Spend the Day in Lincoln City

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lincoln City, located on the Oregon Coast in Lincoln County, boasts 7.5 miles of sprawling sandy beaches, beautiful rivers such as the Salmon River and Cascade Head, and also Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which adorns the southern part of city. With magnificent natural beauty, Lincoln City has a lot to offer simply by stepping outside. The following are a few activities to check out while visiting the alluring Lincoln City, Oregon.

Head to the Water
With numerous parks and trails meandering through the woods, open spaces, and along the coast of the city, Lincoln City is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Bordered by the 680-acre Devils Lake on the east, the city offers ample water activities as well, including a plethora of fishing options. Rent a boat and buy bait and tackle at Blue Heron Landing for a beautiful day of fishing, or take to the lake in a canoe, kayak, motor boat, pontoon boat, hydrobike or jet ski for hours of fun! For more information about Blue Heron Landing, click: here

Lighthouse Views
Explore beautiful tide pools and witness Oregon’s tallest lighthouse at Yaquina Head Natural Area. Standing at 93 feet tall, the lighthouse has been a beacon of guidance since it was first built in 1873. Make sure to check out the little off-shore islands in the Natural Area, too, as the Oregon coast is a year-round sanctuary for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. If you are spending a summertime Oregon Beach vacation in Lincoln City, be sure to check the coast for gray whales, as they tend to feed in the shallow waters around the headland during these months. For more information on visits to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, click: here.

Explore Your Culinary Side
If you find yourself visiting Lincoln City on a rainy day, check out The Culinary Center. Express your inner foodie or chef and experience a variety of foods of the Pacific Northwest. The Culinary Center in Lincoln City offers a wide assortment of classes to choose from based on different skill sets and interests. The center also features locally grown and raised foods including organic vegetables, grass-fed natural meats, prairie-raised chickens and a vast array of fresh, local seafood and shellfish, of course. For more information on visiting The Culinary Center in Lincoln City, click: here.  
Take a Hike
If you’re looking for a breathtaking adventure while vacationing in Lincoln City, check out Drift Creek Falls for a hiking experience you won’t soon forget. A 1.5 mile, moderately difficult hike that traverses rock and native materials, a trek at Drift Creek Falls also offers a trail across a suspension bridge that overlooks a waterfall, providing an aerial view of the rain forest canopies. For more information, call (503) 392-3161.
So the next time you book an Oregon Beach vacation, take a day to spend time in Lincoln City and check out some of these great activities to help guide you along the way.

10 Museums to Visit on the Oregon Coast

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Oregon Coastline has a rich history. Oregon beach vacations often incorporate a great deal of outdoor activity. Learning about the area you are exploring can be accomplished by visiting one of the coast’s wonderful museums. Whether you are looking for an educational experience or simply a way to pass the time during a storm, there is often a museum that will suit your needs in a town nearby. The areas around many Oregon coast rentals have museums based on nautical history as well as those focusing on the area’s settlers. Take a look at our list below to find a museum near you.

Columbia River Maritime Museum: Astoria, Oregon
This museum features six galleries focusing on the Pacific Northwest’s maritime history. See what it was like to live on the coast many years ago.

Cannon Beach History Center and Museum: Cannon Beach, Oregon
The exhibits in this museum will entertain any lover of Cannon Beach. History buffs, scientists, artists, and people of all types are encouraged to check out the variety of exhibits based on coastal Oregonian life. The history center and museum is a must see if you are staying in any of the Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals.

North Lincoln County Historical Museum: Lincoln City, Oregon
This museum features a variety of exhibits mostly based around the maritime history of the area. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will answer any questions you may have.

The Burrows House: Newport, Oregon
Visit this Queen-Anne Victorian house which holds a long and colorful history. The house was built in 1895 and is an ode to how life used to be on the central Oregon Coast. The house can be visited before or after visiting the Log Cabin Museum which is right next door.

Waldport Heritage Museum: Waldport, Oregon
Learn how the wonderful city of Waldport was when settled in 1879. The museum seeks to provide a place to preserve and display artifacts which illustrate the history of South Lincoln County. Old photographs, newspapers, letters, and articles are what help make this museum a unique and interesting place to visit.

Little Log Church Museum: Yachats, Oregon
This museum is located in a rustic building that has been part of this little coastal community for many decades. The church itself was built in the shape of a cross from local timber which was hauled down the Yachats River in 1930. The museum includes local artifacts and contemporary works of art.

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum: Florence, Oregon
The Siuslaw Pioneer Museum focuses on the fishermen and loggers who first settled the area. Pictures and various artifacts fill the museum and will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Siuslaw river area.

Umpqua Discovery Center Reedsport, Oregon
The goal of the Umpqua Discovery Center is to preserve the Oregon “Tidewater Community” experience through natural and cultural history exhibits. Learn about the area’s settlers and the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest while at the discovery center.

Douglas County Museum: Roseburg, Oregon
A museum which has been the preserving and exhibiting the natural and cultural history of the area for more than 50 years. Come learn about the Cascades Mountain Range, the crashing surf of Winchester Bay, and everything in between.

Coos Historical and Maritime Museum: North Bend, Oregon
A museum featuring maritime, lifesaving, and other exhibits based on the local history of Southeast Oregon. The museum’s mission is “To enhance the intellectual, civic, and cultural life of Oregon’s South Coast by facilitating awareness of local history.”

Take the time to enjoy yourself and learn a little bit about the area during your stay in Oregon!

Oregon Coast Fall Events

Monday, September 15, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when the leaves begin to change, the temperatures cool down, and life gets a little simpler. If you are planning to spend some time this fall on an Oregon Beach vacation, check out some of the following events that are sure to make for a pleasant getaway for you and your family.

16th Annual Dog Show on the Beach, Oct. 18, 2014
Found on Cannon Beach, right in front of the Surfsand Resort, is a community event perfect for all dog lovers. Prizes are awarded in more than 20 categories. For a fun day at the beach with your best friend, check out the dog show. Proceeds benefit the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. For more information, click: here.

Stormy Weather Arts Festival, Nov. 7-9, 2014
A collection of talent congregates for this annual art festival on Cannon Beach. While on vacation on the Oregon Coast this fall, make sure to check out this festival if your timing is right. Stop by the galleries and shops to view a collection of local art or pop into one of the hotels or restaurants that host an assortment of writers, singers, composers, painters, sculptors, and more. Amplify your coastal vacation with culture and art from the locals themselves. For more information, click: here.  

Artober Brewfest, Oct. 4, 2014
A festival featuring some of the best in local art and craft beer, the Artober Brewfest will be a family-friendly event that also offers great food and entertainment to celebrate the people and accomplishments of Lincoln City. Located at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, the Artober Brewfest would make for an enjoyable afternoon for the entire family while vacationing on the Oregon coast. For more information, click: here.

14th Annual Oyster Cloyster Festival, Nov. 1, 2014
If you like oysters then you’re going to love the Oregon coast in the fall…especially if you find yourself in town during Newport’s annual Oyster Cloyster Festival! Join in an evening of fun, food, and…you guessed it…oysters! Also offering clam chowder, appetizers, desserts, rich coffees and a selection of Oregon wines and micro brews, this festival is one that is sure to please your palate and your appetite. Proceeds from the event go towards the Oregon Coast Community College’s Aquarium Science Program and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. So if you find yourself in the area on November 1, make sure to check out the Oyster Cloyster festival in Newport to help support local organizations while enjoying a plethora of good food and beverages. For more information, click: here.

There are many festivals and celebrations along the Oregon Beach coast this fall, so if you and your loved ones decide to take an autumn getaway, make sure to check them out, and one of the above if the timing is right, for an truly enjoyable, and local experience. 

The Best Places to Fly a Kite on Oregon Beach

Thursday, September 4, 2014

If you’re looking for a peaceful yet exciting way to spend a day at the beach, taking a colorful kite to the sky might be the perfect adventure for you, especially while on an Oregon Beach vacation. The wide open beaches and continuous wind coming in from the Pacific Ocean make the Oregon Coast an ideal place for flying a kite. While on vacation, head to the beach with a kite for a great family activity or check out one of the area’s many kite festivals every year. The following are three of the best places along the Oregon Beach coast that are ideal to taking to the highest heights with a kite.

Lincoln City
Soaring high above your head, in all shapes and sizes and in every color of the rainbow, kites at Lincoln City’s three yearly kite festivals are a must-see in person! With two annual festivals held outdoors and one indoors, the impressive kites, kite flyers and spectators that flock to these festivals deemed Lincoln City one of the best places to fly a kite in North America, according to Kitelines Magazine. In addition to the world-class festivals, Lincoln City also offers kite building workshops and kite flying lessons, as well. No matter what time of year it is, it’s always a good time to fly a kite in Lincoln City!

Rockaway Beach
Another perfect place to take your family to fly a kite is Rockaway Beach. Ideal wind conditions and plenty of space to freely fly make this 7 miles of beach a great place to take to the sky with your kite. Rockaway Beach also holds an annual kite flying festival that has been going on for more than 25 years, and is geared towards helping children build small kites and learning how to fly them. For more information about the festival, click: here.

Cannon Beach
The large open space of Cannon Beach makes it an optimal choice for flyers looking for a fun place to exercise their kites! Without any obstructions, the wide-open beach allows for steady, smooth winds off of the Pacific Ocean to keep kites flying high for hours of favorable fun! The natural scenic beauty of the area will rival even the most magnificent kites, for a truly enjoyable experience.

So if you find yourself on the Oregon Coast, I hope after reading this you choose to take part in a kite flying adventure, whether you are a beginner or an expert, and check out one of these three places to hit the open sky…because you won’t be disappointed!

Spend the Day at the Oregon Aquarium

Monday, September 1, 2014

Nestled in the alluring Yaquina Bay, located in Newport, Oregon, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is a world-class marine attraction, full of mysteries of the deep. One of the state’s most popular tourist stops, the aquarium’s top-notch educational resources bring more than 400,000 students to visit every year, causing it to be one of the state’s leading centers for ocean education and a must-see on any Oregon Beachvacation!

Perfect for all members of the family, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has a little something for everyone. With summer camps and educational classes going on every day for the kids, and exhibits including a giant Pacific Octopus that the adults are sure to enjoy, the aquarium is the perfect stop for any family vacation. Rain or shine, the aquarium is open, making it a perfect activity, even on a gloomy day.  

Often referred to as a living classroom, the aquarium’s vast reputation for excellence in hands-on education has landed it in Parents Magazine, Forbes Traveler, USA Today and Coastal Living, which named the Oregon Coast Aquarium one of the top ten in the nation! These accolades have people coming from all across the state, and the country, to visit the Oregoncoast beaches and experience what everyone is talking about at the state aquarium.

Featuring a 1.32 million-gallon “Passages of the Deep” exhibit, Oregon’s aquarium offers 5,000 different marine animals for visitors to view from a 360-degree vantage point. An acrylic walkway leads visitors right through a shark-filled tank that connects three large ocean habitats, connected by a 200-foot underwater tunnel.

One of the most famous creatures at the Oregon Coast Aquarium is the Giant Pacific Octopus. With the largest ever caught, weighing in at approximately 600 pounds, this massive creature of the deep can be found billowing over rocks and tunnels and hiding in the nooks and crannies of its tank. Said to be as smart as a house cat, but with an arm span of over ten feet, the aquarium’s own Pacific octopus can be seen swimming in and out of his underwater cave. These animals can be found along the western coast of North America, but you’re guaranteed a sighting when you visit this aquarium.

Oregon’s diverse wildlife is also proudly represented at the aquarium, displaying animals from the sea to the sky. With one of the largest outdoor seabird aviaries in North America, visitors can see tuted puffins, common murres, and graceful pigeon guillemots, among many others.

So next time you find yourself visiting the Oregon coast, make sure to check out the Oregon Coast Aquarium and for an unforgettable experience for the entire family. 

Best Breathtaking Views on the Oregon Coast

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Oregon Coast features many fascinating and breathtaking views you can view during Oregon vacations. There are beautiful beaches, lighthouses, hiking trails, viewpoints, and many more places to see while on Oregon beach vacations. Here are some places you might want to visit during your Oregon vacations.

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock is a beautiful monolith in Cannon Beach. It is located approximately 235 feet over the beach. Haystack Rock is one of the best known landmarks to be found in Cannon Beach. The area is also a good place to see wildlife. There is an area under Haystack Rock called the Marine Garden. This area has marine life like crabs, seastars, and algae. Make sure not to disturb the marine life as you see Haystack Rock.  Also enjoy a walk on Cannon Beach while visiting the area.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse, which is the tallest lighthouse located in Oregon, is near Newport. The light in this lighthouse was first active in 1873, and it now has its own pattern. Make sure to check out this beautiful lighthouse when you are near Newport. There are informative guided tours of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

Bob Straub State Park
The Bob Straub State Park is located in Pacific City. You can visit the beach and go on the horse trail at the park. You can also see the sand spit of the Nestucca River. The park is a great place to go for a hike and see the nice views of the Pacific Ocean while on your Oregon vacations. There are two different trails to take for a hiking adventure during Oregon vacations. One trail is located near the Nestucca River, while the other trail provides ocean views.

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
There is a Three Capes Scenic route in Oregon, and the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is among these capes with a beautiful view. It is more than 200 feet above the ocean. You can see birds such as sea birds, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons. While you are visiting, make sure to check out the park, which includes hiking trails and a walking trail. Also consider taking a tour at the Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
The Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint can be found near Depoe Bay. This is a great place to see gray whales as well as many birds including pelicans, loons, albatrosses, grebes, and murrelets. Enjoy a nice picnic on the coast while watching the beautiful waves in this area. You can also walk along a trail to see tide pools.

Want more recommendations for interesting places to visit on the Oregon Coast? There are many great activities and places to see while in Oregon. Contact Oregon Beach Vacations today for help with planning your vacation. We have many recommendations on places for you to visit and to enjoy exploring during Oregon vacations.  

5 Must-Visit Seafood Restaurants on the Oregon Coast

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Oregon Coast is home to many great seafood restaurants. From the clam chowder and shrimp to the

crabs and local fish, there is a variety of seafood to choose from when you visit these restaurants. Here are five of the best restaurants you can plan to visit during your Oregon beach vacations.

1. Mo’s is one of the best known seafood restaurants on the Oregon Coast. There are two of the restaurants in Newport, and the other locations are Florence, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach, and Otter Rock. The first restaurant opened in Newport. One of the best items to get at the restaurant is the clam chowder, and this clam chowder base can be shipped to you. There are other items like Mo’s chowder bowls and gifts to order online. Residents and visitors in Oregon enjoy having meal at a Mo’s location.

2. Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market can be found in Cannon Beach. The majority of the seafood at the restaurant is seafood from the Pacific Ocean. Seafood includes the fresh Oregon shrimp meat and the whole cooked crab. Many Cannon Beach locals enjoy the clam chowder at Ecola Seafoods. You can purchase items like fresh seafood, Oregon jams, and kitchen gadgets as gifts. Consider visiting the restaurant while vacationing in Cannon Beach.

3. Local Ocean Seafoods is a great restaurant in Newport. Enjoy beautiful views of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, the bay, and the harbor while visiting the restaurant. The menu has a variety of items including fish tacos, crab cakes, oyster and spinach salad, black cod, and homemade ice cream. Make sure to check out the Local Ocean Seafoods’ fish market as well.

4. The Bandon Fish Market is located in Bandon in the southern part of Oregon’s coast. The Bandon Fish Market has been serving seafood for more than 28 years. The restaurant is best known for its Fish n’Chips. This meal has a custom batter and is served with fries and either coleslaw or garlic toast. Other menu items include the calamari basket, the jumbo prawns, the steamer clams, and the grilled salmon sandwich.

5. The Luna Sea Fish House in downtown Yachats is a great restaurant to visit on the Oregon Coast. Menu items include the wild king salmon, the halibut and chips, an oyster sandwich, and the breakfast items like pancakes. Canned items from the Luna Sea Fish House can be shipped. You might want to visit this excellent restaurant while staying in a Yachats vacation rental during Oregon vacations.

If you are interested in learning more about Oregon Coast restaurants, contact Oregon Beach Vacations today. We can provide you with more recommendations regarding restaurants on the Oregon Coast so you can decide which restaurants to visit during your Oregon vacations. Let us help you with your vacation planning needs, and you can enjoy your Oregon vacations near the beaches of Oregon!