written by Kerry Newberry
There are not enough places where time stands still. Where you can be surrounded by immense beauty and immersed in simple pleasures. Where on evening beach walks, the elk outnumber the humans. Come morning, the tiny main street has one of everything you need—a bakery, a garden shop, an art gallery and that spot where you can order a perfectly made espresso.
While Oregon’s coast has a smattering of these little magic towns, there’s only one Gearhart. Luckily, there’s a new place to stay when you need to reset and unwind. At the newly renovated and reimagined Drifthaven at Gearhart, you’ll find twelve seaside cottages stocked with all the provisions you need for an idyllic getaway.
The Drifthaven offers its guests a bonfire kit and recreational options such as tennis and bocce.
Explore town on one of the stylish beach cruisers, then circle back for a breezy wagon packed with supplies for s’mores and a beach bonfire. Or grab a lawn game to play in the private garden with a cocktail from the boat bar. Whether you stay for one night or for a week, the seasalt air and slow dancing hours will ensure you return home rejuvenated.
Each of the recently renovated seaside cottages pop with personality thanks to vintage nautical finds sourced by Oregon-based interior designer Ashley Tackett. To realize her vision, the designer traveled up and down the coast visiting antique shops to procure seascape paintings, objets d’art and heirloom lighting. The twelve cottages range from one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites to large king studios. Some include cozy sitting areas with fireplaces and petit kitchens with Instagram-worthy wallpaper.
You’ll find everything you need for beach activities in the impeccably stocked garage—from lawn games and clam digging kits to comfy beach chairs and blankets. Best of all, are the beautiful belt-drive beach cruisers, ideal for exploring the sleepy streets lined with sprawling cottages that could easily be the setting of a Nora Ephron film. On sunny days, take advantage of the private garden with a firepit, BBQ, lounge chairs and a boat bar made from an old fishing vessel named Doreen.
Count on a complimentary breakfast basket delivered each morning with local pastries, fruit and juice. For espresso drinks, By the Way opens at 7:30 a.m. and uses the excellent Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters. You can also find fun gifts, local artwork and many other things you never realized you needed at this charming shop. Warm up at Pacific Way Cafe with the signature chowder and find snacks, wine and other sundries at their micro-market. The adjacent bakery is a morning hub for beach dogs and their humans.
All guest rooms have luxurious bedding, plush robes, speedy wifi, smart entertainment and speakers. You’ll also find a pantry stocked with local snacks, coffee and teas along with an electric kettle and a French press. Rooms with kitchenettes include a fridge, stove and microwave. Pets are welcome for an additional $25 fee, and allergen-free designated rooms are available upon request. For rainy days, board games are on hand and Beach Books, one of the best book shops on the coast, is one town over.
67 N. COTTAGE AVE.