Oregon Coast Offers Food, Fun, & Sun

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The Oregon Coast offers an abundance of delights during the summer months. Since August offers the warmest weather, it’s one of the best times to visit seaside resorts, take in events, and sample regional food and drink. Of course, there’s plenty of family fun, particularly around Lincoln City and Newport at this time of the year.

The winding miles of shoreline with sandy beaches make Oregon the ideal place to host sandcastle competitions. On August 13th, visit the historic Taft District in Lincoln City for the Taft Beach Sandcastle Contest.

If you’ve never been in a sandcastle contest, this is your chance to join in. You can show off your skill and creativity and try to capture an award, or just have some fun with family and friends. Anyone can participate, as long as register the day of the event.

Building a sandcastle is a simple process. You use sand, water, natural beach materials, hand tools, and forms. However, if you’re a person with a more competitive nature, you’ll need to come up with an inspiring design. Don’t worry – this competition is strictly for non-professionals, so everyone’s has an equal chance to win. It’s all about joining in on some play on one of the Oregon Coast’s most beautiful beaches.

August is also an excellent time to sample Oregon Coast food and drink. You can enjoy the Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge on August 13th in Newport and sample the amazing culinary creations of regional chefs. It’s the biggest Oregon Coast cook-off of the year and the event draws people from far and wide who fiercely compete for the $3,000 purse.

All entries feature fresh, seasonal tuna caught off the Newport docks. Both professional and amateurs prepare dozens of dishes on site. Watch them prepare their signature dishes and try a local craft beer or regional wine. You’ll have plenty of microbrews to choose from too as one of the sponsors is Rogue Ales & Spirits, famous in the area.

For those who want something a little more energetic, try the New Lincoln County Fair in Newport which runs August 19th through August 21st. Admission is free.

Shoot at a target and win a prize, or slam down a mallet to show off your strength. Everyone wants to hear that bell ding, but not everyone can do it. Nonetheless, it’s fun to try.

Of course, you’ll find the usual kiosks brimming with local food. Try a slice of homemade pie, a caramel apple, corn on the cob, or cotton candy. After your snack, take in professional bull riding, barrel races and bucking bronco rides. Kids can go on a free monster truck ride on Saturday too. There’s a bouncy castle for the wee ones and live music too.

If you’re thinking of visiting the Oregon Coast this August, stay with us. We offer well-appointed condos that make an ideal home base while you take in the fun. They’re perfect for families and singles and have all the comforts of home. Why stay in a stuffy hotel, when you can stretch out and enjoy views of the Pacific and sandy beaches at a very affordable price?

5 Iconic Oregon Coast Sights Worth Visiting

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The Oregon Coast offers some of the most iconic natural and man-made sights you’ll see anywhere in America. If you want a taste, check out these five places in the central region.

Haystack Rock

If Haystack Rock looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it in a movie. Filmmakers used this iconic monolith in three major movies; Twilight, The Goonies and Point Break, as well as many lesser-known films.

Over 750,000 people visit Cannon Beach each year to enjoy this sprawling beach and massive rock. The area is now a protected marine garden, and the perfect place to explore Oregon Coast tide pools.

Cannon Beach earned many accolades over the years, because of its stunning beauty. It’s listed as one of America’s best beaches, and in a 2013 issue of National Geographic included it as one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places.

Thor’s Well

Named for the hammer-wielding Norse god who controlled thunder, lighting and storms, Thor’s Well is an iconic Oregon Coast sight worthy of photos. It’s one of those seemingly impossible places you must see to believe.

This massive sinkhole near Yachats, Oregon looks like Thor’s hammer struck a large hole in the jagged rocks. Sea water pours into it, yet it never seems to fill. During the winter and at high tide you’re in for a spectacular show, but don’t get too close. Its 20 feet deep and a bubbling cauldron you’re unlikely to survive should you fall in. Grab you camera and sit back safely on the cliffs as the sun sets.

Octopus Tree

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint offers unsurpassed West Coast views, a lighthouse, and a very unusual tree. This huge Sitka spruce is around 300 years old, but no one precisely why it grew the way it did or whether some planted it. One thing is sure; it isn’t like most other trees.

Instead of a central trunk, this tree has many. Its’ odd shape earned it other nicknames including the Monstrosity Tree, because its’ gnarly branches definitely looks like something out of a horror movie. There’s plenty of speculation about its unusual shape. Some say Native Americans deliberately created the cage-like structure for ritual purposes. Others say it’s just an example of one of Mother Nature’s zaniest moments. Decide for yourself.

99W Drive-In

The Oregon Coast certainly has unrivaled natural beauty, but it also has a few man-made attractions too. The 99W Drive-in Newberg is one of them. It is one of four drive-in movie theaters in Oregon. Only about 300 exist in the entire United States and it was voted number one in the country in a USA today poll.

A visit to the 99W Drive-in draws you back to simpler times. You didn’t just go to the drive-in to watch a show. You drove outside of town and met up with friends. There was a buzz in the air on a warm summer night and something special about watching from the privacy of your vehicle. Pillows, blankets, pajamas and popcorn were all okay. If you want to relive this iconic past-time, arrive early. The place is very popular.

Prehistoric Gardens

No one can say that Oregon’s boring. The Prehistoric Gardens in Port Orford are home to a life-size dinosaur park. This unusual venture began with E.V. Ernie Nelson, a talented sculptor and dinosaur aficionado.

Nelson researched the dinosaurs thoroughly and then built the park over three years. The gardens opened in 1955 and Nelson made 23 accurate replicas of dinosaurs over the next 30 years. The Brachiosaur is 86 feet long and 46 feet tall and took 4 years to complete.

Today you can visit the park and enjoy a self-guided tour through natural rain forest. The trail is fully accessible and you can bring your dog too. It’s the ideal place to entertain children or just for a short reprieve in an idyllic setting.

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These are only a few of the amazing sites the Oregon Coasts offers. Avoid hotels and choose to stay in one of our well-appointed vacation condos in the Depoe Bay and Lincoln City. They’re affordable and perfectly situated so you can explore the Oregon Coast easily.

Have a Blast in Lincoln City This Summer

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Lincoln City vacation rentals offer the ideal launching point to explore the fun activities along the Oregon coast during the summer. The sandy beaches teem with life, and people come from far and wide to partake in family events on these windy, sunny shores. The most famous event in June is undoubtedly the Summer Kite Festival.

The Windsock 2016 Kite Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26th on the D River wayside in Lincoln City. This event screams fun, with featured fliers showing off their kiting skills throughout the day.

The “Running of the BOLs” is sure to delight. Contestants try to run down the beach while tethered to a large donut-shaped kite that trails behind them. This beach is breezy, which makes this event challenging and filled with laughter.

Children can attend a free kite making workshop and then parade down the beach to show off their creation later in the day. You’ll also see some of the some of the most colorful “big” kites in the world. The event is fully accessible so everyone can get in on the fun.

You won’t find a better place to celebrate the 4th of July than Lincoln City either. Start with a pancake breakfast on Gleneden Beach and then wander around the craft fair. There’s a parade at 1pm and then time to explore Lincoln City. Discover your new favorite restaurant and pick up a few souvenirs along the way. Of course, you’ll marvel over spectacular fireworks above Siletz Bay at dusk too.

For families with children over 12 years of age, there’s also crabbing and clamming clinics throughout the summer. You’ll need to buy a shellfish license from a local establishment, and some basic equipment the day of the clinic. Participants first attend an orientation session conducted by a local expert. They learn about regulations, harvesting, and cooking and cleaning methods. Then it’s off the beach at Siletz Bay for the freshest clams or crabs you’ve ever eaten, and you’ll catch them yourself. You’ll soon discover why visitors rave about the local Dungeness crab and the many bay clams found on the Oregon Coast. They’re absolutely delicious!

If all that isn’t enough, families can swim in the sea, paddle around on the shores of Devil’s Lake or Siletz Bay Park or visit a local arcade. When you’re traveling with your family, staying in a hotel is never ideal. Why not explore our vacation homes with all the amenities? You’ll enjoy HD television, a fully-equipped kitchen, privacy and affordability.

Lincoln City Vacation Rentals

Our comfy, spacious Lincoln City vacation rentals make family vacations a breeze. These condos often offer a pool, hot tub, fitness center, and a games room, so no one gets bored. You’ll also have Wi-Fi access if you need to keep in touch back home. You’re also perfectly positioned to explore the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and all the Oregon Coast has to offer, without sacrificing comfort or affordability.

If you’re looking for summer family fun, Lincoln City has it all. Grab the family and enjoy a stress-free vacation. Create memories you’ll smile about years down the road.

Oregon Coast Shipwrecks: The Graveyard of the Pacific

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Oregon’s spectacular coastline is very enticing. Its miles of sandy beaches, quaint seaside villages, and stunning ocean views mask the dangers that these waters hold for ships. With over 3,000 shipwrecks along the Oregon coast, the name “Graveyard of the Pacific Coast” is certainly appropriate for these waters.

For hundreds of years, every imaginable ship traveled up and down the Pacific. They came from around the globe and included schooners, square-riggers, and steamers. Unfortunately, not all arrived at their destination. Some were never found, some lie on the ocean floor, and a few others still sit on Oregon beaches for you to see.

Start your visit with a trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. The “Secrets of Shipwrecks” entertains and uncovers the fascinating world of shipwrecks, particularly on the Oregon Coast. This eye opening exhibit shows you why the Oregon coastline is so difficult to navigate and explain the loss of so many ships over the years. Even with today’s technology, sailors much stay alert to possible threats in powerful waters. The exhibit includes artifacts from a few of the most notable wrecks including the Spanish beeswax galleon and the Emily G. Reed.

Emily G. Reed

The Emily G. Reed pops up occasionally on the shifting sands at Rockaway Beach. The Emily G. Reed was a “down Easter” sailing schooner laden with 2,100 tons of coal. She crashed into the mouth of the Nehalem River in 1908. She’d lost her way in heavy fog and rain at night and hit the beach when trying to correct her bearings. It was the middle of the night in a very sparsely populated area, and the ship fell into pieces. Some passengers clambered onboard the lifeboat and believed the others on the ship were lost in the boiling waters.

Miraculously, all but seven survived the harrowing storm onboard the ship. When dawn arrived, they saw the ship sat in shallow water and they waded safely to the shore. Only one passenger on the lifeboat perished after he drank sea water. The others suffered from exposure and dehydration from their arduous 200 mile, 78 hour journey northwards.

Whether you’re lucky enough to see some of the remains of the ship is up to Mother Nature. No one can predict the sand levels and the ship continues to shy away from attention. The sands revealed about 100 feet of its hull in 2010, and before that it was last seen in the 70s.

George L Olsen

Another powerful storm drove the 223-foot-long wood-hulled schooner George L. Olson onto Coos Bay’s North Jetty in 1944. It stuck the jetty with such force it broke apart and the lumber it carried swept away in the raging waves. It sat on the spit for years and locals used it for picnics, but by the 1960s sand covered it and it was forgotten.

In 2008, winter storm waves revealed it again and now over 10,000 visitors have traveled the sand road to see its remains on Horsfall Beach in North Bend. You must access the beach on foot at low tide and it takes 75 minutes to get to the wreck.

J. Marhoffer

You can also see the remnants of the steam schooner J. Marhoffer at Boiler Bay. In 1910, the ship caught fire and everyone abandoned ship. However, the ship continued on towards the shore, made a sweeping circle, and then exploded. It spilt in two and the forward section ended up on shore and decayed. Eventually, the only thing left was the ship’s boiler – hence the name Boiler Bay. You can still see it at low tide. There’s also information about the ship at the Lincoln County Historical Society in Newport.

You can explore these and many more Oregon treasures and stay in comfort in oceanfront vacation rentals in the Lincoln City and Depoe Bay areas. They offer all the amenities and a superior experience to hotels.

Fascinating Oregon Lighthouses

Lighthouses Keystone VacationsLighthouses offer a unique glimpse into Oregon’s past and emphasize the importance of the sea for West Coast residents. They guided mariners along Oregon’s steep and scenic coastline and were very important, because protected harbors are very scarce.

These towering lighthouses perched on spectacular headlands, saved souls and marked the boundary between sea and land. Each is a distinct marker that tells tales about the lifestyle and residents of the area, and Oregon abounds with them.

Twelve lighthouses dot the Oregon Coastline and a lightship rests in Astoria. Two of these were privately built and remain closed to the public. However, seven are open to the public and most are still active.

Yaquina Head

This lighthouse tower is the tallest on the Oregon Coast. At 93 feet tall, it warned vessels from as far away as 19 miles of coastal dangers. Resting on a basalt headland within the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, this spectacular lighthouse also offers views of gray whales, harbor seals, and migratory birds.

Two boats met their demise transporting supplies during construction. Three keepers manned the station and in 1873, the lighthouse was finally lit. It weathered strong coastal winds, but in 1920 lighting struck it. Nonetheless, this sturdy lighthouse persevered and you can wind up the circular stairs to see the massive lens and 1000 watt bulb to enjoy a panoramic view of coastal Newport.

Yaquina Bay

This lighthouse had to fight for existence. It was only used for three years, and almost demolished several times. Originally, it guided settlers to the growing Yaquina Bay and the Newport area. It is unusual, because it looks more like a house with a light tower on the roof.

From the onset, the lighthouse seemed plagued with problems. Residents argued over a location and it was finally built and lit in 1871. By 1874, the light was out and the lighthouse abandoned, favoring Yaquina Head.

The eerie vacant structure sparked a fictional short story published in 1899 of a sea captain’s daughter never seen again after entering the abandoned lighthouse. Even though the story was fictional, a 1975 article stirred up notions that a ghost may be haunting the lighthouse. The article recounted a story of a young hitchhiker who stayed a night in the abandoned lighthouse. He claimed he saw a young woman floating outside one of the windows.

Fortunately, the lighthouse was fully restored. The lower area offers a fascinating look at Oregon’s maritime past and memorabilia, but the lantern room isn’t open to the public. The lighthouse is on the southern end of Newport, near the Yaquina Bay Bridge and entrance is by donation.

Heceta Head

If you want a spectacular view of the Pacific, visit Heceta Head. It is a state scenic viewpoint perched on a rocky promontory in a cove at the mouth of Cape Creek, and the most photographed lighthouse on the Pacific Coast.

Built in 1894, this towering lighthouse housed families in a very isolated area. It once had a keeper’s house too, but it was later demolished. Its claim to fame was its role during World War II. The Coast Guard sent 75 men to guard the area against Japanese attacks. It is the most powerful lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, it is still active, and it shines 22 miles out to sea.

Lighthouse tours are available 7 days a week. Heceta Head Lighthouse is above the Sea Lion Caves, also worth visiting. You’ll find it 12 miles north of Florence, off Highway 101. For comfortable, affordable condominium accommodation in the area, check our Depoe Bay fully-equipped condos here.

Birds, Beer & Treasure: 3 Unusual Oregon Coast Spring Activities

The Oregon Coast offers a variety of unusual spring activities sure to captivate and enchant. This year, partake in one of these three remarkable activities and uncover the flavor and diversity of west coast life.

April and May offer some of the best migratory bird watching you’ll see in North America. We’re not talking about a few feathered friends, but pods of pelicans, convocations of eagles, and volts of vultures. The entire coastline teems with a myriad of aviary amigos. During breeding season, they’re also sporting their most colorful plumage.

Birding is a combination of sleuthing, analytical skills, and intimate interaction with nature. You don’t need a license and you see these spectacular creatures in their natural habitat. It’s the perfect activity to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours, or even a weekend.

The Birding & Blues Festival in Pacific City is your go-to event if you want to learn about birding and birds. You can hook up with an experienced birder, watch presentations, or enjoy great blues music. You can also tour area capes, or venture out on a field or kayak trip. The festival runs April 29th through May 1st.

Later in May, bring your dog and venture into Newport for the 10th Annual Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest on May 21st. This dog-friendly event pays homage to the Rogue’s Brewery’s founding dog; Brewer. It’s the largest dog-beer festival in the world. Last year 3,200 people and 810 dogs attended.

You’re able to sample over 50 microbrews on tap and listen to live music, but your pooch never sit on the sidelines. This fun, interactive dog festival includes doggie musical chairs, dog dances, and your pooch can vie for top prize in the celebrity dog look-alike contest. No one can say the Oregon Coast is boring!

Did you know you can search for treasure on the Oregon Coast too? Florence is now part of the world geocaching network. If you don’t know what geocaching is, think treasure hunting using GPS. You set out to find a set of coordinates and hidden treasure. You never know what’s inside until you find it, and if you take something out you must leave something of greater value!

Geocaches vary from easy-to-find to complex, with clues or puzzles to solve to locate the treasure. In the Florence area, you could scale sand dunes, peer over ocean cliffs or wander down miles of sandy beaches pursuing the elusive geocache. You might ramble through Florence’s historic Old Town or explore a hidden trail around a coastal lake. Some geocaches are also underwater, so the diverse tidal pools along the coast are fair game too.

The Florence area has 36 caches, but you only need to find 24 to “officially” complete the tour. Beginner geocachers can visit the Adventure Center to garner tips and tricks for success.

When you’re in the area, you’ll want to stay in comfortable accommodations. We offer beachfront condos with all the amenities in nearby Depoe Bay. The Oregon Coast is your destination for remarkable spring adventures.

3 Quirky Oregon Coast Sights You Must See

The Oregon Coast is home to spectacular beaches and wildlife, but it has some quirky sights worthy visiting too. For those who love history, the short drive from Lincoln City to McMinnville is well-worth the effort.

Must See - Spruce Goose

McMinnville houses Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, a gigantic flying boat built during WWII. The Allies needed a way to transport large payloads across the ocean. Eccentric billionaire Hughes and his engineers responded to a 1942 U.S. government request to build a cargo and troop carrier less detectable by Axis submarines without using critical wartime materials.

Hughes and his engineers designed a flying boat to carry 750 fully equipped troops or two Sherman tanks over long distances. They crafted it from laminated birch, but the press gave it the inaccurate nickname, Spruce Goose. Hughes felt the name insulted the feat of the engineers and builders, and eventually renamed it the H-4 Hercules. Nonetheless, the name Spruce Goose stuck, despite his best efforts.

Within two years, the U.S. government spent $22 million and Hughes spent $18 million of his own money on the project, and still the plane was not finished due to Hughes perfectionism. The war ended, and so did the need for the aircraft. However, Hughes doggedly continued with the project. When completed, it was the largest flying boat and aircraft of the time.

Many thought the plane would never fly. After all, a gigantic wooden aircraft wasn’t the norm. It was five stories tall with a wingspan longer than a football field. Despite naysayers and the aircraft’s monumental dimensions, Hughes proved the plane could fly on its maiden voyage in 1947.

The Spruce Goose flew for one mile for less than a minute and then landed, never to fly again. Hughes obviously wanted to get it off the ground again as it was constantly maintained and in flight-ready condition tucked it away in climate-controlled storage for 33 years, but he died in 1976.

The aircraft passed through many hands and eventually came to rest in the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. You can view this amazing specimen from American aviation history in McMinnville, and even tour the cockpit. This is one Oregon sight you must see in person to appreciate the scale of Hughes’ accomplishment.

Must See #2 – D River in Lincoln City

The D River in Lincoln City is also worth a visit, but this is one sight you might miss if you’re not careful. The Guinness World Records lists it as the world’s shortest river, but it’s nestled in the heart of Lincoln City and worth seeing.

Even though the river is only 440 feet long, the beach area offers some of the strongest, steadiest winds in the world, perfect for kite flying. Two of the world’s largest kite flying festivals and a summer professional kite festival make the D River State Recreation Site one of the best places in the world to watch or participate in this mesmerizing past-time.

Must See #3 – Devil’s Punchbowl

Farther down the coastline, another must-see is the Devil’s Punchbowl. Devil’s Punchbowl State Park is at Otter Rock, about four miles south of Depoe Bay and nine miles north of Newport. This natural wonder created from two collapsed sea caves eventually eroded to form a foamy cauldron where waves crash and boil, spewing seawater upwards for an unforgettable show. If you’re careful, you can even stroll inside the cavern at low tide. This area is also one of the top ten places to spot whales on the Oregon coast, especially from late March to June.

When visiting the Lincoln City and Depoe Bay area, many beautiful oceanfront and ocean view vacation rentals are available so you can appreciate Oregon’s beauty in comfort. These condos are rated “excellent” by Tripadvisor and FlipKey, sleep 4 to 6 guests, and make your visit to the Oregon coast affordable, comfortable and superior to a hotel stay.

Upcoming Events in Lincoln City, Oregon

During the month of February there are several upcoming events or festivals in Lincoln City you may want to check out during your stay.

Concert – Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

This Bluegrass Group was recently nominated the best of the year by the International Music & Entertainment Association.   They will be preforming at the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 7 pm on February 6th.  More information about the group and their upcoming events can be found at www.phoenixrisingband.org

Finders Keepers – Special Drop

Coinciding with Antique Week, over 300 antique Japanese glass floats will be hidden along Lincoln City’s seven miles of beaches.  When you find a float you can keep it.  You can also contact the Visitor and Convention Bureau to register the float, receive a Certificate of Authenticity as well as learn about the artist who crafted the float.  This is a wonderful family activity that keeps the kids busy hunting for floats and the adults enjoying long walks on the beach.  Please do note that floats will never be hidden in dangerous areas or up on the bluffs/cliffs.

Upcoming Events Not to Miss!

The 39th annual Seafood & Wine Festival will be taking place starting February 25th in Newport, about 30 minutes south of Lincoln City.  The festival will include over 150 premier Northwest wines, culinary professionals displaying a wide variety of seafood and other mouth watering dishes and many arts & crafts.  Drawing roughly twenty-five thousand visitors each year, you may find yourself staying for the whole festival as you discover new dishes, favorite wines and new friends.  More information can be found about the festival at www.seafoodandwine.com

Another festival our guests enjoy each year is Winterfest. Presented by the Siletz Bay Music Festival, Winterfest is host to a variety of talented musicians each displaying their musical ability starting February 20th at the Salishan Resort.

View more information about upcoming events on our website.

 

Winter Activities to Enjoy While Visiting Lincoln City

Lincoln City Activities

During the winter months one can often imagine a coastal town in Oregon maybe quite dull.  People spending time indoors with very little to do or see.  Fortunately for those traveling to one of our Lincoln City vacation rentals that is not the case!  The city is alive with a wide variety of activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.  Even if a storm is head our way, you can enjoy one, two or all the activities you can fit in during your stay.  You may even want to take some time to sit back, relax and watch the storm as many people specifically come to see Mother Nature put on her own show.

Saturday Morning Cinema at the Bijou Theatre

One of our recommended activities for weekend guests at our Lincoln City vacation homes would be catching a classic film at the Bijou Theatre.  For around $2 one can enjoy classics such as The Maltese Falcon or The Jackie Robinson Story.  The theatre is located along Highway 101 and close to our Pacific Winds complex.  More information about upcoming screenings and show times can be found at Saturday Morning Cinema.

Pacific Trombone Quartet at the Lincoln City Cultural Center

Featuring some of the finest players in the Northwest, the Quartet has played for symphonies and bands all over the region.  Their music includes Bach, Ellington and much, much more.  Rain or shine, an evening couldn’t be better spent.  Afterwards enjoy dessert at the Blackfish Café or a full buffet at the Chinook Winds Casino.

A Fun Activities for the Whole Family – Antique Week

Starting February 5th, the annual Antique Week features citywide specials and deals accompanied by a special glass art drop for those who want to not only hunt for great deals indoors, but also search the seven miles of beaches for more treasures.  Throughout Lincoln City and Depoe Bay there are a variety of specialty shops with an array of collectibles and keepsakes that may be perfect for your home.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming activities that we will either post to our events page or talk more about here.

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.