Historic Tours and Spooky Sites Near Oregon Beach Vacation Rentals

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.

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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!

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.

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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. 

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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.

Beachcombing the Lincoln City, OR Coast in August Can Yield Beautiful Treasures

The beaches along the Oregon coast aren’t the most hospitable to swimming and surfing. The waves are unpredictable, and rip tides are frequent. But the beach has other treasures for those staying in Oregon beach rentals

Lincoln City, Oregon lodging options will keep you close to the beach. If you come in August, you’ll be here for the warmest weather of the year. But even in August the temperature generally stays between highs of 70 degrees with overnight lows bottoming out in the low 50s. Also, it stays fairly sunny and hardly rains in August.

So those looking at Oregon beach house rentals can expect some of the best and most predictable weather anywhere. 

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Beachcombing in August while staying in an Oregon Beach House Rental can yield great treasures.

This is conducive to excellent beachcombing activities. If you get down to the beach right at low tide you’ll have a chance to get the sand dollars left behind by the surf. But you have to get there quickly, or the gulls will get them. 

In addition to sand dollars the attentive beachcomber will find lovely bits of washed and rounded glass and lovely softened driftwood. 

Seashells can be found, but they are rare. Seashells are less a thing on Oregon beaches than elsewhere. 

But two things that can be found on occasion on Oregon beaches that are very uncommon elsewhere are agates and fossils. 

Agates are stones that, as they are broken open, have a lovely banded pattern on their interior. They coming in many colors, always vibrant and usually glassy in appearance. The technical name for what they are is chalcedony, and if you stay at an Oregon beach vacation rental you just may see an agate or two used as decoration on a shelf or mantle. 

The fossils found are usually mollusk shells, whale bones, fish teeth, and even turtles. They come from the sandstone cliffs along the coast that break up due to weatherizing. The bits containing the fossil imprint then can be washed up onto shore. 

But whether or not you find a beautiful treasure while walking, you can’t go wrong if you make an Oregon vacation beach rental your home for a time during August. The weather is wonderful, the beach is beckoning, and the rest and relaxation you’ll find will make you want to come back for another Oregon vacation rental!

Beach Vacation with Great Seafood

You pretty much have to make an effort to try the best local seafood when you go off on a beach vacation. Lincoln City, OR will delight your tastebuds with its many options for great seafood.

You’ll find many options for great seafood within a short drive of your beach condo. Oregon, with its long Pacific coast and its many interior waterways that are abundant with some of the best seafood and freshwater fish in the world, provides the seafood lover with many choices, both in variety, and in price.

Sunset in Lincoln City, Oregon

At the lower end of the price scale, you’re just looking for simple food in an unpretentious atmosphere. You don’t need all the bells and whistles, linen table cloths — plastic gingham is fine, thank you very much — and you don’t want to pay for what all of that presentation costs, anyhow. But you still want to be pleasantly surprised by how much you get for not much money. In this range you’ll find Shucker’s Oyster Bar, J’s Fish and Chips, Squatchsami, and Pub Fish and Chips. All three provide a simple and straightforward, but generous, menu, with food you’ll enjoy. And they’re all an easy drive from Lincoln City, Oregon vacation rentals.

If you’re looking for something a bit nicer, a place you can go and sit for a while and relax in a good atmosphere, but still near Oregon coast vacation rentals, Lincoln City, Oregon has that category well in-hand also. A few options include Chinook’s Seafood Grill, where the crispy oysters come recommended; Mo’s Restaurant, which is right on the water; and, Kyllo’s Seafood Grill, where everyone leaves happy. 

For those looking for something a little nicer, there are still lots of options near beach home rentals. Lincoln City, OR boasts a few nicer places where the food is excellent and the views outstanding. Fathoms Restaurant, on the tenth floor of its building, provides an exceptional dining experience with an extensive menu, delicious food, attentive service, and unmatched views of the beach and the coast. Bring a group, or just the two of you for a romantic dinner. And just a few miles away from your vacation rentals is Side Door Cafe and Eden Hall. The bright and airy atmosphere will lift your spirits, while the eclectic dishes come with eye-catching presentation.

But no matter what your fancy is — or your budget — you’ll find seafood options that suit you all around the beach home rentals, Lincoln City, OR.

Fourth of July Festivities Near Beach Rentals, Lincoln City, OR

Don’t miss your Fourth of July vacation with a beach house rental. Lincoln City, OR has long made a big deal about celebrating our nation’s birthday on and around the Fourth of July, and after everything was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it looks like festivities will take place this year.

In past years the festivities included fireworks on both July 3 and on July 4. In 2019, fireworks were done at Devils Lake on July 3, while they were fired off over Siletz Bay on July 4 itself. In either case, if they do similar fireworks this year and if you cannot see them from your Oregon vacation rentals, you wouldn’t have to drive far.

Fourth of July in Lincoln City OR

July 4 began in 2019 with a pancake breakfast, so, assuming they do it again, those who come out will not have to cook on that morning at their beach vacation rentals: Lincoln City, OR will take care of breakfast for you! Feel the freedom!

Throughout the day on July 4, 2019 those who came for the Independence Day festivities were able to take in the parade, and peruse the hand-made items and delicious food available at the craft fair and food court.

But the major events in 2019 included live music at the Taft Pavilion on July 4 itself. The music started at noon and ended with the beginning of the big fireworks show over Siletz Bay that night. The aritsts included Ty Curtis, the Mike Branch Band, and Blaze & Kelly. Should there be similar acts this year, folks staying at beach home rentals near Lincoln City will be in good position to get to see and hear the music.

Parking was made available for those coming into town — like those who booked beach condo rentals — at public lots and in the parking lots of the local high schools and community colleges. And to make moving around easier, shuttle service was provided to many of the important locations of the day’s events.

So you can see, Fourth of July is a great time to book Oregon coast vacation rentals in and near Lincoln City. Keep an eye out for this year’s schedule of events, and book your Lincoln City, Oregon lodging soon!

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.

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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.

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!

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.

The Historic Communities That Make Up Lincoln City, Oregon

Today Lincoln City is known as a coastal destination with great beach vacation rentals. Oregon has changed a lot since settlers first started arriving in the 1800s, though, and the local traditions that make each of Oregon’s coastal communities unique have also changed. Tourism is now Lincoln City’s top industry with beach house rentals, blown glass studios, art galleries, eclectic shops, varied dining options, local wine, artisanal beer, and a variety of recreational activities, which is a big change from the days of fishing and logging. The bygone towns and distinct communities that melded together to make Lincoln City are worth also considering. Keep reading to learn more about these historic communities that each bring a unique flavor to modern-day Lincoln City and County.

The Beauty of Oceanlake

Long before any beach condo rentals were ever built, the first tourists to visit Oceanlake arrived in 1837, when two couples traveled from the Willamette Valley on horseback with a guide to enjoy the untouched coast. They set up tents in a grove of trees, bathed in the nearby sea, and made clam and fish bakes every night. It wouldn’t be until the 1920s that the tourism trade really started to take off in Oceanlake, when businessman Herbert Rexroad found success with a campground in roughly the same spot. The area became known as the town of Oceanlake when a post office opened in 1926 and is still home to a recreation area known as Devil’s Lake Park, the same name that Rexroad and his business partner gave to their land.

The Early Town of Taft

The first town in what is now known as Lincoln City was Taft, which was established years after its first residents – Sissie and Jakie Johnson Jr. – were given a 160-acre allotment to compensate for their reservation land being taken away. People were always coming through the area because of its location on Siletz Bay along a major transportation route that provided access to the ocean as well as the coastal towns. It quickly became an economic and social hub. By 1906 it even had its own post office named after William H. Taft, making it the first official town in the area.  

The “D” River in Delake

If you find yourself at the “D” River in Lincoln City, you are in the center of what was once known as the town of Delake. It was settled by homesteaders as early as 1910, but it wasn’t until 1924 that Delake got its own post office and was established as a town. Rumor has it that the name came from early settler from Finland who would say they’re “going to de lake,” but it might also be a version of “près du lac,” or “by the lake” in French. Who knows!

Nelson + Scott = Nelscott

The first European settlers arrived in Nelscott in 1910, but it wasn’t known by that name just yet. The dense spruce and hemlock forests kept this area from being developed as quickly as others, but two men by the name of Charles P. Nelson and Dr. W. G. Scott took notice when they spotted the lovely valley dipping into the sea as they explored the coast between Taft and Cloverdale. They came back years later to purchase the land when it came up for sale and combined their names as they developed a town that was booming by the late 1920s.  

Preserving Plants in Cutler City

Cutler City was the third town developed in North Lincoln County when Mary and George E. Cutler of Dallas, Texas purchased land in 1913 that was once part of an allotment owned by a Siletz Indian named Charlie Depoe. One historic moment that put Cutler City on the map was the establishment of the Rhododendron Society in 1938 to celebrate and preserve these native plants. Cutler City was chosen as the “rhododendron capital” because of the huge number of blooms that arrive between May and June every year, which is still a great time to visit.

Due to shared needs for fire and police departments, hospitals, and street improvements, these five small towns incorporated to form Lincoln City in 1965. The name was chosen by school children in honor of Abraham Lincoln. What a story, and what a great place to look forward to visiting in the future! The beach house rentals will be here waiting for you.

Before It Was a Land of Beach Vacation Rentals: Lincoln City’s History

Today the Oregon coast is a vacation wonderland filled with fabulous beach house rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon, and other coastal towns also make wonderful places to live for those who prefer a more relaxing pace of life in a scenic environment marked by stunning beaches, crashing waves, and inland wonders including lakes and rivers. This beautiful part of the world is more than just a nice place to live and visit, though. Lincoln City has a rich cultural history, from the basket-weaving of the First Peoples to the Japanese-inspired glass blowing that is integral to today’s tourism trade. So, how did Lincoln City and the surrounding areas become a hub for art, culture, and tourism? The following should explain the key points in history that made Lincoln City what it is today.

The Early Days  

Long before anyone even dreamed of building beach vacation rentals, Lincoln City and County was occupied by what is now known as the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The first European explorers traveled through the area in the 1500s and many more came from England, France, Portugal, and Spain in search of the area’s rich resources over the decades. It wasn’t until the 1700s that European explorers first documented contact with local Native American tribes, though, when Captain Robert Gray’s first mate recorded an encounter with two men in a canoe. By 1837, the undeveloped coastal area would see its first tourists, when two prominent couples traveled on horseback with a guide from the Willamette Valley to the Oceanlake area to enjoy a belated honeymoon where they camped in a grove of trees and prepared clam and fish bakes. It would be many more years before it became a tourist destination, though. The area would become part of the Coast Reservation and then the Siletz Reservation in the 1850s before homesteaders started arriving to develop small parcels of the land in 1887. It would be at least another decade before anything resembling a town developed.

The Makings of Lincoln City

The first town in what is now Lincoln County was known as Kernville and was founded in 1896 when Daniel Kern established Kern Brothers Cannery above Coyote Rock on the Siletz River. The area also quickly became a popular destination and place to live for fishermen, just as it continues to be today, though overfishing during those early days necessitated a ban on net fishing in 1935. The next big industry to develop in the area was logging, which flourished during WWI when the local Sitka spruce was found to be a perfect material for airplanes. It was also around this time that Japanese fishing boats started using glass floats for their nets, which washed ashore on the Oregon Coast for many decades, even after they were no longer in use. Now one of Lincoln City’s claims to fame is its glass floats on the beach, which are hidden by “float fairies” for visitors to find periodically throughout a typical year, a tradition that started shortly before the new millennium.

Tourism is now the main trade in the area that brings many guests to vacation homes and beach condo rentals. Lincoln City may not be able to welcome guests from far afield right now, but the beaches are still a stunning treat for local visitors to enjoy and we look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world once again very soon.