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.

For more information about available vacation rentals in Lincoln City, visit Keystone at

Cooking in a Vacation Condo

One of the many benefits of vacationing in a condo is the kitchen. Many of Keystone Vacation Rental’s properties have luxury kitchens complete with stainless steel and granite.

At the same time, it is a vacation, and most of us probably don’t want to slave all day in the kitchen. We are compiling a list of our favorite tips on cooking in vacation condos. Check them out on our Pinterest board, Cooking in a Vacation Condo.

Our staff’s favorite tip so far:

Bring freezer meals. Do most of the cooking at home, and use the condo kitchen to cook and serve already prepared foods. You can also buy a prepared freezer or refrigerated meals for an easy alternative that is still cheaper than eating out. (We love Costco for these stock-ups, although you’ll need to plan ahead as there isn’t one in Lincoln City.) Want a list of make-at-home foods that are proven to pack well and please the family? This article, from, is a great starting point.

Fogarty Creek State Park

As a child, I remember my parents taking me to the coast time and time again and out of those many trips one particular beach was always been a top contender for ‘favorite spot on the coast’. It’s name, Fogarty Creek. About a half mile from our Village at North Pointe condos, this cove is perfect for travelers of all ages as it offers sand, surf, a creek and a large rock to climb up.

Out of curiosity I did some research about the park and how it got its name.  Below is an article written by Niki Price that I thought was informative and shed some light on Fogarty Creek’s history.

John  J. Fogarty was a distinguished judge, a businessman and a Lincoln County pioneer. He might have liked a county building, a courthouse or  even a scholarship to bear his name. Instead, Fogarty has been  memorialized by a waterway, and then a state park, at the very spot  where he fell, fully clothed, into the creek.

That place is Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, on Hwy. 101 just north of Depoe Bay. A favorite rest stop since the 1950s, this Oregon State Park is carved  from a forest of spruce, hemlock, pine and alder, and offers a covered  gazebo and wind-sheltered picnic tables. Two paths, one on either side  of the creek, lead under the highway to a small ocean cove. In the  center is a formation that is commonly called Rabbit Rock, which at high  tide provides spouting horns and wave wonders, and at low tide can even  be climbed.

It’s a playground for wildlife, too. The Oregon Coast  Birding Trail marks Fogarty Creek as a good place to spot winter wren,  song sparrow, dark-eyed junco, spotted towhee and hairy woodpecker,  throughout the year. Migrants include a number of warblers, like the  Wilson’s and the hermit. For the past five years, a conveniently open  snag on the south side of the cove has been home to a nesting pair of  bald eagles. Down in the rocks, in the intertidal zone, wander gulls,  sanderlings and black oystercatchers. Beachwalkers, and patrons at the  neighboring Surfrider Resort, see harbor seals resting on Rabbit Rock, or seal pups resting on the beach.

The  cove is popular with anglers casting for surf perch, and for  rockhounds, searching the gravelly beds for agates. During minus tides,  the mudstone beds to the north become beautifully sculpted tidepools  that give way to mussels, starfish, limpets and anemones (the next set  of very low tides will begin around 4 p.m. Feb. 15). And then there are  the derelict picnic tables, which some ambitious folks lugged to the  beach but apparently forgot to drag back. Today, one lies tilted in the  creek along with the drift logs. It has all the necessary amenities,  except one: the bronze plaque, or even the painted sign, that tells the  steady stream of visitors about John J. Fogarty. He was born in  Ireland, in 1852. After the death of his father, the young John and his  mother immigrated to the United States. He lived in Indiana, Ohio and  California before settling in Oregon in 1884. Fogarty purchased a tract  of land in South Beach, near the present location of the Newport  Municipal Airport.

From 1906 to 1910, he served on the Lincoln  County Commission, and later served as a judge of the circuit court.  Fogarty died in 1923, but left behind several children. His ancestors  are still listed in the Lincoln County phone book, and some may even  live on Fogarty Street, in Newport.

According to “Pioneer History of North Lincoln County,” compiled by the  North Lincoln Pioneer and Historical Association in 1951, the waterway  between Lincoln Beach and Depoe Bay was originally known as Salmon  Creek.

Then, one Sunday in 1903, “Mr. Fogarty, then a county  commissioner, came wearing his Sunday clothes to look over a possible  site for a bridge across the creek. He lost his footing and had to take  an ‘unscheduled swim.’ The other homesteaders wouldn’t let John Fogarty  forget his ducking, and began calling the creek by his name.”

Then  again, perhaps a plaque could wait. Another version of the story, told  much later in a magazine, says Judge Fogarty fell off his horse into the  water. One more, graciously located for the TODAY by Anne Hall,  director of the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, has evidence  that the judge was looking for a place to build a cabin, rather than a  bridge. But the jist is the same.

“He was wearing his best clothes  at the time, and according to his son, his friends and neighbors thought  it was funny and never let him forget it. That’s why they began calling  the creek ‘Fogarty Creek,’” Hall wrote last week.

There’s yet  another story, found among references as respected as “Oregon Geographic  Names,” that contends it was not the judge, but his son (also called  John, but who was generally called Jack Fogarty, or Captain Jack) who  made the splash.

Sounds like the plaque might have to wait. But  maybe it’s a fitting lineage for a place that is so full of fun. When we  asked the Oregon Coast TODAY Facebook community for input, they  responded with stories of weddings, picnics and family vacations. One  reader reminded us that the beach picnic and football scene in  “Sometimes a Great Notion” was filmed there in 1969.

Tamara Merry  had a memorable first date at Fogarty Creek, more than 20 years ago.  They were looking at the waves, feeling romantic, when a hail storm  suddenly erupted.

“We ran as fast as we could for cover, and I  slipped and slid all over the little bridge there. I was soaking wet and  extremely embarrassed, but hid my embarrassment with laughter. To this  day, my wonderful husband of almost 16 years says that’s when he ‘fell’  for me!” And somewhere, from out in the ether of coastal history, Judge Fogarty chuckled.

More information about this article can be found at

Thanksgiving at the Oregon Coast

Thanksgiving kicks off one of the most celebrated holiday seasons of the year.  Year after year many families travel to the Oregon Coast to visit family, see friends or just unwind and relax.  For those who will be making the trip or the families that may be still be giving it some thought, here are some activities you may be interested in.

  • On November 29th – Thanksgiving Holiday Special Glass Art Drop (part of Finders Keepers) of 100 hand-crafted glass art pieces – floats, sand dollars or crabs – along the 7.5 miles of Lincoln City beaches, weather and ocean conditions permitting. FMI 800-452-2151
  • Community Tree Lighting Celebration (November 29th) at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Lighted tree, choir music, refreshments, make-and-take ornaments and a visit from Santa!
  • Whale of a Christmas in Depoe Bay (December 7th) – Amidst festive decorations and carolers, the Depoe Bay Christmas tree is lit. Join us for this truly magical event.
  • Johnny Wheels & The Lincoln City Rollers (November 30th) at 9:00 PM at the Snug Harbor Bar and Grill

Keystone Vacation Rentals hopes everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Restaurants in Lincoln City

Looking for a special restaurant for a holiday, birthday or romantic dinner? The Blackfish Cafe features fresh seafood and rotates seasonally to use the freshest ingredients. Owner and chef Rob Pounding is a Certified Executive Chef who has won numerous awards and prepared a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York.

Be sure to check out our list of other great Lincoln City Restaurants on Pinterest, as well as other great things to do and see on the Central Oregon coast.

Coffee in Lincoln City

Good coffee is quintessential Northwest, and Lincoln City does not disappoint.

Pirate Coffee Company has locations in both Depoe Bay and Lincoln City. Winning the 2013 “best of the best” on the Central Oregon Coast, this is a must for coffee lovers.

Try Mojo Coffee while out and about, or stop and sip at Beachtown Coffee. Grab lunch with your coffee at the Pacific Grind Cafe, or stick to a familiar standby with Starbucks.

If you would prefer, enjoy a cup from the quiet of your own luxury oceanfront vacation condo. All Keystone Vacation Rentals condos come equipped with coffee makers to savor your favorite brew.

Five Towns That Became One – The History of Lincoln City

Thought it would be fun to post some information from the Oregon Encyclopedia about the history of Lincoln City.  With so many travelers coming each year to our vacation rentals, it is sometimes nice to know a little about the history of where so many spend their leisure time.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, a string of small beach towns with their own distinctive beginnings and characters grew up in north Lincoln County. Decades later, five of the towns—Taft, Oceanlake, Delake, Nelscott, and Cutler City—consolidated to form Lincoln City.

Taft originated as the “allotment” of Sissie (1859-1931) and Jakie Johnson (1859-1933), Siletz Indians whose allotment was compensation for reservation lands taken by the Dawes Act of 1887. With its location on Siletz Bay, which gave the town access to the ocean, and the Siletz River, which provided transportation inland, Taft became the center of the area’s social and economic life.

Oceanlake began as a campground owned by Herbert Rexroad and Edgar L. Hoyt. The tract was registered as Devils Lake Park in the mid-1920s. Another tract, owned by the Catholic Church, was called Raymond, after the church’s pastor. In 1926, when a post office was established, Mrs. H.E. Warren officially named the town Oceanlake because it was situated between the ocean and the lake.

Early Delake residents included Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hostetler, who bought Indian allotment land in 1910, and the brothers Alvin and Harry Thorpe. There is some speculation about the origin of the name of Delake. Some claim that early Finnish homesteaders would say, “I’m going to de lake,” and the phrase became the name. In another, the d and e constitute a French word meaning “by”—hence, the area “by the lake.”

Nelscott had a very different beginning. In the early 1900s, storeowner Charles P. Nelson glimpsed a lovely valley gently sloping to the ocean. Years later, when he and Dr. W.G. Scott searched for land to develop, they found it for sale and purchased it. Combining their last names, they formed the Nelscott Land Company, and the town of Nelscott was born.

Cutler City, the third townsite in north Lincoln County, was originally part of an allotment inherited by Charlie Depoe, a Siletz Indian. The land was sold to Mary and George E. Cutler, who established a townsite on June 4, 1913. On March 10, 1930, the town officially became Cutler City when a post office named in honor of the Cutlers was established.

When rapid population growth in the 1950s and the subsequent need for improved water distribution, sewers, and fire protection could not be met by each town individually, the towns began to talk about consolidation. In December 1964, after many failed attempts, the five towns voted to consolidate as one city; and on March 3, 1965, they officially incorporated as Lincoln City. The name was chosen from a newspaper ballot of five of the most popular names considered, which included Miracle Beach, Miracle City, Surfland, and Holiday Beach.

That year, sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington donated a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln to the new city. Although the birth of Lincoln City was slow and painful for some, the statue’s dedication by Governor Mark O. Hatfield marked a new beginning for the five towns that had become one.

Written by: Anne Hall

A New Addition To Our Lincoln City, Oregon Vacation Rentals!

Introducing one of our newest additions to our Pacific Winds condos, Starfish Escape! This beautiful sleep six vacation rental is a top floor corner condo that features an open floor plan and private hot tub. You can view more about this condo at Starfish Escape – Keystone Vacation Rentals

Top Five Fall Things to Do on the Oregon Coast

1. Walks on the beach. Beach access is a short 75 yards from our oceanfront condos.

2. Storm watching. Storms are the perfect time to get some great ocean photos.

3. Participate in local events, such as the Italian Fall Harvest Demo class at the Lincoln City Cultural Center

4. Whale watching from the patio or balcony of your luxury oceanfront condo in Lincoln City or Depoe Bay.

5. Holiday shopping. Chose from the Tanger Outlets, local antique stores, art galleries and more.