Each time we go to the coast we say to each other "It's been far too long! Why don't we plan to do this more often?!?" Our visit to Yachats for New Year's was completely spontaneous. Maybe that's what made it feel like more of an adventure. It's a bit further to get to from Portland, but we're always most content there because it's not a tourist trap but still has all the nice stuff about the coast.
It was winter, but the weather was very agreeable. Not too cold, nor rainy. We did have a fire going every morning and evening which just adds to the coziness. But I think we exhausted the VHS library that we found at our friend's rental. Ha!