Unpretentious in nature, Yachats is a place where the coast is the coast; here residents and visitors alike come because they like the beach, without all the bells and whistles, or crowds; perfect for a couples weekend.
Named one of “The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.” by Outside Magazine in 2016, this quaint seaside town may be small in size—approximately 700 people reside here year-round—but it scores big on natural beauty. Miles of trails wind along the shoreline, through spruce forests and crisscross nearby Cape Perpetua, making this a perfect getaway for those who love to explore the outdoors, so lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails.
Post-adventuring, Yachats also proves to be a place of simple tastes; local restaurants serve up seafood fresh off the boat and beer straight from the tap. From pub grub Pacific Northwest craft beers, check out these weekend recommendations for couples with a thirst for the outdoors and all that Yachats has to offer.
EXPLORE Happy Trails
Whether a hike skirting the shoreline or a trek into mossy rainforest, the extensive trail systems around Yachats rival other Oregon coastal towns for number of connected miles and mixed difficulty, not to mention some breathtaking views.
To the north, the 1.15-mile Ya’Xaik Trail (pronounced YAH-kike) loops through old-growth forest, finishing at Smelt Sands State Recreation Site. From here, hikers hop on the popular 804 Trail, a 7-mile stretch along the western edge of town that runs all the way down to Yachats Ocean Road State Park. At the southern end of Yachats, the 3.7-mile Amanda Trail memorializes the 1864 Native American march to Yachats by tracing the footsteps of Native American Amanda De-Cuys through a spruce forest to the viewpoint at the top of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. (See Map.)
Three miles south of Yachats, hikes at Cape Perpetua abound such as: St. Perpetua Trail, a 700-foot ascent to a viewpoint great for whale watching; Giant Spruce Trail, home to a 500-year old Sitka Spruce; and the Trail of Restless Waters, which leads to famous oceanside landmarks like Devils Churn, Thor’s Well, and Spouting Horn.
Bike Bonus: Though most trails in the area are reserved for hiking, options exist for the biking-inclined. Cummins Creek Trail, a 2.5-mile out and back open to mountain bikers cuts through Siuslaw National Forest, while fat bikers venture south to Florence to surf sand non-OVH areas of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
EAT Luna Fish House
After a day filled with adventure, chow down on seafood from one of the best local places in town. Named after the owner’s original fishing vessel, Luna’s Fish House is as fresh as it comes on the coast; fisherman-owner Robert Anthony still provides the restaurant’s daily catch after ten years. Operating as both a cafe and fish market, Luna serves baskets of fish and chips, clam steamers and fish tacos on simple checkered paper alongside bowls of slumgullion (chowder with shrimp) and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner—because they’re betting you’ll be back.
DRINK Yachats Brewing
Wet your whistle and drink like a Yachatian at one of the coast’s up-and-coming brewpubs. A favorite hangout for locals and visitors alike, Yachats Brewing and Farmstore began brewing handcrafted beers in 2015, and is already making waves in the Oregon beer scene. Small batch beers feature non-traditional ingredients and focus on local flavors such as Oregon peaches, coffee, and salal berries, to name a few. Check out the latest rotating selections of beer, wine, cider, and fermented pub grub sides like kraut, kim chi, and garlic dill pickles.
RELAX Spa Time
Watch the sunset over the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean, while you soak in an oceanside spa tub at the Overleaf’s Spa. Did you knock out most of your itinerary in a single day? It’s time to reward yourself with a couples’ massage. Ready to unwind on your own time? Put your feet up and enjoy a bottle of wine from the Overleaf’s cellar on your private patio as the ocean paints the perfect backdrop to your day of exploration and relaxation.