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“Step Back in Time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast

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Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast
92072 Hwy. 101 S., Yachats, OR 97498   |  
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Ranked #3 of 12 Yachats B&B and Inns
Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Step Back in Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

What a great opportunity to be able to stay in such an historic house. The house is warm and inviting, sitting on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, with the lighthouse a short walk away. The seven course breakfast is incredible and something you always remember. We stayed in Victoria's room, the one reportedly most visited by resident ghost Rhue. Not sure if it was Rhue, but we did recieve a visit or two. One of the most beautiful B&B'S we have ever been. Will definitely save this one for special occasions.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ridgefield, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

Took The Hubbs for a 2-night stay for his Birthday right after Christmas, and really enjoyed a cozy wintertime stay on the Oregon Coast! Looking forward to returning in May or June when the newly restored lighthouse is actually re-lit! It's the brightest light on the entire coast, maybe of all US lighthouses--visible for 21 miles! We could not have had better service and the legendary 7-course Breakfasts were AMAZING! Just-right portions and pacing made for a really special start to our mornings. The food was so good, I bought their beautiful cookbook before we left! Don't miss a short walk up the nearby path to talk with the Park Service Hosts about the history of the lighthouse and the Keeper's Cottage. It's a fascinating place! We stayed in Mariner II for the view and the private bath. There was an online winter special offering the second night for half price, but our reservation did not reflect the wintertime special. Instead of accepting the refund for the second night, I donated it to the lighthouse restoration fund. Note: Our seafood dinners (it's the Oregon Coast, after all!) we're outstanding--one night at the Waterfront Depot (very small; always busy, so reservations required), and one night across the street at a place I've eaten many times but can never recall the name! Both are great! Old town Florence had been restored since I was a child and now offers a number of nice boutiques and many restaurants. Be sure to explore. And Heceta Beach is one if the most beautiful on the Coast.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The location is stunning, the grounds beautiful, the old house is well-kept, but this B&B lacks atmosphere and warmth. We very much enjoyed our two nights here on a holiday get-away around New Years. The weather was clear and warm, perfect for the many walks in the area on the beaches and up into the mountains. While the sea was calm, huge swells from some distance storms pounded the rocks and beach. Sitting on the veranda mid-morning, I was able to see for miles and spot dozens of sea lions resting and frolicking in the waves below. With the sun out and the wind coming off the land, the veranda was almost hot.

Our nights at this B&B were good. Victoria's Room was cozy and plainly appointed: one bed, one desk, one easy chair, an alarm clock, and one wardrobe. No place to put luggage, no TV, no sound system, no phone. We were able to connect to wi-fi signal somewhere in the house but this is not an advertised amenity. The small attached bathroom and shower were perfect. The windows, which face the mountain side and parking area, opened easily so we were able to keep the room cool at night. For the rest of the time, a marvellous wall-mounted heater enabled us to keep the room at a perfect temperature.

All the rooms appear to be upstairs. There are five doors at the top landing. One is the shared bathroom for two suites, so those occupants have only a short distance to walk. In general, the building is quiet. However, we were able to hear nocturnal activity from one neighbouring room. Who knows what they could hear.

The common areas include a full kitchen where guests can make tea and coffee and use a stove or microwave if desired. There is large dining room and two smallish sitting rooms. The B&B's own kitchen is separate, and a caretaker appears to live in the basement.

We arrived too late for the 4pm check-in cutoff time, so the manager left instructions taped to the door. These described how to enter the key code for the main door and where to pick up our room key. This was fine, but it hardly provides the welcome and human touch that one might expect in a B&B in this price range. Also, I noticed that at least 1/3 of the guests arrived late as we did, so the B&B might consider the merits of adjusting their reception hours to accommodate the guests better.

We only met a staff member the next morning when we went down for the scheduled breakfast, which commences at 8:30 sharp. Yes, there were 7 courses, but these could be easily organized into 2. Moreover, the food was ordinary. Worse, the coffee was poor, and the crockery was worn and a little cheap. One course was actually served directly on the charger plates, off of which the paint was peeling. Finally, while the conversation amongst the four couple present was lively, breakfast took over an hour, which was far too long when the sunny day beckoned. I wondered if, once again, the breakfast arrangements (the set start time and the many courses) were more for the convenience of the staff than that of the guests. On the bright side, we had to leave early our last morning and the cook provided a delightful take-away breakfast that included smoked salmon, bagels, and delicious cake.

In conclusion, this was a nice place to stay but it needs to be run less as an efficient enterprise and more as welcoming accommodation. And if it presumes to charge its high rates, the service should meet the attendant standards. And it is hard to provide good service if no one is there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Views of the ocean are spectacular. Awesome natural beauty. Lovely old house (former duplex used by the 1st and 2nd assistant lighthouse keepers) has been updated into a lovely B&B. Breakfast was delicious. Can't go wrong for a romantic get-away. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Mariner's II room. Exquisite view. Nice furnishings. Very cozy.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clinton, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The Lighthouse itself was under construction and was covered. That was a little disappointing, but it did not diminish our impression of the (Innkeeper's House) B&B. There is a short walk up to the lighthouse and another down to the beach. We stayed for 2 nights in the Mariner I room. The views out of our front bedroom window - breathtaking. The 7 course breakfast was outstanding. We also enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies which always seemed to be on the kitchen table. Our second night there, we sat on the porch in the Adirondack chairs with a bottle of wine and watched the sunset. For dinner, you have to drive into either Yachats or Florence. The Waterfront Depot in Florence was very good - make reservations. We didn't see much of the innerkeepers. In other B&B's - there is more of a personal touch.

Room Tip: Some rooms have shared bathrooms or bathrooms across the hall. The Mariner I and II probably have th...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rescue, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My wife and I just stayed here earlier this month. The Breakfast is phenomenal - a 7 course meal that kept us filled all day long - the chef did an amazing job of preparing mouth-watering dishes and the view out of the dining room to the ocean is stunning.

The rooms are small and older, which gives you a real feeling of going back in time - the views are amazing and the light house is fun to walk up to - though it is under renovation.

We had a shared bathroom, but this worked out better than I thought it would and other than ladybugs nesting upstairs, it was surprisingly clean for the age

We would definitely come back here

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

This is a place you will remember. Set among the wooded cliffs on the edge of the sea. Just magical. You feel like you have stepped back in time. Stay here. You will be happy you did. Room was small (cove room) but furnished in period pieces. Shared bathroom but felt like it was our own . Good but lengthy breakfast. But a good way to slow yourself down and meet new people over breakfast

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast

Address: 92072 Hwy. 101 S., Yachats, OR 97498
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Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Yachats
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #3 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Yachats
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Heceta Head Lighthouse Hotel Yachats
Heceta Head Lighthouse b&b
Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed And Breakfast Yachats, Oregon

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