Inn at Otter Crest
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... scarfed down lunch in the van, we saw a spout, and then another and another. This place was surrounded by up to three different grey whales. They seemed to be feeding. They scrape the bottom to pull up sediment filled with whale goodies. They take three big breaths and go down sideways showing their fins. Some just dive straight down, arching the spine if their glistening, black backs as they go. There were two diving together so it was most likely a calf and ...
... the detour and reached Cape Meares from the south. Cape Meares, the first of the three capes, juts out into the ocean into a tip. The tip is capped off with a very old and very low lighthouse. It's light is elevated more by the rocky bluffs it stands upon. To the south of the cape is a huge mure colony offshore on rocks. To the south are sea stacks with natural arches shaped by eons of waves. One low rock was covered with California sea lions. They were ...
We moved the short distance here this morning, got a nice pull-thru site with full hookups, and Zach and I took off to walk on the beach after lunch.
Despite it being a cool and windy day, we thoroughly enjoyed sitting and watching the waves, and walking through the surf, taking pictures, watching the kites being flown by others on the beach and talking. So glad we moved here for the day!
... all the way from Chicago. Tillamook is famous for its cheese and its smoked meat, both courtesy of Tillamook's huge regiment of happy, grass munching cattle. Most of these are dairy Holsteins like the ones in Wisconsin and they make the entire town smell like a diaper. Andrew insisted that Ana needed a change the whole time we were in town. From Tillamook is a scenic, yet inefficient road called Three Capes. A portion if it was closed due to a ...
... was still cloudy. Campers around us heard that the weather would be good for a couple days. Andrew grabbed the umbrella that I kept outside the tent and opened it. Almost as soon as he did a steady rain came down. I hurriedly broke camp and did a poor job fitting it all into the box in my rush.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Inn at Otter Crest Otter Rock
We just returned from the Inn at Otter Crest, and were very happy there because we did our research and knew certain things about it before we arrived: That it was built several decades ago and is right next to the ocean, so has suffered some (as have all of the older houses and resorts along the coast) after years of standing up to weather and sea air. That its grounds are lovely, and another major asset is the quiet atmosphere -- it is truly a sanctuary from the heavy tourist traffic everywhere else. That it offers great views and access to wonderful tide pools (if you're willing to get up for low tide) and great walking beaches. In a nutshell: If you want luxury, if you want things to be perfect, don't go there. But if you want a true beach vacation, which involves salt air, sand and informality, you cannot beat it.
We enjoyed our stay at the Inn at Otter Crest. The rooms were clean. Our four boys had a great time exploring the tide pools ( Devil's Punchbowl is close) and seeing the sea lions up close. The pool is actually warm! They had fun on the tram too. The parking lot was too far away but the walk from the condo was always pleasant. We stayed when they were having a special rate (stay two nights, get the third free). It was a nice place for a family. We would stay again.
Secluded and Peaceful Retreat
I found the Inn at Otter Crest a very peaceful and secluded place. It's nestled in a wooded area on an ocean bluff. The motel units are rustic and have a private balcony with a forest or an ocean view.
It was quiet and relaxing. My room was nice. I could view the forest and hear the ocean waves.
I liked the walkways around the area, which have lights for strolling in the evening. The restaurant was nice, and had good food. The parking area is away from the motel units, which allowed for a more quiet and peaceful stay. The staff was very friendly and courteous. There are nearby places within walking distance to explore, like Devil's
Punchbowl State Park. I stayed there in July 2002 and plan on staying again this year.
We loved the Inn at Otter Crest and will deffinately return. Hopefully in the near future. Very peaceful and close to everything. Views are absolutely gorgeous. Even considered buying a time-share there. Still might do it. The Flying Dutchman was also excellent.
Relaxing and beautiful
A aruly delightful place,.
We have stayed there three times. Our rooms have been fine and the view is magnificent.
The resaturant is good. The overall aura welcoming. Twice we have been there when the rhodendrons have been in bloum. Fantastic.
Overpriced for what you get, sounds much better than it is. If you've seen the website, you may have noticed that there are plenty of photos of the ocean and overhead views of the resort, but very few of the actual rooms. There is a reason for this. Our room was a "panoramic view studio." The green indoor/outdoor carpet had that old motel room smell that you never get used to, you could feel the springs in the bed, and the two chairs were blue velour grandma's house type. YOu get one presto log per night, and instuctions in the room say you are not allowed to burn actual logs, but you may purchase more presto logs. The mini couch was fine, and the kitchenette and bathroom looked recently remodeled. The view was indeed 180 degrees, BUT the bottom half of it was of roofs. We could see waves hitting the shore if we looked between two buildings. Also, the windows were filthy, and I didn't have any windex with me. To get a real view, you'd probably have to get a loft, located above the studios.
The secret forest along the Oregon Coast
The Inn At The Otter Crest is my very own secret. I've stayed at many lodging facilities along the Lincoln City, Newport, Oregon area. This one is the very best! A wonderful restaurant facing the ocean, an outdoor pool which is always at 80 degrees. A hiking path that is only 12 minutes from the Devil's Punch Bowl. A small but useful exercise room. A gift shop. All rooms facing the coastal waters. What more could one ask for? A friendly group of management personnel that always makes my stay enjoyable. The rates are always comparable to other places I've stayed at, while offering much more.
The Inn at Otter Crest offered excellent conference facilities. The room and view were first rate. The outdoor tram elevator was fun. Walks in the surrounding forest great. Wish they would have offered Internet service so I could have checked my e-mail.
Tide pool heaven
One has a simple flight of stairs to go to the best tide pools in the area which are teeming with chitons, star fish, sea urchins etc. A nice heard of harbor seals shares the shores with us land lubbers.
Accomodations were quite nice and reasonably priced. The normal decay of the wood exteriors is evident along with the maintainence efforts of the staff: a never ending task for a 70ish structure. The grounds are park like and pleasnt to be in. On oddity is the fact that parking is remote but transportation is available via staff driven golf carts.
This place has such great possibilities, great view, nice walking paths, ok food, nice people, very secluded from hustle and bustle. They just need to spend some money fixin up the place. I will keep returning each year for another nice stay hoping and hoping it just keeps getting nicer and nicer.