Overleaf Lodge, Fireside Motel and this spectacular section of the Oregon Coast is known for its beautiful, calming nature. We want to bring the serenity found at this remarkable place to you, where you are right now. Periodically, we will be posting inspirations from our gorgeous surroundings. We will be sharing things you might not already know about the history, geology, plants and wildlife of our area. It’s also where you’ll discover photos, videos and written words to foster stress relief, wellness and healing.
Shell Midden


Long before European settlers gazed upon these shores, American Indians had lived here for thousands of years.

Recent Inspirations

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Shell Middens

Long before European settlers gazed upon these shores, American Indians had lived here for thousands of years.

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Hiking Trails at Cape Perpetua

It took a handful of visits to Cape Perpetua for me to realize the depth of opportunities that this fantastic place offers.

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Walk with Drew on the 804 Trail

Perhaps you’ve been on a walk with Drew Roslund, one of the owners of Overleaf Lodge and Fireside Motel. For years, he’s captivated visitors by sharing his extensive knowledge of the geology, history, plants and ecology of the Yachats area.

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Smelt Sands State Park

Just a few yards south of the Overleaf Lodge and Fireside Motel, Smelt Sands State Park is a great place to spy a migrating gray whale, watch a storm approaching the shoreline, photograph a rainbow, or marvel at the sunset.

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Carnivorous Plants

Situated south of Yachats and north of Florence, is the home of an unusual plant – the only carnivorous plant in the West Coast system.

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The Brown Pelican

The return of the brown pelican to Yachats is a harbinger of summer. The brown pelican is the quintessential Oregon Coast bird, right up there with the gull.

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Reasons to be Here Midweek

I walked to the Luna Sea Fish House in the heart of Yachats last Thursday. While I was reading the menu posted on the wall outside the main entrance, a staff member approached me and asked if he could take my order. Right there, outside. No line, no waiting.

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Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport has been a vibrant member of the coastal community since 1992. A trusted resource for ocean education and conservation, it hosts 15,000+ sea creatures native to the Pacific Northwest.

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Oregon Coast Odyssey

Revisit your favorite spots on the Oregon Coast. Enjoy rainbows over the ocean, Heceta Head Lighthouse in the evening, and Sea Lion Caves. See the ocean spray as it crashes against the jagged cliffs, and the sea foam at Devil’s Churn at Cape Perpetua.

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Pacific Sea Nettles

Pacific sea nettles are beautiful, photogenic and fascinating to watch as they move aimlessly through the water. Utterly different than humans, they appear to be living a carefree life.

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Explore the Tide Pools

Enjoy this personal tidepool tour with an Oregon State Parks Ranger. Peek into tidepools at the South Cove at Sunset Bay State Park and learn more about the amazing animals living in the inter-tidal zone.

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Welcome Back

Beginning June 1, we will again welcome guests to Overleaf Lodge and Fireside Motel. We have missed you! Our team is inspired by you, our guests.

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Hiking the Amanda Trail

Come along with me, as I trek the Amada Trail. After a night of pounding rain that gave way to a clear morning, I eagerly head out on the trail. Standing at a clearing in the trees, I stop and gaze awestruck at the waves crashing over basalt fingers.

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Yachats: Gem of the Oregon Coast

Several signs around town proclaim that Yachats is “The Gem of the Oregon Coast” – and we agree! This brief tour of Yachats provides snapshots of the many reasons why so many love this place.

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Who Was Amanda?

Named after a blind woman who was a part of the forced march of coastal American Indians, the Amanda Trail connects Yachats and Cape Perpetua.

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Walking the 804

Walking the 804 Trail is a highlight of each day at Overleaf Lodge. In the foggy mist, in sunshine and in lively storms, experiencing the mood of the ocean is centering.

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Heceta Head Lighthouse

Beloved Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of the most-visited lighthouses in the United States. It is a majestic structure, with white-washed walls and red roof, dramatically perched on the headland.

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We, The Storm, and I

Today, I am sharing another poem by Robert Wilson. Bob and his wife, Joyce, moved to the Yachats area during retirement, and we were fortunate to have him as a part-time desk clerk at the Overleaf Lodge and the Fireside Motel for several years.

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High Tides and Rough Seas

The ocean is the music of our community – we hear its song everywhere. And, from its song, we know its mood. Watching King Tides is an epic experience. These extreme high tides are highest in the winter and occur a few times each year when the moon is closest to the Earth.

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Marbled Murrelets: On the Wing

The small, swift marbled murrelet gets all its food from the ocean and moves inland only to nest. Unlike most seabirds, murrelets are comparatively solitary. Their reproductive strategy is to be so secretive that predators don’t find their eggs, which are laid directly into a depression of a high tree limb.

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The Historic 804 Trail

A highlight of being here, at Overleaf Lodge, is the 804 Trail that ambles between the lodge and the ocean. Originally, travelers of this trail departed in Waldport, where ferries carried them across Alsea Bay. They then walked eight miles of beach, south to the basalt rock bench where Yachats sits, then followed the rugged coastline and up the Yachats River to reach fertile farmland.