The Chickadee Cottage is, in one person's words, "a little doll house" -- the perfect romantic get-away for couples in the tiny seaside town of Yachats, on the central Oregon Coast. The cottage can host up to 4 people at a time, with a double bed and a queen-sized hide-a-bed (which has no bar in the middle of it). It comes fully equipped with everything you need for a delightful stay. From the cottage it's a 5-minute walk across the road to the beach via public access; or enjoy a slightly longer walk across the bridge to the village of Yachats, long known as the "Gem of the Oregon Coast."
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need, including a microwave, full oven, refridgerator, coffee maker (even a small coffee bean grinder!), teapot, toaster, dishes, silverware and utensils. We keep a supply of tea, coffee and hot chocolate on hand for our guests. Prowl around a bit, and you may find pancake mix and syrup, soup, or some other special item.
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Dining area facing deck and ocean
New, flat-screen TV - HD
The living area has a new queen-size sofa sleeper with a unique, comfortable construction (there is no bar in the middle to break your back!); a full entertainment center, including a flat-screen TV with cable; DVD player, CD player, and radio, along with a selection of DVDs and CDs for your viewing and listening pleasure. The cottage provides free WIFI for our guests.
We also have a small library of books which people feel free to contribute to from time to time; and are stocked up on family games to play if the weather closes in. There are binoculars for your use on a shelf in the entertainment center so that you can view ships on the far horizon and search for the resident whale directly out to sea, or enjoy wataching whale migrations two and three times a year.
Living area wth fireplace, side table
The bedroom features a double bed, a dresser (unseen in this photo, but at the foot of the bed), two closets for hanging your clothes and storing a suitcase or two; and extra blankets and linens on the closet shelves.
The bathroom, which opens off the bedroom, is large and roomy, with a tub/shower combination, a stacking washer and dryer (laundry soap and stain remover provided), storage for linens, and a built-in vacuum and other cleaning implements.
The bathroom also contains a hair dryer for your use.
Each guest to the Chickadee Cottage receives a special gift of handmade saop and a packet of special coffee.
Bedroom with double-size bed
Bath is complete with linens and stacked washer/dryer
Looking back up at the cottage from the lower garden area
The garden area around the cottage is filled with native Oregon plants and flowers that grow well in the Northwest's coastal areas. Roses, fuschias, rhododendrons, azaleas, lillies and more all bloom in their season from spring throughout the fall. There are graveled walking paths throughout the garden. A small meditation bench makes the garden its own private retreat and provides privacy for the cottage itself.
The Adirondack chairs on the deck -- what can we say? Settle in with a glass of wine to watch the tide, get a glimpse of our resident whale, or watch the sunset. It's hard to leave. You may not even want to try.
Ahhhhh - the deck.
Getting to Yachats: From Portland, OR, take I-5 south to the Corvallis/Hwy. 20 exit, and head west. You'll pass Corvallis and go through Philomath. At the far end of Philomath, you'll come to a Y in the road. It will look logical to take the road to Waldport, but it's a much longer windier way to get to the coast. We recommend staying on Hwy. 20 out to Newport.
When you get to the "T" stoplight in Newport, turn left and go approximately 25 miles south to Yachats. Final directions will be givien with your reservation. Total time: about 3 hours, possibly more depending on traffic. Do not try to exit the Portland metro area on a Friday afternoon or during general afternoon drive times.
From Eugene, OR: Take West 11th all the way out of town; it goes directly to Florence, on the coast. Turn north at Florence, go approximately 25 miles to Yachats. Total time: about 90 minutes, depending on traffic.
There simply isn't any end to the beautiful scenery along the Oregon Coast. The top photo here is of Haceta Head, just 20 minutes south of the cottage; the bottom photo is of the bay at Yachats in the late afternoon's fading light.
Head south for walks along the trails at Cape Perpetua or some whale-watching at the Visitor's Center there; visit Haceta Head and the Sea Lion Caves; ride dune buggies in Florence or shop on the waterfront there in Old Town. Head north to Seal Rock for wonderful art galleries and chocolate fudge shops (have to mention those!) as well as wood-working and glass-blowing shops. In Newport, visit the aquarium and undersea gardens, or shop in the renovated Nye Beach area, home to much of the town's literary and performing arts venues as well.
OR. . . stay in Yachats. Enjoy the town's many excellent restaurants. We are big fans of the Luna Sea Fish House, a little nook in a row of shopts on the west side of the road; We also enjoyg the Drift Inn for family fare and great live music. Elegant dining is always the far on the north end of town at the Adobe hotel. Delight in walking the 804 Trail, taking off from the Adobe Inn and heading north - it's a very level trail along the bluff, and easy walking even for those who are physically challenged. Visit the LIttle Log Cabin Museum; or participating in the many activities in Yachats all year long.
Summer rates: $105/night, 2-night minimum; $670/week Winter rates: $ 95/night, 2-night minimum; $570/week Non-refundable cleaning deposit of $45 ensures you never have to worry about housework when you leave. We ask that you put things back the way you found them, and we'll do the cleaning.
SMALL (less than 30 lbs.) dogs allowed; no cats or other pets. Deposit required.
Special rates for teachers - available only under full rate pricing.
For reservations and further information: Perri and Joe Wilson Sweetland Vacation Rentals P.O. Box1296 - Waldport, OR 97394 Toll-free: 1-877-472-4986 PH: (541) 563-5913 Availability calendar:http://sweetlandvacationrentals.com/page_6.html (scroll down)