The Joys of Second Summer

It’s early August now, Yachats and Waldport are teeming with visitors and seasonal residents, and it’s as crowded and bustling as these little towns ever get.  There’s traffic in town on Highway 101, it may take a moment to find a parking spot in town, and you’ll likely wait a bit at most restaurants and stores.  The weather is great, the whales are in view, there’s lots of fun and frolic afoot, and it’s a wonderful time to be on the coast.  Soon, though, school will begin, guests will pack up and head home, and things will begin to quiet down a bit and return to the ebb and flow of daily life at the coast, with fewer people, fewer cars, and just a little less activity.

But that moment in late August when the summer begins to fade into early autumn is the start of something special.  It’s called Second Summer, and it’s a closely kept secret among insiders on the central Oregon coast, but I want to share it with you today.  Second summer refers to the month of September and the first half, or a bit more, of October.  In Yachats and Waldport, the warmest weather, the nicest breezes, the least fog, and the quiet that comes with the memory of the happy summer crowds that have now dissipated, make for an incredibly beautiful and special time at the coast.  It’s the summer with the perfect weather, but fewer people and dogs romping on the beach.  It’s the summer with less traffic and just enough people for that happy buzz in local establishments.  It’s the second summer, and it’s especially treasured by locals who know that after summer officially ends, there’s another unofficial summer waiting to be enjoyed.

Visitors, too, can seize the opportunity to enjoy second summer.  With lower occupancy in the vacation rentals and hotels, it’s easier to find just the right luxurious rental for you and your guests.  At Sweet Homes, we still have availability in September, and though October is booking well there are still some nights available at many of our homes.  Like most other rental companies and hotels, we also have fall specials available.  On October 1st, our homes change to their lower winter rates, and we begin to offer our famous 1 free night on all stays special (so you book 2 or more nights, and then you get one free).  If you want to come and check out second summer, just visit our website to choose your sweet home and your desired nights, and when you place your reservation use coupon code SeptBlog.  When you do so, we’ll be happy to offer you the lower winter rates, even though you’re staying with us in September.

Mother nature is second summer’s generous hostess.  Warm breezes fill the air from the East and from California, and the late summer sun warms the inland areas and valleys, making for less of a temperature difference with the coast.  As a result, there is less wind, less fog, the warmest  days of the year, and lovely nights on the central coast.  It’s dreamy!   The sea life is plentiful, the tide pools are thriving, and if you’re lucky you may even get to experience the eerie glow of one of nature’s most beautiful nighttime mysteries: bioluminescent life.  With the coast warmed up for second summer, there tends to be more abundant nutrients in the water near beaches, including dinoflagellates, or tiny phytoplankton.  These plants brush up on beaches and can create a bluish-green glow in the evening when they are bumped or disturbed.  It’s called glowing sand, and it’s a beautiful and stunning sight to behold this very special and rare form of sea night light!

Besides the beaches and all the trails, scenic vistas, and various outdoor activities the central coast always offers, there’s also lots of social events in second summer, too.  From the EcoTrek at Cape Perpetua (9/1), to Yachat’s Fall Blues Car Show & Shine (9/7 – 9/9), to Waldport’s Cruizin’ for Crab events on 9/22, to the Sky Candy 2012 great kite event in Yachats on 9/28 and 9/29, plus the usual art galleries, wine tastings, live music, and other local events that always make Yachats and Waldport fun places to relax, second summer is a great time of year to beat the crowds and enjoy the lively activities the coast has to offer.

So, the secret’s officially out.  Wouldn’t you like to indulge in some second summer fun in Yachats and Waldport this year?  If so, don’t forget to use the coupon code above to get your special rate on Sweet Homes rentals, and don’t forget your sunscreen — it could get hot out there!

Anchors away, friends, and have a wonderful second summer!  May the glowing sands light your way back to the beach….


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