3 Quirky Oregon Coast Sights You Must See

The Oregon Coast is home to spectacular beaches and wildlife, but it has some quirky sights worth 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 headed 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 doorbuster 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 stationery. 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-blown 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 driftwood 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 www.oregoncoast.org/finders-keepers

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 on 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 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:

  • Oceanfront or ocean view

  • Condo size

  • Floor level

Ocean Front vs Ocean View

The Village at North Pointe condos are all oceanfront, 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 bedrooms, two bathrooms. 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 the 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.