Holiday Getaway: Cape Blanco State Park and Hughes House (2014)
You won’t want to miss the historic Hughes House on Oregon’s south coast when it’s decorated for the holidays.
The Cape Blanco Heritage Society opens the elegant 1898 Victorian farmhouse for the Christmas season, a special treat since it is otherwise closed until April. Local clubs, churches and organizations decorate the 12 rooms, and Heritage Society volunteers host the open house, which includes cider and cookies.
Cape Blanco Lighthouse is also stunning on a stormy winter day, perched on the westernmost point in Oregon above a choppy sea. Built in 1870, it is the oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon coast, commissioned to aid shipping generated by gold-mining and the lumber industry. The lighthouse is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Each attraction has a gift shop with unusual mementos and history-themed souvenirs, with profits supporting restoration projects. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Especially for the holidays, The Hughes House and lighthouse at Cape Blanco State Park will be open for tours 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. this weekend (Dec. 13-14) and Dec. 20-21 and 26.
Lighthouse tours include climbing the ladder to the lantern with an up-close view of the spectacular Fresnel lens. Tours cost $2 for age 16 and older; children tour for free. Information: 541-332-0521.