Favorite thing: Sea going ships passed by the Oregon coast as early as 1543 when Barteleme Ferrelo came this way. Sir Frances Drake (in 1575) and Martin de Aguilar (in 1605) also are known to have passed by. But Captain Cook was the first white man to really get credit for being in the Yachats area, although he was not able to land due to the rocky shore. He named Cape Perpetua on March 7, 1787. Some say he named the 800 foot high cape after a saint whose birthday fell on that date, while others think that it was because a storm and high winds kept them in the area for several days, with that particular headland in sight the whole time, perpetually.
Take a scenic drive off the highway.
Fondest memory: The ocean mist in the air and even a full-on rain storm made for an adventurous day out in nature (well, with a car, anyway).