If you’re sick of me on vacation, stop here, save yourself the irritation. If you want to be inspired to visit the Oregon Coast, read on. Personally, I’m trying to hang on to every last second. My summer vacation ends Tuesday, then it’s back to my classroom, school with the kiddos the following week, and a lot less time to write.
This morning, we left Bandon for a different vacation rental just north of Yachats, which thankfully means sun, and lots of it. We went from foggy and cold to nearly 70 degrees without a cloud in the sky. The microclimates along the coast always amaze me, although I also realize the weather can vary greatly from day to day.
On our way up to Yachats, we stopped in Florence’s old town, which is easy to miss if your eyes are busy searching for the Pacific. The old town is tucked away on the other side of 101, along the Siuslaw River and is well worth the stop, with dog friendly shops and restaurants. Our dog was not with us to enjoy this perk *insert sad face*, but we still had a lot of fun shopping at the farmers’ market, buying Quiddler at the toy store, and visiting our favorite coffee shop, Siuslaw River Coffee Roasters.
Reaching Yachats, we were not disappointed. Sunshine and whales just beyond the waves.
So, what makes the Oregon Coast different than closer options in California? It’s more rugged, less crowded, and lacks the same pretentious feeling that many California beach towns project. The restaurants and lodging are cheaper, often more basic, but still get the job done, leaving more emphasis on the outdoors, with hikes where the forest meets the sea on jagged cliffs and rocky shores. To me, the Oregon Coast is magic, something pictures and words cannot capture.