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Over the last several months we have written about some wonderful places to stay along the scenic California coast (for example, here, here, and here). Today we introduce another outstanding lodge, this time in California's neighbor to the north, Oregon.
The Ocean Before Us
The Overleaf Lodge rests on the edge of the Pacific Ocean; so close that you can easily hear the waves thumping the rocky shoreline. The Overleaf seems large for its small-town surroundings. However, it has the advantage of a location that is situated well off busy Highway 101 and the entire property blends well with the local flora.
A Caring Staff
We arrived at the lodge mid-afternoon and were immediately greeted by the very sociable and attentive general manager Heather Tincher-Overholser, a 22-year veteran at the Lodge. We later learned that Heather was the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Oregon Hotel and Restaurant Association Employee of the Year Award. We could understand their choice! We also thought the Lodge must be a pretty fine place to work, based on our experience with other members of the staff.
A Family-Owned Enterprise
Heather gave us a tour of the entire property. There are actually three distinct lodging groups on the site, all owned by the same family: the Overleaf Lodge with 54 room and suites; Overleaf Village with eight cottages that are not on the ocean, but close and ideal for group or family vacations; and the Fireside Motel, which is not quite as elegant as the Lodge, but close, and certainly more than adequate – and it’s pet-friendly.
Notable Features at the Lodge
The Overleaf Lodge is a view with rooms. Every room boasts sweeping ocean vistas.
It has a fine spa with a pool that overlooks the Pacific.
There appears to be a calibrated strategy to attain a comfortable sense of informality throughout.
The Lodge sits on the site of the historic 804 Trail, which was once an oceanside County Road before Highway 101 made it obsolete in 1936.
It’s an invigorating one-mile ocean walk to the scenic little village of Yachats.
A healthy and hardy breakfast is included.
There’s a charming "Picnic by the Sea" option.
A separate conference center building is ideal for weddings or other gatherings.
And by the way, the Lodge has a complimentary laundry – now that is unusual!
We Liked It
We found the Overleaf Lodge to be a perfect getaway.
It's a rustically posh hotel that infuses just the right amount of opulence into the local culture.
The Inn is a very cozy place to relax and enjoy each other’s company while being serenaded by the sea.
If You Go
Yachats is located in the middle of the Oregon coast, approximately 200 miles north of the California border and 160 miles south of the Washington border. Portland is the nearest major airport, and Eugene is a good choice as the closest regional airport that has direct service to cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver. However, if you have the time and inclination, it’s a beautiful drive along Highway 101 from either direction.
For more information about the Overleaf Lodge and its amenities, click here.
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