The rugged Oregon Coast is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States, and one of its crown jewels is undoubtedly the Heceta Head Lighthouse. Perched majestically on a cliff, this historic lighthouse is a beacon of both maritime history and natural beauty. And when you plan your visit to the Heceta Lighthouse, your stay at the Old Town Inn in Florence becomes the ideal choice for a memorable coastal getaway.
A Coastal Icon: Heceta Lighthouse
Your journey to the Heceta Lighthouse begins with a scenic drive along historic Highway 101, where every twist and turn unveils postcard-perfect vistas of the Oregon Coast. As you approach the lighthouse, the dramatic cliffs and the soothing sound of the crashing waves set the stage for an unforgettable experience.
Why Heceta Lighthouse?
1. Historical Significance: The Heceta Head Lighthouse, dating back to 1894, is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. Its rich history, including tales of brave lighthouse keepers, adds an intriguing layer to your visit.
2. Breathtaking Views: The lighthouse’s location offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, making it an ideal spot for sea lion and whale watching or capturing stunning sunset photographs.
3. Hiking and Exploration: The Oregon Coast Trail, with its trailhead near the lighthouse, invites you to explore the lush coastal forests and pristine beaches that define the area. Connected trails also lead you to the secluded beach at the end of the mystical Hobbit Trail, just north of and below the lighthouse’s perch.
4. Lighthouse Keeper’s House and Gift Shop: The lighthouse keeper’s house and adjacent gift shop serves as a visitor center and provides fascinating insights into the lighthouse’s history and the local marine ecosystem.
Why the Old Town Inn in Florence?
When you’re planning your visit to Heceta Lighthouse, choosing the right place to stay is essential. The Old Town Inn in Florence perfectly complements your coastal adventure for several reasons:
1. Convenient Location: Situated just a short drive from the lighthouse, the Old Town Inn provides easy access to Heceta Beach, as well as myriad other coastal attractions. The best food, shops, and galleries in Florence, and the Siuslaw River Marina, are all just steps from our front door.
2. Cozy Comfort: After a day of exploration, you’ll find the Old Town Inn to be a welcoming retreat. The cozy rooms, complete with modern amenities, offer a comfortable space to unwind.
3. Warm Hospitality: The inn’s staff is known for their friendly demeanor and excellent service. They’re always ready with recommendations for the best local dining options or the most scenic spots to explore.
4. Exploring Old Town: Florence’s Old Town district, where the inn is located, is a charming area filled with shops, galleries, and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in coastal culture.
5. Affordability: The Old Town Inn offers excellent value for your stay, allowing you to spend more on experiences like a delicious seafood dinner or a memorable sand dune tour.
Plan Your Coastal Getaway
With Heceta Lighthouse’s allure and the Old Town Inn’s inviting ambiance, your Oregon Coast adventure promises to be a truly remarkable experience. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking some coastal tranquility, this dynamic duo of natural beauty and cozy accommodation in Florence is the recipe for an unforgettable escape. Book your stay at the Old Town Inn and let the magic of the Oregon Coast unfold before your eyes, and you will discover firsthand why Florence is Oregon’s Coastal Playground.