As soon as I quit my job, three weeks ago, I knew I wanted to have some alone-time at the beach before starting my new job. I had three weeks, and did plenty of lounging (catching up on TV) and hiking, but was thrilled to plan a stay at the Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa for my last three days of funemployment. My goal: chill out. Breathe salty air. Have sandy toes. Sleep. Spa. Hot tub. Lounge.
Mission very much accomplished.
If you follow me on instagram, you most definitely saw some gorgeous scenes last week from my stay on the Oregon coast. After I arrived (and was greeted by some very helpful and kind front-desk staff), I walked into my room and literally cried it was so perfect. The rooms are spacious, and the floors are gorgeous weathered wood. There's a bathtub to die for, an equally gorgeous shower, a comfy couch and warm fireplace, and then: the porch. Every room looks out over the beach, and has two comfy chairs for sitting and watching the ocean. Seriously, that's pretty much what I did the majority of the time. I sat on the porch and watched the waves (WHALES! THERE WERE WHALES!), people on the beach, the sun, etc. It just never got boring!
I treated myself to a spa treatment at the in-house spa & wellness center, Tidepools. The steam room and exercise equipment (and classes!) are available to guests free-of-charge, and their menu of spa treatments was perfect — there is something for everyone! Also: the hot tub. You can see the Haystack Rock from the hot tub (which is saltwater and HUGE), and it's open until 11pm for guests. I definitely enjoyed that feature!
I honestly only left the lodge to walk on the beach — other than that, they have everything you need! I ate at The Meridian, inside the lodge, which has glorious windows overlooking the beach (I think almost everyplace in the lodge has windows overlooking the beach — even the stairwells!). Chef Andrew Garrison has made a great menu, full of vibrant vegetables and fun flavors. I loved the beet salad I ordered — it had cauliflower and ricotta and was all sorts of perfect! For my main I had the rockfish, which was cooked perfectly and came with some delicious vegetables (and you know how I feel about vegetables!!).
My three days at Headlands were perfect — really truly what I was looking for, and the most gorgeous/comfortable place to chill out. The rooms were above and beyond luxurious, with wonderful attention to detail. The crew there has really done a great job thinking through what will make you happy — like warm showers outside on your way back from the beach, with towels just inside the door! Perfection. Also, pantries on each floor with items like pints of ice cream and La Croix? Yes. Yes please!
If you're looking for a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the coast, I highly recommend Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa. They have king and queen rooms in the hotel, and also multi-bedroom cottages with all of the same access to the spa, restaurant, etc. I cannot wait to go back (and live there forever, ha!).
My stay was complementary, thanks to Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa, but all opinions are my own!