Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast is a distinctly Oregon destination
written by Jen Stevenson
Done properly, a dark and stormy winter’s night on the Oregon Coast is something straight out of a storybook. Jagged bluffs, roiling surf, a lonely cliff-clinging lighthouse, whisperings of a tragic tale—the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B has it all, with a sensational seven-course breakfast to top it off. Once the former assistant lightkeeper’s house, the inn now serves as a priceless piece of state history, and for guests, a portal to turn-of-the-twentieth-century living—albeit with most of the creature comforts of today (wi-fi yes, flat-screen no). The six rooms are outfitted with antique furniture, hand-sewn quilts, local artwork, and should you book one of the front-facing Mariner rooms, sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Those seeking a brush with the resident spirit, Rue, should request Victoria’s Room, home to many an unexplained happening, from unruly locks and light switches to the mischievous mishandling of luggage. During the day, explore the lush property’s garden and grounds, visit the namesake lighthouse, or traverse the short trail down to the beach. Should the weather be fair, curl up in one of the Adirondack chairs lining the covered front porch and watch the sun sink into the sea at the day’s end. If a storm’s swirling outside, retire to the old-fashioned parlor for wine, conversation with fellow guests, an impromptu piano recital, a game of Scrabble by the fire or a good ghost story. 92072 HWY 101 SOUTH YACHATS hecetalighthouse.com
Rooms at Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast
The inn’s six rooms are an antique lover’s dream, some outfitted with old-fashioned four-poster beds to sink into after a long day of tidepool-hopping, others with porcelain clawfoot tubs perfect for a post-hike soak. If your sharing-a-bathroom phase sailed long ago, both Mariners rooms and Victoria’s Room have private baths; otherwise, prepare to bundle up in the provided terrycloth robe and cross the hall. If traveling with little skippers, book the adjoining Mariners I and II rooms for more breathing room.
Dining at Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast
Worry not about breakfast, because Executive Chef Michelle Korgan serves a seven-course morning spread in the elegantly appointed formal dining room, using seasonal produce and herbs culled from the inn’s garden. There is a fully equipped guest kitchen on-site to make your own snacks and supper. Otherwise, head twenty minutes north to tiny Yachats for fresh-caught Dungeness crab with all the fixings at Luna Sea Fish House. Or road trip twenty minutes south to Florence, a lively fishing village known for its sizeable Steller sea lion population and towering sand dunes. Sip a cup of the house blend on the peaceful riverfront patio at Old Town’s Siuslaw River Coffee Roasters, pick up roast turkey and nettle pesto sandwiches and fudgy homemade brownies at Homegrown Public House’s adjoining deli for a picnic in the park, or sit down to a leisurely seafood supper at local favorite Waterfront Depot (reservations recommended).
Amenities at Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast
If your idea of the ultimate amenity is a ghost, book Victoria’s Room, rumored to have the most paranormal activity thanks to Rue, otherwise known as the Lady in Grey. As the story goes, Rue was an assistant lightkeeper’s wife driven to suicide by the anguish of her young daughter’s accidental drowning. To this day, she watches over her former home with a gimlet eye, and the inn’s staff and locals alike are happy to ply you with tales of her mild-mannered hijinks.
Special Features at Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast
After unpacking, make the short trek to the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse, built in 1894. Perched 205 feet above the roaring surf, the working lighthouse’s first-order Fresnel lens casts Oregon’s brightest light—a piercing beam visible up to 21 miles offshore. Although the docent-led tours cease after Labor Day, the inn’s guests are privy to a post-breakfast history talk and gift shop visit.