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Willamette Wine Country Vintage Trailer RV Park

Vintage trailers are really making a comeback. Deep in Oregon wine country is a really cool new attraction – The Vintage Trailer RV Park. You can rent a vintage trailer for the night and step back in time. Reserve 2 cruisers and enjoy barbequing under the stars. What a cool idea! I’ll definitely be heading that direction to try out a totally new experience.

The Vintages Trailer Resort

Willamette Wine Country RV Park


McPhillips Beach – Near Pacific City Oregon

My newest trek took me back along Three Capes Loop and I couldn’t help but make a stop at McPhillip’s Beach. Once again I was blessed with an incredibly sunny morning; not so rare in the winter along the Oregon coast. With a little more time to explore, it was fun to check out some of the rock formations. It’s pretty easy to drive down onto this beach. The road is rocky but firm. I’ll post a few photos to tantalize you, but just a bit. It’s so much more fun to explore in a blind way. There is a small trail leading off the beach and has that very hobbity feel – I’m assuming it’s part of the Oregon Coast Trail. With a campground across the road from the turn in, I’m guessing this place may get pretty busy during the summer. But, during the winter, the campground is closed, making this a deserted place to sip coffee on a bright sunny winter morning.



Three Capes Loop

Three Capes Loop – Oregon Coast

IMG_2131One of my favorite coastal loops – I headed up that direction over the Christmas Holiday. As I was driving north along 101, I was blasted with a winter storm. Trudging north of Lincoln City, I noticed the weather beginning to break up. I turned off of 101 towards the ocean via Brooten Road on my way to Pacific City and the sun came out. I’ve visited Pacific City numerous times throughout my life and I always remember it being sunny there – even in the middle of the winter. Sure enough, this trip promised the same.

My first stop was at the beach at Pacific City. As you walk down to the beach to your right is a large sandy cliff and tide pools. This is a great place to watch surfers and the launching of dory boats. The amazing Pelican Brewery is right next to the parking area. The menu is diverse and they have a pretty tasty Kiwanda Cream Ale. I did sample the Mother of All Storms – and that it was! A little to strong for my taste but still pretty good.

Pelican Brewery

There’s also a great hotel across the street and an excellent coffee shop.

Stimulus Espresso Cafe

There’s nothing like walking along the Oregon Coast with a hot cup of coffee. I did stay at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. The views were great – and they are dog friendly! It was nice to stay in a well-appointed clean room and not feel like I was stuffed in the “dog” room. Watch for the little black bunnies.

Inn at Cape Kiwanda

Traveling north from the hotel, I found what I would consider a locals beach – as there are no markings on the road. There’s a little paved road that dips down into the trees, into a parking area with beach access. It’s about a mile north of Inn at Cape Kiwanda – just before the stop sign. It looks as if you can drive out onto the beach, but I didn’t have a current permit on hand. There was nobody there. It’s pretty exciting to find a quiet beach site along the very found Oregon Coast. With any situation like this, there’s always the dilemma of whether to share or not. I hate to see areas overused, but in today’s climate of closed down parks and campgrounds, I feel that our only defense is to try to publicize places enough to keep them open. So here is McPhillips Beach –


Continuing north along Sandlake Road, you will come across the turn off for Clay Myers Natural Area at Whalen Island. I can’t wait to return to canoe this area. You would definitely need to canoe or kayak during high tide, but I think it would be amazing. The campground and park area is really quaint. There is definitely a lot to explore here.

Clay Myers Natural Area

IMG_2120 IMG_2122 IMG_2123 IMG_2124 IMG_2126 IMG_2128Heading north, you will drive up to amazing scenic vistas and down along Netarts Bay. I would recommend taking time to stop or stay at Cape Lookout State Park. They offer cabins, yurts and a pretty nice campground. There’s a lot to explore in this area and during the winter months, there’s hardly anyone there.

Cape Lookout State Park

I’m going to stop here for now because an adventure is just that – an adventure. I hope you enjoy this area as much as I do!

Sylvia Beach Hotel – Newport Oregon

I have heard about this place for years, but haven’t had the opportunity to stay here yet. What hotel offers you the opportunity to choose your room by your favorite author? What a concept! This is definitely on my list for Oregon Coast retreats. Interestingly enough, it is co-owned by the person who owns a magical coffee house in Portland called Rimsky-Korsakoffee House. That too might be a place to check out – an adventure in it’s own right.

Sylvia Beach Hotel

Rimsky-Korsakoffee House

Luna Sea Fish House Yachats

My favorite place to get seafood on the Oregon Coast ~

In the mystical town of Yachats – and yes I did use the word mystical – you will find the Luna Sea Fish House. It’s located near the grocery store in downtown Yachats on the west side of Highway 101. It’s a little hole in the wall that is truly magical. I thought I had died and gone to heaven the first time I tried their Slumgullion (forget clam chowder – this takes the cake). It is probably the best thing I have ever tasted. On a cold winter’s day on the Oregon Coast – there is nothing I want more that a cup of coffee from the Green Salmon (across the road), and a bowl of Luna’s Slumgullion.

They also have great Halibut and other fish – you can even buy raw fish to take home to cook up later. The canned fish is awesome too! The owners are always friendly and welcoming. During the summer and weekends they get pretty busy – so be prepared to wait – it’s worth it though!

What I love the most is that it is owned and operated by a local fisherman! Please check out their website below. I was hesitant to even put them on here in fear that the little hole in the wall is “found”. It truly is that good!

Luna Sea Fish House

Green Salmon Coffee Yachats

By far my favorite coffee shop – this is a great stop along your coastal drive. Nestled in the quaint village of Yachats, you will find the Green Salmon Coffee Co. From their website:

“Green Salmon Coffee and Tea House is built on a firm foundation of conscious business practices, the  decades long passion of it’s owners  for wonderful coffee and fine teas; and their determination to share them with you!  Waking up to a cup of our custom roasted coffee or relaxing with one of our many superb teas comes with our assurance of an adventure in taste and aroma.  We take extreme pride in our ability to select the most flavorful Fair Trade, Organic coffee beans and the most distinctive teas that the world has to offer.”

They have the most unique drink options – including my favorite – a coconut mocha made with coconut milk! I also love their food – fresh, tasty and great portions. A trip through Yachats is not complete without a stop at the Green Salmon.

Check out their website at:

You will find the Green Salmon on the East side of Highway 101 going north – a bit after the bridge and across from the grocery store.

Drift Inn Yachats

I love Yachats and a new favorite on my list to add is the Drift Inn. I briefly wrote about the Drift Inn awhile ago, but feel that they need another blog visit.

What a great place to unwind from a day of hiking or beach combing. They have amazing food, fun decor and a great bar. The staff is pretty great too! I strongly recommend the Crab Quesadillas – they are amazing! Great hamburgers, salads and a fun list of coffee with liquor specials. Definitely worth the stop!

Good Eats – Yachats

Luna’s Seafood Restaurant is by far our favorite place to eat along the Oregon Coast! It is a small hole-in-the wall spot, but don’t let that fool you. It’s amazing! Try their Halibut or Slumgullion – Moe’s does not even compare – the best seafood chowder in the world. We crave the Slumgullion and will not eat all day just waiting to get to Yachats! You will also love how friendly and welcoming the owners are. It’s a great place on a cold rainy Yachats day.

Our next favorite is the Green Salmon. The most creative coffeehouse I have ever stopped at; enjoy amazing coffee drinks and savory treats! Try the coconut mocha – superb!

I have heard that the Drift Inn is excellent – including a great salad dressing. There is also a fun little Italian Restaurant located next to Rain Dogs. The owners are very friendly and the yellow cheerful decorations inside light up even the rainiest PNW day.

I would skip the Landmark and River House/Wine Traders. Both have mediocre food and lousy service! I believe in being sustainable in as much as possible and this includes good will humanitarian sustainability. I will not shop, eat or stay in places where I have been treated poorly.

Dog Friendly Rentals Yachats

As a dog owner, I quickly learned how hard it is to find good places to stay that don’t overly charge for your pooch companion. We love Yachats and some of our favorite dog friendly places include:

The Yachat’s Inn

Fireside Motel (Our Favorite)

Deanne’s Oceanside Lodge (Dog friendly, but have not stayed there yet)

Ocean Odyssey (though they charge too much for dogs on top of their booking fee, so if you are only staying a few nights, it really isn’t worth the cost)

Cummins Creek Wilderness, Oregon Coast

The Cummins Creek Wilderness (9,173 acres) is one of three small wilderness areas established on the Siuslaw National Forest by Act of Congress in 1984. Cummins Creek Wilderness is located in the Oregon Coast Range south of Yachats and north of Florence, Oregon. It features the only old-growth Sitka Spruce forest in the Oregon wilderness system.

The trail is very typical of an Oregon rain forest – wet. There are huge ferns and the creek is stunning early in the fall as the trees change colors over the winding creek. This wilderness area is located just south of Cape Perpetua between the towns of Yachats and Florence. Take Forest Service road 1050 east to the trail head.

It has been a few years since we hiked this trail, but I remember it feeling like we had stepped away from the world into this hidden gem of a forest. There is an upper trail as well which has stunning views of the ocean. The lower trail seemed to disappear into the vegetation, but hiking along the river was an adventure within itself.