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.

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!

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.

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!

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.