Second Summer on the Oregon Coast

Most people still believe the myth that the summer months are the ideal time to visit the Oregon Coast, but the secret of “second summer” has slowly been leaking out.  As the rest of Oregon cools off and settles into its fall routine, the coast becomes the “hot spot” for picture perfect weather.

A Weather Phenomenon

For years, locals have reveled in the phenomenon of “second summer.”  Abundant sunshine allows temperatures to linger in the upper 60’s and 70’s, the skies are a dazzling blue, and the night time sky sparkles with a million stars.  Although the summer months are often foggy and chilly, due to the coastal marine layer created by a temperature inversion, the waters off the Oregon coast have gradually been warming over the summer months.  As August comes to a close and September begins, temperatures in the valley begin cooling, making the temperature differences of the two regions similar to each other, changing how they interact and the ensuing weather they create.  This balancing of temperatures also helps to decrease upwelling, which means less of that pesky coastal wind.  But enough about the science behind it.  The end result simply feels like paradise.

You’ll find that September and October are more relaxed and there are generally less people on the beaches and trails.  You can luxuriate in leisurely mornings, strolls along your favorite beaches, and fewer lines at local attractions.  Although you probably won’t want to wear your bikini on the beach, the warmer weather is perfect for splashing around in the waves and walking barefoot on the beach.

What to do with all of these clear skies?  The breathtaking Cape Perpetua headland is the perfect destination for lofty views and a hefty dose of wonderment.  Towering above the sea at over 800 feet, Cape Perpetua offers a stunning panoramic view of 70 miles of rugged, basalt coastline and up to 37 miles out to sea.  As dazzling as this scenic coastline is, you’ll want to take some time to explore the many trails through the old-growth Sitka spruce forest, which blankets the headland in heavenly shades of green.

Give yourself plenty of time to play and discover this phenomenal natural wonder.  Bring comfortable walking shoes, plenty of drinking water, your camera and maybe even a picnic.  Some great eats can be picked up at Yachats Brewing + Farmstore, The Drift Inn, The Green Salmon or provision yourself from the local grocer C&K Market.

If your sunny adventures along the Oregon Coast wear you out, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Enjoy a soothing soak in our ocean view hot tub or settle into the steam room or sauna for some deeply relaxing heat therapy.  If you want the epitome of pampering, ask our knowledgeable spa staff about booking a massage, facial, or body treatment.  You deserve it!


A Toast to Our Guests

Weekends are for savoring special moments and we invite you to transition from your busy week into a state of relaxed bliss.  Join us for our hosted evening wine hour and allow us to introduce you to new wines and new friends.  Our wine reception is held every Friday and Saturday evening from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. amidst the rustic art and harmonious ambience of the Overleaf Lodge lobby.

Ernest Hemingway knew what he was talking about when he said, “wine and friends are a great blend.”