Sea Lion Caves Provide Year Round Entertainment

There is absolutely no shortage of things to do in Lincoln City, Oregon. The restaurants, the kites, the beaches, looking for shells, heading out to the wineries, and so, so much more for those staying in Oregon beach rentals.

But if you’re looking for something new for a day trip, one truly unique place to drive to from Oregon vacation rentals is the Seal Lion Caves which are about 90 minutes from Lincoln City, just north of Florence, Oregon.

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Sand Water Coast Oregon Lincoln City Ocean Beach

Sea Lion Caves is America’s largest sea caves. It is a natural wonder, with the main cave more than twelve stories tall and a football field long.  The group of caves t is called “Sea Lion Caves” because it is the year-round home for the wonderful and entertaining sea lion. But the sea lions are always in the cave. In fact, they spend the majority of the spring and summer on the rocks outside the cave along the coast. 

But that means that if you come in the winter, you’ll be treated to the sight of hundreds of sea lions all around the caves.

What a wonderful way to spend a day or two when at Oregon coast vacation rentals!

But sea lions aren’t the only wildlife that you’ll have a chance to see when you’re at Sea Lion Caves.

Whale Off the Oregon Coast

But not only will you see sea lions in Sea Lion Caves, you’ll also be able to observe many sea birds as they fly in and out of the cave, plus, if you’re there at the right time, you’ll even see some whales off the coast. 

Now, Sea Lion Caves does require a bit of walking up and down hills and sets of stairs, so if you go there from Oregon beach vacation rentals, be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. But the sights and sounds will be very worth the effort. 

Sea Lion Caves is open year-round, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you should check their website or call ahead to make sure they’re open, and what might be going on. 

It’s just one more reason to look for beach condo rentals in Lincoln City, Oregon! 

Day Trips From Lincoln City, Oregon Beach Rentals

Lincoln City, Oregon beach rentals provide the best accommodations for your stay in Lincoln City, of course. And we’ve talked about many places to go and things to do in Lincoln City, Oregon, and within a few miles of beach condo rentals in Lincoln City, OR.

But Oregon vacation homes near Lincoln City, OR are within a short drive of many great sites and experiences that make for nice day trips. So the next time you stay in one of the many Oregon coast beach rentals in Lincoln City, OR, you might want to try one or more of these great day trips!

First we go east, toward the mountains and wine country. The towns of McMinnville, Dayton, Carlton, and Dundee are all about a one-hour drive from beach home rentals near Lincoln City, OR. In each of them you’ll find welcoming, charming downtowns with interesting shops and winery tasting rooms. But don’t just stay to the downtown area, head out into the hills to find the wineries themselves, where you can see the grapes and see where the magic happens.

Second, don’t miss the majestic lighthouses along the coast. Driving in either along the stunning Oregon coast from the Oregon vacation rentals in Lincoln City, OR will bring you to both the shortest and the tallest lighthouses on the Oregon coast — among others. 

Hiking trails and lighthouses are nearby Oregon beach vacation rentals

About an hour and a half north you’ll find the shortest, Meares Head. This is just 38 feet tall, but in its day its light could be seen 21 nautical miles across the sea. But if you go just 40 minutes south from Oregon beach vacation rentals near Lincoln City, OR, you’ll find the tallest lighthouse along the Oregon coast. This one, at Yaquina Head, stands a mammoth 93 feet tall. This lighthouse is still in use, but tours are available, as is an interpretive center. 

Also within an easy drive, visitors to Lincoln City, OR beach vacation rentals are many natural wonders that visitors shouldn’t miss. These include — but are certainly not limited to — Proposal Rock (you get one guess how it got that name!), Neskowin Ghost Forest, Munson Creek Falls, Haystack Rock, Sea Lion Caves, Cape Perpetual Scenic Area, Thor’s Well, and so many more. 

Suffice to say, while you could spend your entire vacation enjoying Lincoln City, the Oregon coast boasts enough sights and sounds and wonders to bring you back to Oregon vacation beach rentals time and time again.

Go Fly a Kite From an Oregon Beach Rental

Lincoln City, Oregon has been named the Kite Capital of the World by Kite Life Magazine, and for good reason. Those who are looking to enjoy some of the best kite flying conditions available on earth should consider Oregon Beach Rentals! Lincoln City, Oregon has some great ones available.

Normally at this time of year the Fall Kite Festival provides delightful entertainment, breath taking demonstrations, and opportunities for fun for all members of the family staying at Oregon vacation beach rentals.

Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID pandemic has caused the cancellation of the 2021 Fall Kite Festival. However, this doesn’t mean that individuals and families who came for things to do in Lincoln City, Oregon can’t enjoy some kite flying on their own.

Oregon Beach House Fall Rentals

In fact, provided all rules and recommendations about safety in the age of COVID are observed, there are ample opportunities within just a few miles of beach condo rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon are pretty much all within seven miles of the best places to fly kites. 

One of the most centrally located is the D River State Recreation Site. It is accessible from the center of Lincoln City, which makes it one of the most convenient. It is also the site of the Summer and Fall Kite Festivals — when they are held. 

But D River may be too centrally located, and therefore too crowded for COVID safety, or just for your own style of rest and relaxation when you come to stay in an Oregon coast beach rental. Lincoln City, Oregon also has beach access at NW 26th Street, and at NW 15th Street. The latter allows visitors to drive right out onto the beach, while the former will involve navigating a long set of stairs. 

Oregon Vacation Condo Rentals

A few miles north, those staying in beach home rentals near Lincoln City, Oregon can find a great spot for kite flying at Road’s End State Recreation Site. This is a bit more secluded, and provides a better opportunity for space to spread out and try new things with your kites. 

And at the other end, if you’re staying at one of the available beach condo rentals near Lincoln City, Oregon at the southern end of town, public beach access is available at Taft Waterfront Park at SW 44th Street. 

But no matter which of the many Oregon beach house rentals you stay at, you will have ample opportunity to get out and enjoy safe kite flying with your whole family.

Benefits of a Beach Vacation in Lincoln City, Oregon

With restrictions on travel relaxing, now is a great time for a beach vacation. Lincoln City, OR remains a great destination for a month, a week, or even just a weekend, of time away for some much-needed rest and relaxation. 

And the reason to book your Oregon vacation rentals at the beach aren’t just because you or a loved one “really likes the beach,” it’s also science.

There are real health and well-being benefits to staying at a beach condo rental. Lincoln City, OR is well-situated to provide all of them. 

Better Sleep

First, you’ll sleep better. The air coming off the ocean has more oxygen and is generally cleaner. This certainly is true here in Oregon. Vacation rentals are a great place for a restful night, or a quick nap on the shady porch.

Oregon beach vacation

Cleaner Air Means Better Breathing

Second, your respiratory ailments will find relief. Since the air is coming off the salty sea, the air has far fewer irritants like mold and other organisms that make breathing ailments harder to deal with. So you’ll literally breathe easier at an Oregon beach rental.

De-Stress

Third is the mental ease that comes from being near the ocean. The regular rhythm of the waves and the beauty of the sunset has a way of calming the mind and slowing the heart. You’ll destress as you slow down at your Lincoln City, Oregon lodging at the beach.

Immune System Boost

Fourth is an improved immune system. Vitamin D comes from exposure to the sun, and there are few places where sun exposure is more common than at the beach! But beyond sun exposure, sea water also helps because it is infused with magnesium, which has a number of health benefits itself.

More Exercise, Unintentionally!

And as you’re either walking along the beach, letting the gentle surf lead you on a leisurely stroll, or you’re enjoying the waves with a little swimming or playing around with family, you’ll likely get in more exercise than you intended while staying at Oregon beach vacation rentals.

So book your beach home! Lincoln City, OR is a great place to experience life and the many benefits of a beach vacation, and A-1 Beach Rentals has many great options for you to choose from among.

New Guidance Means a More Relaxed Atmosphere on the Oregon Coast

It’s a great time to check into one of A1’s beach vacation rentals. Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently issued a press release announcing that the state is loosening its COVID-19 restrictions following CDC guidance. This means that fully vaccinated people in Oregon no longer have to wear masks or physically distance except for when required by federal, state, and local regulations. Aside from certain settings such as public transportation, nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare centers, vaccinated people in Oregon are free to go out to places such as restaurants and entertainment venues without a mask and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. For those who have been fully vaccinated, it’s a wonderful time to get out and enjoy everything the Oregon coast has to offer without impediments. Here are a few ideas to inspire you if you’re ready to visit Lincoln City and enjoy this new relaxed atmosphere safely and comfortably.

Take in a Live Show

Live entertainment has always been a popular reason for booking our beach house rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon saw its live venues shut their doors in the last year, but now that restrictions are loosening there are events popping up around town. Chinook Winds Casino Resort has a schedule of upcoming events, while bars and restaurants such as Beachcrest Brewing Company and Marci’s Bar & Bistro are offering live entertainment for their patrons outdoors and now indoors as well. Upcoming performances such as The Perry Gerber Duo live at Beachcrest Brewing Company on May 22 are sure to draw a crowd.     

Appreciate Local Art

Lincoln City has long been known as an artists’ town with many opportunities to view and purchase locally made artworks. While virtual events have pretty much been the only option during the last year, art is better enjoyed in person rather than on a computer screen, whether it’s blown glass, pottery, paintings, or sculptures. Now you can see it all when staying in one of A1’s beach vacation rentals. Lincoln City visitors and locals alike are sure to enjoy upcoming events such as the Art on the Edge 2021 self-guided art tour of well-known visual artists’ studios.

Enjoy a Delicious Meal

The Oregon coast offers a bounty of fresh produce and seafood, so local restaurants have a wealth of resources to work with and visitors have a variety of dining options to choose from. Whether you want to sample a flight of wine and cheese pairings, enjoy locally sourced seafood chowder, or try some freshly prepared Mexican or Thai cuisine, Lincoln City’s culinary masters have you covered. And now that masking and social distancing restrictions are being lifted for vaccinated people in Oregon, the atmosphere is going to be much more relaxed.

Five Nearby Cities to Visit While Staying in Lincoln City, Oregon

There is so much to do when you’re staying in one of A1’s beach house rentals in Lincoln City, Oregon. Frequent visitors know that Lincoln City is famous for things like kite-flying, fresh seafood, saltwater taffy, and hand-crafted glass floats on the beach. It would be easy to spend a week here and do something different every day without leaving town or even leaving the beach area. But there are many nearby towns in Lincoln County and surrounding counties that are well worth visiting next time you stay in one of our beach vacation rentals. Oregon coastal towns and inland villages such as Depoe Bay, Newport, Pacific City, Siletz, and Toledo should be on the top of your list. 

  1. Depoe Bay

If you’re staying in one of our beach condo rentals in Lincoln City, it’s only a short drive south along the 101 to this charming bayside village in Lincoln County. The bay itself is a six-acre harbor that attracts many visitors, as it is known as “the smallest navigable harbor” with some of the best whale watching opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. It is home to the Whale Cove Habitat Refuge, Dockside Charters and Whale Watching Tours, and several scenic viewpoints.

  • Newport

The city of Newport, Oregon is definitely worth a visit if you’re in this part of the world. Newport is home to the famously recognizable Yaquina Bay Bridge, the Yaquina Bay State Park with its famous lighthouse built in 1871, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and a beautiful basalt rock beach where a variety of marine life and sea birds can be seen.

  • Pacific City

While Pacific City is technically an unincorporated community in Tillamook County, its more than 1,000 residents certainly consider it their hometown. This delightful place is known for the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area and is home to the Twist Wine Company and Pelican Brewing. Pacific City is only a 30-minute drive north from Lincoln City, so it can easily be added to your itinerary while visiting.

  • Siletz

If you drive about 45 minutes southeast of Lincoln City on Route 229 you will find yourself in Siletz, which is perfectly positioned on the Siletz River in Lincoln County’s coastal mountain range. Every August the Nesika Illahee Pow Wow takes place at the nearby Siletz Reservation, so it is a great place to learn about local Native American cultures and traditions. It is also known as a “fisherman’s paradise” so anglers will definitely want to pay a visit.   

  • Toledo

The city of Toledo, Oregon is a somewhat longer drive from Lincoln City, but if you’re already visiting Newport it’s only about 10 minutes east on Route 20 and well worth adding to your day trip itinerary. Toledo sits on the Yaquina River and is home to the Yaquina River Museum of Art and the Port of Toledo. It was also a finalist in the 2009 All America City Award competition and is a fine example of a quintessential American town.

These five cities are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to possible day trips from Lincoln City. This part of the Oregon coast boasts many charming towns and cities as well as lakes, mountains, and other natural wonders. Book your beach house rental and start planning today!

Recurring Outdoor Events Bring Weekly Fun Back to Lincoln City, Oregon

Recurring events have long brought visitors to Lincoln City’s beach house rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon has had to put most of these events on hold over the last year, but we’re glad to announce that several of the city’s most popular recurring events are back this spring and summer. Outdoor tours, fairs, and markets are among the first recurring events to return due to the relative safety of gathering in the open air. Outdoor events are also among the most popular activities in Lincoln City that attract many visitors to local beach vacation rentals. Oregon coast visitors and locals alike are welcome to explore these fun outdoor events this spring and summer:

Artisan Faire at Salishan

Shopping is one of the most popular pastimes for guests of our beach vacation rentals. Lincoln City is an excellent destination for a wide range of shopping from major name outlets to independently owned craft shops. The Artisan Faire at The Salishan Marketplace offers an opportunity to partake in a day of artisanal shopping with the area’s best local vendors all in one place. The Artisan Faire will return to Salishan (located at 7755 N. Hwy 101 in Gleneden Beach) on May 7 and take place every Friday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM as long as the weather permits until November 13. Many of the items for sale are handmade and/or one-of-a-kind, so you’re sure to find something unique for yourself or a gift for someone special. 

Haunted Taft Spring Tours

The Haunted Taft Tour is among the most popular activities around Halloween time, but organizers were not able to walk large groups through the historic Taft district last autumn like they normally would. The tours are back this spring and summer, though, and all you ghost hunters out there are now invited to book your spot on this spooky adventure. The walking tours will take place every Saturday night from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM between April 17 and June 26 for guests at least eight years of age. Make sure to book in advance and learn more at HauntedTaft.com, bring your face masks, be ready for the evening weather, and brace yourself for a trip through haunted locations with plenty of ghost stories along the way.

Lincoln City Farmers & Crafters Market

The Lincoln City Farmers & Crafters Market is back by popular demand! This beloved outdoor market will return to the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Highway 101 on Sunday, May 16. The farmer’s and crafter’s market will then return every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (weather permitting) until October 24. Remember to bring your face mask and your appetite for delicious local foods and unique local goods, and as always please stay home if you aren’t feeling well.

There is plenty to look forward to in Lincoln City, Oregon this summer. If you plan on visiting to enjoy any or all of these recurring outdoor events, just make sure to book your beach house rentals as soon as possible, as weekends are always a popular time to visit. We look forward to welcoming you to Lincoln City soon!

Beach House Rentals Booking Up as Limited Events Return to Lincoln City

Spring is here, summer is on the horizon and Oregon beach house rentals are steadily booking up on the Coast as more outdoor and indoor events are being planned and announced. With Lincoln City slowly reopening as the weeks go by, it’s a perfect time to book your beach vacation rentals. Oregon has seen many limitations on travel and recreation in the past year or so, but visitors are currently welcome to book lodging and partake in a variety of events and pastimes. Guests are encouraged to book now and make the most of the upcoming summer fun happening on the Oregon Coast!  

Sampling of Spring & Summer Events in Lincoln City, Oregon

The following events signal a shift towards normalcy in Lincoln City and throughout the Oregon Coast. More importantly, these events should be a whole lot of fun. Just remember to bring your face masks and try to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from people not in your party so everyone can enjoy these activities safely and comfortably.

  • Great Oregon Coast Garage Sale. If you love garage sales, this 3-day event is for you! All sorts of unique treasures and amazing deals will be available from Friday, April 16 to Sunday, April 18 thanks to this citywide event hosted by the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce. Visit LCChamber.com or stop by the Lincoln City Chamber Facebook page for a detailed map. More information is also available by calling (541) 994-3070. 
  • Late Night Comedy on the Coast. Chinook Winds Casino Resort is hosting its Comedy on the Coast series once again, bringing laughs and good times to this popular venue that attracts locals and visitors alike. The 2021 comedy series will kick off with upcoming shows on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 featuring headliner Derek Richards, opening act Jeff Bodart and host Alfonso Ochoa. (This is a 21+ event.)
  • June Free Fishing Days 2021. Fishing fanatics should mark their calendars for June 5 and 6 to take advantage of two free days on the Oregon Coast. Those wishing to clam, crab or fish on the Oregon Coast normally need a license, tag and/or endorsement to fish for any given amount of time. On free fishing days, though, all you need is your equipment and some free time! All bag limits and area restrictions still apply. Visit MyODFW.com or contact the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife at (503) 947-6000 for more information.

Accommodations to Suit Every Visitor’s Needs

With properties ranging from cozy Oregon beach condo rentals to 5-bedroom vacation homes, there are lodging options to suit the wants and needs of virtually any single visitor or group. Don’t wait too long to book your stay and make your spring or summer plans, though, as properties are booking up fast. Call (503) 232-5984 or simply book your stay at www.A1BeachRentals.com today!

More Parks and Outdoor Spaces Reopening in Lincoln City Oregon

Spring is approaching in Lincoln City and it’s a great time to book your beach house rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon is currently open for lodging, shopping with safety restrictions, outdoor dining, beach access, city parks, and other open spaces. State parks are also reopening, including the popular Devil’s Lake Campground that is finally taking reservations for April after a yearlong closure. A1’s variety of beach house rentals offer an even safer option with enhanced cleaning and private spaces, so whether you stay close to the beach with loved ones or venture out to the parks and hiking trails, you’re in for a treat. Here are a few outdoor options to consider as you plan your Oregon coast getaway.

Beaches, Parks, and Other Public Spaces  

Once you’re booked into your beach vacation rentals, Lincoln City will offer an abundance of outdoor recreation options to explore including hiking trails, boat ramps, swimming spots, and picnic areas. Of course, there are 7½ miles of beaches ranging from pleasant coves to rugged overlooks with plenty of open spaces to walk, sit, and explore. There are also 23 city-owned parks including Sand Point Park, Spring Lake, Agnes Creek, Taft Waterfront Park, Siletz Bay Park, Cutler City Wetlands, and many more. And then there are the Oregon State Parks, which unfortunately saw longer closures due to staffing losses after camping was closed down on the Oregon coast more than a year ago. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department is finally rehiring personnel, though, and state parks are resuming full operations as soon as possible. Visitors are just asked to adhere to state restrictions, stay home if ill, stay six feet apart from those not in your household, and take other precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy as we enjoy the Great Outdoors. 

Abundant Options for Outdoor Dining

While many visitors prefer to prepare meals in their beach vacation rentals, Oregon coastal eateries are known for fresh and bountiful Pacific Northwest cuisine that is well worth exploring. It’s safe and fun to dine al fresco with outdoor seating that maximizes the beautiful outdoor scenery, and with tents and heat lamps visitors can enjoy a comfortable dining experience regardless of the weather. It’s also a treat to bring takeout to the deck of your beach house rental or enjoy a meal indoors by the fire with ocean views beyond your window. The outdoor dining and takeout options in Lincoln City including local breweries, wine bars, sports bars, fine dining, authentic ethnic cuisines, and more. There’s a lot to look forward to this spring and even more in the summer. There’s no time like the present to book your beach house rentals in Lincoln City and start dreaming of an Oregon coast getaway with plenty of time outdoors.

Winter is Time to Watch Sunsets from Lincoln City’s Beach House Rentals

Getting away to one of Oregon’s beautiful beach house rentals might seem like a typical summertime activity, but winter is the best time to watch sunsets on Lincoln City’s shores. And if you’re watching a winter sunset, what better place to watch it from than a gorgeous and cozy condo or beach house? Winter weather can be wet and chilly, but the sunsets can be extra beautiful, so it’s the perfect time to book a socially distanced getaway on the Oregon Coast. There are so many beach condo rentals and beach houses to choose from in Lincoln City that it would be a shame to let this winter sunset season pass without enjoying it.

What Makes Winter Sunset Season Special

Summer might be a pleasant time to watch a sunset outdoors, but the wondrous winter sky makes for an even better sunset when you can watch it from indoors. Rainbows of yellow, gold, orange, pink, purple, and varied shades of blue often dance across the sky and reflect upon the water in the winter months. The Oregon coast is already spectacular in the winter because of the surging and crashing waves, dramatic storms, and king tides found mere steps away from many beach vacation rentals. Oregon sunset watchers are treated to a particularly special show in the winter because the lowering sunlight takes longer to pass through the atmosphere and disappear behind the horizon. These slow sunsets on the Oregon coast can even feature red and violet lights scattering across the horizon more brightly than in other locations where the air pollution can dim the colors. The faster air circulation in the winter also makes the colors that much brighter than the more pastel shades typical of summer sunsets.

Tips for Oregon Winter Sunset Watchers

Booking a beach condo rental with a view is the first step towards an excellent opportunity for winter sunsets on the Oregon coast. Lincoln City is ideally located on the northern end of the central Oregon coast and A1 Beach Rentals offers an array of options, ranging from cozy condos that are perfect for couples and singles to sizeable beach houses with room for large families. Many of these rentals even offer floor to ceiling windows with unobstructed ocean views. It’s ideal to book a multi-night stay, however, to ensure a good chance of a bright and relatively cloud-free sunset at least one of the nights. Even a cloudy day can yield a beautiful sunset, though, as long as there is a break in the clouds. When a break in the clouds comes just in time for a line of sun to break through, it can bring one of the most stunning sunsets you’ll ever see. Bring a camera, or just your mental camera, and sit back and enjoy with a nice beverage and a fire going in the background.  

Contact A1 Beach Rentals today to book one of these fabulous beach house rentals. Then you can relax and look forward to enjoying gorgeous winter sunsets in cozy comfort.