Yachats is a small coastal city in Lincoln County, Oregon. Just outside Yachat is Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, a 2,700-acre forested headland on the Oregon Coast. The area has spectacular views and the visitor center hosts Whale Watching Weeks in winter and in spring. Near Cape Perpetua is Thor’s Well, a gaping, bottomless sinkhole on the edge of the Oregon coast that looks like it is swallowing all seawater. The North Fork of the Yachats Bridge is a 42-foot long covered bridge that carries North Fork Yachats River Road over the Yachats River. Touchstone Gallery represents 120 Oregon artists, showing their jewelry, glass, ceramics, oil and watercolor paintings, bronze, metal and stone sculpture. Yachats is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination and there is something going on year around, from The Yachats la de da Parade is held each July 4, The Yachats Classical Music Festival in July and the Yachats Village Mushroom Festival in October to the Yachats Celtic Music Festival in November and a Victorian Christmas Open House each December held at the Heceta Head Lighthouse about 13 miles south of Yachats Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
Cape Perpetua is a 2,700-acre forested headland on the Oregon Coast about two miles from Yachats, which extends into the Pacific Ocean. The area is part of the Siuslaw National Forest with massive old growth spruce, Douglas-fir, and western hemlock, barely visible through a coastal fog and powerful surf crashing on jagged shores. The headland rises over 800 feet above sea level and offers breathtaking views for miles. Cape Perpetua’s visitor center also has wonderful view of the ocean, from inside and from the deck. The center offers a range of short movies in the theatre. Its knowledgeable staff can answer questions and help you plan your trip. The scenic area is great destination for camping, picnicking, hiking, sightseeing, and whale watching.
2400 U.S. 101, Yachats, Oregon 97498, Phone: 541-547-3289
2.Thor's Well, Yachats, Oregon
Thor’s Well is a gaping, bottomless sinkhole on the edge of the Oregon coast near Cape Perpetua and the town of Yachats. It looks like it is swallowing all seawater around it. While not really bottomless, this natural wonder, also known as the drainpipe of the Pacific, is actually a hole in the rock that appears to drain water from the ocean. The huge hole is probably only about 20 feet deep, and is most spectacular at high tide, or during storms when water violently crashes over the rocks and gets sucked into the hole. The well can be very dangerous during such sudden torrents, as unsuspecting visitors can be swept right into the maelstrom. Nevertheless, hundreds of photographers and nature lovers flock to see the stunning natural formation.
Highway 101 , Yachats, OR 97498
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3.North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge, Yachats, OR
The North Fork of the Yachats Bridge is a 42-foot long covered bridge about nine miles from Yachats, Lincoln County, Oregon. The bridge carries North Fork Yachats River Road over the Yachats River. The bridge, the queen post truss structure, was built in 1938 by the renowned bridge builder Otis Hamer. It was the last covered bridge he built. One of only two covered bridges left in Lincoln County still open to traffic; the bridge has the weight limit of ten tons. Large trucks and RVs are not allowed. The bridge was repaired in 1987 after an accident damaged it. In 1989, county crew did more thorough renovation, replacing trusses, approaches, a roof and siding.
End of North Fork Road,, Yachats, OR 97498, Phone: 317-629-2892
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4.Touchstone Gallery, Yachats, Oregon
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Touchstone Gallery is one of five businesses focused on art located at the Green House Market Place, about one mile north of downtown Yachats, Oregon. Touchstone Gallery represents 120 Oregon artists, providing a beautiful venue where they can share with the public their whimsical, sophisticated and graceful artworks. The artworks include jewelry, glass, ceramics, oil and watercolor paintings, bronze, metal and stone sculpture. The gallery is a great place to find an unique gift or a piece of art for a home or office and at the same time support local artists.
2118 US-101, Yachats, OR 97498, Phone: 541-547-4121
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5.Yachats Brewing, Yachats, Oregon
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Located in the heart of the charming coastal village of Yachats, Oregon, carved out of the rocky coastal headland and surrounded by the Siuslaw National Forest, Yachats Brewing + Farmstore was founded in 2013 by Nathan and Cicely Bernard focused on creating high quality brews that reflect and celebrate the unique majesty and culture of the region. The brewery building started originally as a bank in 1965, and has been lovingly transformed into a thriving spot for great beer, local food, and social gathering. The beautiful reclaimed old-growth Douglas Fir timbers used throughout the brewery was salvaged from the Brooklyn Roundhouse from SE Portland. Most of the furniture in the taproom was made from reclaimed wine barrels. The brewery restaurant uses locally grown produce, pasture raised meats, their own handcrafted brews, and house-fermented vegetables. The restaurant/taproom has 30 taps, with 15-20 of them featuring their award-winning beers and house-made probiotic beverages, such Kombucha, Jun, and Kefir soda. Great beers, famous juicy burgers and friendly atmosphere attract locals and visitors and the place is often packed.
348 US-101, Yachats, OR 97498, Phone: 541-547-3884
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6.Outta Gas Pizza, Yachats, Oregon
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Outta Gas Pizza in Yachats, Oregon, is the kind of place where you stop by because you ran of gas but stay for their great pizzas, fun atmosphere and a huge range of fun equipment including a full size shuffleboard table, a pool table, and dart boards. It is a great venue for birthdays, reunions, and parties of all types. Every room in Outta Gas Pizza has a big screen TV's. They use the freshest ingredients in all their pizzas and side orders. It is great place for the whole family – so much for the kids to do while parents are taking a break. The "big room" has the biggest TV screen in Lincoln County for enjoying sporting events and movies. Their jukebox has something for everyone and their sound system is excellent. To go with their loaded pizzas, Outta Gas Pizza has a large selection of cold beers, and a nice choice of wines.
1685 Hwy 101 N, Yachats, OR 97498, Phone: 541-547-4424
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7.Yachats State Park
Located just minutes away from Central Yachats, Yachats State Park is a popular spot amongst visitors of all ages. While the park is small, its magnificent ocean views are larger than life. Visitors can access the park’s viewing platform and watch storming waves crash against the rocks or catch a glimpse of migrating whales. The park also offers several picnic areas for day-use visitors. And when weather permits, a rocky intertidal area can be accessed during low tide to view pools of sea life. Anglers also frequent Yachats State Park because of the coast’s rich sea life which includes a fish spawning spot preserved by the park.
Yachats State Park, Yachats, Oregon 97498; Phone: 541-867-7451
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Step into Overleaf Spa for a luxurious day of pampering and relaxation. Guests of the Overleaf Lodge may avail of the spa’s many services from Wednesday through Sunday by appointment. They offer several kinds of hour-long massages by licensed therapists including deep tissue massages, sea stone massages, and prenatal massages. The spa also provides body and skin care services, reiki, and a seaside exercise room filled with various high-end equipment. For continued relaxation, visitors can step into one of the spa’s steam rooms and saunas or take a dip in their heated soaking pools which have fantastic views of the Oregon coast.
280 Overleaf Lodge Lane, Yachats, OR 97498; Phone: 541-547-4880
8 Best Things to Do in Yachats, Oregon
- Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Photo: Dmitry/stock.adobe.com
- Thor's Well, Yachats, Oregon, Photo: diak/stock.adobe.com
- North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge, Yachats, OR, Photo: wollertz/stock.adobe.com
- Touchstone Gallery, Yachats, Oregon, Photo: Touchstone Gallery
- Yachats Brewing, Yachats, Oregon, Photo: Yachats Brewing
- Outta Gas Pizza, Yachats, Oregon, Photo: pavel siamionov/stock.adobe.com
- Yachats State Park, Photo: Anna/stock.adobe.com
- Overleaf Spa, Photo: Denizo/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: dplett/stock.adobe.com
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