I think that one of the main reasons Lincoln City, OR is one of my favorite places along the Oregon Coast is because it brings back memories of my childhood.
It's the coastal city that my family always came to. We would start out early in the morning from our home in Milwaukie, Oregon and hit the beaches a couple of hours later.
We'd stop and eat breakfast at the Pixie Kitchen and my dad would allow me some time to enjoy the pixies in the rear of the restaurant and to look at myself in the goofy carnival mirrors in the front.
After that, we would head out to the sand for the remainder of the day, until it was time to go back home sometime that evening. The memories are sweet. ;)
This wonderful city is a must-stop for thousands of coastal visitors every year. The events, the attractions and the warm, welcoming beaches bring them here in droves. Known for being one of the top 25 places to retire in America,
Lincoln City is home to such popular events like it's annual kite festival (one of the world's largest), the Japanese glass float hunt, and is home to the shortest river in the world, the "D" River, measuring in at only 120 feet in length and 22 feet deep.
The weather tends to be rather mild and ranges from 45° to 80°. You never can tell when there may be a spell of rain coming your way, so it's best to be prepared with warm, dry clothing and umbrellas. The idea is to be ready whichever way the weather may turn.
The storms along the coastline are one of the awesome things that bring people here from all over the world. There is a smallish motel called the Cozy Cove that has in-room Jacuzzi tubs butted up against large plate glass windows facing the beach. It's oh-so relaxing during a storm, sitting among the hot tub jets and watching the waves go wild outside. It's very cool and something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
7 miles of walkable beach provides a great area for a casual stroll, searching the many tide pools for amazing sea life, having a picnic and burying each other in the warm sand or going all out for your beach wedding in the fresh air and welcoming water, lapping at your toes. A trip downtown will give you enough things to do to keep you busy for at least a good week.
Are you into antiques? Lincoln City has some wonderful little shops, full-up on some fine antiques for your shopping pleasure. Wanting to learn to blow glass? There are a few glass shops along the way supplying visitors with the classes they need to become expert glass blowers. A well-blown piece of glass art is a terrific addition to any homes decor.
Care to take a shot at the crap tables? Do a bit of gambling at the gorgeous Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Is a relaxing or challenging game of golf more your thing? Go golfing at one or more of the professional golf courses that the city offers. Stop into a few of the various fresh seafood markets and pick up something wonderful for a romantic dinner for two or go all out and visit one of the many restaurants that serve the freshest seafood and streaks you can find.
The central Oregon Coast city has a bunch of great luxury resorts, hotels, motels and Bed & Breakfasts to indulge in a nice, long rest. Many are on the beach, overlooking the ocean and others are nestled right in town.
If you're more of the outdoors person, set up a tent at one of the many state parks and campgrounds or park your RV and enjoy a week of privacy and solitude. Hiking, fishing, crabbing, clamming, whale watching, and, and, and. You will never run out of things to do here. Just about anything you can think of to do in a coastal community, you will find an outlet for.
If you decide that this is the place to make a permanent residence at, you'll find many helpful realtors in the area to help you with that perfect Oregon Coast home. Maybe we can be neighbors and I'll have you over for fresh Dungeness crab some night. Sound good? ;)
Enjoy your stay!