Funky Lodging on the Oregon Coast

Last weekend we made another trip to our new favorite coastal town of Yachats, Oregon. It’s a cute, quiet village about 30 minutes south of Newport with awesome tide pools along its few miles of rocky shoreline. On this particular trip we took an evening stroll from our hotel, walking along the mouth of the Yachats River where it flows into the Pacific Ocean. Always on the lookout for wildlife, we were beyond excited to find several harbor seals and an otter feeding in the river! There were also some unknown birds dive-bombing the water for fish. SO COOL! If you’re patient and observant, you’ll always see something cool along the Oregon Coast.

We were excited to return to Yachats and explore more of the Drift Inn, a hotel and restaurant that features live music nearly every night. Our meal was tasty, drinks refreshing, and service friendly but we didn’t stay in the hotel that night as we’d already booked elsewhere, however, those funky rooms remained on our minds. Having caught our attention online because of the cool, original tile work, unique designs, and relatively reasonable prices for the coast, we were determined to stay in one of the rooms. The opportunity finally presented itself and in early May the Mermaid Haven was booked.

All of the rooms have names, but immediately the Mermaid Haven sounded intriguing. The shark painted on the bedroom wall probably mostly sealed the deal for us though. We both enjoy anything whacky and out-of-the ordinary, so these cozy, unique rooms with personality are right up our alley. (Note that some rooms, including the Mermaid Haven, are only accessible by stairs, and others have shared restrooms. Do your research before booking!) In addition to being cool the room was also spotless, and a four-digit code on the door was super convenient because we didn’t need to worry about losing a room key. We will absolutely stay at the Drift Inn again, we already can’t wait to experience another room! And hopefully next time we’ll stay awake long enough to enjoy the restaurant’s outdoor patio and fireplace too. Check out Bob’s video below to see the Mermaid Haven for yourself!

For more information about what to do on the Central Oregon Coast, our meal at the Drift Inn and our explorations of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, read the blog post about our January trip (coming soon) on tourist2townie.com!

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