Tranquility on the Oregon Coast
In the Fall of 2007, my mother and I felt as if we needed to escape our busy lives for a little while. After some brief research, we came upon the perfect place in which to do so. 90 minutes west of Portland lies a small, luxurious inn that invites people to come relax and rejuvenate. Ocean Point Inn, or OPI, is a three-room oasis that caters to those who want to escape the busy life for awhile.
Driving south along Highway 101, we eventually turned right onto Leech Lane and left onto Ocean Point Road. We saw the sign for the Inn and turned into its two-car maximum parking area. We were initially taken aback, as the inn’s exterior looked more like that of a single family’s home rather than an inn that housed guests.
While we were caught up in our thoughts, the co-owner of the Inn came to greet us. He had a huge smile on his face and a genuine calmness about him, both of which helped me to put my mind immediately at rest. He explained to us that there were two guest bedrooms on the first floor and a third guest room on the second floor. He claimed that he and his partner also lived on the second floor.
As there was not a lobby or a welcome area, he showed us to our second floor guestroom. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised when he opened our guestroom door. Cool gray tones emanated from the walls, and sparse white furniture demanded attention. It was very Zen; minimalist but elegant. There were a few black and white photos on the walls and a couple of natural wooden tables that held various Oregon travel magazines. All in all, it was a very calming environment.
The bathroom deserves special mention, as it was as large as a small bedroom, and it had an expansive shower, complete with exotic smelling shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. There were two different shower heads; one which emitted water from straight above your head, and the other which could be removed and pointed in any direction. Mirrors lined the wall opposite the shower, giving one ample space in which to apply make-up, tweeze some unwanted hairs and/or adore one’s sun-kissed face.
This leads me to another important trait of this Inn and its surroundings. As you are located right on the beach, you are quite exposed to the elements. The owners of OPI have placed colorful Adirondack chairs and lounge chairs in the grassy area separating the Inn from the beach, and it is all too easy to fall asleep on one of the chairs and wake up burned. It certainly happened to me.
If you do not feel like resting or reading outside, there are other activities to do, all within a 15 minute drive. For example, there is a popular surfing beach and hiking trail 10 minutes south of the Inn. To the north lies Cannon Beach, a quaint seaside town that is home to some wonderful seafood restaurants and the postcard famous Haystack Rock. If you would prefer something more indulgent, OPI offers massages and body treatments on site.
While I am on the topic of indulgent things, I must mention the gourmet breakfast that comes every morning with your stay. Each night, before we went to bed, a simple wooden tray would magically appear upon my mother’s bed. On this tray would be a goodnight chocolate truffle and a breakfast card that would list the various food and drink options for the following morning: house juice blend of passion, orange and guava; French pressed coffee; white tangerine tea; potato frittata with andouille sausage; fresh baked oatmeal apricot scones and an assortment of strawberries, green grapes and cantaloupe. Even with this large assortment, the breakfast entree would change every morning, and the chef was always open to requests.
The attentiveness to this meal every morning just set the tone for the rest of the day. Whether it was the use of their fax machine, a warm beach towel, or a fire in the fire pit, the hosts were there to serve. They ensured that each guest received the tranquility and peace that they were looking for.
If I ever want another escape from my hectic Portland life, I now know that a restful haven lies only 90 minutes away.