Iconic Oregon Coast Family Road Trips

Oregon Coast Family Road Trips

Oregon Coast family road trips are just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning. These trips offer plenty to see and do for all ages, but we’ve highlighted spots kids are certain to love.

Cannon Beach – Pacific City – Lincoln City

Cannon Beach is a great place to start exploring the Oregon Coast. It’s about an hour and a half drive from Portland and it is home to the spectacular Haystack Rock featured in the movie “Goonies”.

With miles of sandy beach to explore, kids can tide pool, fly a kite, or run until they burn off their pent up energy. It’s an ideal place for a picnic lunch and there’s a great chocolate shop in the town if you want a decadent dessert.

Head back onto Highway 101 and stop at Cape Meares and visit the lighthouse and octopus tree. Alternatively, zip over to Tillamook and tour the cheese factory.

After a full day of activities, you’ll probably want to have a good meal, clean up, and watch a movie with the kids. Lincoln City is a great home base for a family holiday, because you can do many day trips from the area and it has everything kids love to do. The city features a putt and bat, arcade, bowling alley, and movie houses, plus several state parks with countless activities. Lincoln City also hosts a huge kite festival every summer.

While on your Oregon Coast family road trips, stay in a great oceanfront condominium. It costs much less expensive than a hotel and you won’t pay hefty booking fees. Plus you’ll have more space and amenities for the family such as games, books, and a big flat screen TV.

Lincoln City – Depoe Bay – Newport

After you’re rested, head south again. You’ll pass through Depoe Bay, dubbed the whale watching capital of the Oregon Coast. Its huge sea wall runs the length of the downtown area and grey whales often hang out in the bay. The bay also has an impressive spouting water horn you can see when the sea’s churning. It can reach 60 feet high when the pressure from the water beneath the lava beds forces it upwards into a breathtaking spray.

While continuing your journey southward, stop at Cape Foulweather. It is the point where Captain James Cook first spotted mainland North America and a storm almost led to his ship’s demise. It offers a panoramic view of the Pacific and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.

Following that, you’ll spot the Yaquina Head Lighthouse on a distant bluff. During the winter, spring, and fall you’ll need to call to make arrangements for a tour, but it is well-worth a visit. It is 93-feet tall and full of memorabilia children enjoy.

When you reach Newport, you’ll find the Oregon Coast Aquarium, definitely worth seeing. You can watch them feed the animals or even have an encounter with certain creatures on a tour. They even have a family-combo so you can sleep in the aquarium amongst an exhibit.

If you don’t fancy driving back to Lincoln City, you’ll find more great beachfront accommodation at Depoe Bay. Why stay in a cramped hotel, when you can have all the amenities of home and more!?

Lincoln City Oregon: Start Your Holiday Season

Lincoln City offers plenty to do, but especially with Thanksgiving just around the corner and the holiday season close on its heels. Check out some of these events to do something unusual, get you in the spirit, or help you prepare for the coming festivities.

Lincoln City Holiday Season

Gift An Edible Goody

Nov. 17
Culinary Center – 4th floor, 801 SW Hwy 101
11:00 am – 2 pm

While you shouldn’t miss a stroll on one of Lincoln City’s expansive beaches, you may to try something more unconventional too. Why not take in a class at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City and make a tasty holiday gift?

Choose and prepare a delightful culinary treat under the supervision of an amazing chef and instructor. Blackberry jam, special seasoning, homemade crackers, and chocolate chip cookie dough truffles are just a few of your choices. Come early for a light breakfast. Register to avoid disappointment.

Burn Calories Before Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 22
Home Depot – 1000 Groveland Lane
8:00 am – 11:00 am

Instead of packing on the pounds, why not burn a bunch of calories beforehand? The inaugural Huffin’ for the Stuffin’ Turkey Trot race is for everyone from 4 and up. Choose either or 5k or 10k course. Kids run on a fun course within a parking lot.

Participants are asked to bring canned goods for donation during the holiday season. You do need to pre-register as the race limit is 400 participants.

Lincoln City Gets Outside

Nov. 23 – Nov. 24
Various Oregon Locations

Opt Outside on Black Friday began as a marketing strategy, but it resonated with so many people it’s now embraced across the nation. It encourages people to skip the shopping and choose the outdoors instead.

As part of the program, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife offers free fishing, crabbing, and clamming anywhere along the Oregon Coast in open areas without a license. Just check their website for locations and enjoy!

Usher In The Holidays

Nov. 23
Lincoln City Cultural Center – 540 NE Highway 101
Noon – 7:00 pm

Yes, it’s that time of the year again and what better way to usher in the holidays than with Christmas lights, music, Santa, and goodies?

Carols and shopping start at noon, followed by a make-and-take ornament workshop for kids between 2pm and 5pm. At 5pm you’ll see the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony and listen to carols with the Sweet Adelines. Santa arrives at 5:30pm and cider, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies are available as long as they last.

Not Quite 11th Hour Santa Sale

Nov. 24
Lincoln City Cultural Center – 540 NE Highway 101
10 am – 4 pm

This free event offers the perfect opportunity to pick up unique handmade gifts or items to dress your home for the holidays. Choose from candles, glass treasures, textiles, jewelry, and more. Meet the artists and help the Cultural Center with their worthwhile endeavors.


Exploring the Oregon Coast has never been easier and more comfortable when you stay in one of our many oceanfront condos with high-end amenities in Lincoln City and Depoe Bay.

With easy access to Highway 101 and the entire Oregon Coast, why choose a cramped, over-priced hotel when you can relax in comfort affordably?

Lincoln City, Oregon: Why You Should Visit in September

Lincoln City Oregon September

Lincoln City is a great place to visit anytime, but in September it is exceptionally good. The weather’s great, the sea’s warm, and you’ll find miles of sandy beaches with few or no people.

Nonetheless, Lincoln City won’t put you to sleep if you’re looking for something to do. Here are just a few of the events going on in Lincoln City this year that show you just how diverse and fun this place can be. Check a few out!

9th Annual Cruisin’ the Bay Car Show

Sept 15

This event is a must-see for car enthusiasts. It runs 8am to 3 pm at the Bay House Restaurant on Highway 101. Feast your eyes on hot rods, muscle cars, classics, motorcycles, and trucks. You might even see a few makes or models that no longer exist or a Frankenstein car made from parts from many vehicles.

Whip Up A South American Meal

Sept 15

This hands-on cooking class at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City offers you a chance to learn how to cook many South American specialties such as pork and bean stew, ceviche, chimichurri sauce, beef skewers and a yummy dessert. If you arrive early, you’re also treated to a light breakfast. No experience necessary, but participants must be over 12 years of age.

Lincoln City Birdwalk

Sept 22

Do you have an interest in Oregon’s native birds? You can’t go wrong with an Audubon Society of Lincoln City birdwalk. You’ll pass through many habitats including river, lake, woodlands, and wetlands. It’s an easy two-hour walk suitable for all ages and an ideal learning opportunity.

These birdwalks are on rain or shine and they’re led by experienced birders. You don’t need to pre-register, they’re free and they provide the field guides and binoculars!

Get Your Toes Tapping

Sept 22

After your birdwalk, why not take in an evening with the 25-piece Lincoln Pops Orchestra? They’ll play three sets of the some of the finest Big Band tunes sure to get your toes tapping. The ladies get free flowers and there’s a no-host bar with beer, wine, sodas and sweet treats. It’s an affordable and enjoyable way to spend a fall evening. This venue is wheelchair accessible too.

Get An Adrenaline Rush

Sept 22 -23

Do you like speed? Get your adrenaline rush on Devil’s Lake as power boats flit across the lake attempting to qualify for American Power Boat Association (APBA) races in these sanctioned time trials.

The length of Devil’s Lake and the low altitude are conducive to speed. With so many speed records some call it the “World’s Fastest Water”. Drivers are hoping to set new regional and national speed records. It’s a straightaway course with speeds up to 175 mph!


Lincoln City has plenty to offer in September. Celebrate in comfort in one of our Lincoln City well-appointed condos. They’re the ideal spot to enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific and to take in Lincoln City events. Why stay in a stuffy hotel when you can enjoy all the conveniences of home at an affordable price?


Awesome Oregon Coast Phenomena: Sand Dunes & Ghost Forests

oregon coast sand ghost forests

Oregon Coast natural phenomena are truly awe inspiring and unusual too. After all, who would think that you could find the remains of ancient well-preserved trees and 500 foot high sand dunes along the Oregon Coast? You can.

You’ll find both just off scenic Highway 101 which runs 363 miles through Oregon, along the coast. Make a vacation of it and check out these areas. You’re sure to take away amazing memories and photos.

Oregon Coast Ghost Forests

The name given to these forests is very apt. They’re eerie, somewhat unnerving, and are just a shadow of what they once were. Nonetheless, the Sitka spruce trees in these forests date back 1,400 to 5,000 years.

Originally, these trees were 150-200 feet high, but now all you see are the stumps that remain, but they’re still very impressive. How these trees became engulfed in sand and water is speculation. Some scientists propose a tsunami or earthquake buried the trees and preserved them for you to see.

While about 100 of these ancient stumps exist, most aren’t visible unless the tide is very low. However, the ones at Neskowin Beach State Recreation Site are visible year-round and it’s only 15 miles north of Lincoln City, worthy of a visit anyway since there’s so much to see.

Get Creative With Sand

Every year area merchants sponsor a fun, family-oriented event in the historic waterfront Taft District of Lincoln City. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at a competition, this is your chance. It’s open to all ages and all skill levels, but you do need to register. If you prove you’re a master builder, you could also win a prize. Did we mention, you can also snack on a tasty s’more too? Check here for more information.

This year the event runs on August 11th. Bring a non-perishable food item when you register. Your donation goes to the Lincoln City Food Pantry, a very worthwhile cause.

Visit The Dunes

Most people have no idea Oregon has sand dunes, never mind how great they are. They’re the largest expanse of coastal dunes in North America and the best of the best are between Florence and Winchester Bay, about a two hour drive south of Lincoln City.

This area lacks the steep headlands seen in other parts of Oregon, so the wind and tides freely eroded the land. Over the years, the dunes grew up to 500 feet high and traveled in some places as much as 2.5 miles inland.

Miles of sand dunes make this area for popular with ATV enthusiasts and July 24th to 29th offers Dunefest in Winchester Bay where aficionados show off their riding skills and their custom vehicles.

Of course, not everyone’s daring enough to cruise the dunes, but you can explore these sandy areas in many other ways. Take a walk, go on a tour, or try sandboarding. This sister of snowboarding offers everything from the beginner to the challenging. The Annual Sand Master Jam on July 21st in Florence is a great event to catch a few slalom or drag races or riders riding the rails.


Exploring the Oregon Coast has never been easier and more comfortable when you stay in one of our many oceanfront condos with high-end amenities in Lincoln City and Depoe Bay.

These convenient locations offer easy access to Highway 101 and the entire Oregon Coast. Why stay in a cramped hotel, when you can relax in comfort affordably?

Lincoln City Oregon: May Events

Lincoln City Oregon Events

Lincoln City Oregon is a great place to visit in May. As the weather warms, there are more opportunities to explore the seashore, city, and surrounding area. Here is a just few things that might peak your interest this May.

Discover What’s Lurking in Tide Pools

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 8:30am

Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 8:30am

Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 9:30am

Tide pools abound along the Oregon Coast and offer a great way to learn about aquatic life. Each year, local experts put on tide pool clinics on the Lincoln City beach at the 15th Street access.

After a brief lecture of what you might find, you’ll head to several tide pools to discover what’s lurking there. You can pose questions to Fawn Custer, of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, or Athena Crichton, of the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Common finds in the tide pools include mussels, sea urchins, starfish, and sea anemones, but you never know!

Come prepared- Oregon Coast weather can change in a flash. At the least, you’ll want rubber boots and gloves, a fold up rain jacket, and sunscreen. Children and animals are welcome, but you must tend to them at all times.

Beachcombing Treasures

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Check out a lecture on beachcombing at the Driftwood Public Library from our own Oregon beachcomber, Kay Myers. She’s published a pocket guide on exciting finds you might encounter on the Oregon Coast including petrified wood, fossils, and semi-precious stones. Once you know what to look for, head out the following day and see what you can discover and take home a souvenir.

Last Chance For A Glass Float Until Fall

Saturday, May 26, 2018 to Monday, May 28 – Anytime

Memorial Day weekend is your last chance to scour the beach for a handmade glass treasure you can keep. Organizers of the Finders Keepers program drop an extra 100 glass floats and one whopper to wind up the spring season.

Look for the floats on the public beach in Lincoln City, between Roads End and Siletz Bay. If you don’t come now, you’ll have to wait until the fall for another opportunity.

Start of Clamming Season

May 30, 2018 @ 10:00am

If you’ve always wanted to dig for clams, but don’t know how it’s time to take in a clamming clinic at the Driftwood Public. You’ll start with a 45 minute orientation to review the rules and regulations of clamming, how to identify clams and harvest them, and of course how to clean and cook these little morsels.

After the orientation, you’ll head to Siletz Bay to dig clams. Participants must be over 12- years old and everyone needs a shellfish license (you can buy one locally). You’ll also need a clam bag, shovel, gloves, and a bucket which you can either buy on-site or beforehand from local shops.

If you miss the May 30th event, there are 6 more clinics later in the year.

Take A Self-Guided Historical Tour


Lincoln City has an interesting history you might want to explore on a pleasant day. Download the guide from the link above and visit all or some of the 14 featured areas of the self-guided Heritage Tour. The tour takes between 2 and 3 hours, but its well-worth your time. You’ll not only get a glimpse of local history, but a great orientation of the area so you easily find your way around.

5 Unbeatable Reasons For A Central Oregon Coast Spring Visit

Central Oregon Coast

The Central Oregon Coast encompasses the area between Lincoln City and Florence on scenic Highway 101. While this spectacular area is well-appreciated during the summer months, you may want to rethink you travel plans and schedule a spring visit instead. Here’s why.

Moderate Temperatures

Admittedly, Central Oregon Coast towns and cities are somewhat wild and unpredictable during the winter months. However, as spring rolls in the rains subside and temperatures hover around a comfortable 60°F during the day.

If you’re a person that can’t tolerate the heat, spring’s the ideal time for travel. Coastal residents will be the first to tell you will encounter clear, sunny days during the spring, and if you’re caught in a storm it’s not a big issue. You’ll hear Oregonians say, “If you don’t like the weather, just give it five minutes”.

Peak Season For Blooms

One great reason to tolerate a shower or two is these spring rains do bring an abundance of flowers on the Central Oregon Coast. Wildflower season starts around the end of March, but the season for blooms is gloriously long in this area, peaking in April and May.

The Cascade Head Preserve provides the ideal habitat for rare wildflowers such as the native Cascade Head Catchfly and the Hairy Checker-Mallow and protects the Oregon silverspot butterfly too. The preserve has a lush 2.5 mile trail loaded with blue violet, streambank lupine, and native grasses suitable for most people.

Florence also offers the Rhododendron Festival each May, as they have since 1908. These flowers show off in various colors along roadsides, yards, parks, and displays and the festival culminates in a floral contest for the most outstanding blooms. Florence’s Historic Old Town is the setting for a parade, entertainment, and other festivities.

The Central Oregon Coast is also home to a native carnivorous plant; Darlingtonia californica, or the Pitcher Plant. With an entire state park dedicated to its protection, a spring visit will awe you with fields of purple petals and yellow sepals.

Watch Ocean Geysers

Areas such as Depoe Bay are built on basalt beds and the waves squeeze between the rocks to create spouting geysers during a storm. If a spring squall does pass through the area, you’ll see quite a show.

You don’t have to brave the elements to appreciate the beauty of these ocean plumes either (unless you want to). You can just as easily watch them from the comfort of your living room in a well-appointed Depoe Bay waterfront condo.

Other spectacular viewpoints along Highway 101 also provide outstanding views of waves as the pummel the cliffs. Cape Foulweather, Heceta Head Lighthouse, and Cape Perpetua are great places to take photos and watch Mother Nature unleash her fury.

Farther north, Lincoln City offers excellent spots at the D River Wayside and Roads End State Park if you love to feel the wind in your hair. Otherwise, sip a drink, contemplate life, and enjoy the luxuries of a beachfront Lincoln City condo.

Fewer Crowds – More Fun

During the summer the Central Oregon Coast teems with tourists, and understandably so. With miles of sandy beaches, unspoiled natural treasures, and outstanding activities and entertainment it’s an area that’s hard to beat. Nonetheless, packed restaurants and a clogged Highway 101 aren’t much fun.

Seasoned travellers quickly realize the spring offers much more. They can easily visit many restaurants, brew pubs, and local attractions, get more attention, better service, and have a chance to converse with locals too. It’s a good time to truly appreciate what the Central Oregon Coast has to offer.

Discounted Accommodation

A spring visit to the Central Oregon Coast makes perfect sense. Why stay in a cramped hotel when you can stretch out, view the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean outside your window, and access Highway 101 for daytrips throughout your visit?

Choose the best. Our premium oceanfront condominiums offer substantial discounts during the off-season.

Fall, Food, & Fun On The Oregon Coast

Fall Food Fun Oregon Coast

Fall is a great time to visit the Oregon Coast. You’ll discover exceptionally fresh food, fabulous local wine and craft beer, and plenty of local history and adventure.

Fall is also a spectacular time to stroll along the miles of uncrowded sandy beaches, dine in the best restaurants, and taste wines; all without contending with scores of visitors. Plus, the Oregon Coast puts on a colorful display as this heavily wooded expanse change to yellow, orange, and red. The following events are just a taste of what fall on the Oregon Coast offers.

The Bite of Oregon
Portland, Oregon
September 1-4, 2017
Labor Day Weekend

Start September off with a visit to The Bite of Oregon, our state’s premier event which showcases west coast life, food, and drink. This event features outstanding cuisine from seven Oregon regions, and everything from appetizers to desserts.

Fall would not be complete with tasting at least a few of Oregon’s award-winning craft beers from across the state. Oregon also has a thriving wine industry, and up and coming distilleries making a name for themselves too.

The event also includes the Iron Chef Oregon and Iron Mixology Oregon competitions which determines who can create the most amazing concoctions under grueling conditions.

Carlton Crush Harvest Festival
Carlton, Oregon
September 9, 2017

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to roll up your pant legs and actually stomp grapes? Well you can, if you act quickly.

Every year, Carlton puts on their Crush Harvest Festival where 24 teams of 4 people compete in a team stomping completion. There’s also a stomping competition for kids. You need to register to take part.

Even if you’re not too keen on purple feet, it’s a hoot to watch and there’s plenty of wine, beer, food, entertainment and crafts to enjoy. They also offer free admission and parking.

Cannon Beach Cottage Tours
Cannon Beach, Oregon
September 08 – 10, 2017

Fall is the best time to explore the Cannon Beach area. Its postcard-perfect beaches are home to vintage cottages, unique beach getaways, and spectacular dream homes and you can tour them, courtesy of the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.

Many major publications including Sunset, Oregon Home, and Oregon Coast magazines describe this tour as an excellent opportunity to take in local history, view amazing architecture, and “see” how the locals live. The 14th Annual Cannon Beach Cottage Tour also includes a concert, luncheon, lectures, presentations and a reception. The event is very popular, so buy your tickets in advance.

Indian Style Salmon Bake
Depoe Bay, Oregon
September 16, 2017

This is the 61st annual salmon bake at Depoe Bay, and they certainly know how to do things right. This event draws people from far and wide, and with good reason.

Preparation for the salmon bake begins many months before the event. Volunteers find alder wood from the neighboring forests, just as native tribes have for centuries. They build an 80-foot fire line in Depoe Bay City Park and then light the wood before sunrise on the day of the event. The park offers an outstanding view of the Pacific and the harbor.

Hundreds of Pacific salmon fillets are fastened to alder wood stakes and then baked over the coals. The alder adds flavor to the fish as it bakes to perfection. There’s no need to worry about parking. You can catch a free shuttle to the park and back to the shops on the oceanfront. Many merchants also offer special discounts during the event.

Cherry Blossom Orchestra–100 Years of Recorded Jazz
Lincoln City, Oregon
September 21, 2017

Fall marks the 100-year anniversary of some of the best and earliest jazz recordings by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band from New Orleans. This September, you can hear these timeless classics come to life again when the Cherry Blossom Orchestra performs at the Lincoln Cultural Center.

This seven-piece Portland band will get your foot tapping and tickets are very reasonable.

Fall Splendor Scenic Railroad Excursion
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
September 30, 2017

Take in the splendor of our Oregon forests as the leaves change color on a steam locomotive as it chugs along the Nehalem River. You’ll do a circle route from Wheeler Depot, and past a few historic logging camps. You can even ride in the engine cab for a small fee to cover insurance costs. Dogs are welcome and excursions run through October too.

Fall Vacation Rentals Without Fees

If you’re looking for fall Oregon Coast vacation rentals, without the hefty fees that sites like Airbnb, VRBO, TripAdvisor, and others charge, we can help. We have many oceanfront units with high-end amenities. We offer condominiums in Lincoln City and Depoe Bay at affordable prices so you can experience the Oregon Coast in the fall for yourself.

Booking Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals Without Hefty Fees

oregon coast rentals fees

Oregon Coast vacation rentals may seem much the same. You scroll through the images, check what you get, and look for the best price. However, what many people don’t realize is companies such as Airbnb, VRBO, and TripAdvisor also charge hefty fees when you book. They might call them service fees or booking fees, but you pay.


Airbnb charges you a fee after a confirmed reservation. Service fees typically range between 5 and 15 percent, based on the subtotal before fees and taxes. Airbnb states they calculate fees based on the reservation subtotal, the length of the reservation, and characteristics of the listing, and more. In general, higher reservation subtotals have lower guest service fee percentages. You may also pay a one-time cleaning fee set by the owner.


VRBO/HomeAway began charging fees in 2016. They state their booking fees cover operational costs such as running their website, offering customer support, marketing, etc. Fees normally range between 5 and 12 percent, but some can be lower or higher. The rate can also change. Generally, the higher the reservation amount, the lower the percentage of service fee.


TripAdvisor states they charge between 8% and 14.5% of the total booking value. This fee is automatically added to your invoice when you book and it is non-refundable unless you cancel.

They state their fee helps them run their secure platform, provide customer support, and gives you peace of mind that your transaction is safe.

Do They Offer Protection?

Clearly, these not so small fees pay for their operating costs, but do they really offer some level of protection? The answer is not really.

Airbnb states they may help facilitate the resolution of disputes, but they do not control or guarantee the existence, quality, safety, suitability, or legality of any listings or their accuracy. They do offer a dispute resolution service, but only as a mediator between you and the owner.

VRBO states they “do not mediate disputes”. TripAdvisor offers a Payment Protection Policy, but they make all decisions regarding claims and eligibility and it is final and binding. Clearly, these are not great guarantees.

Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals Without Fees

Fortunately, you can still access Oregon Coast vacation rentals, without paying these unnecessary fees. We have many oceanfront units to choose from and they include many high-end amenities. You book directly with us to eliminate these nasty fees and you have someone you can talk to if you have concerns.

We know the area and we want you to have the absolute best vacation possible. We can direct you to great restaurants, events, and activities. We offer high-end beachfront condominiums in Lincoln City and Depoe Bay at affordable prices.

Here are examples from each.

Pacific Winds “The Tides”

Lincoln City

Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals The Tides


Village at North Pointe “Ocean’s Melody”

Depoe Bay

Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals Oceans Melody


Lincoln City Oregon: Nelscott

Lincoln City Nelscott

Lincoln City was originally five small communities. This is the final article in our series regarding the roots of Lincoln City and explores Nelscott and its intriguing history.

The Early Days

Early Nelcott was remote and densely forested with spruce and hemlock. The Dawes Act of 1887 provided free land to new colonists and Siletz tribal members, but few took the government up on their offer.

Among the adventurous were Charles P. Nelson and Dr. W.G. Scott, developers looking for land in the early 1900s. Nelson first came to see the area around 1906 and the two men later returned to buy. Many parcels of relatively flat land with beach access offered development promise. The two men combined surnames and formed a new partnership firm: the Nelscott Land Company.

The area remained mostly inaccessible until the construction of the Roosevelt Military Highway (Highway 101) in the 1920s.

Automobiles Changed Everything

Automobiles were affordable by the 1920s and travelers found the drive down the new Oregon Coast Highway almost irresistible. Suddenly, motoring tourists flocked to the area in droves and an economic boom ensued in the area.

Nelscott’s development was relatively small compared to others along the coast. The Nelscott Land Company subdivided their property into 87 small lots for small vacation cottages. The company wanted to create a small summer resort town, not a massive development.

Scott and Nelson wanted a wholesome environment for visitors. They outlawed public halls and taverns and the community operated on coal oil lamps. Even when a diesel-powered generator arrived on the property in 1926, it was shut down at ten o’clock every night.

Early Nelscott catered to motorists and tried to entice campers to the area. The Nelscott Auto Park was basically an elaborate campground, which accommodated 100 tent campers at the height of the automobile craze. It offered tent houses for fifty cents a day.

The Nelscott Cash Store built in 1927 had a general store, bus depot, gas station, and restaurant. It was so busy during the summer that six clerks sometimes staffed the store. Photos of the auto park and store are courtesy of the North Lincoln County Historical Museum.

Eventually, travelers wearied of camping in tents and business owners offered cabins instead. Modern private cabins rented for $1.50 to $3.50 per day completely furnished and with hot and cold showers. Visitors could also partake in pony rides, Friday night entertainment, and church services.

The Great Depression and World War II eventually brought tourism to a halt. Blackouts after sundown, rationing, and the migration to the coast for employment stunted growth during these periods of uncertainty.

Nelcott Becomes Lincoln City

Despite these hardships, people remained in the area. However, the rise in modern hotels and new state parks meant few people stayed in tourist cottages or tents. A 1939 directory recorded only seventy-one residents and by 1950 there were just 180.

Nelscott never incorporated and when given the option to amalgamate with Oceanlake, DeLake, Cutler City, and Taft, residents voted 85 in favor and 57 against. In 1964, all five communities became Lincoln City for improved fire, water, and sewage services.

Nelscott Today

You can find the Nelscott area north of Spanish Head. Fashionable beach houses line the coast and the Nelscott Strip offers shops and diners.

Nelscott is most well-known for its stunning beaches and the Nelscott Reef, home to world-class big wave surfing competitions. It was named as one of the Pacific’s best surf locations in Surfer Magazine in 2003, and home to the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Pro-Am in Lincoln City.


If you’re interested in exploring historic Nelscott, why not stay in a comfortable Lincoln City oceanfront vacation home with stunning ocean views and high-end amenities. These well-appointed condominiums offer stunning ocean views, HDTV, wireless internet, an exercise room, a heated indoor pool and a games room, and more.

You’re perfectly positioned to explore the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and all the Oregon Coast has to offer, without sacrificing comfort or affordability.

Lincoln City Oregon: Cutler City

Lincoln City Cutler City Oregon

This is the fourth article in our series regarding the roots of Lincoln City. This article focuses on Cutler City, one of the five original communities of Lincoln City, each with an interesting past.

The Early Days

The Dawes Act of 1887 opened up the Oregon coast to settlers. It provided acreages to new colonists and Siletz tribal members. The promise of free land drew people to the area, but getting there was another matter.

North Lincoln County homesteaders used the old Salmon River route to travel in the area, but it was little more than a trail. It followed the Salmon River, rocky slopes and passed through very deep forest. The abundance of timber and the access to the river made it the ideal spot for the lumber industry, but the road was barely passable and only during the dry seasons of the year. It was hardly an attractive prospect for settlers traveling with all their worldly possessions.

Nonetheless, settlers did arrive. The first non-natives came to Drift Creek in 1896, and by 1905 the first sawmill appeared. Even after many road improvements, the area was still almost inaccessible. You could reach it on horseback, by boat, or by wading across the water at low tide. A swinging foot bridge across Schooner Creek improved access by 1911.

The Cutlers from Dallas, Oregon were the first to purchase land in the area and by 1913 the Lincoln County Court approved the Cutler City town site. Within the next decade, a dairy also appeared near Drift Creek, but the lack of a passable road limited the population. This all changed with the completion of the Roosevelt Military Highway in 1927, linking all Oregon coast cities.

The Automobile Boom

The area was suddenly connected to the surge of automobiles traveling on the newly built highway. Automobile camping soared during the 20’s and by 1930 the town had the official name Cutler City, an archway at its entrance, and its own auto park with picturesque cottages.

Cutler City became known for its stunning rhododendrons and the ideal getaway for a vacation. Consequently, vacation cottages sprang up with picturesque views and quaint gardens. The town progressed slowly through the Great Depression, bringing new residents and new businesses to the area.

The start of World War II brought development to a standstill. Gasoline shortages and blackouts quashed the tourist industry and any events designed to entice people to the area. However, the lumber industry continued to flourish due to the need for timber throughout the war.

Post-War Development

The end of World War II triggered an economic boom in the U.S., and Cutler City came to life again. The population doubled and many new businesses appeared. Cutler City was less affluent than many other towns, but it had a strong, proud, independent working class community.

When discussions began regarding amalgamating Oceanlake, Taft, Nelscott, Delake, and Cutler City residents were reluctant and skeptical. When the proposal final won approval in 1965, Cutler City’s vote was only 73 yes and 69 no, hardly a landslide. Regardless, Cutler City became Lincoln City along with the other communities.

Cutler City Today

Old Cutler City lies between Schooner and Drift Creeks. It is primarily residential, but a few notable historic buildings still stand. The Cutler City Tavern (photo courtesy North Lincoln County Historical Museum) is now the Bay House and the Kangas Brothers Dairy Barn still echo Cutler City’s early days, although they’ve undergone renovations. You’ll also find antique shops, an art gallery, and the relaxing Josephine Young Memorial Park if you need to unwind.

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