Coastal Getaway at the Headlands Lodge & Spa
Oregon has been long overdue for a modern, rustic and beautiful resort to accompany the glorious Oregon Coast in all its beauty! We were very excited about the opening of this resort (opened earlier this year), so we booked our little overnight getaway as soon as we had a chance to go! Lucky for us, it’s not a far drive from Portland and we got there in under 2 hours.
The lodge is located on the beautiful Pacific City beach front of Cape Kiwanda. This area is absolutely one of my favorites in Oregon. Pacific City is small, yet has a lot of activities nearby. It’s very accessible. There’s coffee shops, restaurants and a convenience store not too far away. (I think Safeway in Tillamook is the closest large grocery store FYI.)
Upon arrival to the lodge, we were greeted by the concierge and the beautiful golden hour sunset light streaming through the lobby. The staff was very friendly, check in was smooth and easy. Parking is available around the resort with multiple entry points which made it convenient to unload near our room.
The lobby has a beautiful rustic yet eclectic interior with wooden beams and modern fixtures. It feels upscale yet cozy. The lobby flows into the main restaurant the “Meridian” which has gorgeous views of the beach, with tall ceilings and open space feels. There’s a couple fireplaces too for lounging. Past the lobby are the elevators to the rooms which are all ocean view rooms!
The lodge does have a spa and fitness center on the lower floor over looking the ocean.
Aside from the lodge rooms, there’s also “cottages” which are more of condos with kitchennetes for a larger family or group. We didn’t get to see them this time, but hopefully we will in the future!
All the rooms at the lodge have ocean views and roughly the same size. As you will see on their website there’s standard rooms, signature rooms, sunlight and variances in floor type. The rooms on the ground floor have a little patio and the corner rooms have a corner window or nook with an added view to the south. Most rooms face west toward the beautiful coastline. The signature room has a cast iron soaking tub in it. Their website is well laid out and defines everything in each type of room very nicely so you know what you pay for.
We stayed in a King Signature Corner Room. I loved the interior detailing of the rooms starting from the entry way. It has a rustic yet luxurious feel. Although the rooms are smaller sized compared to typical suites, the layout makes the room feel spacious. The bathroom has concrete texture with a glass wall shower which brings in a lot of natural light to the bathroom along with the view of the ocean/room.
On the other side of the glass shower wall was a large cast iron tub. I could stay in this tub for a whole day with my feet up enjoying the view of the ocean! They provide bath salts to make the experience even more therapeutic.
The bed is next to the tub and the corner of the room has a sofa facing the fireplace on the other side of the wall. Along side the opposite wall is a table/ledge with coffee maker, teas, TV, and a Bluetooth lantern & speaker (very cool feature) that you can bump music on and take to the beach! The fireplace is gas operated. Temperature was easy to adjust in the rooms as well.
There’s soft, cotton robes inside the rooms which are a unique take on the typical cotton terry cloth bathrobes that other hotels have. They are very comfy!
In the night, the Oregon Coast can get chilly and it was nice to cozy up next to the fireplace and enjoy the sunset! The balcony has chairs.
We traveled with our 3 month old baby (for those wondering he slept in a “Dock-A-Tot” and we co-sleep. That was our personal choice for this trip as I understand many parents have different views/opinions/ways they travel with babies. This way worked for us as I know some of you will ask. I also recommend traveling with play/sleep yard if you do not co-sleep. Some hotels provide cribs but I’d call to check/request in advance.
We spent our evening exploring Cape Kiwanda, had dinner at the “Pelican Brewery” (across the parking lot adjacent to the lodge) and people watched from our balcony.
I did have a few remarks which I hope the Headlands Lodge notes for the future of other guests.
The lodge doesn’t provide slippers. Almost every luxury resort/hotel we stay at provides slippers. With hundreds of travelers going though a lodging facility, floors are not always deep cleaned. We walk in with shoes/socks around the room and then put our clean feet on the ground when we get out of bed. The bathtub is located inside the room and post bath one has to walk around barefoot on the same floor we walk on with dirty shoes which is unsanitary to me and ruins the experience a bit. I think it’s a small investment the lodge should look into that will make a big difference in terms of luxury.
Also, the beds come with a wool “Pendleton” throw blanket as well. Our room somehow got missed and we didn’t have a blanket upon check in our bed but we didn’t notice until we had to leave sadly. It would’ve been nice to have and cuddle with it on that chilly morning on the balcony, but it’s ok.
In the morning, we woke up with the sun, I made myself some tea and enjoyed watching the surfers catch waves.
Later that morning, we headed down to the “Meridian” for brunch. I love the tribal rustic elements of the restaurant with added fur throws on the seats!
After our delicious brunch we explored the beach some more and started our journey home. Next time, we will plan to enjoy the spa and go surfing at this resort. It was a wonderful stay, and one that is a sweet memory now.
We will be back!