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Trip Report Yachats and the Overleaf (long)

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I had read so many postings about the Overleaf that when our 61st anniversary came over the horizon we decided to go for it...and we are glad that we did.

We had gone from the Seattle area down to Astoria and the beach towns many different ways, but had never taken Oregon 18 any further west than the Spruce Goose museum. Wow! Are there ever a lot of wineries! I would think that a wine buff could spend a week between Tigard and the coast...and there are signs for wineries along 101 itself.

Given the occasion, I had to go first class, so we had a king bed, a fireplace, and a Jacuzzi with a killer view. I was impressed with the canister lights positioned in the ceiling above the bed that were excellent for reading in bed...much better than table lamps. I used the Jacuzzi once. It takes forever to fill, and getting into it required more athletic ability than my wife was willing to chance...the first step is w-a-a-a-y down there. What a waste of water, though.

The Overleaf has no food service, except for an excellent hot continental breakfast, so I Googled Yachats + restaurants and read reviews. The Drift Inn got many positive reviews but to my mind was middle-of-the road: Typical wooden booths and tables, paper napkins, bar along one side of the room. Food was good but not exceptional. The Luna is a tiny place that was well recommended and we agree that it is great for seafood. The Adobe Inn is about 1/4 mile from the Overleaf along the beach trail and it is a real white-tablecloth, cloth napkin, wine list kind of place with a super view. Their prices were within a buck or two of the Drift Inn, and if you get the early bird special you save about a third.

We drove back using what will now become my first-choice way to travel between the freeway and the coast if your target is Astoria, Lincoln City, Newport, et al: Eastbound, take US 30 out of Astoria about 30 miles to the Westport Ferry Road on the left. A 15-minute ride across the Columbia on an open-deck, eight-car ferry to Puget Island for three measly bucks is a delightful, scenic break from driving. Drive straight ahead along the island to a bridge taking you to the little town of Cathlamet, WA and Washington SR-4 which takes you east to Longview and Kelso where you pick up the freeway after making your way through the cities (southbound on I-5, exit 39 is the ramp to SR-4 westbound). In addition to the ferry ride, highway 4 hugs the river bank for most of the way to Cathlamet, unlike US-30 on the Oregon side which is pretty sterile to my way of thinking.

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