Booking Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals Without Hefty Fees

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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

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

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/FlipKey

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 through 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

https://www.keystonevacationsoregon.com/vacation-rentals/pacific-winds-the-tides/1510-65062

Village at North Pointe “Ocean’s Melody”

Depoe Bay

Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals Oceans Melody

https://www.keystonevacationsoregon.com/vacation-rentals/village-at-north-pointe-ocean-s-melody/1510-78988

 

Lincoln City Oregon: Nelscott

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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.

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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

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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.

If you’re interested in exploring historic Cutler City, why not stay in a comfortable Lincoln City beach rental with stunning ocean views and high-end amenities. These well-appointed condominiums offer stunning ocean views and high-end amenities including HDTV, wireless internet, an exercise room, a heated indoor pool and a games room, just to name a few.

Lincoln City Oregon: Taft District

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Lincoln City was originally five separate communities. This is the third in our series focusing on one of these – Taft. Discover its fascinating past and why it makes Lincoln City such an interesting place to visit today.

Early Settlement

European immigrants appeared in the area in 1894 when North Lincoln County allowed settlement. It began as a small trading and social center for homesteaders living in the isolated area. Homesteaders often traveled by water to patronize the waterfront stores.

Allotments ran along the north end of Siletz Bay that bordered the open ocean, now 49th and 51st streets. The waterfront eventually earned the nickname “Taft Flat”, and was a popular place for get-togethers and camping.

To say the village grew slowly would be an understatement. By 1904, there was only one house and commercial ventures. In 1906, Taft earned its official name with the addition of a post office honoring President William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary of war. Retail, the post office, and fishing and logging were the only noteworthy concerns in the area for the primarily Finnish residents.

Economic Boom

This small settlement nestled on the floodplains of Schooner and Drift Creeks grew very slowly until the Roosevelt Military Highway (Highway 101) opened in the 1926. It opened the area to tourism and linked once remote communities along the Oregon Coast.

Almost overnight, everything changed. Trade moved away from the waterfront to the highway to accommodate automobile traffic. A covered bridge at Schooner Creek welcomed motorists to Taft from the north. Promoters advertised Taft as the ideal destination for a holiday and a picturesque place for a vacation home. A small economic boom ensued and the once sleepy town became a resort community for motorists.

In 1949, Taft officially became a city with a population of 498. However, the city teemed with tourists and lodging to accommodate them. The first was The Pines Hotel with a ballroom and restaurant. Later, 91 tourist cabins and two trailer courts joined the ranks on or near the waterfront.

A few of the cabins can still be seen in the southern end of Lincoln City. However, most cabins disappeared when hotels and state campgrounds appeared in the area.

Incorporation as Lincoln City

Today, the Taft archway adorned with Dungeness crabs marks the entrance to this historic waterfront area. Taft, along with 4 other districts became Lincoln City in 1965. The business district remains, with art studios, coffee and pastry shops, restaurants, and shopping. It is still a popular tourist destination, because it offers unparalleled Oregon Coast beaches, surfing, and pristine tidal pools and wildlife. The oceanfront is ideal for whale watching, digging for clams, or trapping crab.

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Some of the historic buildings still stand in the area. If you’re interested in exploring historic Taft, why not stay in a comfortable Lincoln City oceanfront rental with stunning ocean views and high-end amenities. These well-appointed condominiums offer space and comfort at a very affordable price.

Lincoln City Oregon: Delake District

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

Delake was one of the towns that sprung up after the Dawes Act in 1887 offered eighty acre allotments to Native Americans and settlers. By 1924 Delake had a post office and a general store. The Roosevelt Highway opened in 1926 making it easier for people to reach the town and the population grew quickly.

D River

You know you’re in what was once Delake when you see the “D” River. Guinness World Records recognizes it as the shortest river in the world, but its state recreation site is one of the busiest on the Oregon Coast. Its home to the spectacular, world-class Lincoln City Kite Festival scheduled for June 24th and June 25th this year. Competitors from around the globe show off their creations and skill, but anyone can join in if they register.

Delake School

The official boundary of Delake is actually seven blocks south of the river, where you’ll find the Delake School seen in the photo (courtesy North Lincoln County Historical Museum). The Lincoln Cultural Center operates there now, but when the school was completed in 1929 it was the first in the town center. It accommodated the many grade school students in the rapidly growing community. Before it was built, many students walked up to four miles to attend classes. Today, you can take an art class, what a magic show, or enjoy a special event in the facility.

Old Delake bustles with tourists now and offers modern amenities. However, the miles of sandy beaches and the sense of community remain. It’s still a great place to grab a burger, chat with a local, and experience the glory of the Oregon Coast.

Lincoln City has much to offer, including many snippets of Oregon’s colourful past. Its oceanfront is also the ideal place to watch the grey whale migration, trap a Dungeness crab, or dig for razor clams. The city offers incredibly fresh seafood, microbreweries and wineries, and untouched wildlife reserves too. If you like to fish, steelhead, bass, sturgeon and trout abound so you won’t leave empty-handed. Of course, the kids can explore the tidal pools, visit an arcade, or check out a movie at the local theater.

If you’re interested in exploring the area, why not stay in one of our Lincoln City oceanfront rentals? They’re affordable and offer all the comforts of home while you explore Lincoln City and its charms. Rentals include stunning ocean views and high-end amenities including HDTV, wireless internet, an exercise room, a heated indoor pool and a games room, just to name a few. Why stay in a stuffy, pricey hotel when you can stay in a spacious, well-appointed condominium instead?

Lincoln City Oregon: Oceanlake District

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Lincoln City Oregon has a diverse history, particularly since it is the amalgamation of 5 small towns. It now stretches along the Pacific Coast Highway for about 8 miles. However, this area was home to the Siletz band, rugged, and relatively untouched in the past.

Settlement began when fisherman came to the area for the prolific salmon stocks. Homesteaders followed soon after as the Dawes Act in 1887 offered eighty acre allotments to Native Americans and settlers. Consequently, many people began to populate the coast to forge new communities.

By 1926, the completed Roosevelt Highway provided a passable roadway between Taft and Newport, Oregon. These were very isolated areas until that time, but the new road made it much more accessible. Eventually, the Roosevelt Highway became part of coastal Highway 101, bridging the Washington, Oregon, and California coastlines.

The Beginnings of Oceanlake

Records indicate the name of one town became “Oceanlake” due to its position between Devil’s Lake and the Pacific Ocean. Apparently, they hadn’t needed a name until the post office opened in 1926.

Oceanlake, along with Delake, Taft and the communities of Cutler City and Nelscott united to become Lincoln City in 1965. Today, officials refer to the original communities as the “String of Pearls”. Each retains its brilliance and unique characteristics.

Oceanlake Today

Oceanlake did not become a city until 1945, and it is now the principle shopping district and business region of Lincoln City. Its urban renewal project widened the highway and tucked utility wires away, but it still retains its small town charm. The Oceanlake arch with sand dollars on each side marks the entrance to the area.

The snapshot from the North Lincoln County Historical Museum archives shows the old Lakeside Theater. Today, it is the Bijou theater showing classic films, befitting its Art Deco architecture and roots.

Before the antique and gift shops and a 50’s-style ice cream parlor with memorabilia, you’ll find Oceanlake sidewalks adorned with 65 artistic glass inlays. You’ll also find a statue of Abraham Lincoln here and the colonial-style Dorchester House, completed in 1935. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was home to the oldest annual political conferences in the nation.

Oceanlake and Lincoln City have much more to offer. No matter what time of the year you choose to visit, the Oregon Coast is an ideal holiday location. You can watch grey whales, go crabbing for Dungeness crab, or hire a boat for some incredible fishing. The restaurants offer fresh local fare and world-class chefs and you’ll find many microbreweries in the area too.

If you’re itching to explore, why not stay in one of our Lincoln City beach rentals? They’re the ideal spot to use as a comfortable, affordable home base while you explore Oceanlake and everything it has to offer. Rentals include stunning ocean views and high-end amenities including HDTV, wireless internet, an exercise room, a heated indoor pool and a games room, just to name a few. Why stay in a stuffy, pricey hotel when you can stay in a spacious, well-appointed condominium instead?

7 Interesting 2017 Oregon Coast Events

Oregon Coast events are diverse and fun. Of course, there are whales, spectacular scenery, and panoramic views of the Pacific, but you’ll also find the unusual. You’ll discover Oregonians love art, culture, food, and healthy activities too. Here are a few worth checking out.

Sitka Centre Artists

Jan 7 & Jan 25

The Sitka Center hosts up to 20 residents annually of all levels, across the U.S., and from other countries too. Residents stay on campus for 3 1/2 months to push through creative boundaries and chase artistic pursuits. Sitka offers artists an opportunity to work undisturbed without the distractions of daily life.

On January 7th and January 25th, you can attend presentations from artists ending and beginning the program, view their work, and listen to what drives them to create. Nestled in the forest near the Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary, a visit to the centre refreshes and inspires. Admission is free.

Artistry In Wood Show & Sale

Jan 14-Jan 15

This 25-year old event features free woodcarving demos and lectures for adults and kids. It features woodcarving, intarsia (inlaid wood), wood turning, and more and admission is free. It’s hosted in the Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

Yachats Agate Festival and Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show

Jan 14-Jan 15

Oregon Coast events are for the entire family. Do you have a rock you can’t identify? Bring it to the Yachats Agate Festival and ask the Roc Doc. Learn about fossils in the area, and bring the kids – they can dig for agates in a sandbox and take them home. Don’t stay in crowded hotel room while you’re here. Stay in one of our Oregon beach rentals, use it has your home base, and then explore the area.

Winterfest

Feb 04

Oregon events are about music too. Support local musicians with this annual fundraiser in the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort. This year’s event features high energy 3 Leg Torso from Portland, a favorite world chamber music ensemble. Influenced by tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions, their cosmopolitan musical style embraces wit and humor within thoughtful, uncommon and beautiful musical arrangements. Funds go towards the Siletz Bay Musical Festival.

Florence Crab Crack

Feb 04

Oregon events are about food, food, food! It is crab season on the Oregon Coast, so why not enjoy fresh seafood and support local food pantries? Enjoy Oregon Coast crab along with pasta, coleslaw, garlic bread, sodas, coffee and dessert.

Antique Week

Feb 11-Feb 20

You may not think about Oregon as a typical place to find antique treasures – but it is! Lincoln City and the surrounding areas offer untapped reservoirs of old finds and plenty of shops to explore. Antique week offers an opportunity to peruse the shops using a map so you don’t miss out on anything.

Cannon Beach Yoga Festival

Feb 24-Feb 27

Oregon coast events are healthy. Visit Cannon Beach, home to the iconic Haystack Rock, and partake in a weekend of yoga, meditation, music, health & wellness treatments, and festivities with world-class instructors. Choose one event, or buy a pass for the entire weekend.

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Oregon Coast events are interesting, fun, and diverse. Stay in one of our Oregon beach rentals while you’re in the area instead of a stuffy hotel. They offer the comforts of home and affordability.

Oregon Coast Vacation Homes Ideal For Holidays

Oregon Coast vacation homes open up a new way to spend your holiday, with many advantages over hotels. Many offer beachfront rentals so you can take in the breathtaking landscapes of the Oregon Coast and access Highway 101 easily to explore with ease.

Most Scenic Byways in America

If you really want to see Oregon, explore their scenic byways. You can drive or cycle these meandering Pacific Coast roads. You’ll see tide pools, waterfalls, lighthouses, shipwrecks and unusual natural phenomena such as the Devil’s Punch Bowl and the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in America.

With 363 miles of coastline, there’s plenty to explore so renting Oregon Coast vacation homes makes perfect sense. When you choose a well-equipped condo as home base you can set out on day trips, discover unique eateries, eclectic shops, and countless activities along the way.

Fabulous Food & Drink

When you’re holidaying in Oregon, expect a warm welcome and an appreciation of fresh food and tasty drinks. The local Dungeness crab, salmon, Albacore tuna and oysters rate among the world’s best and in many locations you can catch them yourself. Otherwise, the local seafood markets brim with the catch of the day, ready for you to enjoy.

There are also 172 microbreweries in Oregon including many on the coast. If you love coffee, you’ll be pleased to know a huge coffee culture exists here too.

Untouched Beaches

If you crave a quiet beach without throngs of tourists, Oregon definitely delivers. The Oregon Coast has dozens of pristine beaches, and they are all open to the public. Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach is so amazing National Geographic rated it one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world!

Beachfront rentals provide an unobstructed view of the Pacific, where you can often spot grey whales during their migration. Many times you can view miles and miles of sand without seeing another soul.

Plenty of Eco Activities

The Oregon Coast offers six wildlife refuges also harbor sea lions, seals, octopi, and countless other marine species. You can explore rocky tide pools packed with crab, anemone and starfish. If you want explore the ecology in-depth, many museums dot the coast with amazing exhibits. Private tours also exist so you can see creatures in their natural habitat and understand the conservation measures used to protect them.

Oregonians celebrate the sand, sea and wind and offer activities such as crabbing, kiting, and exploring miles of sand dunes too.

No Sales Tax

With the economy the way it is, every penny counts. Luckily for Oregon vacationers, you don’t pay sales tax which saves you plenty, especially on a family vacation. When you pay for goods or services, you pay precisely what it costs and not a penny more.

Oregon Coast Vacation Homes

Nothing beats a holiday in a place you can call home. You can bring friends and family, buy local wine, seafood, and produce and relax in a large space, instead of a cramped hotel room.

Beachfront rentals offer easy access to the ocean and fully-equipped condos. No need to pack suitcases every time you want to explore. Just rent in the Lincoln City or Depoe Bay areas and venture out as you please.

If you’re traveling with young children, you already know how challenging it can be. With a space you can call your own the kids can snack, nap, play games and watch television. You also have access to building amenities such as a games room, pool or gym. You can’t beat beachfront rentals for convenience, fun, and economy.

The Legacy of Oregon Coast Covered Bridges

Oregon Coast covered bridges are examples of a remarkable pioneer engineering feat. Cover bridges existed in Europe, but we built longer, more elegant and well-engineered structures.

In the late 18th and early 19th century, people travelled many miles to see them, write about them, and sketch them. These iconic structures still draw visitors from around the globe, because they’re truly unique and demonstrate the ingenuity and fortitude of early American settlers.

Once, about 10,000 covered bridges existed in America and around 600 in Oregon. Today, only 800 remain nationwide, and 51 still stand in Oregon. You can visit 5 of these covered bridges when you visit the scenic Oregon Coast.

The earliest Oregon covered bridges are from the 1850s, but most sprung up between 1905 and 1925. Builders used the abundant Douglas fir of the area because its long spans suited bridge construction. Covering the bridges protected them from rot from the wet Oregon climate.

In other parts of the country, the covered bridge fell aside when builders started to use iron in the 1860s and ’70s. By the 1920s and 1930s, most bridges were concrete and steel. These three covered wooden bridges bucked the trends and are available to view on the Oregon coast today.

Chitwood Bridge

You can find the Chitwood Bridge 17 miles east of Newport on Highway 20. You’d never know that Chitwood was once a bustling town with stores, homes, a post office, a dance hall and a railway station. Steam locomotives used to stop here on their trip from Yaquina to Corvallis to take on passengers, freight, water and fuel. Today it is a ghost town.

The 96 foot covered bridge was built in 1926 and restored under the federal National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program and Lincoln County in 2014. The bridge now has a new roof and siding and a new coat of bright red paint. The restoration also included extensive structural repairs.

Drift Creek

The Drift Creek Bridge has a colorful history. It was built in 1914, just south of Lincoln City. Even though officials designated it a historical memorial to the Lincoln County pioneers, it fell into disrepair. It was eventually condemned and dismantled in 1997. The County gave the timbers to a local family who own land only eight miles to the north of the original site.

Today the resurrected covered bridge frame stands in a beautiful, park-like setting on private land. The property owners granted an ongoing public easement for heritage purposes. The bridge belongs to the county, but the property owners maintain the bridge. You can access it through Bear Creek Road off Hwy. 18.

Yachats Bridge

The Yachats Bridge spans the North Fork River. It was built in 1938 and rehabilitated in 1989. It also has an interesting history. First, the community removed the roof to allow a mobile home into the area in the 1980s. Later, a fuel truck crashed through a bridge approach. The 1989 rehabilitation included replacing the weakened approaches as well as trusses, siding and the roof.

Currently, plans are in the works to rehabilitate the bridge again through the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program. Once completed, the $665,000 plus project will include replacing key components, siding, rail and paint. The bridge is 7 miles east on Yachats River Road and then 1.5 miles north on N Yachats River Road.

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If you’re interested in covered bridge, two more exist at Five Rivers and Sandy Creek. There’s no need to stay in stuffy hotels while you explore these architectural marvels. Our well-appointed Lincoln City and Depoe Bay condos offer ocean views, affordability and convenience as you explore the Oregon Coast and its heritage treasures.

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.