Whether it’s crashing ocean surf or gently lapping baywater, nothing clears the head like waking to the sounds of the coast. And right now, nothing eases the mind like a getaway that doesn’t involve sharing air with anyone else: no hallways, lobbies, elevators, or connected HVAC systems that might bring you too close to your neighbors and their droplets. Here are some detached ways to stay by the Pacific in this pandemic season.
While inland yurts and cabins have been open for months, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has reopened most of its roofed lodging on the coast, from Fort Stevens in Warrenton all the way south to Harris Beach in Brookings. Tillamook County’s Cape Lookout yurts are slated to open January 15, while Nehalem Bay's yurts are closed through January for renovation. As of January 14, reservations can be made six months ahead, a big change from the 30-day reservation window that had been in effect since state parks began reopening last June. The department has instituted a “resting day” after each booking, keeping the cabin or yurt empty to allow more time for cleaning in between groups, and for now coastal lodgings have a two-night minimum stay. (Meanwhile, the state is accepting public comment on a revenue-generating plan to increase its reservation window to 18 months and its $8 reservation transaction fees to as much as $15.) —Margaret Seiler
An adorably cobbled-together resort centered around a 19th-century grand lodge with a communal living room stocked with records you can use during your stay. (In non-COVID times, the space also hosts art workshops and musicians for intimate shows.) But the stars of the Sou’wester, in Seaview on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, are its vintage trailers, which run from a little 1960s nugget that can squish in a couple to a roomy 1950s trailer with pretty birch paneling. Each one offers a little time capsule of its era, be it the fading flamingo wallpaper in a teeny, tiny bathroom or the killer knobs on the midcentury cabinets. Check the website carefully for the amenities you require (not all the trailers have showers in them), and when you get there, roam the grounds to ogle the sauna (open by appointment only, one household at a time), the pavilion for dance nights (on hiatus), and honor-system thrift store trailer. It’s all just a block from the beach, so you make your morning coffee and then go for a long walk through the grassy dunes of the Discovery Trail with breaking waves as your soundtrack. —Eden Dawn
Branding itself as “offbeat luxury” just behind Cape Kiwanda, Hart’s Camp rents Airstreams with an enclosed outdoor shower, fire pit, and barbecue. Inside, the “luxe” trailers boast working propane stoves (and microwaves) and more cubby holes for storage than you’ll need. If you don’t feel like cooking, the Pelican Brewpub is a couple minutes’ walk away. In these COVID days you can also get pub food, beer, and wine delivered directly to the trailer. A bonus for tourists, if not necessarily local gardeners and animal control workers? Pacific City’s famous wild bunny population is everywhere. Bunnies! —Marty Patail
While it also has Airstreams for rent, the real find at this strangely luxe Coos Bay RV park are the sleek cabins, from the cozy Kamp Haus for two to the wedge-shaped Drift cabin with a queen bed and a pullout couch to the new Dune option, sleeping six with a bedroom, a loft, and a kitchen seating area that folds down to a bed. Sitting on the quiet western section of the Coos Bay inlet, they’re a good base camp for days at nearby Bastendorf Beach or park hopping and oceanview hiking on the way to Cape Arago. Don’t miss the stunning formal gardens at Shore Acres, open again but at reduced capacity. —MS