Coast Explorer publisher Gary Hayes answers questions from travelers as Travel Oregon's "Ask Oregon" expert for the Oregon Coast.
Can you recommend a scenic place to stay for a romantic getaway and what is the best month to go?
I'll offer a few ideas for different parts of the coast.
On the North Oregon Coast, Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach is one of the coast's most luxurious lodging options and Cannon Beach offers quick access to scenic areas including miles of sandy beach, Oregon's iconic Haystack Rock and beautiful Ecola State Park. For a runner-up, the views of Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock can't be beat from Hallmark Resort and Spa.
On the Central Oregon Coast, Overleaf Lodge and Spa is an upscale lodging property overlooking a turbulent section of the oceanfront in Yachat. It is just minutes away from the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area with attractions like Devil's Churn and Cook's Chasm with Spouting Horn and Thor's Well. As a runner-up, the Heceta Head Lighthouse lightkeeper's cottage is operated as a bed and breakfast just south of Cape Perpetua. The cottage overlooks a beautiful cove and the seven-course breakfast is famous.
On the South Oregon Coast, Sunset Oceanfront Lodging's Vern Brown Addition offers some of the most stunning view rooms of Bandon's oceanfront rock formations and beach. The day trip north to Cape Arago is one of the Oregon Coast's scenic gems with three interconnected State Parks on the cape. A runner-up or alternative would be WildSpring Guest Habitat in Port Orford. The property is in a beautifully wooded setting with small cozy cabins that are richly decorated. You can explore the private grounds with outdoor art in every direction or soak in the ocean view hot tub. Port Orford is a scenic location and it's easy to explore the stunning South Oregon Coast scenery all the way to the southern border on a day trip or you can venture north to Cape Blanco State Park and Bandon.
As far as when to go, I prefer to travel when crowds are smaller (and rooms are less expensive!). The months of October and May are among my favorites. Rain is always a possibility during these months, but travelers in the know don't come to the Oregon Coast to work on their tan!
You can submit your questions for the Ask Oregon program at: traveloregon.com/ask-oregon
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