Once you’ve driven your way up California’s incredible US 101 highway into Oregon, turned onto the winding “authorized vehicles only” one-lane road, and made your way to the end, what lies ahead can only be described as one of the most spectacular lighthouse locations in North America. Perched on a 205 foot headland, 13 miles south of Yachats, Oregon, the Haceta Head Lighthouse is like no other — not only can you gaze upon the most powerful beams on the Oregon coast (visible for 21 miles) but also awake to an equally powerful sunrise the morning after. The lighthouse, built in 1894 stands 56 feet tall and is surrounded by implausibly lush Pacific Northwest scenery. The lightkeeper’s cottage (sorry, no bunking in the actual lighthouse) is decorated with antiquities and other old world throwbacks including a porch full of Adirondack chairs where you’ll while away hours gazing at the ocean or playing checkers. Inside, a handcrafted wooden staircase leads to rustic yet comfortable accommodations with plenty of homey comforts including a well-stocked guest kitchen and a staff that’s amiable without being too much so. Also, expect to partake in a 1/4 mile nightwalk up to the lighthouse (flashlights provided), a decadent seven-course breakfast and going home with a bevy of postcard-ready photos for Facebook.
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