The (Not So) Hidden Gem of the Oregon Coast
Yachats has been dubbed the “Gem of the Oregon Coast,” and just about anyone who has ever visited, driven through, or stayed awhile, would heartily agree! Many go so far as to say that Yachats is their best kept secret and they want to keep it that way. Alas, our little seaside village didn’t exactly stay a secret when Budget Travel magazine listed Yachats as “one of the ten coolest small towns in the U.S.A.” or when Arthur Frommer, of Frommer’s Travel Guide, named Yachats as one of his ten favorite vacation destinations in the world. Yes, the world! So, for all of the fiercely loyal visitors who passionately claim Yachats as their favorite destination, secret or not, we want to answer a few of the most common questions we receive, along with giving you a few tidbits that maybe only a Yachatian would know.
Yachats – Ya-WHAT?
Easily the most often asked question is how to pronounce Yachats. YAH-hots. It’s that simple. Not quite sure how to refer to a local resident? This self-proclaimed, quirky group of people refer to themselves as Yachatians (Yah-HAY-shuns) or Yahotties (Yah-HOT-tees). Try it. It’s fun to say!
The first question naturally leads to the next. What does the name Yachats mean? The most widely accepted answer is that it derives from native languages, meaning “dark water at the foot of the mountain.” A picture of the pounding surf crashing against the black rocks at the base of Cape Perpetua pops instantly into one’s mind upon hearing those words. We can’t think of a more poetic way to describe this indescribably beautiful locale.
Many visitors don’t know that Yachats can be at its most photogenic during the months of April and May. A restless atmosphere creates wildly divergent weather systems, sometimes abruptly alternating between sun and rain many times per day. Towering cumulus clouds, cerulean blue skies, and rain on the horizon might be seen simultaneously. The resulting chaos in the sky sets the scene for some of the most dynamic seascape photo opportunities you will find.
When Negative Is Positive
Explorers, clammers, rock hounds, and kids of all ages love minus tides! April and May give us some of the lowest tides of the year, and they happen in the morning, when the day is fresh and new! Minus tides, of up to -2.0 feet, will make all explorers giddy with delight! Your feet get to tread in places rarely touched by humans. No longer hidden from sight, you will be able to peer into the busy lives of sea stars, hermit crabs, sculpins, anemones, and the mysterious purple sea urchin.
Peace Prevails In Yachats
Yachats is known for being peaceful, laid back, and cultivating a “live and let live” kind of vibe. But did you know that Yachats is home to a monument to world peace? Like a sentinel, looking out over the Pacific Ocean with a benevolent eye, you will find Yachats’ very own peace pole, perched on a bluff on the south leg of the 804 Trail at 7th & Ocean View Drive. Peace poles are a project of the World Peace Prayer Society. Their philosophy is that peace poles symbolize the oneness of humanity and our common wish for a world at peace. It is estimated that over 200,000 peace poles have been planted around the world, on every continent. On each of its sides, peace poles bear the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in the different languages of the world. Yachats is proud to have been chosen as a worthy location for this global message.