If you're looking for seclusion, Yachats Oregon, located 30 miles south of Newport on the Central Oregon Coast, is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the larger coastal towns. The local year-round population is a mere 635 people, so you can forget about getting too lost in the crowds. ;)
The welcoming town of Yachats (known as the Gem of the Oregon Coast) is warm and friendly, offering some of the more breath-taking ocean front scenery for photographers and storm watchers alike, especially around the winter months. This resort town is unhurried and offers it's visitors a place to relax and just enjoy the quiet. No to say that you won't find enjoyable recreation in Yachats. Au contraire! ;)
The first place you will probably want to stop by after hitting town is the Yachat's Visitors Center at 241 Hwy. 101. There you will find loads of information, maps and brochures to make your stay there a pleasant one. There is also a Yachats Walking Guide that you can grab at nearly any of the local shops and stores. Within the city limits, you'll find some terrific little tourist shops, art galleries and dining experiences, all served up with a hometown flavor. If you're an avid fisherman, you're going to absolutely love what Yachats Oregon has to offer anglers!
While in town, don't miss the Little Log Church Museum. Constructed by volunteers in 1930 from timber that came floating down the Yachats River, the quaint little place is open every day of the week, except Thursday. You find exhibits and works of art from local artists, including a very extensive shell collection. If you'd like to rent the church for your wedding or reception, you can certainly do that. I think it would make for a very lovely wedding!
If you're the nature loving type, there are quite a few unique and lovely places to go. Cape Perpetua, located south of town, is a great place to enjoy birds, trees and scenery. Within this area, there is Devil's Churn, Cook's Chasm, Spouting Horn, and the Cape Perpetua Overlook, which happens to be the highest point on the Oregon Coast.
This area of the coast is amazing for finding lovely agates. So much so that the annual Yachat's Agate Festival is a celebration of this popular rocks. Winter is one of the most ideal times for finding them and is why the event is held in January.
Taking a short walk from the parking lot to the West Shelter Viewpoint, you'll be thrilled at the panoramic view of the coastline below. It really is breathtaking! All 26 miles of hiking trails are well maintained by the US Forestry Service, some being wheelchair accessible and open to the public all year long.
After a leisurely stroll around the area, hop back in the car and head up the scenic 9-mile stretch of River Road where you can cross over the historic Yachats Covered Bridge. Built in 1938 and restored in 1989, the covered bridge is one of the few of it's kind in the state of Oregon. As you go, keep a keen eye out for wildlife around you. Elk, cattle and horses are all likely sights. You may want to take along a couple bikes and some goodies to picnic with. On a warm, sunny day, it will take you back to the "good old days." ;)
14 miles south of Yachats, you'll reach Heceta Head Lighthouse. Built in 1894, the working light is one of the most photographed lighthouses on the entire Oregon Coast. It's open for public tours from Memorial Day to Labor Day and then again in December, when the Keeper's House is decorated for the Victorian Holiday Open House. Go another mile and enjoy the amazing Sea Lion Caves.
That's only a handful of things to consider while you're there. Download the Visitors Guide and discover more to see and do. Enjoy your stay in Yachats. Go whale watching, tide pooling, clamming, crabbing, boating and so much more await you in Yachats, Oregon....
Do nothing at all! ;)