Yachats, Oregon is a small town located on Highway #101 beckoning a visit, perhaps even keeping you there for days to enjoy all it has to offer.
In 2007, Yachats, was awarded one of the top 10 “coolest towns in the United States” by “Budget Travel Magazine”. If you need help pronouncing the name, it can be aided by saying ya hots. The name is a Siletz Indian name meaning “at the foot of the mountain”. The motto : Gem of the Oregon Coast” accompanies this Lincoln county town that was incorporated in 1967. The area has been inhabited for at least 1,500 years and radiocarbon dates this town to approximately 570 A. D . Population census in 2000 count was 617 people.
“Virtual Tourist.com” chose Yachats among the top 10 U.S. up and coming vacation spots. As you arrive in Yachats, there is no wonder why this clean town by the Pacific Ocean has such a drawing effect. Between the sight and sound of the sea with the rock formations jetting out sporadically, mountains to the east and temperate climate it exudes peace.
Depending on how much time you have to spend in Yachats, you can fill your senses with numerous sightseeing places and activities that suit all ages. In the summer the festivals are so unusual. The Yachats la de da Parade invites anyone to participate. You might enjoy just watching a Yachats Fire Department truck accompanied by Dalmatian miniature goats. Yes, That was not a misprint, I meant goats. There is an umbrella drill team that will entertain you with belly dancing. Mark your calendars for the 4th of July to enjoy that parade and then an extensive fireworks display which is back dropped by the ocean.
The Yachats Music festival will bring you together with 20 or 30 of the world’s major classical musicians for concerts throughout each weekend in July. The Four seasons Art presents annual recitals at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center bringing melodic tones to Yachats since 1981.
Don’t stay in your Bed and Breakfast, motel or hotel room and miss the museums, covered bridge, seeing the gray whales. tide pooling, the many hiking and biking trails. The Pacific Ocean will beg you to walk on the beach at dawn to collect agates and then again at sunset to fill your eyes with such magnificence you will remember your visit to Yachats always. Recreation state parks are well maintained by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department which invite a BBQ or a picnic time with your family while enjoying the nature calls of birds to play some lovely sounds for you, while you enjoy your meal.
If you ever wanted to see splendor in a church, please do not miss the sanctuary of the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church. It is lighted by 6 windows made of agates collected from local beaches. The golden hues coming into these windows is truly breathtaking. The 217 square feet windows are thought to be the world’s only windows made of agate.
There is a constant exhibition of paintings, drawing and photographs by the Yachats Arts Guild available for viewing an the Yachats Public Library. Visitors are allowed to check out books while they vacation, so that is just the tip of the friendliness of Yachats. Come see for yourself to find many more sightseeing , adventures and delights I left for you to discover for yourself. Enjoy your stay at Yachats.