Can you believe that this photo would surface - of our innkeepers in 1980 playing Atari when they were 9 years old?

>>> Cranked up to a volume 10 in the background: "Love In Store" <<<

Our guests also enjoy retro gaming!

Each vintage Atari console has been reconditioned and rocks all the hits (such as Asteroids and Space Invaders), thanks to Recycle Video Games in North Bend, Oregon!

Rockin' out to Fleetwood Mac is totally optional.

What are the odds that each room at the Itty Bitty Inn would be filled with guests from different cities in Canada?

Upon waking up and enjoying their morning coffees, several guests sat outside to enjoy our warm, sunny morning (our high might even get up to 75° F today!). Upon looking around, we all noticed that each of the license plates in the parking lot were from Canada!  All, except one, that is. There was a car with Washington tags owned by guests staying in Room #4. Once they woke up to grab breakfast we found out that the husband was from Bainbridge Island, Washington and his wife...from Surrey, British Columbia! 

What a trip, eh?

 

On a cold and windy 4th of July, along the beaches of Bandon, Oregon, we met two American heroes who really made this holiday super heartfelt and memorable.

Meet this selfless couple, Laura and Steve, who have lived on the beach these last two months - 24/7 - keeping a vigilant watch, monitoring the endangered Snowy Plover who lives on Oregon's shoreline. 
They record observations on the local plover's habitat while providing information to beach visitors about the species!

Thank you soooo much Laura and Steve - big love and peace to you both!

 

Enter the Disco-Fabulous-Late-70's - Room #5 is complete...for now!

Nestled between two Emily Ashworth originals, is the swanky glass table lamp we've been waiting for, to complete the room's feel!  The satin white lampshade on it brings memories of a dress that our Aunt Vivian once wore before she left us at our Grandma Dolly's house, jumping into her 76' Camaro for a night of dancing to Staying Alive!

Oh, and yes, that's a re-built Atari on the dresser, thanks to Recycle Video Games. Wanna bet that there's a framed Bee Gees album is hidden in this shot?  ;)

 

 

These orcas, known as Bigg's Killer Whales, are members of the transient Orca population which regularly visits the Oregon coast. They are most often seen locally in the spring. Unlike the fish-eating resident Orcas of Puget Sound and Canadian waters, these Orcas feed on marine mammals and we presume come into Coos Bay looking for harbor seals to eat. 

 

Kayaking near the mouth of the Umpqua River means getting agro in all kinds of conditions! Battling tides that pull you towards the ocean or paddling against winds that blow the opposite direction of the drawing tide...and then theres the super-fun-climbing-out-of-the-muddy-bank maneuver with a kayak in tow! Big respect to our guests who chase this adventure.

This weekend, we were happy to provide an egress by sending in the Itty Bitty truck at the Dean Creek/Umpqua River junction. Time for an IPA.