The Chickadee Cottage is, in one person's words, "a little doll house" -- the perfect get-away for couples or singles in the seaside town of Yachats on the central Oregon Coast. The Chickadee can host up to 4 people at a time, with a double bed in the bedroom, and a queen-sized hide-a-bed in the living room. The hide-a-bed has no bar in the middle; its unique construction makes it extremely comfortable.
The Chickadee is fully equipped with everything you need for a delightful stay. From the cottage it's a 5-minute walk down the hill and 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 a microwave, oven, refridgerator, coffee maker (even a small coffee bean grinder!), teapot, toaster, pots and pans, bakeware, dishes, silverware and utensils. We keep a supply of tea and coffee on hand for our guests. The cabinet usually has olive oil, vinegar and some spices as well. Dish cloths and towels are in the wire basket under the butcher block.
Plate-glass windows in the kitchen and living areas look directly out to sea. No matter what you are doing in the cottage, you can look out at a panoramic view of the Pacific.
Dining area facing deck and ocean
New, flat-screen TV - HD
The living area holds a unique, extremely comforable queen-size sofa sleeper. The entertainment center includes 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.
The bottm of the entertainment center contains a small library of books, as well as family games to play if the weather closes in. There are binoculars and a small scope 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 semi-annual whale migrations. An electric fireplace provides added warmth and ambiance, and a small side table holds pens, pencils, and tape on one side, and the phone book on the other. You'll enjoy reading about the coast in the magazines and books on the shelf below.
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. There is a step-stool in the nearest closet for those hard-to-reach places.
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 bath towels and beach towels, and a built-in vacuum and other cleaning implements.
The bathroom also contains a hair dryer for your use - in the cabinet - and a large first-aid kit under the sink.
We supply special Fogwash soap in the bathroom, made here in Yachats.
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 early spring through the fall. Two graveled walking paths -- one with a small meditation bench -- provide a relaxing tour of the garden.
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, windy way to get to the coast. We recommend staying on Hwy. 20 straight 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 available on the north end of town at the Adobe Resort. Several restaurants along the way provide great fare as well.
Delight in walking the 804 Trail, taking off from the Adobe 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.
This year, our rates will vary a little to be responsive to early planners, late demand, the weather, and other changeable things! If you can plan ahead, you may find you paid less than you did last year, but you'll never be charged more than the highest rate listed for the season. You can sign up for notice of our specials at http://www.meredithlodging.com - just scroll to the bottom of that first page.
We're always happy to see our wonderful guests return. The contact information for the new manager in charge of the Chickadee, Daniel Collier, is just below. He's a great guy and will be responsive to your needs. Thanks for visiting!