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Top 10 Attractions That Make Lincoln City a Destination to Look Forward to!

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our beach house rentals in 2021 when it’s safe to reopen. Travel might currently be restricted, but there is plenty to look forward to when visitors can once again check into our beach vacation rentals. Oregon locals are also fortunate to have a world-class destination at their fingertips once we’ve turned a corner. To celebrate the good news on the horizon, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 attractions in Lincoln City, Oregon that make this special part of the Pacific Northwest a great destination. Here are 10 excellent reasons to visit Lincoln City once travel restrictions are lifted:

  1. Chinook Winds Casino and Resort Center. This popular resort operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz includes a 35,000 square foot convention center, two floors of gaming, an arcade, live entertainment, multiple restaurants, a hotel with 227 rooms, daycare services, an immaculate golf course, and much more.

  2. Mossy Creek Pottery. Located in a quaint farmhouse cottage down a picturesque, forested lane off Highway 101, Mossy Creek Pottery is a destination for ceramic art lovers. More than 40 ceramic artists from the Pacific Northwest region display and sell their works here. A wide range of styles, techniques, and glazes are represented.

  3. Alderhouse Glass Blowers. Visitors are treated to a unique experience at Alder House, where experienced glass blowers work their magic right in front of your eyes and not behind a glass wall like some other blown glass studios. You can ask as many questions as you’d like, and of course, buy something before you leave! Lincoln City is known for blown glass, so you don’t want to leave without a unique glass piece.

  4. Lincoln City Outlets. Shopping is one of the top reasons to book one of our vacation homes or beach condo rentals. The Lincoln City Outlets ought to be the first stop on any future retail therapy excursions. The outlets offer dining, entertainment, and shopping from 49 top retailers ranging from American Eagle to Van Heusen.

  5. Siletz Bay Park. This park might just be a small patch of grass with a gazebo and education center, but it offers access to one of the most beautiful bays on the Oregon coast with amazing views of the Pacific. Siletz Bay is an ideal spot for clamming, crabbing, beach bonfires, and other seaside activities.  

  6. Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy. Visitors are invited to enjoy this beautiful garden from dawn to dusk seven days a week once it reopens. Wheelchair users and pets on leashes are also welcome. As you explore the grounds you will find many enchanting lanes and charming areas to sit, plus a gift shop where you can shop for plants and souvenirs. Purchases and donations also help support public access to the gardens.

  7. Taft Bay. If you’re visiting Lincoln City, you have to stop at the historic bayfront district on the southern side of the town known as Taft Bay. During a typical day, visitors can find artists, galleries, independent merchants, shops, bars, restaurants, and special events throughout the buzzing commercial district. The bay itself also offers a great place to take a walk, sit on a piece of driftwood, enjoy the view, and light a bonfire after dark.  

  8. Prehistoric. This is one of the most unique shops and education centers on the Oregon Coast, offering an impressive selection of fossils, meteorites, and minerals with a highly knowledgeable staff on hand to ask questions and provide information.

  9. Roads End State Recreation Site. When the beaches are too windy or crowded, head to the calm shelter of Roads End State Recreation Site to take a stroll, explore the tidepools, and discover a hidden cove at the end of a short path starting at a creek in the headlands. Just make sure to leave the cove before high tide, or you might find yourself stuck!

  10. Lincoln City Glass Center. Anyone exploring the blown glass traditions of Lincoln City should visit the glass center before leaving town. Here you can learn all about glass blowing and even learn how to create your own blown glass creation, which you can purchase and take home with you.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for anyone planning a trip to our beach house rentals in 2021. Lincoln City is a beach destination with virtually endless ways to spend your days at a safe point in the not-so-distant future. We look forward to welcoming you then!

Hike One of Lincoln City’s Many Trails on a Future Beach Vacation

A1 looks forward to welcoming guests like you to its beach house rentals. Lincoln City, Oregon is a fabulous place to visit any time of year and will make a wonderful winter getaway when you’re able to visit. Hiking is one fabulous way to spend time in this beautiful part of the Oregon Coast and planning now can ensure that your upcoming visit to Lincoln City and County is full of splendid views on outings that can range from pleasant strolls to mountain expeditions. The following list includes some of the top hiking trails so you can plan your future trip wisely.

Drift Creek Falls Bridge off Highway 101 south of Lincoln City

Drift Creek Falls

The car journey to find Drift Creek Falls Trailhead can be a bit bumpy as you head off Highway 101 and down Forest Road 17 for 10 miles, but that just adds to the adventure. Once you make the drive and head three miles down the trail, you’ll see the big payoff – a 240-foot suspension bridge that directs hikers to a massive waterfall shredding mist into the air.  

Agnes Creek

This 2-mile trail is a perfect outing for the whole family when staying in one of A1’s beach vacation rentals. Lincoln City visitors can easily find Agnes Creek at the end of Southwest Dune Avenue or Southwest 19th Street and will be instantly greeted by an expansive forest setting with Sitka spruce. You might even be lucky enough to spot a deer or witness nesting birds in the trees if you visit at the right time.   

Alder Island Nature Trail

The trail is only a half-mile loop, but you can easily spend hours exploring the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge while visiting the Alder Island Nature Trail five miles north of Lincoln City. Meander on and off the trail through marshland and forest areas that are home to marsh birds such as egrets and herons as well as many other types of local wildlife. The alder trees with their impressive height will also leave an impression after your first visit to this trail that starts just off Highway 101 on Millport Slough Lane after passing the Siletz River Bridge.

Cascade Head

This nature park should not be missed next time you check into one of our beach houses or beach condo rentals. Lincoln City is only three miles south of Cascade Head and its stunning views of the Salmon River Estuary and the Oregon Coast. There are four main trails for walkers to choose from, but it’s important to remember that bicycles, dogs, camping, fires, and the removal of any natural items are not allowed on any of these trails. The Lower Nature Conservancy Trailhead offers a two-mile uphill walk ending with views of the Salmon River Estuary and Oregon Coast year-round, while the one-mile Upper Nature Conservancy Trailhead walk is only open from July through December 31 to protect the Silver Spotted Butterfly. Harts Cove Trail is also only open from July 16 through the end of the year, but it is a far more challenging trail than the Upper Trailhead that ends in a beautiful cove where you might even spot sea lions and seals. The final trail, which takes you through these forests of Western hemlock and Sitka spruce, is the long and easygoing Cascade Head Inland Trail. It is open year-round and goes on for six miles.

The Knoll

This little gem of a trail is found on a smaller headland adjacent to Cascade Head where walkers of all ages and fitness levels can make their way up the half-mile incline to find themselves at a pleasant, meadowed hilltop with magnificent ocean views. The trailhead that leads to The Knoll, as it is affectionately called, is found by following Northeast Devils Lake Blvd. off Highway 101 until you reach a cul-de-sac that leads to the beginning of a forested trail.   These are among the most popular hiking trails in the area, but there are several other hiking trails in Lincoln County that are also worth exploring. The Cutler City Nature Trail, Friends of the Wildwood Trail, Regatta Grounds Park, and Spring Lake Trail are beautiful hikes for all sorts of walkers, and the surrounding counties offer many more options to choose from. A1 Beach Rentals looks forward to welcoming hikers and walkers like you in the future!

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.

Lincoln City’s Coastal Wildlife Is Easy to Enjoy from Dry Land

People come to stay in A1’s beach house rentals for many reasons, but enjoying the Great Outdoors is one of the most popular motivations for booking a stay in this part of the world. Lincoln City is ideally situated on the Oregon Coast with 7½ miles of stunning beaches, numerous public parks, and plenty of hiking trails where it’s easy to enjoy the area’s coastal wildlife without straying to far from any of our beach vacation rentals. Oregon is known for green trees, blue lakes, majestic ocean views, wild creatures, and all things nature. Why not book your stay now and look forward to enjoying all the coastal wildlife that this area has to offer?

Deer, Elk, and Butterflies Abound

You are bound to come in contact with some beautiful wildlife if you visit a local park or embark on one of the many hiking trails in and around Lincoln City. As long as you respect the boundaries of local animals and insects, and leave their environment as you left it, wildlife watching can be a marvelous pastime for the whole family or even for a solo adventure. You might not even need to visit a park or hiking trail to spot a Black-Tailed Mule Deer, though, as they are often spotted around Lincoln City’s residential neighborhoods. Roosevelt Elk, on the other hand, moves in herds around Devils Lake, nearby Cascade Head, and various local pastures. Cascade Head is also a great place to spot Oregon Silverspot Butterflies during warmer weather, as the Cascade Head Nature Conservancy supports a captive rearing program.

A Bird Watcher’s Delight

The secret is out: Lincoln City, Oregon is a great place for bird watching. Whether you book a quick weekend in one of our beach condo rentals or gather your bird watching gang for an extended stay, you’ll find no shortage of gorgeous coastal birds to spot, photograph, and check off your list. The Western Sandpiper is Oregon’s most common migrating shorebird, so you’re sure to spot some of those, as well as the ever-present Western Gulls and Pelagic Cormorant that call this area home year-round. Great Blue Herons, Great White Egrets, and Osprey are also commonly spotted around Siletz Bay. Some other local birds are less common, but still possible to spot with a close eye. The Western Snowy Plover can be found in nests on dry mudflats and open, sandy beaches, for example, but their populations have unfortunately declined. Bald Eagles have fortunately been removed from the endangered species list and can be spotted around Devils Lake and Siletz Bay. The Brown Pelican, Bufflehead, Dusky Canada Goose, Tufted Puffin, and Wood Duck can also be spotted when the time is right, usually around fall or winter. Of course, the ocean also offers a wondrous array of sea life to observe, from whales to starfish. In addition to wildlife, the weather itself can offer some wild experiences, so even if it’s raining outside you will be treated to the wonders of storm-watching on the Oregon Coast. Book your stay today and enjoy everything the Oregon Coast has to offer outside!

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.    

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!