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Tide Pools – Learn About What You See

tidepoolLincoln City will be offering “clinics” about the creatures that you may find when you are exploring the tide pools in the area.   Periodically from March thru July, you can join Dr. Chuck at the 15th Street Beach Access where he will provide a brief lecture and then take you on a tour of the tidepools where you can see sea creatures like starfish, anemones, crabs.   Each of the clinics will last about 2 hours.

Make sure you bring some gloves, and depending on weather you may want raingear and sunscreen as well.   It’s also nice to have rubber boots to trudge around in the water.

These are the current dates and times:

      Sunday, March 13, 2016 @ 10:00am

15thstreet beach access

    Friday, March 18, 2016 @ 4:30pm
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 @ 4:00pm
    Saturday, April 9, 2016 @ 8:30am
    Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 2:00pm
    Monday, May 9, 2016 @ 9:00am
    Wednesday, June 8, 2016 @ 9:30am
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 12noon
    Thursday, July 7, 2016 @ 9:00am
    Sunday, July 24, 2016 @ 10:00am

To get there from Highway 101 head WEST (toward the ocean) on NW 15th Street.   This beach access has a parking lot and there are restrooms here as well.   You could actually walk here if you were staying at Lincoln City Beach Retreats – Vacation Rentals.

Extremely easily accessible and you get a lighthouse as a bonus is Yaquina Head – south of Lincoln City in Newport.

Extreme Weather – Use Caution

lc storm2We have seen some very extreme weather on the Oregon Coast overLC storm3 the past few days with everything from flooding to extremely high waves.  Yesterday 12/11 it was reported to us that the beaches had been closed in Lincoln City because of the extreme waves and debris being tossed about.  At our Lincoln City Beach Retreats condos the property management has also closed our direct access to the beaches for everyone’s safety.  These are pictures taken from the property.  When the weather breaks it will be fun exploring around the driftwood (CAUTION: Driftwood is not stable and it is extremely heavy and can move at the slightest touch…  many people are injured every year by shifting driftwood… USE Caution)

Now is a great time to stay indoors and experience the sheer power of the Pacific. Both of our vacation rental condos are 3rd floor units with an absolutely unobstructed view.   Book your stay now and enjoy the fabulous show directed by mother nature from the comfort  and warmth of your oceanfront rental.

As a side note December/January are months when you can view the whale migrations.  When there isn’t a storm brewing be sure to be watching for the whales, sea birds, and other ocean life that will on occasion pass us by.   I also find it fun to watch the fishing boats and sometimes they are close enough you can break out the binoculars and see onto the decks of the boats.   Don’t forget as well that winter season is the time for Lincoln City’s Finder’s Keepers.   If you find one of the art glass float out on the beach it is yours to keep.

Finders Keepers is Coming – Oct 17, 2015 – Nov 12 Special Drop

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There will be a special float drop on November 12, 2015 celebrating Veterans Day.  50 Red White and Blue floats will be placed for your beach-combing pleasure.   Let us know if you find one!!!

The annual glass float tradition continues.   This year starting on October 17th and continuing until Memorial Day (May 30, 2016) you will have the opportunity to once again Find and Keep these absolutely stunning pieces of art glass created by local glass artists.

Floats and other art glass are found ABOVE the tide line and below beach embankments along the 7 1/2 miles of public beach from Roads End, down to the Siletz bay.  They do not “bury” them but they are sometimes cleverly hidden in the grasses and in the driftwood.   Floats are also NOT placed during storms.

We’d love you to plan a family holiday to Lincoln City for some float hunting.  Perhaps you can start a new family tradition.   Lincoln City Beach Retreats offers great accommodations and we currently have many dates available for fall and early winter bookings.

Spring Break on the Oregon Coast…

ca and or 012Spring Break is a great time to spend some time with your family on the Oregon Coast. There is a great article HERE that lists over 30 things that you can do while visiting Lincoln City, Oregon that would cost little or nothing for you to do.

It’s real easy to get the feeling that when we go on vacation, or for a day trip on our days off, that we have to go go go and spend spend spend.  This list is proof that this is NOT necessarily the case.   Highlights from this list include:

  • Visit the North Lincoln County Historical Museum.
  • Walk the Beach
  • Whale Watch (March and April are good times)
  • Hike the Lower Nature Conservancy Trail
  • Explore a Tide Pool During Low Tide

As winter starts to fade and we anticipate the arrival of summer perhaps a Spring Break visit to the Oregon Coast is just what you need. We’d like to encourage you to get your spring break reservations early so we are offering $40.00 off of your next rental with us… (and NO, your stay doesn’t have to be during spring break to get the deal… maybe you’ve already thinking about a summer vacation.) When booking your reservation at Lincoln City Beach Retreats just enter the coupon code SB40 to receive your discount.