A Hidden Treasure

A few weekends ago, it was unseasonably warm here in Western Oregon -- "60-degrees, sunny, and blue skies when it should be rainy" warm. Micheal and I decided to take an impromptu trip over to the coast to soak in the weather and relax after a long week of work, and instead of heading North of Newport like usual, we decided to take a trip South...ending up in the small town of Yachats (pronounced Ya-Hots). Here, purely by surprise, we found some gems of the Oregon food and wine world.

With only 650 resident, Yachats is perhaps best known for Cape Perpetua National Scenic Area, a marriage of coastal scenery and forestry that is simply breathtaking. On our way to Cape Perpetua, I noticed a simple looking sign that said "Wine Place", so of course we had to stop. Inside was an outstanding selection of Oregon wines, covering all varietal and price ranges. Yachats, who would of thought? The proprietor of The Wine Place directed us next door to Cheese and Crackers, a lovely northwest artisan cheese shop. They were happy to provide us with samples of some delicious cheese, a perfect match to the wine you could purchase next door. To top off the evening, we had dinner at the Drift Inn, serving an eclectic mix of family favorites and original dishes focused on fresh ingredients and the Pacific Northwest. I had seafood lasagna that was excellent.

So, if you ever find yourself in Yachats, definitely check out some of these places. Even better, take a weekend trip to the Northern Oregon Coast and spend some time at Cape Perpetua during the day and spend your evening enjoying Oregon's bounty of wine, cheese, and great food.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestion. When we make our move North from California we will be driving up the coast and it's great to know of some places to stop.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. The Wine Place is bloody terrific. Always friendly faces and tasty drink. I try to stop there every time through to have a couple of glasses (and grab a nice bottle for my cellar, of course) and stretch my legs. Best mead in the county.