Heceta Lighthouse B&B Review

Located in Yachats, Oregon, Heceta Lighthouse B&B is a unique inn perched on Oregon’s central coast. The Light Keeper’s home is set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is a very unique experience for those in search of light houses on the Oregon coast. If this is your first time exploring the Oregon coast or you are interested in a one-of-a-kind hotel stay, you’ll want to read my Heceta Lighthouse B&B review.

Heceta Lighthouse B&B on Oregon's central coast. White two-story Lightkeeper's cottage with wrap-around balcony and white picket fence.

What makes Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast on the Oregon Coast unique?

Imagine staying at one of the last Lightkeeper’s Cottages on the Pacific Coast. Heceta Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast is a step back in time. With an original wooden staircase and colorful stained glass windows, you’ll stay overnight in a cozy B&B in Yachats on the central coast of Oregon. Placed on the National Register Historic Places, the Lightkeeper’s Cottage was built in 1894, along with Heceta Head Lighthouse.

History buffs will want to take advantage of the historical tour and talk about this unique inn by the sea after breakfast. If you are not staying at the bed and breakfast, the historic inn does offer brunch, open to the public by reservation, several times a year.

Mariner II room at Heceta Lighthouse B&B with ocean view and queen bed.
Mariner II room at Heceta Lighthouse B&B

Bed & Breakfast rooms

Guests have a choice of 6 bedrooms within Heceta Lighthouse B&B. My husband and I stayed in Mariner’s II room with a view of the Pacific Ocean. All rooms offer queen beds. Keep in mind that the bed and breakfast was originally built in 1894. The guest rooms in the B&B are a bit small. However, what the rooms lack in size, they make up for in charm.

Room with a view

While we can’t guarantee whale sightings from the bedroom, we did see whale spouts. Our visit to the Oregon coast was in late May. If you enjoy falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean, you’ll want to reserve Mariner I or Mariner II. Both guest rooms look south over the Pacific Ocean and have their own private bathroom with shower. The closet held 2 terry cloth bath robes.

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Queen Anne and Cape Cove rooms share a private bathroom with clawfoot tub

Is Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast haunted?

Some innkeepers and guests of Heceta Lighthouse B&B believe that the inn is haunted by a friendly ghost named Rue. I did not encounter Rue during my stay. However, I spoke with an employee of the bed and breakfast who did. She witnessed a playful, yet unexplained act.

While cleaning a room, an employee watched two battery-operated candles turn themselves off at the same time. She assured me that Rue is a friendly ghost who likes the inn to be treated respectfully and kept clean and tidy.

Queen Anne room in the Lightkeeper’s cottage

The Lightkeeper’s room has a view of the Heceta Head Lighthouse. Queen Anne and Cape Cove rooms share a bathroom with a lovely clawfoot bathtub. Each room has a different rate that varies throughout the year. Rates range from $208-$619 and include a 7-course breakfast.

WiFi is complimentary, as is parking.

Crab cakes from the 7-course Heceta Lighthouse breakfast

Is breakfast included with your stay?

Heceta Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast is famous for their 7-course breakfast. Included in the cost of the room, the breakfast is served in the dining room at 8:30 a.m. We enjoyed gathering with fellow guests in the dining room, swapping travel stories between courses.

Local ingredients are used in meal preparation. Our family-style breakfast featured Green Salmon Coffee, a local purveyor, as well as Taylor’s Sausages from Cave Junction, Oregon. Our brunch started with a fruit plate, followed by cara cara orange sweet bread, crab cakes, a strawberry ginger palate cleanser, eggs vol au vents and Elvis cake with raspberry coulis. The history talk followed in the parlor.

Innkeeper and Chef Michelle Korgan, together with her mother Carol, created a cookbook that is on display in the dining room. The recipes from The Lighthouse Breakfast Cookbook are used to create the gourmet breakfast. Ona, the local Yachats restaurant, is also owned by Michelle.

Visit Heceta Head Lighthouse in Yachats, Oregon

Things to do at Heceta Head Lighthouse

The Department of Agriculture technically leases the Lightkeeper’s House to concessionaire operator Michelle Korgan. In 1995 Mike and Carol Korgan turned the Keepers House into Heceta Lighthouse B&B. Not only is the property on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s also home to Heceta Head Lighthouse. The landmark is said to be the most photographed lighthouse on the West Coast.

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On our visit to Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint we met with State Park volunteer docents. Volunteers for over 20 years, the husband and wife couple were a wealth of information for bird watchers. Their spotting scope zoomed in on common murres and cormorants ready to lay eggs on the rocky coast.

One of the perks of staying overnight at this unique inn is that guests may walk to Heceta Head Lighthouse at night. In the daytime, walk above the lighthouse to get a close up look at the Fresnel lens.

Note that Heceta Lighthouse is not pet-friendly. In the evening, the B&B offers a wine and cheese social. Picnic basket ingredients are available for an additional fee. Enjoy wine and cheese or a cup of tea on the Victorian wrap-around porch, offering stellar views of the Pacific Ocean. Yes, we spotted whales from the porch!

Sea Lion Caves is a local attraction nearby. Additionally, guests may walk the beach by Cape Creek Bridge.

The most photographed lighthouse on the West Coast

Heceta Lighthouse B & B (866) 547-3696

92072 Highway 101 South, Yachats, Oregon 97498

Heceta Lighthouse B&B review, You Tube video and all photography by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast while researching articles for other publications. All opinions are my own.