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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


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.

Lincoln City Chalk Art Challenge – July 11

chalkitupIf you happen to be in Lincoln City on July 11th you should plan to stop at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (just north of the D river and south of 6th) for the Chalk Art Competition.   This is the second time this event has been held in what appears to be a new annual event for the city.

All skill levels (children, families and accomplished artists) are invited to attend.   The day starts with a free workshop from a professional chalk art instructor from 9 to 11 and then everyone is invited to create their masterpieces from 11 to 3.   The competition is broken into categories for the awards and prizes.

If you are not wanting to be a chalk artist there will be booths setup on the lawn that will sell food and drink.  Stop by and take a look at what these artists are doing…

There’s always something fun going on in Lincoln City or the surrounding area.   Perhaps you should consider visiting… Lincoln City Beach Retreats can offer you accommodations…check us out!

Lincoln City, OR – Top 5 Things to Do

Lincolnkf-2102-300x177 City is just big enough to have what you may need without having to drive long distances yet it is small enough to still maintain much of it’s “beach town” feel.

In the years that we have been visiting, we have stayed in hotels and vacation rentals, have eaten at many of the restaurants in town, walked the miles and miles of beaches, shopped at the souvenir shops, visited the galleries, and on each visit had an absolutely great time.   So this post is going to give you a few of my favorite things to do in Lincoln City… Additional will follow and by all means enter your comments of things that you love to do when you are here.

1. Finders Keepers Glass Float Hunt – Each year starting in October glass floats by local glass blowing artists are placed on the beach to be found by beachcombers.   Each year they add an additional float so in 2014-15 there will be 2015 floats to be found from mid October until Memorial Day.

2. Kite Flying – There is almost always one certainty on the Oregon Coast and that is that it will be windy.  This makes for some great kite flying and there are a number of local shops where you can purchase a kite to fly.   There are also Kite festivals in June and October that feature kites being flown to music and some really impressive display kites.

3. Whale Watching – December-January and March-June are great Gray Whale watching times.  I actually love to go to Depot Bay which is just south of Lincoln City (boasts of having the smallest harbor in the world) and watch from the whale watching center that is located there.   I’m told there are 40-50 Whales that make the Newport to Lincoln City area their home and can be seen year round so don’t dismay if you can’t get there during the migrations.

4.  There are a lot of Galleries in Lincoln City area… glass is pretty prevalent.  My favorite is the Freed Gallery on the south side of town.  A number of years ago I absolutely fell in love with their wind sculpture forest, and I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of a wind sculpture for my birthday a few years later.   Many artists are featured and the gallery is different every time you visit.

5.  Lincoln city also has many restaurants that are worth mentioning.  We used to love to go to Dory Cove when it was down in Road’s End.  It is still pretty good but we miss the old ambiance and neighborhood feel of the new place.   Blackfish Cafe has great food.  We like lunch there always something unique.  Kyllo’s has great ambiance and great seafood and it is right on the water at the D River (shortest river in the world),  Wildflower Grill on the North End of town is absolutely fabulous and is located in a cottage that overlooks the wetlands.   There are many many others these are just a few of my favorites.

If you are looking for accommodations while in Lincoln City check out our Oceanfront Rental Condos – “Seas the Day” and “SandSational” at Lincoln City Beach Retreats