Oregon Coast Journals

Lighting Up the Coast

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A July 2001 trip to Oregon Coast by Re Carroll

A stately sentry Photo, Oregon Coast, Oregon More Photos
Quote: Rocky coastline and angry ocean can be a recipe for disaster. That's where lighthouses come in. For over one hundred years, these life saving bastions have been helping mariners safely navigate along the Oregon coast.

Lighting Up the Coast

Overview

A stately sentry Photo, Oregon Coast, Oregon
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During our week holiday along the Oregon coast, we were able to visit a number of lighthouses located between Florence and Astoria. All were built in the mid to late 1800s as a navigational aid but today are almost as much a tourist attraction as the beautiful Oregon coast itself. Along our route, all but one of the lighthouses were accessible by foot. The only one we couldn't get to was Tillamook Rock, situated off shore between Cannon Beach and Seaside. It was built in 1881 and the construction was frought with perils. No longer active, it is now privately owned. In Astoria, we toured the Lightship Columbia. Lightships were used when it was too expensive, dangerous or downright impos...Read More

Whale's Tale Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Whale's Tale"

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With all the lighthouse explorations, you have to take a break to eat and we found a great place to do that. Whale's Tale is a casual restaurant with mismatched tables and chairs and a rustic atmosphere. Service is efficient but if you want to linger awhile after your meal, there are books and magazines on a bookshelf to browse through. There are also kids' books which will keep the little ones occupied until the meal arrives. We found it more fun to look at the decor - original art work (some good, some ??), fishing equipment and a bathroom decorated to resemble the inside of a ship all added to the overall charm of this place. The menu is quite varied - seafood, naturally but a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2001

Whale's Tale Restaurant
452 Southwest Bay Boulevard
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 265-8660

Cape Meares Lighthouse

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Attraction

Cape Meares Lighthouse Photo, Oregon Coast, Oregon
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Located in Cape Meares State Park, about 10 miles west of Tillamook, this lighthouse is no longer active. It was built in 1890 and at 38 feet, it's one of the shortest on the coast. Luckily, it sits atop a 200 foot cliff so when it was in use, the light was visible far offshore It's easy to get to by walking along the downhill paved path from the parking lot. Along the way, there are look out spots where you'll get great views of large rock formations that are home to various sea birds. The waves really pound this whole area so you can see why the lighthouse was so necessary. Another difference with Cape Meares is that the glass lens or beacon is red and if you climb to the top you de...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2001

Cape Meares Lighthouse
Cape Meares State Park
Oregon Coast, Oregon
(503) 842-2244

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head"

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Photo, Oregon Coast, Oregon
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Both these lighthouses are located in the Newport area and are only a few miles from each other. Yaquina Bay was built first, in 1871 and it is Newport's oldest wooden building. Unfortunately, it wasn't as visible off shore as had been hoped so it was replaced by Yaquina Head in 1873. Geesh, you'd think they would have thought it through before they built them! Yaquina Bay looks like a cozy little cottage with sand colored shutters on all the windows. Inside, it's filled with period furnishings from its too brief past life. The light is perched atop the house and you can climb to the top as part of a tour. There is a 20 minute video presentation, an interpretive center and a gift shop downst...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2001

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Off Rte 101
Oregon Coast, Oregon
(541)574-3129

Heceta Head Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Heceta Head"

Heceta Head Lighthouse Photo, Yachats, Oregon
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Heceta Head is the most powerful as well as the most photographed lighthouse on the Oregon coast, mostly due to its extremely picturesque location. It sits on a rocky tip of land, high above the coastline, with a backdrop of tall green trees. Its beacon was first lit in 1894 and it is visible from over 20 miles offshore. Tours are conducted hourly and that's the only way you can go inside the lighthouse. This is quite a popular place and it's hard to get a picture without lots of people around. It's located just off Hwy. 101, above the parking lot at Devil's Elbow State Park where there is a long sandy crescent shaped beach, picnic tables, public bathrooms and lots of hiking trails thro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2001

Heceta Head Lighthouse
92072 Hwy. 101 South
Yachats, Oregon
(541) 547-3416