The Inn at Arch Cape has had its collection of owners and stories over the years. And its history is intertwined with mail delivery, groceries, a deli, and lodging on the Old Oregon Coast.
The original structure was built in 1939 by Ernest White, who constructed his beach house north of the newly excavated Arch Cape tunnel, which completed the final stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway.
The three-room building was known simply as “The Beach House” in the early years, and later as the “Old Post Office.” The original rooms served as guest lodging, the Arch Cape Post Office and a general store for the community. Mrs. Ross White, Ernest White’s mother, ran the post office. In the 1960s, the name was changed to the Inn at Arch Cape.
In 1946, the building was enlarged, adding two ocean side apartments, which were available as nightly rentals. The building changed hands and was owned by the Hurd, Peckover, Smith, and LeGault families over the next decade, mostly with the women in the families serving as post mistresses for the locals’ mail boxes.
In 1960, Ethyl LeGault, who owned the property in the early 1950s, built a larger general store and deli on the property adjacent to Inn. The deli became the daily stop for local Arch Cape news and gossip. Ethyl was a beloved neighbor who successfully managed both the general store and lodging properties until her death in 1971.
The top floor layout of the Inn has been remodeled over the decades. The original Post Office was situated between what are now Rooms 3 and 4. This space served as the Post Office for the town until 1960, when it was moved to the general store, south of the Inn. New guest rooms, garages, porches, and the fire pit were added over the years, but the Inn has maintained its intimate and cozy appeal.
The Inn changed hands a few more times before Tracy and Henry Hooper bought the property in 2004. The Hoopers, who own the lovely Gearhart Ocean Inn in Gearhart, worked hard to make the Inn consistent with the style and manner of the north Oregon Coast, while adding a number of modern amenities.
In 2017, the Hoopers sold the Inn to Heather Newman and Chris Anderson, who carry on the property’s proud tradition.
Source: Henry Hooper
Arch Cape Tunnel
Just south of the Inn at Arch Cape, circa 1939