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Foodies Adventure in Yachats at the Drift Inn

Most every visit to the coast finds me enjoying a NEW foodies adventure in Yachats at the Drift Inn.

First, the atmosphere is casual yet stimulating. Colorful decorative umbrellas hang from the ceiling, hinting perhaps at the possible chance of rain outside during, well, some months of the year. Blown glass light fixtures extend from the ceiling and hang over booths and tables in the dining area. Interesting art by area artists adorns the walls. Just walking in the door is fun.

Next, once seated at a booth or table, my tummy growls in anticipation as I peruse a lengthy menu.  Raspberry crepes for breakfast are hard to pass by. Then, there are omelets and fritattas and cinnamon rolls and waffles. Well, good luck with making your selection. Whatever you choose though, I can attest you will not be disappointed.

Lunch and dinner options on the menu create another game of what if. Varieties of soup and salads and several tempting seafood entrees are on the eclectic menu. Steak, pizza, burgers, rice and pasta fares fill out the menu offerings. As a fish lover, I usually select something Salmon or seafood related. My hubby especially likes the Rubbery Shrubbery salad.

Then, another dilemma! Making a dessert choice requires nearly a psychological soul search. Do you like Marion Berry in a ramekin or, perhaps something chocolate with ice cream? How can one pass up chocolate AND ice cream in the same adventure? You just have to check out the menu to see all the delectable options. As for me, it is always chocolate and ice cream, with a stolen spoonful or two from my hubby’s Marion Berry treat.

Drift Inn history

The Drift Inn has been around for decades and holds a storied past. Booze, pool hall, boxing; throw in Prohibition and you can imagine the Wild West right here in Yachats. The proprietor hosted boxing matches in the rooms upstairs. Take the time to read up on the history while you wait for your food. Fragile glass lights and umbrellas would probably not have survived the earlier rougher days of the Drift Inn.

Ladies Room report with Lucy Cheeks

Remember Lucy Cheeks – the area ladies room aficionado? She is ecstatic about the ladies room in the Drift Inn. Colorful tiling adorns the walls creating a faux under-water world that plays to your inner Mermaid. Lucy rates it the #1 ladies room in Yachats! She has not ventured a peek into the men’s room. I wonder if it is decorated after Poseidon, Greek god of the sea?

Customer service at the Drift Inn

Additionally, customer service has been great every time I have visited the Drift Inn. It gets very busy during tourist season and some weekends in the off season. The wait has been reasonable in my experience and, usually I have been seated immediately. Wait staff is friendly. I spent some time at the bar with my adult son one evening last year and we had a great time visiting with locals and guests alike.

Nightly music at the Drift Inn

Finally, I especially appreciate nightly live music. What a treat; a cozy atmosphere with great food, a lively bar, and local entertainment makes for fun memories with a loved one.

I highly recommend a Foodies Adventure in Yachats at the Drift Inn on your next visit to the Central Oregon Coast! Where is your favorite place to eat in Yachats? Why?


I 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…


Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Summer is here and, if you are lucky, you have booked a vacation house on the Central Oregon Coast. This area of the coast offers many outdoor activities for families and couples. Especially for the hiking or tide pooling enthusiast, let me just say, “Cape Perpetua Scenic Area” for starters. It is another great reason to visit the Central Oregon Coast. I fell in love with Cape Perpetua when I was 21 years old and it remains my Reason #2 to visit the Central Oregon Coast. (See my Reason #1 here).

Rising 800 feet above sea level, the forested cape is the remnant of an ancient collision of a volcanic island chain that slammed into the North American land mass 50 million years ago. Old growth spruce, Douglas fir and western hemlock trees flourish along with many species of birds and small game.

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Choices of things to do abound when you visit Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. First, stop in at the interpretive center. The facility is also wheel chair accessible. Learn about native people who lived near and hunted seafood in the area for thousands of years. Piles of discarded mussel shells, forming what are called shell middens, are evident still today.  They are protected for their historical significance.

The interpretive center provides binoculars for watching whales out the large windows. Also, learn facts about trees, plants, birds and animals that live in the area.  Cape Perpetua Scenic Area comprises 2700 acres.  Good shoes for walking are recommended as you head out to explore.

Spouting Horn and Thor’s Well

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Captain Cook scenic trail (also wheel chair accessible) leads to the Spouting Horn and Thor’s Well. Both formations are salt water fountains that are driven by the power of the tides.  They are most spectacular an hour before and an hour after high tide.

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Watch Thor’s Well as tons of ocean water pours into the lava tube and are sucked down to who knows how far.

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Then, violently, tons of ocean splash are pushed back up and out, spilling back into the thrashing surf. Unfortunately, curious onlookers have ventured too close for a peek and have lost their lives when washed into the churning waves. These rocks are a dangerous place for humans so keep safely back as you watch nature’s handiwork.

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

The Spouting Horn is most visible when the tide is in. Water washes into a hole in the basalt bank and ocean spray is exerted back out by the power of the waves. It looks like the plume from a whale as it expels its breath.

600 year old Spruce tree at Cape Perpetua

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

 

And, there is even more!  A mile hike to view a 600 year old Sitka Spruce is a really nice time; not too strenuous and lovely views of greenery along the way. This tree was growing when Columbus and his crew made their way to this continent.

Top of Cape Perpetua

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Hike about 45 minutes to the top of the cape through old growth spruce, Douglas fir and western hemlock trees.  Experience the iconic 70 miles view of southern coastline. You can also see over 35 miles out to sea. The West Shelter Observation point that was built by the CCC in 1933 is accessible along the trail.  This stone parapet housed a large defense gun during WWII where surveillance was conducted to protect our coast, . You may also drive to the top of the cape if you do not want to hike.

Reason #2 to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Many other hikes are available out of the interpretive center parking lot and along the way as you wander to the points described above. I recommend you allocate at least 2 hours for a good look around, but, if you bring a picnic, you can easily spend all day.

Tide pooling and beach combing at Cape Perpetua

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Tide pooling on the lava banks when the tide is out reveals anemones, sea stars, urchins and other creatures dependent on the ocean tides. Beach combing for pretty rocks and uniquely shaped driftwood is fun.  From the lava bank, I once watched as a sea otter wrestled a crab in the surf. It was exciting to see and, yes, the otter won.

A bit of history

British explorer, Captain James Cook, discovered this majestic headland on his second voyage to the Pacific as he searched for a northwest passage into the continent. In recognition of a 3rd century Christian martyr named Perpetua, the cape was named on March 7, 1778. Ironically, Captain Cook was killed a year later, in 1779, as he attempted to kidnap the Hawaiian king when he returned to Hawaii on his third Pacific voyage.

Siuslaw National Forest

Another Great Reason to Visit the Central Oregon Coast

Cape Perpetua is part of the Siuslaw National Forest and is located 2 miles south of Yachats, Oregon, right off Highway 101. The interpretive center carries maps for hiking that are available for purchase. They also sell the Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, or a $5 day-use fee that is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Purchase of a pass covers parking at other trail heads and day use sites.

My Reason #1 and Reason #2 to visit the Central Oregon Coast are closely related and are within 2 miles of each other. You shouldn’t skip either one. There is so much to experience at Cape Perpetua that it actually takes more than one visit to take it all in. I have been there dozens of times by now. Every time I find it equally exciting and I always see something new that I missed before.  What is your favorite thing to do at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area?


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…