I went to Yachats Oregon with several friends, to hike along the beach and attend the Celtic Music Festival in Yachats Oregon (pronounced yah-hots; which several of the Irish musician found confusing or amusing!)
We stopped at beautiful Ona beach to hike.
The woods along the river that the flows to Ona beach were lovely. Picnic tables were set nearby on the banks above the river.
At Yachats, the view from my room looked over the beach. Hotel was set on a cliff above the coastline. I am glad we had a large covered porch area, it rained off and on (not unusual for the Oregon Coast in winter!) We had a picnic breakfast every morning under the porch, and packed our lunch to eat at the festival (they offered traditional food at the festival -- pasties, scotch eggs, lamb stew etc.) We ate out every evening, restaurant choices were limited but the main restaurant that remained open had TONS of enticing choices, many of them healthy. I enjoyed my salmon dinner, and the Moroccan lamb chops very much. The Caribbean seafood stew was inedible -- too spicy!
Our view from the room
The music was excellent. About half of the time the concerts were free; but my friends and I bought passes to attend all the events. My favorite concert was at the Little Log Church (now a museum)
The garden outside the Little Log Church
Seamus Egan performing with his trio of musicians inside the little church. He was superb on the flute, guitar, and Irish banjo
I also really liked hearing the piper on the point. This is apparently a traditional sunset performance at this music concert, with a bagpiper playing on the baypoint at the state park. The piper (Kevin Carr) is playing the Galician bagpipes, and he is wearing the traditional Galician piper's hat. Galicia is the area of Spain where many Gaelic people settled; Galician means Gaelic in Spanish. Kevin Carr said the Galician folk dance style is very Gaelic step dance from the waist down, but with the expressive hand and arm movements of Flamenco dancing added. (I looked at a video of Galician dancers on YouTube, and he described the dance style quite accurately!)
I'll close with a few photos from the walks we took along the beautiful long beach at Yachats! (The hotel had installed a wooden staircase so we could go down the cliff to beach safely)