Appreciate the Marine Life in Lincoln City, Oregon

Booking one of Al’s beach house rentals is your ticket to a world of marine life in and around Lincoln City, Oregon. From whale-watching along the coast to hiking river trails in search of otters, there are countless ways to appreciate this marine life without disturbing the beauty of the local landscape. The even better news is that many of the best spots for enjoying Lincoln City’s marine wildlife are in close proximity to our most popular beach vacation rentals. Oregon coastal wildlife will be here when you’re ready to explore. Following are a few of the most beloved marine wildlife that calls this part of the Oregon coast home:

Harbor Seals. If you find yourself in Lincoln City at the Southwest 51st Street bay access point or on the Salishan Spit at Siletz Bay, you might be lucky enough to catch a colony of harbor seals that call this area home. Harbor seals are elegant in the water and adept at hunting offshore, but weighing in at about 300 lbs., they can be a bit clumsy on the land. That just adds to their cuteness. It’s inadvisable to walk up to a harbor seal and try to touch it, though, especially if it’s a baby whose mother might be nearby. Marine wildlife is best appreciated from afar.   

Otters. While it’s rare to spot a sea otter on the Oregon coast, local hikers often spot river otters in the tributaries that lead to the ocean. If you book one of our beach house rentals you can easily get to Schooner Creek in south Lincoln City, the Salmon River in north Lincoln City, or the Siletz River that leads to Siletz Bay. These cute marine creatures are also sometimes spotted at the Devil’s Lake State Recreation Center.   

Sea Lions. The California Sea Lion does not only live in California but all along the Pacific Coastline in the United States and Canada. While they can be cute from afar, male sea lions can be as long as seven feet and weigh as much as 850 pounds! If you’re around in summer, you might even be lucky enough to spot a sea lion pup, as this is when they are typically born.   

Sea Stars. Many of our vacation homes and beach condo rentals are within walking distance of local beaches that are great for tide-pooling. Sea stars, also known as starfish, are one of the most wondrous creatures you can find in the tide-pools with their many legs that make them look like a bit like a celestial body. They love this area because they can feed on their favorite foods including clams, fish, and oysters.    

Whales. One of the most popular activities for visitors along the Oregon coast is whale-watching. Whether on a boat, on the beach, atop a bluff, or in the comfort of a beach house rental offering stunning ocean views, there are many ways to watch for whales in Lincoln City. Pacific gray whales migrate to the Oregon coast all the way from Baja, Mexico and enjoy jumping above the water into the air when they stop to rest along various areas of the Pacific coast. Your best bet for spotting gray whales is to visit in the winter (December and January) or the spring (February to May) and make your way to an elevated area with a view in the early morning.

Whenever you find yourself in Lincoln City, the marine wildlife will be there in the great outdoors. A beach house rental is a perfect home base to explore these natural wonders. So, book your stay today and start planning the adventure.    

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.    

Lincoln City Beach House Rentals Spared from Fire and Sheltering Evacuees

The team at A1 Beach Rentals is grateful to report that all of their people and properties, including all 26 beach house rentals, have been spared from the Echo Mountain Fires. Residents and business owners all throughout Lincoln City had fears of losing it all, and the team at A1 certainly shared those fears as the fires raced towards town. It is saddening to hear of all the homes that burned just over the hill, but one silver lining is that some evacuees have been able to find solace in A1’s beach vacation rentals. Oregon is going through a tough time right now, but the local reactions have been filled with random acts of kindness and the onshore flow is bringing clean air back to Lincoln City.

Stories of Kindness from Lincoln City

Members of the A1 team were out with hoses ready as the Echo Mountain Fires threatened Lincoln City. While the fire never made its way to town, many from nearby towns such as Otis came to stay in Lincoln City as the conditions were not safe for them to return. One of the largest properties, The Pirate’s Lookout, was able to shelter 21 people (more than is normally allowed for vacation rental) during these extreme and unexpected circumstances. Many smaller beach condo rentals were available for evacuees, as well. And while the fires are now nearing containment, the stories of random acts of kindness continue to pour in. One example is a property owner, who resides in California and almost lost her home to fires last year, who sent a $500 gift to the person who cleans her property in Lincoln City to help offset evacuation costs. Many different people and organizations spring to life immediately and started organizing donation drives and other relief efforts, and such stories of generosity continue pouring in as the firefighting and cleanup efforts continue.    

What You Can Do to Help

Want to know how you can help those affected by these recent fires? The Lincoln County Emergency Management website now has a donation and volunteer section you can visit to learn more. There is currently a need for cash donations. If you are in or near Lincoln City and would like to personally drop off a donation to help those affected by the Echo Mountain wildfire, many local churches and charities are currently accepting donations. The Lincoln City church community has also opened a central distribution center in the Lincoln City Outlets for those in need of donated supplies, but this is not a donation drop-off center. Call (541) 265-0621 to inquire about donation pickups and volunteer opportunities. As these efforts continue, there is no doubt Lincoln City will be back to its glorious coastal state in a short time. The good news is that air quality is already better here than many other parts of Oregon, thanks largely to the onshore flow, and it continues to improve every day. Call (503) 232-5984 or contact A1 Beach Rentals online to learn more about available beach house

Lincoln City Offers Bird Watchers a Tranquil Environment to Explore

Birding is a growing pastime that brings more visitors each year to Lincoln City’s beach house rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon is an excellent place for birders to explore bays, lakes, meadows, forests, and trails for species ranging from Bald Eagles to Blue Herons to Sandpipers and so much in between. Your first step is to book one A1’s comfortable beach vacation rentals. Lincoln City weather changes noticeably from season to season, so you’ll want to check that the conditions will be like before your arrival. Then pack a sturdy pair of boots, gloves, an all-weather jacket, sunscreen, and, of course, binoculars. If you’re lucky you might see most of the 13 following species, but whatever you do, leave the local habitat as you left it and always observe any signage in nesting areas. Happy bird watching

Lincoln City, Oregon is an excellent place for birders to explore bays, lakes, meadows, forests, and trails for species ranging from Bald Eagles to Blue Herons to Sandpipers.

Lincoln City and County’s Majestic Bird Species

Bald Eagle: Look for bald eagles in the trees near Devil’s Lake and Siletz Bay. Thankfully, these beautiful birds were removed from the endangered species list in 2007!  

Brown Pelican: The endangered brown pelicans, which are known for their dark color and ability to plunge into the water to catch food, can be seen spring-fall on Siletz Bay and the ocean.

Bufflehead: These black-and-white ducks with purple-green throats can be seen diving deep into the water to find plants and fish to feed around Siletz Bay and on Devil’s Lack.

Dusky Canada Goose: During the winter you may spot these migrating Canadian geese with brown bodies, long black necks, and black “caps” near Salishan Spa & Golf Resort.

Great Blue Heron: If you’re around Siletz Bay you may sneak a peek of one of these big, blue-grey birds with long legs perfect for hanging out in saltwater and spotting their prey.

Great White Egret: These formidable herons with black legs and orange bills are also often found around Siletz Bay’s calm, salt waters.

Osprey: The odds are good that you’ll see an Osprey if you book one of our beach condo rentals. Lincoln City is home to many of these hawks with brown wings and white bellies spotted around Devil’s Lake, Siletz Bay, Siletz River, and more areas south of the city.  

Pelagic Cormorant: You can spot these birds any time of year. They inhabit a large, local colony 10 miles south of Lincoln City at Cape Foulweather.

Tufted Puffin: These puffins are difficult to spot, as they spend winters at sea and nest on rocks near the coast. Your best bet is visiting Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Western Gull: Like the Pelagic Cormorant, the Oregon Coast’s largest permanent population of the Western Gull is found in and around Lincoln City. Just watch out, as they love to scavenge.

Western Sandpiper: The odds are also good that you’ll see this bird with a slim, dark bill and dark legs while visiting Lincoln City. They are Oregon’s Coast most common migrating shorebird.

Western Snowy Plover: These shorebirds can be spotted nesting around the dry mudflats and expansive, sandy beaches of the Central and Southern Oregon Coast.

Wood Duck: If you’re taking a stroll around Devil’s Lake you may notice these colorful, striking ducks. You might even spot the “nest boxes” that people have installed for them.

Whether you’re an avid birder, or just thinking of trying bird watching for the first time, Lincoln City is a great place to spend a few days enjoying nature. You’ll also find many other fascinating types of wildlife and marine life as you explore the shores and inland areas. Book your Lincoln City beach vacation rental today and start planning your exploration of the Oregon coast!

August is the Perfect Time to Book Autumn Getaways in Lincoln City

Accommodations may have filled up quickly for the summer, but beach house rentals in Lincoln City, Oregon are widely available for bookings throughout the autumn months. Sure, the summer is winding down with kids returning to schoolwork and temperatures looking to cool down soon, but that means opportunities for long weekends and midweek getaways are about to expand. Once you look past August you will find many bookings available in September, October, and November for our most popular beach vacation rentals. Oregon beaches are beautiful year-round, so it’s the perfect time to book and look forward to falling in love with Lincoln City this fall.

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Just consider two of A1 Beach Rentals’ finest properties that might be perfect for your autumn getaway, one that is perfect for couples and is perfect for groups of up to 10 people:

The Anchor

This cozy spot on SW Anchor Ave is one of our most popular beach condo rentals for couples. The Anchor is technically the master suite to a larger property known as The Submarine, but it is completely private with its own entrance and nobody on either side of you, above you, or below you. After walking in from the second-floor entrance just off the street, one of the first things you’ll notice is the deck overlooking the beach. Draw the curtains and see the deck with its fabulous view of the ocean through sliding glass doors. You’ll also find this property’s best feature on the deck: a glass-enclosed private hot tub overlooking the beach and ocean. The Anchor also comes with a kitchenette, sofa, and fireplace. The beach is also just a short stroll away, where you’ll find plenty of space to walk on the sand and abundant tide pools to explore during low tide. This stretch of beach is also home to the famous Nelscott wave, which is only ¼-mile offshore and famed for annual surf competitions such as the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic that takes place between the start of October and the end of March.

The Porthole

The Porthole is one of our finest beach vacation rentals for larger groups, as it can accommodate as many as 10 people including guests and visitors. This completely furnished home a quiet, dead-end road that features an ocean view and a hot tub. As many as 10 people can sleep on three queen beds and four twin beds, and guests with mobility issues will appreciate that there are no stairs into the house from the parking like some other beachfront properties. You can cook gourmet meals in the fully stocked kitchen and adjoining dining area, which opens up to a private patio that is full of surprises. Open the doors and find a hot tub, picnic table, and charming yard all with stunning views of the ocean. There are more wonderful views from the picture windows in the living room, where you’ll also find a floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace, vaulted ceiling, open beams, and a big-screen TV to keep everyone entertained. There are hardwood floors throughout the home and an additional wrap-around deck up top that is perfect for lounging on Adirondack chairs while enjoying ocean views, sunsets, or whale watching.

The team at A1 Beach Rentals wants to reassure all future guests that we take your health and safety seriously. We have always taken cleaning seriously, but we are working extra hard to sanitize every surface, follow all COVID-19 CDC Guidelines, and offer contactless check-in to enhance our already stringent policies. You will also find fresh linens and towels untouched by any other guests when you arrive. It’s a great time book your autumn getaway in Lincoln City, Oregon, so contact us at (503) 232-5984 or book one of our beach house rentals online today!

Get Away to One of the Coziest Beach Condo Rentals in Lincoln City, OR

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome guests back to our cozy condos offered at our Oregon beach rentals. Lincoln City reopened access to open spaces, trails, beaches, and parking lots as of May 19, and lodgings that meet county guidelines were allowed to reopen June 1. Wondering what this looks like? With rigorous cleaning procedures, contactless check-in, and other features to enhance your safety and convenience, guests can simply arrive at the coast and unlock one of our beach vacation rentals. Lincoln City is, of course, a great destination for families of all sizes, but the Oregon coast is also ideal for couples and small groups of friends looking to getaway. Today’s blog post will highlight one of A1 Beach Rentals’ most charming (and potentially romantic) beach condo rentals that friends, couples, and small families can escape to this summer: The Nantucket house.

We hope to welcome you soon and look forward to hearing more positive reviews from our guests as the summer continues! Book your stay today, and get away from it all with a beach house rental along the wide-open spaces of the Oregon Coast.

Cozy Charm and Rustic Romance at The Nantucket

The Nantucket is located at 1724 NW Harbor Avenue in Lincoln City and can accommodate up to four guests with one bedroom, one bathroom, and a cozy sleeper sofa in the open living space. You’ll also find much more than the basics here, especially when compared to other beach condo rentals. Lincoln City visitors will enjoy all the quaint details of this refurbished 1927 beach home such as original wainscoting walls and white trim, as well as all modern amenities and luxuries such as a hot tub with beautiful views. When it’s cold outside you can be nice and toasty indoors, enjoying a drink next to the fireplace, but when it’s warm outside you can walk through the French doors and find a barbeque on the fabulous lower deck. And if sunbathing is your thing, head straight up to the second observation deck to soak in as many rays as possible.  

One of the best things about staying at The Nantucket is the ideal location. The beach is only a block away, so you can be on the sand in minutes, but you’re still tucked away when you retreat back to your home base. This condo is also close to the Chinook Winds Casino Resort, a variety of shops and shopping centers, restaurants for takeout and/or dining, and grocery stores where you can pick up a few things if you prefer to cook from the comfort of your beach rental. With such a wonderful bounty of local produce, fine wines, and coastal catches, foodies are definitely in their element here.

A Few Final Notes to Make the Most of Your Stay

The Nantucket comes fully furnished and is equipped with a variety of convenient amenities such as a washer/dryer and a full kitchen featuring a microwave, oven, stovetop, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, cookware, crockpot, utensils, and more. You can also rest assured that all linens have been washed and all surfaces have been cleaned before your arrival. A1 Beach Rentals has always taken cleaning seriously, but the team is working harder than ever to sanitize every surface and not only meet but exceed, the CDC’s Covid-19 guidelines. We hope to welcome you soon and look forward to hearing more positive reviews from our guests as the summer continues! Book your stay today, and get away from it all with a beach house rental along the wide-open spaces of the Oregon Coast.

Oregon Beach House Rentals are the Perfect Base for Agate Hunting

Now that our Lincoln City Oregon beach house rentals are open for visitors to Lincoln City once again, agate hunters and tidepool explorers have the perfect home-base to discover the Oregon Coast’s natural wonders. Lincoln City is home to 7½ miles of scenic beaches that are known for agates. Nearby Depoe Bay is also a haven for those hunting these magnificent semiprecious stones. And while you’re trying to search for a few treasures to take home, why not explore Lincoln City’s tidepools? Outdoor activities such as these are wonderful ways for individuals, couples, and families to get out and explore nature while still practicing social distancing from the home-base of our meticulously cleaned and sanitized beach home and condo vacation rentals. Lincoln City is waiting, and it’s never been a better time to become an agate hunter!

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Agates: Semiprecious Stones from the Sea

Semiprecious stones include such natural wonders such as amber, aquamarine, emerald, jade, onyx, opal, pearl, topaz, turquoise, and many others. While most semiprecious stones are formed on land, others – such as pearls – are formed in the sea. Agates are unique because they are formed on land within holes inside volcanic rocks (similar to moganite and quartz), but because they form near the sea, they are first released into the water from nearby crumbling rocks. Then it’s only a matter of time until they wash up onto the shores of Oregon and Northern California. While most agates aren’t worth a whole lot of money, they are stunning to look at and can be used to make unique pieces of jewelry and other beautiful creations. It’s also just a whole lot of fun to hunt for them!

Not All Beaches Are Equal for Agate Hunters

Lincoln City has long been known as one of the best places on the Oregon Coast to hunt for agates, coral, and jasper. Even the experts at Oregon State University agree. With lodging options ranging from cozy beach condo rentals to vacation homes that sleep 16 people, your whole crew will also be accommodated in Lincoln City. If you’re looking to visit a few areas in your search for agates, Lincoln City is also a great place to start. Your best bet is to head south and stop at Beverly Beach and Moolack Beach (which are also known for fossilized mollusk and clamshells) before continuing on to Depoe Bay and Newport. Depoe Bay is a particularly good place for a day trip, as it is also known as the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast.” But you don’t need to leave Lincoln City and its 7½ miles of pristine beaches to see all sorts of sea creatures and find all sorts of sea treasures that have washed ashore. You could spend days just exploring this particular stretch of coastline. Lincoln City’s intertidal zones, where tide pools thrive, are also particularly wondrous around Roads End State Park in the north side of town. While there are still plenty of bookings available, it’s a good idea to act fast if you want to get your perfect beach house rental in Lincoln City this summer. The secret will soon be out that this is one of the best places to get away from it all on the Oregon Coast. Whether you’re most looking forward to hunting for agates, exploring the tidepools, or just enjoying a cool beverage from a hot tub with ocean views on the deck of your rental, A1 Beach Rentals has got you covered. Call (503) 232-5984 or simply book online today.

Welcome Back to Our Beach Vacation Rentals on the Oregon Coast!

The beaches have reopened, and A1 Beach Rentals is back in business with plenty of available beach vacation rentals. Lincoln City is an excellent place to get away from it all with wide-open spaces to enjoy activities such as surfing, hiking, kite-flying, beachcombing, exploring the tidal pools, and making smores around a campfire in the great outdoors. With enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures to ensure your health and safety, guests can also enjoy peace of mind when staying in any one of our 25 beach house rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon is back in business, and we look forward to providing you with the space to hit the beach and enjoy nature in this beautiful part of the world!  

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June Brings Good News for Oregon Beachgoers

The beaches officially reopened in Lincoln City in May and lodging was able to resume as of June 1, making it possible for visitors to return to our vacation homes and beach condo rentals. Lincoln City not only saw beaches reopen during this phase, but many parks and recreation areas reopened as well. Restaurants, bars, and retail outlets are also able to welcome diners, drinkers, and shoppers once again with new guidelines in place. The reopening guidelines for such businesses include spacing tables 6 feet apart, limiting the number of people inside at a time, and requiring employees to wear face masks. These added precautions should ensure a safe, healthy, and fun summer for locals and visitors alike on the Oregon coast.

New Lodging Protocols to Ensure Your Health & Safety

New sanitation and social distancing protocols were put in place when lodging and other businesses were allowed to reopen in June, and we are committed to meeting and exceeding these guidelines. Rooms are to be left empty for 24 hours between visitors, and vacation rentals are to be meticulously cleaned and sanitized before a new guest arrives. The cleaning staff is wearing masks and gloves, sanitizing all surfaces with CDC/ EPA approved disinfectants, washing linens with approved disinfectants at recommended temperatures, and replacing all unused linen and terry before a new guest arrives. We are also offering remote check-in to encourage social distancing. Your health and safety are our priority.

Supporting Local Businesses is this Summer’s Big Trend

A1 Beach Rentals is proud to be a locally owned and operated business in Lincoln City, Oregon. Supporting local and family-owned businesses in the area, from eateries to art shops, is a great way to help this community get back on its feet while you enjoy some time away this summer. There is no shortage of local culture and flavor to enjoy in this part of the world, and we encourage you and your loved ones to enjoy everything this city has to offer. You are sure to enjoy the bounty of Lincoln City and County while boosting the local economy.

There are plenty of bookings available for our beach house rentals this summer, so contact A1 Beach Rentals today at (503) 232-5984 or simply make your reservation online. We look forward to welcoming honored guests like you to Lincoln City once again!

Fascinating History to Explore While Visiting Lincoln City, Oregon this Summer!

While there’s still a lodging lockdown in place until May 31, we look forward to the 1st of June when we are scheduled to reopen our beach vacation rentals. Lincoln City will be a perfect place to escape with meticulously cleaned and sanitized vacation rentals within a stone’s throw of vast, coastal spaces that go on for miles. Lincoln City, Oregon is known for its 7½ miles of beaches, as well as fun annual traditions such as Glass Floats on the Beach and the twice-yearly kite festivals. The city also has a rich history that you can look forward to exploring on your next visit, from its Native American history to its early European settlement days to its current position in the coastal arts and culture scene. Keep reading to learn more about Lincoln City’s fascinating history and find inspiration for your next visit.

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Lincoln City’s Native American History

The Oregon Coast was originally home to many tribes that are now part of the 27-member Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians along with other Native American tribes and bands that once lived between Northern California and southwest Washington. When the Coast (Siletz) Reservation was established in 1855, it included part of modern-day Lincoln City. These 27 tribes spoke numerous languages, including the Clatsop dialect of Chinook, Coos, Shasta, Siuslaw, Takelma, Tillamook, and many others. Some of these names might be familiar if you live in the Pacific Northwest or have ever visited our Oregon beach house rentals. Lincoln City locals and visitors should also recognize the name of Siletz Bay.

The Communities Before Lincoln City’s Incorporation

Lincoln City did not exist until 1965 when the unincorporated communities of Delake, Oceanlake, and Taft joined with the nearby towns of Cutler City and Nelscott, all of which were nestled around Lincoln City’s current main street (Highway 101). Homesteaders began arriving in the area as early as the 1880s, though, and Taft (named after our 27th President, William H. Taft) established its post office in 1906. Delake was founded some years after and established its post office in 1924, only to be reestablished as Oceanlake Post Office in 1927. The odd-sounding name of Delake is meant to mimic local Finnish community members’ pronunciation of nearby Devil’s Lake. The former town of Nelscott also had a unique name, which was a combination of the founders’ surnames, Nelson and Scott. The Nelscott Reef is still famed as one of the best spots to surf along the Pacific Coast. Cutler City, which was located on the east shore of Siletz Bay, was the biggest established town in the area that later became Lincoln City. Mr. and Mrs. George Cutler of Dallas founded the community in the early 20th century, supposedly after Chief Charles “Charley” DePoe of the Siletz Tribe sold the property to George Cutler. The town established a post office in 1930 that served the community until Lincoln City was formed.

The Modern History of Lincoln City, Oregon

Each of these historic communities had its own annual events and local culture, and there was even some competition among them for tourists and trade. They all needed local services such as police and firefighters, though, and while it seemed to make sense to combine and pool these resources, many people did not want to give up their local post office and unique heritage. That’s why they needed to come up with a new, unifying name when the towns and communities did finally incorporate, rather than using any of the five existing names. They held a contest to choose one and school children submitted the name of Lincoln City. It seemed like the best choice when the city was incorporated on March 3, 1965.

History of Glass Floats on the Beach

You probably know about Glass Floats on the Beach if you’ve ever stayed in one of our vacation homes or beach condo rentals. Lincoln City has not only been a hotspot for beaches, but also for arts and crafts such as glassblowing, since the 20th century. When that century was drawing to a close, a local artist decided to use this medium to celebrate the coming millennium with a nod to the Oregon Coast’s past. Japanese fishing boats of bygone eras once used beautiful blue and green glass fishing floats that often washed up on the shores of the Oregon Coast, and visitors in those eras used to love hunting for the glass treasures that would wash ashore. Eventually, they were all found … until 1999, that is, when Lincoln City sponsored the Finders Keepers project where local artists produced stunning blown-glass floats that were “hidden” around the beach. It was so popular and attracted so many tourists that it became part of the city’s local traditions. The beaches will be a great reason to visit Lincoln City once they reopen, and we look forward to welcoming you to our beach house rentals! Until then, this area’s fascinating history is worth learning more about. It’s easy to see why so many people wanted to live in this beautiful part of the Central Oregon Coast.

Top Eight Hiking Trails in and Around Lincoln City, Oregon

The team at A1 Beach Rentals looks forward to welcoming you to our beach house rentals again once we’re on the other side of this. The truth is, we all need a few things to look forward to in the not-so-distant future. Hiking and beachcombing on the Oregon Coast are two great activities to look forward to because they are out in the open air where you can still socially distance while enjoying nature. Beaches and hiking trails throughout the Central Oregon Coast might be closed right now, but once they are reopened, we can all look forward to a long walk in a beautiful setting. In addition to the 7½ miles of pristine coastline (which is within walking distance from most of our beach condo rentals and vacation homes), there are also numerous hiking trails in and around Lincoln City, Oregon. Here are eight of the top hiking destinations in and around Lincoln City that are worth exploring once the trails reopen:

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1. Agnes Creek Open Space Loop. This moderately easy, 1.7-mile trail takes less than an hour to complete at a leisurely pace. The loop stretches through a serene forest setting and allows dogs as long as they are on a leash.

2. Alder Island Nature Trail. You can find this trail right within Lincoln City. The easy, 0.9-mile trail winds past Siletz Bay and can be completed in about 20 minutes plus the time it talks to walk from one of our beach vacation rentals. Oregon walkers of all ability levels can enjoy this trail.

3. Cutler Wetlands Open Space Loop. The Cuter Wetlands Open Space features an easy, breezy 0.6-mile trail that is great for bird-watching or just enjoying a quick walk through nature in a forest setting. The walk can be completed in approximately 15 minutes.

4. Devils Lake Boardwalk Trail. Mere minutes from downtown Lincoln City, you can find yourself in the Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area and/or Devil’s Lake State Park. The recreation area is where you’ll find the campgrounds with access to the lake for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, and waterskiing. You can also take a lovely, 10-minute walk along the boardwalk with nature and water on either side of you. Just remember to watch out for the wildlife sharing this space with you!

5. Drift Creek Falls Trail. If you’re looking for a somewhat longer trail once the parks reopen, the Drift Creek Falls Trail in Siuslaw National Forest might be an ideal option for you. This 2.6-mile walk can be completed in about an hour and 20 minutes at a fairly leisurely pace. Just make sure to slow down enough to enjoy the beauty of this national forest!

6. God’s Thumb (via The Knoll). More experienced hikers may prefer the God’s Thumb trail, which is also located in Siuslaw National Forest with parking at Roads End State Recreation Site. The 4.4-mile, out-and-back walk is considered moderate in difficulty due to a steep climb at the end, but many people do take their children, and dogs are allowed on leashes. It is important to be cautious on this trail, as slips and falls have occurred in the past. 

7. Kirtsis Park Walk. This is a great trail if you’re looking for an easy, forest park walk that starts right at the edge of Lincoln City. The 1.6-mile, out-and-back walk takes you through a lush, green setting and is just long enough to feel like you’ve got a good bit of exercise in.

8. Spyglass Ridge Open Space. Another relatively easy but absolutely stunning walk near Lincoln City is the Spyglass Ridge Open Space. Most of the 1.3-mile trail takes you through a forested setting, but if you take your time and keep exploring, you will find yourself with a stunning view of the ocean. The walk can be completed in less than 45 minutes and dogs are allowed on leashes. Our beach house rentals will be waiting for you once all the parks and other facilities reopen. You can rest assured that you will find an exceedingly clean, sterile, cozy, and comfortable place to enjoy the Central Oregon Coast upon arrival. We look forward to welcoming you to our home-away-from-home in Lincoln City again soon!