The Rainbow Rock Retreat is on the second floor of the most westward facing of the five buildings. Views from the balcony are sweeping 180 degree ocean/rugged shoreline views. One can see the Northern California Coastline to the South and into the vast Pacific to the North-Northwest.
Rainbow Rock Retreat features:
- Gated entrance.
- Two well appointed bedrooms with down comforters and down pillows. Bed in the Master bedroom has electric inclining mattress and flat screen LCD TV/DVD player.
- A wood burning fireplace.
- A well supplied kitchen with Coffee-maker/grinder, Espresso/cappuccino machine, Food processor, toaster, tea warmer, ice-maker, kitchenware, pots, pans, fine china, glassware, silverware, etc. There are also spices for you to use in preparing cuisine.
- DVD, basic cable, Stereo with CD, USB, ipod jack. TV in living room and master bedroom.
- Washer, dryer, and dishwasher.
- A Westward facing balcony, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
- Lots of glass to take in the ocean views.
- The Oregon Coast Trail can be entered directly from the property, with miles of dramatic coastline, depending only on how far you want to walk. See the slide show in "Cape Ferrelo" section above.
- A short meandering trail leads down the bluff to a beautiful isolated beach.
About Brookings, Oregon, and the infamous Banana Belt
Brookings-Harbor is a classic, picturesque, Pacific Northwest harbor town. Here you will find restaurants, grocery stores, a movie theater, art galleries, antique shops, and kayak/outdoor gear rental facilities. Seven miles South, in Smith River, California, is a casino. One can charter a fishing boat, or go whale watching. You can buy fresh crab at the harbor on most afternoons. Brookings, Oregon is located in the "Banana Belt", a 30 mile, unusually temperate, microclimate-zone, with relatively stable year round temperatures. Temperatures in the high 60's are not uncommon throughout the winter months. Likewise, sunny days are more common in this area along the coast than anywhere on the Northwest coast. In the five mile stretch between Brookings and the California border one can find Easter Lilly fields that bloom in the winter months. Oranges, daffodils, and other flowers bloom in mid January. Flowers and plants typically seen in Hawaii, and other subtropical regions flourish here. Whales can be seen from the balcony, passing through year round (see Whales-Wildlife). The rainy season is between November and March bringing dramatic storms and crashing, thunderous waves (many come to watch the storms and the tumultuous sea). These storms and rainy days are regularly interspersed with calm, sunny days. The remainder of the year finds relatively clear skies. Summers are cooled by ocean breezes and typically in the high 60's to high 70's (several days from June to August will reach into the 80's). Inland, just one mile will find temps reaching into the mid 90's. Fog is common in the morning in the summer months with dramatic views as the fog disperses along the coast. To the North is a 30 mile scenic corridor containing some of the most beautiful, ruggedly scenic coastline in the world. This 30 mile stretch is known as the "Wild Rivers Coast".
For the daily tide table click here: Tide Table
Cave through rainbow rock
Trail to Beach
The short trail to the beach meanders down the bluff to a hidden beach. The beach hides behind a large bluff to the North, and the Rainbow Rock promontory to the South. Rainbow Rock is named for it's multicolored and arched layers. Through the base of Rainbow Rock is a natural cave/tunnel that leads one to a larger beach toward the South (although you can simply walk around the base during low tide, see picture below). There are many rock "haystacks" in the small arched bay, and many places to look for interesting life in the tide pools. The beaches are never busy.
Click HERE to see a video of the trail down to the beach
Whales can be seen from the balcony, passing through year round (see below). However, between Mid December through late January, approximately 19,000 Gray Whales pass through on their way toward Baja Mexico. In April, May and June all 19,000 Gray Whales make their way back North, on their way to colder Arctic waters of the Bering Sea. They tend to be closest to the shore during this Spring migration. About 200-400 do not make it all the way to the Bering Sea. Many stay for the entire summer along the northern California, Oregon, and Washington coast. Please go to Whalespoken.org for some great educational material and sighting information.
Five buildings on the edge of Paradise
The quiet condominium community of only five buildings (60 units), has it's own spring water source. All of the condominiums are oceanfront, with the Rainbow Rock Retreat building being the most Westward facing, the remaining four buildings face South or nearly South. Being more westward-facing obviously improves the sunset view and faces one more directly toward the ocean. However, all have wonderful views. Being slightly North of town and against a park boundary keeps the area very quiet and pristine.
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Shot taken March 23. Wonderful whale watching day, 68 degrees and sunny.
Misty Morning in January
Rainbow Rock Retreat is a family owned condominium that is offered as a vacation rental for no more than 12 weeks per year. The private gated Rainbow Rock Condominium Complex is about two miles North of Brookings, Oregon and is directly on the Oregon Coast. The Community sits atop a Bluff, magnifying the magestic views of the Southern Oregon Coast. Brookings, Oregon is just 6 miles North of the California Border. The Brookings, Oregon/Rainbow Rock area is within a short drive to the most scenic California Redwood Groves, including Jedediah Smith State Park Giant Redwood Grove, about 30 minutes away and The Redwood National Park, just 40 minutes away. Brookings, Oregon is also at the Southern most tip of Oregon's Wild Rivers Coast, and features the most scenic 30 mile stretch of coastline found in the Pacific Northwest, and possible all of the Continental US. Rainbow Rock Retreat is on a 13 acres and borders the Samuel H. Boardman State Park, an 11 mild scenic coastal park. The Oregon Coastal Trail begins at the border of the Rainbow Rock Retreat property and extends the length of the park, and beyond. The trail offers both forested and scenic ocean vistas. In the two miles between Rainbow Rock and Brookings, Oregon, is Harris Beach State Park, one of the more photographed shorelines in Oregon. To the North, is Lone Ranch Beach and Cape Ferrelo, both magnificent and scenic. Approximately 15 miles North is the Beautiful Pistol River scenic shoreline and Cape Sebastian. Gold Beach, Oregon is approximately 30 minutes North of Rainbow Rock Retreat. The scenic location and wonderful accommodations provided by Rainbow Rock Retreat make it a remarkable and memorable place to retreat to for romance, peace, and serenity.
One member of a family of resident sea otters at Rainbow Rock
A visit by several seals passing through.
Low tide treasures.
View from beach looking North toward Rainbow Rock. In the background you can see the beach directly below Rainbow Rock Retreat.