Overleaf Lodge & Spa 280 Overleaf Lodge Lane, (800) 338-0507, (541) 547-4880. Some kitchens & gas fireplaces. Full breakfast. Fitness room; full-service spa with soaking tub, hot tub, steam room, sauna (must be age 18). No smoking; no pets. 3 stories; 54 rooms. Set way back from the highway, this motel offers sweeping oceanfront views from every room. Big picture windows slide open to fresh air and the sound of the surf, yet a blackout curtain permits sleeping in. An expansive breakfast buffet, with fragrant muffins and a hot egg dish, is served in a corner of the lobby, but there is no restaurant, bar, or room service. The small full-service spa provides an exceptional rectangular hot tub kept at 99 degrees and with an ocean view, as well as a more traditional smaller one kept at 104 degrees. These may be used at no fee. Nearby, a spacious fitness room also has an ocean view, and a guest laundry room includes complimentary use of machines and soap. In front of the hotel, the scenic and historic 804 Trail leads along the ocean ½-mile north to a sandy beach and also south into town. Part of Smelts Sands State Recreation Area, the trail was originally surveyed in the 1890s, when it was used by stage coaches and horses. Three rooms are handicapped accessible, with fully equipped extra-large bathrooms designed for wheelchair access; one has a roll-in shower.
For information on this area’s popular aquarium, which includes special information about visiting with someone in a wheelchair, see my guest blog at Barrier Free Travels.
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