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.

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