We made the trek from Colorado to Oregon with not much more planned than to get there and spend four nights in Mackenzie Bridge at this Airbnb (which was spotlessly clean and so peaceful).
We drove from Bend to the tiniest town of Mackenzie Bridge, which was the most ideal location for the trailheads to the Tamolitch Blue Pool and Proxy Falls. The town is literally two restaurants, one of which is Obsidian Grill + Courtyard, as well as the local (super cute) general store. We daytripped toward Eugene on my birthday to visit Silvan Ridge and Sweet Cheeks vineyards. And also, we spent a lot of time in our garden, playing Boggle, which I would highly recommend should you find yourself in this secluded forest.
One thing that amazed me making this drive was the moment when the landscape shifted. Honestly, Bend felt much like Colorado to me. On the drive to Mackenzie Bridge, suddenly the ponderosa pines changed to firs, and ferns started carpeting the forest floors. With no hard return date calling us home, we figured, we’d driven that far, we might as well change up the scenery even more. So, we head straight across the state for the coast and wound up in Yachats, which I would later learn is a favorite spot for so many of my friends! We found ourselves there purely by chance, but it was a lucky find!
In Yachats, we posted up at the The Fireside, and somehow we scored an oceanview room which rivaled some of the surf motels we’ve visited back east. It was so quaint and fresh—I loved it. We had pizza at Outta Gas our first night, which wasn’t particularly delicious, but we had the back game room all to ourselves and it was super fun to teach the girls pool and shuffleboard and Scrabble. A must-stop in town is Yachats Brewing + Farmstore, even if you’re not a beer drinker. And we grabbed straight-from-the-ocean sea food (for Trevor) at the Luna Sea Fish House on our second night.
Mostly, we spent a lot of time picnicking at the beach—I love a cold beach, and it was Thomas’s first time to any ocean! He loved it!
Road tripping to Oregon without extended stops along the way was a big undertaking, but totally worth it and a much needed retreat!