Yachats Travel Guide

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Yachats Highlights

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     Tiny seaside community with some noteworthy attractions. 

  • Con
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     Exorbitant housing costs, laughable "economy" and McMansions piled atop each other, rapid retirement growth rate. 

  • In a nutshell
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     We had a great time and loved the popcorn 

Yachats Things to Do

  • Heceta Head Lighthouse and B&B

    A lovely lighthouse with the keeper's house turned into a B&B---there is a park where you can take photos and also walk up to the LH itself----both circa 1894The B&B serves a 7 course breakfast!

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  • Devil's Churn

    This is a pretty stop on #101 where there is a sluice in the rocks so that in high storms and really rough weather the water comes rushing up the sluice and shoots up in the air---we went when it was not so magnanimous but still a pretty view.

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  • STRAWBERRY HILL

    About two miles south of Cape Perpetua is the Strawberry Hill State Wayside. There is a little parking lot from which you can gain access to some grand tide pools. On the rocks just offshore, you can also watch a herd of harbor seals that call this home. The 20-mile stretch of coastline running from Cape Perpetua to Sea Lion Cape is among the...

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  • FISHER SCHOOL BRIDGE

    Much like the Deadwood Creek span, this bridge is hidden deep within the mountains of the Coast Range. It is not that hard to find – just head off OR 34 onto Five Rivers Road for nine twisty, but paved miles. Built in 1927 for $1800 – or 1919 for $2500 depending upon which record is more accurate – the bridge was slated for removal after a concrete...

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  • NORTH FORK YACHATS BRIDGE

    The isolation of this covered bridge – actually the next one, as well – is similar to what you find further south at the Deadwood Creek bridge. Built in 1938 for only $1500 and at 42 feet long it is one of the shortest covered bridges in the State. So short that instead of the more normal Howe truss, you will find the more simple Queenpost truss...

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  • Cape Perpetua Scenic area

    Although a little touristy, the Cape Perpetua Scenic area is a must go destination in Yachats and is just situated just south of the town. Enjoy the beautiful views of the coastline. Wander down the many scenic paths and hike trails. Learn about the construction of the West Shelter observation point in 1933. Maybe even catch sight of a whale.

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  • Heceta Head Lighthouse

    The Heceta Head Lighthouse is an impressive sight. Even more impressive are the brilliant flashes of light which emanate from the lighthouse every ten seconds. There is a one million candle power beacon which can be seen as far as 21 miles out to sea. In this area, where fog is nearly everpresent, a strong beacon of light is a necessity. Heceta...

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  • Sea Lion Cave

    The sea lion cave is worth a stop and worth the price of admission. It is about 15 miles south of Yachats. There is a steep path which leads to a lookout area where you can see the cave and the sea lions. The cave itself is pretty impressive. Discovered in 1880 by William Cox, this cave is 12- stories high and is the largest sea cave in the world....

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  • Cape Perpetua

    There is a short trail which becomes pretty steep as it climbs to a view of the Cape. The first part is paved and descends through a forest which is cool, damp and tranquil. The visitor's center explains a bit about the history of the area as well.

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  • TENMILE CREEK BRIDGE

    This bridge is identical to two other bridges McCullough designed - at Tillamook over the Wilson River and a few miles south of Fifteenmile Creek, at Big Creek. All three bridges feature a 120-foot reinforced concrete through tied arch of elliptical shape - also known as a bowtied arch. These were the first concrete tied-arch spans constructed in...

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  • CAPE PERPETUA

    Captain Cook spotted this 803-foot high headland on March 7, 1778 - St Perpetua's Day. The view from the top is one of the most dramatic to be found along the Coast with views of up to 40 miles out to sea and almost 100 miles south -Coos Bay - to north - Cape Foulweather. You can either take a trail to the top or drive up a side road off of US 101...

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  • DEVIL'S STILL CHURNING

    The path opens onto the basaltic rocks making up the Churn. You can scamper as close to the edge as you dare. With a modicum of caution, you can watch the frothing waters and crashing waves. Be very careful of sneaker waves, which can rise up out of nowhere.

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  • DEVIL'S CHURN

    Located below a newly constructed Forest Service center along US 101, just south of the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center, Devil's Churn is a long fissure carved by the action of sea waves into the basaltic rocks. A path, switchbacks down to the chasm from the parking lot above. The parking lot requires a $5 daily forest parking permit/or an annual $30...

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  • Cape Perpetua

    Located at 800' elevation, is the highest point on the Oregon Coast which offers “the best view on the Oregon Coast.” Sites to see in the area include: Devil’s Churn, Devil’s Churn Viewpoint, Visitor Center, Cook’s Chasm.Visitors can drive two miles past the visitor center to the viewpoint. On a clear day, you can see a panoramic view of 150 miles...

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  • The rustic little building at...

    The rustic little building at the corner of Third and Pontiac Streets in Yachats has been a part of this coastal community for generations.Built in the shape of a cross from local timber hauled down the Yachats River, the Little Log Church was completed and dedicated in 1930. It was served by ministers from the Oregon Conference of the Evangelical...

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Yachats Restaurants

  • Great breakfast

    This place was recommended by a woman at one of those little coffee huts you see all along the Hiway and it was a really good advice---Great waitress and a really big breakfast at a good price...Huevos Rancheros, eggs and bacon, extra english muffin, coffee and OJ was $25.....Very much recommended...(they also do lunch and dinner)

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  • "Crepes at The Cape' Great Views and...

    This is a once a month special event in the National Forest at the Cape Perpetua visitors Center. You get brunch and a presentation or guided walk with an naturalist. There is some sort of permit that allows this partnership event to happen.The day we went there was pate made with pork, chantrelle mushrooms - from the forest - and apricots, smoked...

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  • Great Selection - Service Marginal

    The new Yachats Underground Pub & Grub is well worth going to. The food prices are great and the selection is unique. They focus on making everything from scratch - how long has it been since you had a burger that wasn't preformed? The service can leave quite a bit to be desired, depending on the time of day and who's on shift. The best time to go...

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  • If you want surly waitresses and no...

    First of all the food wasn't bad. Second if you want no service or very poor service Leroy's is the place for you. On 23 Nov 2008 we attempted to eat lunch there at 1p.m. local time and found that the waitress had lost our order at 1:30 pm. She offered no apologies and only said computer made error - I seem to recall the old garbage in - garbage...

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  • great place to eat in Yachats

    When driving through Yachats, or staying at one of its resorts, come in for great food and friendly atmosphere. Even though they serve a variety of meals, try the seafood dishes - Yachats is after all on the coast Clam Chowder

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  • Fresh Roasted Coffee

    The best coffee available in Yachats and very reasonably priced in comparison to Starbucks-style coffee shops. An 8 oz cup for only a dollar and each cup is individually brewed. In addition, the bakery items are fantastic with selections such as pumpernickel, Mediterranean flat bread, and multigrain breads in addition to sweet breads and pastries....

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  • Unique, Fresh, Locally Grown Selections

    Grand Occasions is a small cafe with excellent sandwiches, wines and a vast array of Oregon and imported cheeses (Try the Oregonzola and the Black Peppercorn! Both are wonderful). The freshly made desserts and local, organic produce are one more wonderful addition to the menu. Ham and Brie Sandwich (Try it on the Panini!) and the Vegetarian Pita...

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  • LeRoy's Blue Whale Restaurant

    Leroy's is the Oregon equivalent to Denny's or IHOPor similar places known for greasy yet decent breakfasts. Unfortunately, Leroy's breakfast wasn't up to the standards of Denny's. Not that Denny's serves a high quality breakfast, but that should give you a basis for comparison.Pancakes are the specialty here, according to the menu, and are made...

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  • La Serre

    The restaurant was highly touted as one of Yachat's finest. The food was pretty good and the atmosphere of this wood paneled restaurant was casual. Despite the advertisements for fine dining, this place was jeans-casual. The only French influence found on the menu is the wine list. I had the Fisherman's Stew- fish, shrimp, oysters, steamer clams...

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Yachats Local Customs

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    by goingsolo Written Mar 14, 2003

    The Heceta House B&B adjacent to the lighthouse is said to be haunted by the ghost of Rue, a woman who lived there in the 1800s. Ask the man in the gift shop for the full story.

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Yachats Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit a covered bridge

    Take Yachats River Road to N. Yachats River Road and turn left. Stay on N. Yachats River Road until you reach the bridge.

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  • Visit an old covered bridge

    Take Yachats River Road to the "T" intersection w/ North Yachats River Road. Make a left and stay on this road to the bridge. Really worth the drive.

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Yachats Favorites

  • Take a scenic drive off the...

    Take a scenic drive off the highway. 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).

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  • Sea going ships passed by the...

    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...

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