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Spring Brings Things to Do on the Oregon Coast

Oregon Beach House Rentals

Spring is back in the air in the Pacific Northwest. That means prime vacation time for a great beach vacation rental. Lincoln City, Oregon lodging boasts many of these.

Whether you’re looking for beach condo rentals or beach home rentals, you’ll find a property to suit your needs. And there are loads of things to do in Lincoln City, Oregon as spring sets in. All of them are within an easy drive of great beach rentals.

Oregon Beach House Rentals

If you’re looking to get down and stroll along the beach, make it a special search and find mission! Local glass artisans make special glass floats which they then hide all along our seven miles of beach year round. The year-round event is called “Finders Keepers,” because that’s exactly how it goes: if you find a treasure, it’s yours to keep! More floats, and special ones, are produced and hidden near special occasions and holidays. So get out and find your special, one-of-a-kind souvenir! 

If you’re staying at an Oregon coast beach vacation rental, this may mean just walking out your door and right down to the sand — you may even spy the artisans hiding their treasures!

Also all along the beach, and all year round, is an exciting and interesting beach combing experience. The Pacific Ocean is very generous, and it is known for sharing its own treasures. The trained eye can find natural treasures like gem stones, agates, petrified wood, jasper, and other coastal jewels. 

So when you book Oregon coast vacation rentals, bring along your sharp eye and your beach walking shoes. You never know what unique treasures you’ll go home with.

Whale Off the Oregon Coast

But wonderful sights can be found if you raise your eyes also. If you head to one of the great vantage points along the coast you’ll be able to look out for the thousands of grey whales passing by.

In the fall these majestic creatures migrate south to Mexico to breed, and then come spring they are migrating north again to Alaska. Oregon coast vacation rentals give visitors the best opportunity for spotting their backs, tails, and spouts as they make their biannual trek. 

The higher you get the better view you’ll have, and a good set of binoculars could come in handy to see this special show.

Spring also is a great time to visit the Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy. This public access garden is open year round, but spring brings some of the most spectacular blooms. Stop by and let the glorious spring blooms fill your mind and their sweet smells fill your nostrils. 

You won’t believe how many varieties of rhododendron the Hansen Garden keeps. And they’re perfectly framed by azaleas, and irises. All of these love to flower in spring and into the summer. Don’t miss it!

All of this natural beauty is available when you stay nearby at Oregon beach rentals near Lincoln City, Oregon. Book your stay online or by calling 503-232-5984 soon!

Sometimes You Just Want Takeout at your Beach Vacation Rentals

We get it: there are times when you’re on vacation when you don’t want to go out to dinner, no matter how good the restaurants are. The weather may not be pleasant, or you may just want to spend more time with family and friends (or alone!) at your beach home rentals! Lincoln City, Oregon has you covered on that score, as well.

We’ve written about the great dining options near Oregon vacation rentals — Lincoln City, Oregon has its fair share of them. But what about great takeout options? Great restaurants don’t always mean great takeout options.

Well if you’re staying at beach vacation rentals near Lincoln City, Oregon, you’re in luck. 

We’d like to share with you some of the great takeout options nearby when you’re staying at Oregon beach rentals.

The first we’ll mention is Tastebuds Bistro. Tastebuds offers a wide array of delicious breakfast options. For lunch and dinner they have an array burgers and enormous sandwiches, as well as scratch-made soups and generous salads. They’re easy to get to, and the price is right. Your tastebuds will thank you!

Another great takeout option is Best Thai. If you like Thai food, this one is Best! (Sorry, easy joke). Best Thai offers all of the great Thai food options you expect — fresh flavors, hearty curries, soups with flavors that just burst in your mouth. One reviewer called Best Thai, “Thai comfort food.” Give them a chance when you’re staying at Oregon vacation homes near Lincoln City, Oregon and you will not be disappointed! 

A third option is The Grill 1646. From Thai comfort food to all-American comfort food. Burgers, hot dogs, gyros, wings, and subs. You won’t be left hungry! And with their takeout options you can order an adult beverage for pickup, like beer or a hard seltzer. Be sure to look through the list — you might find something you’ve never had before and really like!

Our fourth great takeout option is Gallucci’s Pizzeria. This isn’t just a pizza delivery or pickup place, it is a classic pizzeria — soda served in pitchers, an arcade room, the whole nine yards. Their takeout options are even more than you’d expect from such a place: all of the great pizza pie options you’re looking for, plus appetizers, sandwiches, pasta dishes, soups, and salads! Guaranteed satisfaction for everyone in the family! And who doesn’t love when the smell of a great pizza fills the air at your beach condo rentals? 

Sandgate Oregon Beach Rental

There are lots of other options for takeout among the things to eat and things to do in Lincoln City, Oregon. So when you’re staying in one of our many beach rentals along the Oregon coast, try out some of the local cuisine. You’ll want to come back just to try another one!  Book your stay today!

Great Board Games for Family Vacations

Sometimes when you’re out on vacation you just want to stay in, order takeout, and do something together. This can especially be true when you stay in comfortable, homey beach vacation rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon has many of them.

And even though there are so many amazing things to do in Lincoln City, Oregon, we understand the impulse to have “a night in.” 

Or, if you had plans for an outdoor excursion, but the weather doesn’t quite cooperate, you’ll be glad you’re staying in one of the great beach home rentals near Lincoln City, Oregon.

And during those nights in, many families enjoy a good board game to pit wits, test strategies, inspire conversation, and just have a good time together. Here are some suggestions for board games that would be a hit during a comfortable evening in Oregon vacation rentals.

First is Ticket to Ride. This comes in two versions, one featuring a game map of the United States and the other a game map of Europe. Players take turns building railroads and completing routes between far-flung destinations. The game is for 2 to 5 players, and it gets more complex and difficult with more players. But it is fast-paced, and groups can play multiple sessions in one evening. The drawback is this is a large-box game, so it would be better suited to those who drive to their Oregon coast beach house rentals.

Our second suggestion is Mille Bornes, which is a fairly old card game. Players draw cards and attempt to “travel” 1000 miles more quickly than their opponents. But opponents can cause havoc on the roadway or cause each other to run out of gas, or other calamity. This comes in a small enough box that it can be suitable for air travel, but since it is a game about driving, perhaps you should insist on making the breathtakingly beautiful drive to your beach condo rentals!

A third suggestion is Unexploded Cow. This is the most easily packed game among all of our suggestions, so it can travel with you no matter how you come to your Oregon beach vacation rentals. In Unexploded Cow you amass herds of mad cows and march them through the French countryside in search of unexploded ordnance from the First and Second World Wars. When one of your cows explodes, you get money. It’s a very fun game for groups of two to six, and each round goes only about 25 minutes.

Our fourth and final suggestion is Settlers of Catan. A global sensation when released, it pits settlers against each other to have the most dominant settlement on a deserted island. This game can be somewhat more cutthroat than the others, so it is a great one for families and friends who like some more intense competition over something that ultimately doesn’t matter — so it’s great for a “night in” at your cozy, homey beach home rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon has a lot to recommend it as a destination, and our many beach rentals are on that list!

So be sure to book your stay today!

Christmas Vacation On The Oregon Coast

You still have time to book a relaxing getaway Christmas time vacation in an Oregon beach rental! Lincoln City, OR welcomes visitors year-round who are looking for a place to relax, take in nature, and experience some top-notch entertainment and shopping experiences.

Some beach vacation rentals in Lincoln City, OR even take care of decorating for you, presenting a well-appointed, welcoming atmosphere for your holiday festivities. You get to stay in a beach condo rental, and the host takes care of the decorating!

But apart from the comfortable and clean vacation rentals, Lincoln City, OR has many other reasons to stay in town during the holidays — whether Hannukah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice, or whatever your holiday — Lincoln City events don’t stop. 

Various venues have musical acts or productions of the musical Elf, Jr. to entertain. Many local shops have special holiday displays and sales, and some local organizations host bazaars where one-of-a-kind items may be found for that hard-to-shop-for person who seemingly has everything.

But entertaining shows and excellent shopping aren’t the only reason to stay for the season at an Oregon vacation rental. There are many other things to do in Lincoln City, Oregon. Don’t forget: nature doesn’t take a holiday.

And the Oregon coast is a marvelous place to experience nature. December frequently presents some of the most spectacular winter storms you’ll see anywhere. The clouds, the stormy seas, the wind howling all present an opportunity to enjoy some hot cocoa in your cozy Oregon vacation beach rental with loved ones. 

Or you might go for a stroll along the beach when the weather is calm and the seas are gently lapping along the shore — there is little more relaxing than the sound of the sea, with gulls calling overhead. And who knows, you may even spot a whale! 

Beach home rentals along with the Oregon oceanfront property often give a great view to see whales flippering or even breaching! 

December holidays provide lots of reasons to book your stay at Oregon coast vacation rentals, whether you’re coming to spend a quiet, low-stress holiday, or just coming to get away and relax. Don’t miss the opportunity! Book today.

“Washed Ashore” Exhibit Welcomes Visitors From Oregon Beach Rentals

Mild year-round weather means there’s never a bad time for an Oregon beach vacation rental. Lincoln City, OR offers many activities and attractions during the fall and winter. And with temperatures staying well above freezing even in the coldest part of winter, there is never a worry about the outdoors around your beach condo rental being too cold for pleasant outdoor activities.

One outdoor activity that you shouldn’t miss, and it won’t be too far from most beach home rentals near Lincoln City, OR, is the temporary “Washed Ashore” exhibit. This exhibit is a collection of large sculptures made using materials — debris, trash, and many items that were lost at sea or simply discarded —  that were found along Oregon beaches.

The sculptures have natural themes, as in a large bald eagle with its wings spread, a parrot fish, a marlin, a penguin, and other aquatic animals. 

The sculptures have traveled the country, including being displayed for a time at the Smithsonian, but they are back home in Oregon, along the coast where the debris was originally found. 

When you rent Oregon vacation homes you are just a short drive away from this cool display with a message of environmental responsibility. The display will be available, free of charge, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, which is centrally located along highway 101.

Incidentally, the Lincoln City Cultural Center is a great place to find art exhibits, and art classes, all year round. This “Washed Ashore” exhibit is just the current installation. So be sure to include it in your plans whenever you rent lodging in Lincoln City, Oregon.

You’re also a short drive, or even just a short walk, from the beaches where some of this debris was collected when you stay at Oregon vacation beach rentals. Lincoln City, OR has some beautiful beaches that are suitable for walking year-round, even in the winter. Even the coolest time of day isn’t too cool to stroll along the beach while wearing a jacket, and perhaps sipping on some coffee or hot cocoa. 

So don’t let the onset of winter keep you from visiting Oregon vacation rentals! There are lots of winter-time things to do in Lincoln City, Oregon, including things involving the beach.

Sea Lion Caves Provide Year Round Entertainment

Whale Off the Oregon Coast

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! 

Historic Tours and Spooky Sites Near Oregon Beach Vacation Rentals

Oregon Beach Rentals Wagon

Yes, of course there are few places more relaxing than Oregon beach rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon is an absolutely fantastic place to come if you just want to relax, enjoy the rhythm of the surf outside your window, take in some stunning natural sites, and enjoy some great food.

But if you come to stay in one of our Oregon beach house rentals near Lincoln City, Oregon, you can also have a relaxing time learning some of the local history. And that includes some of the more spooky parts of our history, too.

Our beach condo rentals are an easy drive from the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, where tours begin — what they call the “Tour to Die For.” 

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This tour, which is not available this year due to COVID, begins at the museum, then takes you on a journey over to the Taft Pioneer Cemetery. 

Many very early residents of Lincoln City are buried in this historic cemetery — the land for it was donated by, of course, Mr. Bones. And when the official tours are offered, actors and actresses aid in the tour experience by playing the part of some of these early residents, telling their stories, and helping history… come back to life.

There is a mountain man who was a friend and correspondent with major political figures — including Harry Truman. There is a Native American woman who helped the earliest settlers to survive and thrive on the Oregon coast. And more — like a couple who moved to the area way back in 1897.

Lincoln City Oregon Beach

So when you book Oregon coast beach rentals near Lincoln City, Oregon you’re just a few miles away from all of this history. You can partake in an official tour (when they’re offered again) or just take it upon yourself to explore a bit of the area near your lodging near Lincoln City, Oregon.

Those who are interested in history will find a lot of things to do in Lincoln City, Oregon that will satisfy their curiosity. And those who also find spooky experiences fun and stimulating can find what they’re looking for too!

Lincoln City’s Public Parks Offer an Array of Activities and Possibilities

With a booking at one of our beach house rentals, Lincoln City, Oregon becomes your wonderland to explore. The public parks in and around Lincoln City are among the area’s greatest treasures for the public to enjoy and this continues to be true even in the autumn and winter. The local parks are still wonderful to explore even as the weather gets colder and rainier, as long as everyone bundles up and prepares for the elements. Whether you’re looking for a forest full of ancient spruce trees, a family-friendly recreation area, or a skatepark to hop on your board, you’ll find it in Lincoln City. Here are a few of the top picks for public parks in this area:

Kirtsis Park. This recreation area on Northeast 22nd Street offers a skateboard park, basketball court, baseball fields, and picnic shelter where you can enjoy a packed lunch even when the weather is frightful.

Dorchester Park. If you’re looking to get in a game of tennis while staying in one of our beach vacation rentals, Lincoln City will not disappoint you. Dorchester Park on Northwest 28th Street is an ideal spot to enjoy a game of tennis or a picnic lunch when the weather allows.

Regatta Grounds. This family-friendly park is known for its large wooden play structure, but it also features a beach, swimming area, boat ramp, fishing dock, views of Devils Lake, walking trails, and a covered picnic area that protects picnickers from the elements.

Holmes Road Park. This scenic park on West Devils Lake Road also offers a boat ramp, fishing dock, and beautiful views of Devils Lake. If you’re out on the water, though, you really get a sense of how beautiful this park is.

Josephine Young Park. If you want to enjoy a wooded area that instantly makes you feel like you’re in nature without leaving Lincoln City, this beautiful park on Southwest 65th Street with bay access and picnic tables is right up your ally.

Sandpoint Park. Whether you’re planning a large family reunion or a romantic weekend in one of our beach condo rentals, Lincoln City can be a great place for a barbeque when the weather is right. Sandpoint Park offers picnic tables, barbeques, views of Devils Lake, and a beach with a swimming area for the warmer months. 

Taft Waterfront Park. Even when it’s raining you can still enjoy a picnic at Taft Waterfront park on Southwest 51st Street, thanks to the covered picnic area. This park also offers easy access to the beach, lovely views of Siletz Bay, and a dock for crabbing and fishing. If you don’t feel like eating outdoors, there are also many delicious restaurants nearby where you can taste the bounty of the sea.

Siletz Bay Park. This small, intimate park off Highway 101 near Schooner Creek Bridge also offers beautiful views, bay access, and picnic tables. There are several smaller parks in Lincoln City, as well as larger state parks in nearby areas that make for perfect day trips. Once you book your beach house rental, you can start planning your outdoor adventure. Just make sure to pack winter clothes, sturdy shoes, and a raincoat so you’ll be ready for anything! It’s never a bad time to enjoy the public parks in and around Lincoln City, Oregon.

Enjoy a Round of Golf in a Beautiful Setting in Lincoln City, OR

Right now, there are so many reasons to book a getaway in one of our beach house rentals. Lincoln City, OR  is a great place to get away from it all with miles of nature to enjoy, leaving a lot of room for outdoor and leisure pursuits that you may not be able to enjoy in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Golf is a perfect example of a leisure activity that you can enjoy in the great outdoors safely and away from the crowds. Why not book a beach rental today and enjoy a round of golf in a beautiful coastal setting?

Golf on Seaside Bluffs at Salishan

Salishan Golf Course has been a popular local course since it was first built in the 1960s, but it really came into its own after a multimillion-dollar renovation and reimagining overseen by the design firm of PGA Tour Pro and famous Oregonian Peter Jacobsen. While the restoration project involved serious upgrades to increase the playability of the course and the visibility of the ocean, the design team made sure to maintain the general layout and feel of the space. With a convenient location off the 101 near Siletz Bay, Salishan is also just a short drive from any of our beach vacation rentals. Lincoln City is only 10 minutes away by car from this tree-lined wonderland within a beautiful coastal lodge.

Enjoy a Round at the Casino Resort

Chinook Winds Casino Resort with its hotel, gaming, dining, and entertainment is one of Lincoln County’s most popular attractions and is currently welcoming guests in a safe and responsible way. Just north of the casino, you will find the lush green links of Chinook Winds Golf Resort, which is currently open for socially distanced golf for groups of up to four people. The course is known for its mountainside setting among old-growth trees that is bordered by natural wetlands with water features and bunkers throughout. Chinook Winds Casino Resort is also a short distance from some of our finest vacation homes and beach condo rentals. Lincoln City is less than a 10-minute drive away.

Explore the Area Between Rounds

If you’re set on golfing all weekend long, the Agate Beach Golf Course in Newport, Oregon is another option only 16 miles south of Lincoln City. Neskowin Beach Golf Course in Neskowin, Oregon is unfortunately closed for 2020 due to wet conditions but will reopen in 2021. There is much more to enjoy in the outdoors of Lincoln City, though. The city’s 7½ miles of beautiful beaches, adjoining rivers, peaceful parks, and virtually endless hiking trails are other great ways to enjoy the outdoors. With local cuisine, wine, and beer, it’s also a great place to relax and enjoy Oregon’s bounty, whether you dine out or utilize the full kitchen in your beach house rental. The links are waiting, and so is Lincoln City, so book your vacation rental today and look forward to getting away for a few great rounds of golf.

Lincoln City’s Coastal Air Quality Offers Guests a Place to Breathe

While the air quality throughout much of Oregon remains unhealthy, the team at A1 Beach Rentals is pleased to report breathable air in and around our beach house rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon is currently experiencing air quality considered “moderate” to “good” with the Air Quality Index (AQI) forecast predicting an AQI as low as 17 in the coming days. To put things in perspective, many localities throughout the state of Oregon have recently experienced air quality readings between 300-500 on the AQI scale and remain dangerously smokey. Thanks to the onshore flow returning to the coast, one of the best places to be in Oregon is one of A1’s beach vacation rentals. Lincoln City is truly offering local Oregonians a place to breathe.   

Lincoln City Becomes the Place to Escape the Smoke

Many evacuees that came to Lincoln City to flee the fires in nearby towns including Otis and Rose Lodge have found that the air quality here is making it possible to rest, relax, and even enjoy some outdoor activities without discomfort or health concerns. There are still concerns about the Echo Mountain Complex Fires in Lincoln County, but firefighters have been able to maintain the fire line from spreading further and evacuation orders have either been lifted or downgraded throughout Lincoln City. It’s now possible for locals to go for walks, visit the beach, and enjoy local cuisine. Authorities are still encouraging non-locals to wait until the fires are contained to vacation in Lincoln City, but with weather cooling down and precipitation on the way, it’s safe to say visitors can once again book a stay here within the coming weeks. 

Lincoln City Beaches Will Provide a Respite this Fall

The first day of fall this year is just around the corner. September 22 will bring a season of cooler weather and all the fun of autumn, making it a great time to get away from it all in one of A1’s coastal homes or beach condo rentals. Lincoln City is expected to have better air quality than much of Oregon for weeks to come, and the 7½ miles of beaches with plenty of room to spread out and walk around continue to make it one of the safest places for a vacation or long weekend.

If you’re considering planning a trip to Lincoln City in the future, contact A1 Beach Rentals today to see what options are available. This stretch of the Oregon coast is bound to be a breath of fresh air.