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.

Furnishings

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:

The Christmas Cottage

Billed as “Christmas 363 days a year,” the Christmas Cottage in central Lincoln City is a Christmas lover’s paradise. While Christmas is on everyone’s mind now, the Christmas Cottage is also a great way to plan ahead while on a spring, summer or fall vacation. Or if you’re doing a holiday vacation and forgot something, help is right down the street.

With both custom artisan collections and collections from around the world, the Christmas Cottage has something to fit a wide range of style preferences. And they offer personalization and gift wrapping. What more could you want or need?

Note: This is not a sponsored post. We just really like Christmas and the Christmas Cottage and wanted to share that with you.

Christmas Shopping in Lincoln City

With the Christmas season already here and many people beginning their holiday shopping, we thought it would be helpful to write a few posts about the shops and places we love to find the perfect gifts.

For guests who will be staying in one of our Lincoln City vacation condos, the Tanger Outlets are a must shop location for great deals and a wide selection of gifts.  Open daily starting at 10 am, shoppers can find everything from Aeropostale to the Nike Factory Store and Bath & Body Works.

For those looking to add to the already discounted prices offered by the outlet stores, the Tanger Outlet website is an ideal resource for finding coupons and sales offers.

If you are curious as to whether your favorite store is at this location, check out the store directory & map here.

For more information about available vacation rentals in Lincoln City, visit Keystone at www.KeystoneVacationsOregon.com

Cooking in a Vacation Condo

One of the many benefits of vacationing in a condo is the kitchen. Many of Keystone Vacation Rental’s properties have luxury kitchens complete with stainless steel and granite.

At the same time, it is a vacation, and most of us probably don’t want to slave all day in the kitchen. We are compiling a list of our favorite tips on cooking in vacation condos. Check them out on our Pinterest board, Cooking in a Vacation Condo.

Our staff’s favorite tip so far:

Bring freezer meals. Do most of the cooking at home, and use the condo kitchen to cook and serve already prepared foods. You can also buy prepared freezer or refrigerated meals for an easy alternative that is still cheaper than eating out. (We love Costco for these stock ups, although you’ll need to plan ahead as there isn’t one in Lincoln City.) Want a list of make-at-home foods that are proven to pack well and please the family? This article, from LifeasMom.com, is a great starting point.