Holiday Tradition – Shopping in Lincoln City

Lincoln City Shopping

For many families shopping and Thanksgiving are synonymous.  After enjoying a large, home cooked meal and maybe a football game or two on the TV, many find themselves browsing through that morning’s newspaper with its stacks of coupons, advertisements and Black Friday savings announcements. Once great gift ideas have been identified, brave shoppers venture out into the evening to either wait in line or wade through the multitudes looking for the best door buster deals.

For those who will be enjoying one of our Lincoln City vacation homes this Thanksgiving, we thought it would be helpful to point out some great locations to shop and find that perfect gift.

Shopping at the Lincoln City Outlets

The Lincoln City Outlets offer shoppers a wide variety of retailers including Nike, Coach, Eddie Bauer and much, much more. The complex is open air with plenty of covered walkways to keep shoppers dry any time of year. This Thanksgiving the outlets will be open from 6 pm to midnight with special sales, rewards and prizes.

The Christmas Cottage

Located along Highway 101, and not far from our Pacific Winds condos, the Christmas Cottage offers shoppers over 25,000 different ornaments from around the world. The shop also includes specialty items including German nutcrackers, Santa figures, cards and stationary. No matter what your interests may be, their friendly staff can help you find just the right gift for that special person.

The Shops at Salishan

Located in the community of Gleneden Beach, these boutique shops include handicrafts from local artisans, fine wines from renowned vineyards, unique hand-blow glass, sculptures and paintings.  A must visit for those looking to surprises a loved one with something one-of-a-kind.

Northwest Winds and Kites

Known for their top quality kites, tails, wind décor and banners, Norwest Winds and Kites is a must stop location, especially if you have visited Lincoln City during the semi-annual kite festival. The shop also builds show kites and offers flying lessons.

The Little Antique Mall

Known as the largest antique mall on the Oregon Coast, shoppers will find primitives, furniture, pottery and gourmet coffee to taste. While browsing the many goods for sale, one can find items that conjure up memories of a wonderful family outing or favorite book or comic strip. Whether looking for a vintage dress or imagining a century-old hat hanging in the front room, you will enjoy the adventure of antique shopping in Lincoln City.

Thanksgiving Tradition #1 – Finders Keepers

Lincoln City, Finders Keepers

Since 1997, Finders Keepers has drawn tens of thousands of tourist to the beaches of Lincoln City in a quest to find glass floats hidden along the 7-1/2 miles of beach stretching from Siletz Bay to the Roads End area.  These glass floats were created by local and national artists and are individually numbered and signed.

During the Thanksgiving holiday, a special glass drop of 100 art pieces is set to occur starting November 27th. Guest staying in our Lincoln City vacation condos are ideally located near one of the convenient beach access points where the search for one of these brilliantly-colored glass floats can begin.

Some of the best spots to search are north of the access point towards Cascade Head.  Hand-crafted floats can be found between the tide line and the beach embankment.  Floats are often hidden behind or inside drift wood or in between the long shafts of brush grass that line the embankment.  Floats will never be found in or on the cliffs.

Whether or not you are able to find a glass float, the fun and excitement of searching for and potentially finding one of these unique pieces of art has quickly become a tradition for many who visit the Oregon Coast and Lincoln City during the Thanksgiving holiday.

For more information about Finder Keepers and the artists who create the floats, please visit

Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day in the Year, but the Start of the Holiday Season

For many, Thanksgiving is not just a day in the 365 that make up the calendar year.  It is instead the start of a wonderful, and often busy, holiday season that ends with the ringing in of a New Year.

Along the Oregon Coast many families and friends have started the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving with not only the iconic family dinner and subsequent football game on TV, but also with beautiful views of a sunset over the water and long walks along Lincoln City’s seven miles of beach. 

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to post ideas and suggestions of things to do and see that may one day become your family’s Thanksgiving tradition and the beginning to a memorable holiday season.

Spring is in Full Bloom at the Oregon Coast!

Come celebrate spring at the Oregon Coast!

Take advantage of our great rates and beautiful units and while you are at the beach, take some time to relax, unwind and enjoy the Spring activities in full bloom.  Lincoln City is having its annual Community Days April 22-26th. There are activities to keep all ages entertained. Several of the activities are centrally located and within a short drive of our Lincoln City Vacation Rentals.

This Monday stop by the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis to enjoy a Former Sitka Center artist-in-residence Annette Bauer as she teams up with fellow Cirque du Soleil bandmate Joshua Geisler for a free concert of musical exploration. The concert starts at 6 pm and the address is: 56605 Sitka Drive. For more information feel free to call them at: 541-994-5485.

If you are staying in one of our Depoe Bay vacation rentals take a scenic drive to Newport on Thursday night for the “Anton in Show Business” featured at the Newport Performing Arts Center.


Which Depoe Bay condo should I rent?

One of the questions we get asked often is “Which condo should I book in Depoe Bay?” Keystone Vacation Rentals manages condos at the Village at North Pointe complex, as well as two independently owned condos. Which condo is best for you depends on your needs and desires.

All condos in Depoe Bay have some fabulous standard amenities, like gas fireplaces, free wireless internet and in-unit laundry facilities.

Guests at our Snuggle Inn and Snuggle Up properties have fabulous ocean views and the privacy that comes from being a few blocks from the beach.

Guests at at the Village at North Pointe have access to a clubhouse with a community hot tub, pool, fitness facility and 19-seat movie theater. All condos at the Village at North Pointe also feature large oceanfront decks or patios.

The primary differences between Depoe Bay condos are:

  • Ocean front or ocean view

  • Condo size

  • Floor level

Ocean Front vs Ocean View

The Village at North Pointe condos are all ocean front, while the Snuggle Inn and Snuggle up are located a few blocks from the beach on the east side of Highway 101. Beach access from both properties is approximately a mile down the highway.

Hot tip: You can preview the view from each unit in the pictures on each vacation rental listing.

Condo size

The Village at North Pointe has one, two and three bedroom condos available. The Snuggle properties are both two bedroom, two bathroom. Properties range in size from 837 square feet to over 1700 square feet. The size variance between our Depoe Bay condos means that there are units perfect for couples seeking privacy, families with children, and getaways with friends.

Floor Level

The Village at North Pointe has an elevator to all floor levels, with exception of a private top floor condo that requires walking one flight of stairs. The Snuggle Inn and Snuggle Up are accessible by stairs. All condos have excellent views, and floor level is primarily a personal preference.

Which feature is most important for your vacation rental? Do you have a favorite condo in Depoe Bay?


Which condo should I book at Pacific Winds?

One of the questions we get asked often is “Which condo should I book at the Pacific Winds in Lincoln City?” With multiple condos to choose from in the same complex, this is an excellent question. And the answer varies depending on your needs and desires.

All condos at the Pacific Winds complex in Lincoln City have some fabulous standard amenities, like river rock gas fireplaces, patios and balconies with private hot tubs, free wi-fi, an indoor heated pool and fitness facility, covered garage parking, elevator access and more.

The primary differences between units are:

  • Floor level
  • Floor plan
  • Furnishings

Floor Level

Since Pacific Winds is located on a bluff approximately 50 feet above sea level, all four floors have great views and privacy from the patio or balcony. Guests with young children may be more comfortable on the ground floor, so they don’t have to worry about noise of young ones running around. With all floor elevator access, accessibility isn’t an issue.

Hot tip: You can preview the view from each unit in the pictures on each vacation rental listing.

Floor Plan

There are three standard floor plans:

  • Master ocean view, which features a narrower living room so that both the living room and master bedroom are ocean front.
  • Living room ocean view, which features a wider living room with broader windows.
  • Corner unit, which features a living room ocean view with windows on two walls.

All units, regardless of layout, are 1100 square feet.

Fun idea: We have some guests who pick a different unit floor level and floor plan each stay for their first few stays to determine if they have a favorite.


Furniture is the most subjective criteria. Units vary between king, queen and twin beds. Some units sleep 6 with the addition of a Murphy bed or sofa sleeper in the living room. Couches, recliners, chairs and decorations also distinguish between the look and feel of each unit.

Planning Tip: The details page for each condo goes into more detail on bed types, the number of guests each unit sleeps and extra-special amenities. All pictures are current and can give a good indication of whether or not the furniture will suit your needs.


Which feature is most important for your vacation rental? Do you have a favorite unit at Pacific Winds?  


Concerts and Cooking in a Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation Rental

Planning a trip to Lincoln City this winter? January is a great time for a last minute trip. There are plenty of indoor activities and Keystone Vacation Rentals still has a few premium ocean front vacation condos available.

It’s a wonderful time to participate in one of the many Lincoln City events and concerts. Our favorites for January (and beyond)?

At the Chinook Winds Casino Resort:

Cooking classes at the Culinary Center (all include the meal and wine!):

  • Pacific Rim Demo, January 18
  • Hands-On Pasta Workshop, January 25
  • Jambalaya Cookoff, February 1

Once you’ve been entertained and well fed, relax and enjoy the indoor pools and hot tubs at Pacific Winds in Lincoln City or the Village at North Pointe in Depoe Bay.

Clam chowder and a warm fire

Can I let you in on a secret? In January, on the Oregon Coast, it’s probably raining. This makes it a great time to hit the beach for a rainy but beautiful walk, then grab some clam chowder from Mo’s and hunker down by the fireplace (all of Keystone’s vacation rentals have fireplaces in the condo).

Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, make your own clam chowder. If you don’t have a personal favorite, we love Alton Brown’s. Buy your fresh seafood from Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Market and bring the rest from home or one of Lincoln City’s several convenient grocery stores. Keystone’s ocean front condos all have gourmet kitchens ready for you to whip up your culinary delights.

The Sand Dollar (pictured), located at the Pacific Winds complex in Lincoln City, still has January and February availability. Call us at 503-443-1414 or book online today!

Holiday Traditions

When I was growing up, my family stayed in a vacation rental a few different years. (It wasn’t the Oregon Coast, but we did live on the coast, so going inland was a big deal.) We only went a few years, but the memories are lasting – taking a tree with us to set up, enjoying hot chocolate and the fireplace, and activities that we couldn’t do at home (in our case snow, in this case the beach).

As a parent, I’m creating traditions for my own family. Hot chocolate and a fireplace still play a prominent role. And fortunately, those can go with us when we decide to take our holidays on the road.  Christmas pajamas and opening a present are more good traditions.

What holiday traditions does your family have? Are you creating new traditions this year with Keystone? 

Christmas Shopping: Candy Stores

What vacation, or holiday, is complete without a candy store? Some of my favorite vacation memories as a child are being allowed to buy candy from a candy store. The Oregon Coast is known for saltwater taffy and seafoam candy, as well as the ever-present fudge, ice cream and other treats. These sweet treats provide the perfect holiday gift or outing.

Lincoln City and Depoe Bay have an assortment of great candy stores to choose from. Try one (or more) of these: