foot bathtub, perfect for a bubble bath. Goat milk guest soaps are complimentary, as is Teal’s Epsom salts for a relaxing soak.

Seek solitude in the loft library to read or write or just enjoy your morning coffee as you watch the ocean. Also, a yoga mat is furnished if that is your ritual. In addition, Wifi, cable and two TV’s are available for those of you who want to keep connected to the outside world.

The 804 Trail

We Just Might Have What You Want in Yachats, Oregon

The 804 walking trail is steps from our home and leads directly to the rocky shore for hours of tide pool exploration. Consequently, miles of sandy beach for walking, running, and playing are also easily accessible from the 804 trail. Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, 3 miles south, promises wondrous views. A hike to the top of the headland in old growth forest is rewarding. I fell in love with the area on my first ever ocean adventure when I visited Yachats and environs.

The Sea Anemone is the perfect beach destination in Yachats

The Sea Anemone is perfect for a friends’ retreat, a small family adventure or a romantic getaway.  There are stairs between floors to consider if you have young toddlers. However, a Pack N Play is furnished to help keep little ones protected. Contact me if you have questions. In addition, I should mention we do consider pets, doggies only, less than 30 pounds.

We trust you will collect wonderful memories with your family when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats.

Our house, where memories begin…


The #1 Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

The Village of Yachats, Oregon

The #1 Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast
Bird watching is fun at the beach in Yachats

A vacation in Yachats, Oregon is the #1 reason to visit the Central Oregon Coast. Wondrous ocean views and majestic adventures abound for families and friends. Yachats, pronounced YAH-hots, is a nature lover’s paradise and is also a perfect romantic getaway.

Constant swells of the ever adjusting tide break against ancient basalt rocks, as they have done for millennia. Over 300 species of birds make their homes in the Central Coast area, including songbirds, seabirds and birds of prey. A variety of whale species migrate up and down the Oregon Coast, the gray whale being the most common. Although rare, killer whales may be spotted in early spring as whales with their young migrate north. Herds of sea lions and seals forage and reside along the entire Oregon coastline.

Yachats is worth the drive

The #1 Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Nestled between the Oregon Coast Range and the rocky coastline of the mighty Pacific Ocean, Yachats is located 78 driving miles west from Corvallis and 24 miles south of Newport on Highway 101.

Yachats is worth the drive.

Most noteworthy, the business district of Yachats is populated with quaint eateries, art galleries, boutique gift shops, and locally owned and operated shops. Some restaurants feature live music in the evening, including open mic. In addition, the village hosts many events throughout the year such as the “Winter Celebration” that runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Also, some events on tap for 2018, include art fairs, quilt shows, concerts, and a music festival. Furthermore, no fast food or drive-up restaurant establishments are located in the village in order to preserve the small town character that defines Yachats.

The 804 trail

The #1 Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast
Relaxing walk on the historic 804 Trail

Fortunately, beaches of the Oregon Coast are public and open for all to enjoy. The 804 trail runs from downtown Yachats and north along the rocky shore. Perch yourself on a bench and enjoy the variety of seabirds or marvel at ocean views; maybe even spot ocean going wildlife. The 804 trail continues north for 7 miles of sandy beach, all the way to Waldport.  Play in the sand like a kid. Finally, stunning sunsets draw tourists and locals alike for evening visits to the water’s edge.

A bit of Yachats history

A post office was first established at present day Yachats in 1892 and the outpost was originally called, “Oceanview”. The village was reputed as a tourist destination by the early 1900’s in spite of the difficulties in reaching the town due to a lack of reliable roads. Finally, the name Yachats was officially christened in 1917. Since the Roosevelt Memorial Highway was built in 1931, currently known as Highway 101, tourism has continually increased and is now the area’s largest industry.

The gem of the Oregon Coast

I invite you to our lovely little hamlet. I believe you will soon agree a vacation in Yachats is the #1 reason to visit the Central Oregon Coast. Decide for yourself if Yachats is worthy of its reputation as, ‘the Gem of the Oregon Coast’.

We trust you will collect wonderful memories with your family when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats.

Our house, where memories begin…


What Do I Pack for My Yachats, Oregon Vacation?

What the hey? Does it always rain in Oregon?

What do I pack for my Yachats, Oregon vacation?

So, you have decided to visit Yachats, Oregon. Smart choice.

Packing though, for a vacation can be challenging, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. Oregon has a reputation for RAIN. There are even songs about Oregon rain. So the question abounds, what do I pack for my Yachats, Oregon vacation?

The weather in Yachats is very pleasant

First of all, let’s take a peek at what the average weather is in this lovely little hamlet. Yachats gets about 74 inches of rain per year. This might sound like a lot compared to the US average of 39 inches. However, snowfall is  a mere 2 inches per year, while the average US city gets 26 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation in Yachats is 161.

You number crunchers can do what you wish with this information. For the rest of us, our main question is, “Hey, is there a brewery in town?” (That answer is a definite, “YES”).

According to bestplaces.net, these numbers might help you better understand what weather to expect. It might also pleasantly rain, at least 161 days in there somewhere. The brewery is warm and dry all year (no pun intended).

“On average, there are 156 sunny days per year in Yachats, Oregon. The July high is around 63 degrees. The January low is 40. Sperling’s comfort index for Yachats is a 77 out of 100, where a higher score indicates a more comfortable year-around climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.”

What do I pack for my Yachats, Oregon vacation?

What do I pack for my Yachats, Oregon vacation?

Dressing in Yachats is very simple; casual is the name of the game. Check out these ideas to answer that torturous vacation question, “What do I pack?” More specifically, “What do I pack for my Yachats, Oregon vacation?”

First, a comfortable pair of walking shoes is recommended. There are so many opportunities to walk that it would be a shame to not have the right shoes for the job. The 804 trail, hikes at Cape Perpetua, exploring tide pools or just walking about town with family checking out the shops and eateries are wonderful ways to spend time in our little village – in comfortable shoes.

Summer months in Yachats

In summer, shorts and light clothing are perfect. Hiking type sandals or water shoes to protect feet on the rocky shore that also provide traction on slippery or steep rocks are recommended. Please include sunscreen! Even on cloudy days one can get badly sunburned. Ouch! I can speak from experience on that one.

A light jacket or sweater and a pair of long pants are nice to have handy as foggy summer mornings can be cool.

Pacific waters are cold year round, and currents and undertows can be dangerous so swimming in the ocean is not recommended. However, sun bathing on the sandy beach is fine on a hot summer day, with sunscreen.

A summer rain coat is a wise idea. Coastal squalls can move in any time of year, although, summers tend to be far more sunny and clear. I have a light rain coat that works well in spring, summer and fall.

Winter months in Yachats

What do i pack for my Yachats, Oregon vacation?For the winter months of December – March, I recommend jeans, long pants, sweaters or long sleeve shirts for indoor living.

For winter, I wear my hip-length rain coat that has a zip out liner. A sweater or fleece jacket adds a layer of warmth if the weather is chilled or windy. I also recommend a pair of fleece pants and rain pants to cover if you plan to spend time outside during rainy winter days.

Last January I went out on a very windy, rainy day to walk the 804 trail to get in my fitbit steps. Attired with my rain gear covers I was toasty warm and comfortable. It was fun to see the wild waves in solitude and I met only one person on the trail. She was dressed similarly to I and we bonded with a gloved high five as we met in passing.

Walking the sandy beach in Yachats

What Do I Pack for My Yachats, Oregon Vacation?

If you want to walk the sandy beach in winter I recommend you bring hat and gloves and rubber boots. Several rivulets drain directly into the ocean and are wide enough to get your feet wet without waterproof shoes or boots. In summer, the cool sand feels marvelous and you can cross the rivulets barefooted.

It is always a beautiful day in Yachats

No matter what style of clothing you pack, whether out and about in warm and sunny weather or keeping it cozy in winter fleece jammies with beef stew in the crock pot, it is always a beautiful day in Yachats!

We trust you will collect wonderful memories with your family when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats.

Our house, where memories begin…

 


Why I Fell in Love with Yachats, Oregon?

Yachats was my first ocean adventure

Why I Fell in Love with Yachats, Oregon?

Why I fell in love with Yachats, Oregon is not a question. Yachats was my first ocean adventure. As a transplant from the flat plains of the Dakota’s, I was overwhelmed, almost frightened, as I ventured forth on the sandy beach looking out at the ocean horizon that day. First of all, the waves were majestic and powerful. Loud! Crashing! Furthermore, the horizon of undulating waves appeared as though it were above my vantage point, menacing! My brain was accustomed to my 21 years of safe and flat landscape, unobstructed, except for an occasional grove of trees or a farmstead. Now then, why didn’t those waves rush forward and engulf me in one giant swoosh?

Could I one day live in Yachats?

In spite of my ‘fear’, I ran and played like a kid, wrote messages in the sand, explored tide pools, touched sea anemones, and ate glorious seafood that day. That experience informed me of a whole new world and I fell in love with it immediately. Consequently, a seed was planted. Could I someday live in Yachats?

Jewels for my Soul

I never again experienced the frightening feeling of the wave horizon that I felt that first visit to the ocean. Instead, my visits to the Oregon Coast became jewels to my soul as I would escape for a weekend, renting someone else’s vacation home. Somehow, the waves and sand washed stress from my life and created calmness within.

Release, replenish, rejuvenate

With gratitude, I experience that same wonder every time I walk along the beach today. Waves are constant and calming, mesmerizing. I bring myself to center. See the waves as they break against the sandy shore. Hear the sound of the water as it rushes forward and spends itself against the sand. Sense the power of the waves as they push and pull in their dance with gravity. Breathe in the soothing scent of sea air. Touch wet sand with bare toes. Investigate the relationship between sea and sand. Notice miniscule eddies as sea water rushes back to the wholeness of the sea. Release, replenish, rejuvenate.

The Sea Anemone

Why I fell in love with Yachats, OregonEventually, my dream came true of having a home in Yachats that I  share with others.  It is a wonderfully cozy and safe little beach house where I sometimes seek solitude; to read, to write, to be. It is perfect for small families, a friends’ retreat, or a romantic getaway. Even, a rejuvenating getaway just by yourself. (Or, as they say in the Dakota’s, “A rejuvenating getaway just by yourself, even.”) Whether seeking a multiple day vacation on the Oregon Coast or just a quick weekend getaway from the everyday responsibilities of life, the Sea Anemone in Yachats, Oregon awaits your arrival.

I invite you to run and play like a kid, write messages in the sand, explore tide pools, touch sea anemones, and eat glorious seafood. Finally, you will understand why I fell in love with Yachats, Oregon!

You just might uncover a jewel for your soul, even.

We trust you will collect wonderful memories with family and friends when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats.

Our house, where memories begin…

 


Foodies Adventures in Yachats, Oregon – Bread and Roses Bakery

A really great place for breakfast in Yachats!

Foodies Adventures in Yachats, Oregon

This Blog post is part of the Foodies Adventures in Yachats, Oregon series where I highlight restaurants and shops that cater to the epicurean experience in our charming coastal town. Hopefully, you will find the information I supply to be helpful as you plan your Central Oregon Coast vacation in Yachats.

Yachats (YAH-hots) is a perfect getaway for a few days or longer. Nestled serenely between green forests to the east and dramatic ocean waves to the west, you will soon be won over by our small town charm. Yachats is located 25 miles south of Newport on historic and scenic Highway 101. Come on over for a spell.

First, you have to open the door

One blustery October day I dropped in to Bread and Roses Bakery that is tucked next to the Lion’s Club Thrift Shop just off the Commons on 4th Street.

I noticed an interesting little patio alongside as I reached for the front door that I expect gets use on summer days. Once inside, the atmosphere enticed me to first wander about to check out local artwork hanging on the walls. All are available for purchase. One lithograph especially caught my eye, “Make Art, Not War”. Yup, this is my kind of hangout.

I was greeted with a kind smile of acknowledgement by the lady behind the counter as she scurried to attend to a group of older ladies assembled at one of the tables. They were talking and laughing together and, I guessed they were locals, all dolled up for brunch together.

One lithograph especially caught my eye, “Make Art, Not War”. Yup, this is my kind of hangout.  

Check out all the delectable options

Whoa! Did I mention the counter? It was amaze-balls filled with delectable creations of croissants, scones, cupcakes and other mouth watering delights. One wonderful looking concoction was described as a nougat; chocolate (yeah, you got my attention), with walnuts and, well, isn’t ‘nougat’ another way to spell ‘decadent’? A sign states they bake wedding cakes which I bet are fabuloso.

I was greeted with a kind smile of acknowledgement…

A great looking quiche was calling my name – unfortunately, I had just finished breakfast, so I kept my appetite in check. Soup of the day was, ‘Ethiopian Lentil’. I asked the young man behind the counter if the lentils were really from Ethiopia. “No, but the spices are. Would you like a taste”? Obviously freshly made, with diced carrots and celery and, well, lentils, in a terra cotta colored broth. Super tasty. And, what customer service! I love finding both good food and customer service running side by side.

Lucy Cheeks to the rescue

Local area Ladies Room Aficionado, Lucy Cheeks, reports:

 “the customers only unisex restroom is clean and bright, well-supplied and a pleasant experience for anyone needing that facility. The sink counter appears to be some kind of green stone, but possibly could be colored concrete. Either way, it adds interest to the room. Artwork adorns the walls in the loo, too.”

Thanks, Lucy, for taking the time to test the facilities.

Croissants and cupcakes and nougats, Oh My!

Foodies Adventures in Yachats, Oregon

Meanwhile, I decided to purchase a couple goodies from my favorite section of the display counter to take home to my husband. He is kind of a nice guy and deserves a little treat from my morning wanderings. I selected a croissant named, “Celestial Star”, and a chocolate cupcake that looked like a miniature wedding cake. It was frosted with a lovely white frosting twist and adorned with a chocolate sea horse. Later, we discovered it was also infused with a fudge center. Total yum!

I love finding both good food and customer service running side by side.

I recommend you take the time to wander in to Bread and Roses Bakery for your own foodie adventure. I know I will be back to try out their soup of the day and one of their many sandwiches. They fresh bake sourdough bread every day. Can it get any better? Then, there is the Quiche and the nougat and……

Wow, another successful little adventure in Yachats that calls me back for more.

And then,

I believe customer service is really important. I manage my own vacation rental home in Yachats in order to get to know my guests and to provide a meaningful customer service experience for you. Ocean view included at no additional charge.

We trust you will collect wonderful memories with your friends and family when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats.

Our house, where memories begin…

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Where in the World is Yachats, Oregon?

Visit our Charming Oregon Coast Village

Where in the World is Yachats, Oregon?

Where in the world is Yachats, Oregon? Well, read on and you will discover that Yachats is definitely worth the drive.

With a population of about 706 permanent residents, Yachats is a lovely little village and a perfect getaway at any time of the year. Through my blog I share many of the area offerings available for travelers to this majestic little piece of paradise.

If you are looking for a laid back place to kick back and unwind for a few days or more, then, Yachats is for you. Situated between the Oregon Coast mountain range and the mighty Pacific Ocean, the locale is also perfect for hiking, biking, walking and exploring the majestic coast and mountain environs. Yachats, pronounced YAH-hots, is a small town without big name commercial entities that abound in the towns and cities around.

So, where in the world is Yachats, Oregon?

Yachats is located on the Central Oregon Coast about 72 miles west of Corvallis. Yachats is located on Highway 101 and is nearly equidistant between Newport and Florence, about 25 miles, respectively, north and south. The Portland airport via Interstate 5 is 168 miles away, about 3 and ½ hours drive. The Eugene airport is 85 miles away, about a 2 hours drive. You won’t be disappointed!

Things to do in Yachats

Where in the World is Yachats, Oregon?

There are several eateries in town to satisfy a variety of palates. For example, fresh caught seafood at Luna Sea Fish House or an eclectic menu at the Driftwood Inn. Italian dining at Heidi’s or fine dining at Ona Restaurant are among other dining offerings. The Green Salmon is a must for breakfast or brunch.  A stop at Yachats Farm Brewery is always fun for both food and brews. Additionally, some restaurants feature live music in the evenings.

Wander around town awhile and visit a number of shops, boutiques, and art galleries. The Little Log Church Museum is a historical remnant of early years in the coastal area and sometimes hosts events. The Yachats Commons hosts many events throughout the year. A “Farmer’s Market” runs from Mother’s Day through the “Mushroom Festival” in October. The “Winter Festival” runs from Thanksgiving through New Years.

In addition, many fun events are planned for 2017, including a quilt show, a music festival and the annual 4th of July La De Da parade. Bring the kids!

Walking and hiking are in store for you in Yachats

The 804 trail hugs the rocky coast as it runs south through Yachats. View majestic ocean waves as you wander this trail and explore tide pools along the way. Further more, Smelt Sands Park is a fun place to play while the tide is out.

Sit a spell and watch the waves

Sit a spell on benches along the trail and enjoy the splendor during high tide as waves collide against ancient basalt rocks. Lava once seeped through the earth’s crust as tectonic plates moved against subduction zones. Wind, rain and waves continue to erode and change the rocky landscape. Consequently, the Central Oregon Coast is known for the wild beauty of our rugged coastline.

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is located three miles south of Yachats. Majestic Thor’s Well and the Spouting Horn are easily accessible from the interpretive center. Miles of hiking trails abound in the area, from easy to more difficult. Additionally, the interpretive center is wheelchair accessible and is a great place for kids and adults alike to learn about the cape and watch for whales.

Our Sea Anemone Vacation Rental Home

Where in the World is Yachats, Oregon?

About a mile north of the downtown area, the Sea Anemone, our secluded and private ocean view vacation home, is located at the end of a quiet street where a walking trail meanders through a peaceful spruce thicket to the 804 trail.

Easy access to the 804 trail

Where in the World is Yachats, Oregon?

Walk 2 minutes through the trees off our yard to reach the 804 beach trail. Views along the 804 trail are spectacular as the surf meets the rocky shore. Tide pools with, well, sea anemones, are fun for exploring. The trail runs south along the rocky coast to the village of Yachats or, walking north, you will find 7 miles of sandy beach. We are fortunate to be located with such easy access to the 804 trail with both the rocky shore and the sandy beach within steps. The trail is popular with walkers and runners.

Check out the ocean view from the living room

Where in the World is Yachats, Oregon?Most noteworthy, the Sea Anemone has an ocean view from the living and dining areas of our home. The view is marvelous all year round and I have been thrilled to spot whales on occasion. Sometimes a raft of sea lions is seen bobbing in the surf and always lots of seabirds. We provide a pair of binoculars for closer views.

Where in the World is Yachats, Oregon?

The movement of the sun as the seasons change provides hallmark sunsets from the deck in summer months. The sky is especially gorgeous when there are distant clouds against the horizon as the sun goes down with breathtaking colors as light reflects off the clouds, a show just for you.

Perfect for a small family, a retreat with friends, or a romantic getaway

We believe customer service is really important. We manage our own vacation rental home in order to get to know our guests and to provide a meaningful customer service experience for you. With over 30 years expertise in the customer service field we know that your positive memorable adventure means we did our job right. Ocean view included at no additional cost. Therefore, our home is perfect for a small family, a retreat with friends or a romantic getaway with someone special.  We do consider pets, doggies only, less than 30 pounds.

Book your next vacation in Yachats Oregon

Finally, now that you know where in the world Yachats is located, put “A trip to Yachats” at the top of your bucket list this year. Come on over to our part of the world for a spellbinding adventure. We trust you will collect wonderful memories with family and friends when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats.

Our house, where memories begin…