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Florence Getaway

Published: June 26, 2020


Looking for a safe place to recharge? This is the perfect time for a staycation: you can get away from the familiar setting where you've been quarantined while still staying in the safety of your own community. Here are a few places for an unforgettable night away in Florence, Oregon — Oregon's "Coastal Playground". 

Note: make sure to plan ahead and check current guidelines before you head out on your staycation. You'll find beautiful wide open beaches, hiking and kayak trails and towering dunes are waiting to welcome you to Florence  — make sure you're prepared to give back to this welcoming community by packing your mask and a sense of patience and kindness as we all continue to learn how to stay safe and navigate current health guidelines.

Driftwood Shores Resort

View of beach at sunset from Driftwood Shores in Florence Oregon.
Beach at Driftwood Shores by Diana Wells

The best escape is one with a view. Driftwood Shores Resort offers beachfront access and excellent sunset views. It's just close enough to the center of Florence for convenience, but far enough away to feel like a real retreat. The pool, which is every kids favorite, is currently open for groups of 30 or less making this location a great place to take the family when the house is feeling a little too small. The Surfside Restaurant & Lounge is open for takeout so you can still enjoy a delicious meal in the privacy of your room. Or, take your dinner to the beach for a truly romantic dining experience as the sun sets over the Pacific. 


Best Western Pier Point Inn

View from Pier Point Inn shows the Siuslaw River, Highway 101 bridge and historic Old Town Florence.
View from Pier Point Inn by Melanie Griffin

The Pier Point Inn has the quality you expect from the Best Western brand set against the stunning views of the Siuslaw River and Historic Old Town Florence. When you need to see a familiar place from a new perspective, Pier Point is the way to go. The pool is open and complimentary continental breakfasts are available. The location makes it easy to swing into the heart of town for your favorite seafood and a stroll on the docks.

Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast

Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast view shows a yard with white picket fence and coastal cliffs touching the Pacific
Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast 

Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B is easily one of the most impressive lodging options on the Oregon Coast. Not only is the view of the beach and historic lighthouse breathtaking, but you can expect to be treated like royalty. Even during Phase 2 reopening, they are finding creative ways to still serve their complimentary welcome wine and cheese, their famous seven-course breakfast and all the luxuries you never knew you needed in your life. 

After a day of reading on the porch, take a hike on the nearby trails or wander down to the beach to put your toes in the ocean. Relax and soak in the ultimate self-care.

River House Inn

Siuslaw River View From River House hotel in Florence by Taj Morgan
Siuslaw River View From River House hotel in Florence by Taj Morgan


River House Inn sits in the ideal location on Bay Street in Historic Old Town Florence. Here you're right on the stunning Siuslaw River, where you can enjoy views of the dunes in the distance and boats passing under the Siuslaw Bridge before walking to the docks for fresh seafood. The romance package at River House Inn is a popular option for couples who need a getaway. 

During Phase 2, there are plenty of nearby open restaurants in Historic Old Town Florence to choose from. Reservations are recommended at all restaurants in Florence.

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Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology and Cinema. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Content Manager for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade and spends nearly every weekend searching for new favorite places in the county. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia but loves Oregon the most.

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and learning new things.