The beautiful summer months are my preferred time to visit Oregon. But this October my family celebrated a special occasion, so it was back out to Oregon for an Autumn visit. We took a gamble on the weather and rented a beach house in Waldport to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday. October can be very unpredictable as far as the weather is concerned, so we knew we might have cold, rainy weather. As luck would have it, my mother’s birthday was an unusually nice, warm, sunny, cloudless, windless day at the Oregon beach, pretty much a one in a million day in October.
We had good luck again with vrbo.com. The house was perfect, gorgeous view, and let our three dogs tag along for the party.
Waldport is just south of Newport, Oregon and just north of the Heceta Lighthouse, both scenic spots I got a chance to visit.
On my mother’s birthday, we drove south to the Heceta Head Lighthouse, built in 1892. It was restored in 2011, but the lighthouse, the lightkeeper’s house, and the oil house are all original structures. The Assistant Lightkeeper’s House is now a B & B. (www.HecetaLighthouse.com)
For the Big Day, we contracted with Chef Becky to come in and cook for us. (www.chefbecky.com). Her menu included; crab cakes with roasted red pepper aioli, hot artichoke and spinach dip, lobster bisque, greens with baby shrimp and dill tarragon dressing and puff pastry medallions, seared scallops with sage browned butter, couscous with pinenuts and petite french green beans with lemon. It was wonderful, and having someone else do the cooking allowed all of us to visit with guests.
The day was a success, the weather cooperated, and friends and family all had a good time.