Whale Cove Inn

Not only for what it is — but also what it's surrounded by — Whale Cove Inn ranks among the very best retreats a visitor could enjoy on the Central Oregon Coast.

What the Whale Cove Inn is, is quiet comfort and luxury, a balance of rest and relaxation perfect for those who want to be assured of a great coast experience, regardless of season or weather.

What the Inn is surrounded by, is the very heart of beauty for which the Central Coast is renowned the world ’round. While it might sound cliché to hear (as the video above says) that guests of Whale Cove Inn can experience such beauty “without even leaving their room,” I can honestly attest that from my private balcony at the Inn, during multiple stays there, I’ve seen whales, bald eagles, herons, newborn seal pups, awesome sunsets and storm-whipped waves. It’s a different place, every time I go — but always, somehow, beautifully the same.

Less than two miles north of the Inn, the main drag in Depoe Bay is lined with curio shops, eateries, galleries and more. For those seeking adventure, “The World’s Smallest Harbor” is gateway to professional whale watching and sportfishing charters. My personal favorite attractions include:

● Tidal Raves Restaurant, where actress Charlize Theron starred in “The Burning Plain,” offers an unrivaled menu and view of the bay (much better than the movie)

● Dueling “spouting horns” in the center of town that, when “on,” are a natural wonder to behold

● Watching gray whales spout and dive in the bay — I once even filmed killer whales there

Just one mile south of the Inn, Cape Foulweather offers a towering overlook from which visitors can survey a vast expanse of ocean, “The Devil’s Punchbowl” sea cave, myriad tide pools, miles of sandy beach, and in the dusky distance, the beckoning beam of Newport’s historic lighthouse.

Conveniently located right on Highway 101, Whale Cove Inn nevertheless provides its guests with an “off the beaten path” feeling that is, as the saying goes, priceless. Suite rates tend toward the upper end, but the Inn offers periodic specials, and here’s one right now —

● Subscribe right now at the bottom of this page to be automatically registered to win a FREE STAY in an upcoming drawing, courtesy of Nature’s Coast Oregon.

If it sounds like I’m one of Whale Cove Inn’s biggest fans, it’s simply because I am. Subscribe below, watch the video above, and I’m absolutely certain — you’ll soon be a fan, too.

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