Maximize Your Budget on a Lincoln City Oregon Beach Vacation

One of the most appealing attributes of our Oregon coast vacation rentalsis the reasonable cost compared to packaged vacations or luxury hotels, with the added bonus of a home away from home where you can prepare your own meals and lounge out. Thanks to the natural wonders of Lincoln City, you can stretch your budget even further with free activities to keep the whole gang entertained. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a beautiful vacation in our of our comfortable beach rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon is the ideal place to get away without stressing about overspending. Just consider some of the many free activities to fill your days along Lincoln City’s magnificent stretch of coastline:

A Day on the Beach

You can spend days on the beach in Lincoln City without spending more than the cost of food, beverages, and the gas in your car. Some of the many free activities along the beach in Lincoln City include hunting for hand-crafted glass floats on the beach, taking a bike-ride on the Central Oregon Coast, exploring the tide pools at low tide, and building sand castles with the kids (or the young at heart!). Whale-watching is also a popular pastime, or if you prefer more accessible sea creatures try watching the seals in Siletz Bay. Kite-flying is another great option. Even just a walk along the beach is reason enough to make the trip – the sights and sounds of this magical coastline are indescribable. And with inexpensive fixings for hot dogs and s’mores, you can end the day with a bonfire dinner on the beach.

Get Outdoors and Get Moving

If you’re the active type, there is plenty to do in and around Lincoln City without spending a dime once you’ve bought booked your vacation rentals. Lincoln City,Oregon offers easy access to hiking at Drift Creek Falls, Spring Lake Trail, and the lower Nature Conservancy Trail at Cascade Head. If your hike stretches to Siletz Bay, the trails at Regatta Grounds Park on Devil’s Lake, Schooner Creek, Drift Creek Falls, or the Cascade Head Nature Conservancy Trail, you can also view some stunning waterfowl along the way. There are also beaver dams along the creeks feeding the Salmon River in Otis or Rose Lodge, and blacktail deer around Devils Lake. Tennis at Dorchester Park is also a popular pastime, as is skateboarding at Kirtsis Park.

Art and Culture

If you’re looking for a bit of culture while staying in one of our vacation rentals, Lincoln City, Oregon offers plenty to do – free of charge. Stop by Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio to watch the glass blowers at work, visit the North Lincoln County Historical Museum and stop by the Connie Hansen Garden for a small donation, check out the collection at Driftwood Library, or spend some time at the Vietnam Veteran’s Wall at Chinook Winds Casino. Walking or driving to the Abraham Lincoln statue on NE 21st Street near Kirtsis Park is also well worth the effort.

Tales of Intrigue to Explore in Oregon Beach Town

One of the nicest things about our Oregon beach house rentalsis their close proximity to many interesting activities and beautiful scenic views. Many popular local businesses and activities are within walking distance of our seaside Oregon vacation homes. Others are just a short drive away. If you’re into adventure, history and mystery, one activity you certainly don’t want to miss is a visit to the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. This may not seem like much of an adventure, but just wait until you hear more about some of the mysterious historical events that are documented there. One story in particular brings together local legends, a sunken pirate ship, treasure, a giant, murder, sex, and intrigue. 

Not Your Average Local Gossip

This story is documented in archives at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, where documents dating back as far as the 1800s show references to local tales of a shipwreck and an exotic giant whom natives worshipped for a short time. Eventually this area where the Salmon River dumps into the sea at a bay near Cascade Head would be settled by the Calkins family. By the 1930s Elmer Calkins, the son of those settlers, began laying the foundation for a new family homestead. This is when another legend was born, as he discovered some very mysterious human bones there.

The Science Behind the Mystery

Articles from the Los Angeles Times dating back to the 1970s describe how Elmer knew the cultural practices of local native tribes, and that he was very surprised to discover seashells buried with the remains, as this was not their custom for a burial ground. In fact, the area was reported to have been used as a garbage dump by the natives. What was even more surprising was that one of the skeletons was 8 ft. tall, although the other two were average height. When scientists studied the bones at Oregon State University, they found the “giant” was of African descent, and the other two skeletons were Caucasian. All were dated to the late 1700’s.
Local Tales of Intrigue Abound

Local historians were even more intrigued when they heard this news, according to historic documents, as they knew the old homesteaders’ tales of a “winged canoe” of epic proportions that sailed into the bay around 160 years prior. The legends maintained that all but three members of the crew – a gigantic African and two white men – wandered off into the wilderness, and that the African was worshipped by local native tribes as a god. When the appeal of his massive height and unusual coloring wore off, and they realized he was just an unusual man, they reportedly turned on him. Legend has it that they killed the three men and dumped them in their garbage pile, where many seashells also ended up. Legend also has it that many of the native children born around that time had traditionally African features.

Are you intrigued? Then you’re due for a stay in one of our majestic beach vacation rentals. Oregon offers a mysterious and beautiful coastline that has seen its share of history over the centuries. You can learn more about all these intriguing events, and more, at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. Call (541) 996-6614 for more information.

Upcoming Events for Your Last-Minute Lincoln City Stay

There are always plenty of reasons to visit Lincoln City and stay in one of our eclectic Oregon vacation homes. Even when there’s no reason it’s still just a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the scenic coast of the Pacific Northwest for a few days. As February gives way to March and spring waits around the corner, though, there are some extra incentives to book a last-minute stay in one of our beach vacation rentals. Oregon awaits, and Lincoln City is offering the following fun activities to keep you entertained as you get away from it all:

Beer and Food on February 27

The Rogue River Steakhouse, located in the Chinook Winds Casino Resort at 1777 N.W. 44th Street in Lincoln City, is hosting a Hop Valley Beer Dinner on Thursday evening at 6:30. The scrumptious pairing of craft beer and steak costs $75 per person. Call 1-888-CHINOOK for more information.   

A Weekend with Creedence Clearwater Revisited

The band, featuring the original bassist and drummer from Creedence Clearwater Revival, will also be making its way to the Chinook Winds Casino Resort. You can enjoy an evening with these talented rock musicians on Friday, February 1 or Saturday, March 1, both nights at 8 p.m., for only $25-$40.

Learn to Cook New Orleans Style

If you have a passion for cooking and eating, a visit to Lincoln City’s Culinary Center should be on your itinerary. This Saturday, March 1, Chef Sharon Wiest will be hosting a 3-hour New Orleans Cooking Demo starting at 11 a.m. for only $55. Considering that this price includes a meal and wine, it is actually quite a steal. Call (541) 557-1125 for more information.

Run, Jog or Watch the Race

Lincoln City’s 5th Annual Half Marathon and 10K race takes place this Sunday, March 2 at 9 a.m. Even if you aren’t up for participating, it’s inspiring and energizing to watch the runners make their way through the courses starting at Wapiti Park on Drift Creek Road. You just might be inspired to spend a day outdoors as a result.

Indoor Farmers & Crafters Market

If running or watching runners isn’t your thing, perhaps an indoor farmers market featuring local foods and the finest crafters in the area might be more your speed. The market takes place inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 N.E. Highway 101 on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A Colorful Cultural Experience

If you’re an art lover, you’ll definitely want to visit the Lincoln City Cultural Center while staying in one of our Oregon beach house rentals. The center’s Purely Pastel Art Exhibit is running until March 10, but there’s always something worth checking out at this vibrant cultural hub within the local community. Call (541) 994-9994 for more information. 

There’s always something going on here, and even when you’re planning last-minute there are sure to be great deals on our Oregon beach house rentals