The kids have grown up and gone—now what? Over the years, family vacations have probably included plenty of theme parks and petting zoos. Now is the perfect time to try the kind of travel you couldn’t during the kid years. For many couples, the answer to this question might be as simple as a trip to the Oregon Coast. If a quiet oceanside retreat, a bottle of wine and soak in hot tub sounds overdue, Yachats is your destination with the Overleaf Lodge & Spa as your basecamp for relaxation and casual exploration.

From luxurious spa treatments, oceanside soaking and nearby trails, there is plenty to do at and around the Overleaf property. Vacation at your own pace with walks on the beach, hillside hikes or think outside the box—because flying a kite isn’t just for kids. Enjoy quiet dinners together, explore historical places (now that you have time to read all the plaques), try your hand at a new hobby and relax as you embrace independence. With seasonal festivals and favorite coastal spots, the area around Yachats presents plenty of opportunities to make new memories and start new traditions. Experience together all that this area has to offer—then don’t forget to send postcards to the kids.

EAT Ona Restaurant and Lounge

Enjoy each other’s company and uninterrupted conversation over dinner at Ona Restaurant and Lounge in Yachats. The local go-to place for fine dining, Ona overlooks the Yachats River, making the patio a picturesque dinner option on summer evenings. This upscale eatery offers Oregon entrees from both land and sea with a menu that features grass-fed burgers and handmade pasta as well as fresh, locally sourced seafood.

EXPLORE Heceta Head Lighthouse

Interested in history? Operating since 1894, Heceta Head Lighthouse, located 14 miles south of Yachats, remains a working lighthouse and is well worth the short drive. Portrayed on many a calendar, this coastal landmark is one of the most photographed spots in Oregon, and the inside workings are just as fascinating as the exterior is beautiful. The original Fresnel lens still beams some 21 miles out to sea, making Heceta the brightest light on Oregon’s coast. First powered by electricity in the 1930s, the station was operated by various keepers until 1963 when it became fully automated and was restored to its original red-roofed glory in 2003. Visit the lighthouse year-round and tour the lightkeeper’s house in summer months to learn about the architecture and see artifacts from this historical beacon.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

SEE Shoot the Waves

A photographer’s playground, the ocean around Yachats is home to some of Oregon’s best ocean photo ops. You don’t have to leave your room to take in the impressive views, but if you do, there is plenty to see just beyond the grounds of the Overleaf, beginning with the Historic 804 trail. That’s just the beginning. Just north of the entrance to Smelt Sands State Park, a spouting horn sprays to impressive heights, but the real show starts three miles south at Cape Perpetua. One of Oregon’s most recognizable seascapes, Thor’s Well is a hole in the cape’s basalt shoreline that transforms into a natural 360-degree fountain when waters rise. Nearby to the north and south lie Cook’s Chasm and Devil’s Churn, two more dramatic water spouts. Pick up a tide chart at the visitor center and join the camera crowd, but don’t forget grippy, waterproof shoes and always be safe around incoming tides.

UNWIND Rub it In

After a day filled with adventure, return to the Overleaf Lodge. Grab a bottle of wine from cellar and disappear to your room where a view of the ocean awaits. Pull up a chair or two on your private deck and take in the view across the vast Pacific as the sun slips toward the horizon. Ready to take your relaxation to the next level? Book a couple’s massage at the resort’s award-winning spa. In this take-it-with-you treatment, a licensed massage therapist teaches you and the person of your choice basic massage skills. Each of you will be given the opportunity to give and receive a massage and learn tension-easing techniques that you can take home with you.