Located along the Pacific coastline near Florence, Oregon, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse operated as a bed and breakfast facility, offering Victorian-style accommodations and event space for weddings and other private special events. The Heceta Head area of the Oregon coastline is named for 18th-century Spanish explorer Bruno de Heceta, noted for his explorations and charting of the Pacific Northwest.
Prior to the arrival of European explorers, the area was traditionally the home of the Siuslaw, or ?túw?, indigenous people, who used the area for hunting sea lions and seabird eggs and based their Animal People legend around the area’s cliffs. Throughout the late 19th century, European settlers claimed a 164-acre area of land in the area, and in 1888, the construction of a lighthouse on 19 acres of the Heceta Head viewpoint was approved by the United States government. Construction on the lighthouse began in 1892 and was completed the following August at a total cost of $80,000. The lighthouse site originally consisted of several outbuildings, including a barn and numerous lightkeeper residences, though most of the additional structures were demolished in 1940 or leased to nearby Lane Community College. The lighthouse has remained in operation since 1894 and stands as the strongest light beam on the Oregon coastline today, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. In 2011, the lighthouse was closed to the public for two years for major restorations, returning the structure to its original Victorian-era metalwork, masonry, and decor.
Attractions and Amenities
Today, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is located on a 205-foot cliff area within the Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint state park and is owned and operated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The 56-foot lighthouse stands overlooking the Oregon coastline atop a 205-foot cliff area and is the most photographed historic lighthouse in America. The lighthouse’s beam, operated by a first-class Fresnel lens, is the strongest remaining light along the Oregon Coast, visible from up to 21 nautical miles away.
The lighthouse’s former lightkeeper’s home building is now owned by the United States Forestry Service, operated as a bed and breakfast facility offering overnight accommodations for area visitors. Six rooms offering queen-sized beds are available for rental, hosting up to 15 guests at a time in authentic Victorian-era accommodations. Two Mariners Rooms offer southern views of the Pacific Ocean coast and private bathrooms, with twin-size rollaway beds provided for additional guests upon reservation request. The Lightkeeper’s Room contains an antique porcelain claw-foot-style bathtub, and the Victoria’s Room offers four-post and trundle beds and views of the nearby state park forest. In the Cape Cove Room, named for the nearby Cape Creek Bridge, photographs and illustrations showcase the work of architect Conde McCullough. The Queen Anne Room is also provided for romantic getaways, offering fine Austrian sheets and terry cloth bathrobes for guests.
In addition to guest bedrooms, a European-style communal bathroom is offered, along with several parlor areas for relaxing in front of handcrafted fireplaces. A communal dining room showcases a grand piano, and a wraparound porch provides views of the nearby lighthouse, forest, and coastline. A full guest kitchen is also available for visitor use. A one-acre lawn serves as an event grounds, and several pathways serve as trailheads to the nearby lighthouse. A gift shop is also located in the lighthouse’s former generator room, offering maritime-themed books, souvenirs, and holiday ornaments.
Prepaid reservations are required for all visitor stays, and Saturday accommodations require at least a two-night stay. Pets and guests under 10 years of age are not permitted within the facility. A family-style seven-course breakfast is offered daily for all overnight guests, catered by executive chefs Mike and Carol Korgan, and a wine and cheese social is held every afternoon. In addition to overnight stays, public tours of the facility’s first floor area are also offered daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and history talks are presented during breakfasts throughout the winter months.
Weddings and Event Rentals
Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B is available for private special event rentals, including rentals for weddings and honeymoons. A variety of wedding packages are available for event groups of up to 30 guests, with special custom packages available for larger groups. Catered receptions for up to 150 guests may also be added to wedding packages, and a wedding consultant is available for planning and day-of services. In addition to private special event rental, several annual public special events are offered at the lighthouse and B&B, including a Victorian Christmas open house and a birthday party for the facility’s March anniversary.
725 Summer St, Florence, OR 97439, Phone: 800-551-6949