Located on a back street in Pacific City, Oregon, this historical bed and breakfast is a delight. The owner, Mike Rech, personally restored the 1921 architectural treasure in the Craftsman style and he's got the 50 page scrapbook to prove it. The building is physically gorgeous inside and out, featuring hand-milled wood, tasteful decorations, and sly touches (the handmade compass rose on the first floor landing should catch your eye). The rooms are equally thoughtfully done, with that spare-yet-just-right feeling that Arts and Crafts styles provide.
My wife and I stayed in the Prairie Room for two nights. With its cathedral ceiling, enormous bathroom, and private deck, we felt like we had a suite. The furnishings were well done (two chairs, luggage rack, dresser, and end tables) and the bed was incredibly comfortable. Good lighting. Several windows and a sliding glass door mean a cool breeze at night. The bathroom has the original (restored) clawfoot tub. Each room has slippers and robes for using the shared hot tub that sits in the backyard. Towels and linens are comfortable and stylish.
Breakfast and Amenities
There is a restaurant-grade Miele coffee maker in the dining room that is accessible at all times for coffee, tea, espresso, or cappuccino and each afternoon there were cookies or brownies to enjoy with it. Breakfast was generous and special requests (both of us are vegetarian) were met perfectly. Mike also keeps a fully-stocked wine cellar--the list is in your room--and was gracious in exchanging one demi-bottle (unopened...we had ordered two and tried the first) for another when we told him the wine wasn't to our liking. DVD's, books, a comfortable common room, outside deck, hot tub, and side yard with Adirondack chairs are all available to guests.
Mike seemed, at first, to be a man of few words, but it quickly became apparent that he was simply a thoughtful listener. He wants to hear what you have to say and respond intelligently to your questions. We got tips on Oregon weather, bird watching, hiking, dining, and local history. In random conversations, we chatted about wood-working, fishing, and the best time to catch a sunset. At breakfasts, he made a point of getting the discussion going among guests, then quietly retired to the kitchen to let us carry on. In the two days we were there, he was never more than a knock away. In short, a great host.
Mike takes conservation seriously and extends discounts for guests arriving via public transportation, biking, or driving a hybrid. Other small touches include the mini-fridge on the second floor with glasses and wine opener (so you don't have to tramp down to a shared kitchen to enjoy the wine you just bought) that also has several pre-filled, pre-chilled steel water jugs for your convenience (that you can purchase). The beach is about a 15 minute walk and gorgeous Cape Kiwanda about a 5 minute drive away.
Parking is adequate if all the guests cooperate and is located in front of the B&B. Access to the B&B is easy from Kiwanda Drive, although most parts of Pacific City that you would read about in a guide book (Cape Kiwanda, Pelican Pub Brewery) are not walking distance away...maybe a 5-10 minute drive. A great restaurant (The Delicate Palate) that Mike recommended to us is just across the street, however, so there's no need to worry about missing a meal at the end of the day.
The Craftsman B&B is a wonderful place for anyone who is touring the Oregon coast. And for anyone who values architecture or loves the Craftsman style, this is a must-see stop.
The Prairie Room is the only room that has a (small) private deck. It is also the room that sits ove...
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