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.

Looking for a Vacation Rental? – Tips for the Search…

Are you looking for a vacation rental in Lincoln City?  Here are some things that you should keep in mind and some “best practice” ideas as you perform your search and enjoy your getaway.

1. Check out more than one rental and start searching early…
There are a lot of vacation rentals in Lincoln City!  We recommend that you start your search early so you will have the best availability and will be able to compare properties that meet your criteria.  All to often we focus on which property is going to be the least expensive for our stay.   You will find that there are search engines galore that will allow you to find the properties in the area and then sort them by nightly rate.  What I suggests is that you choose the area in town where you would like to be located. (do you want to be on the bay… does it have to be oceanfront…is a quiet neighborhood more to your liking, etc.)  Then take a look at amenities of the property… does it need to have a hot tub or a pool?  How many bedrooms and baths?   How many will you need to sleep… I’m sure you have others that are important to your and your family.   I then suggest that you call or email the property owners or their property managers.  How responsive are they to your inquiry?  What do they consider to be some of the best features of their property.   It is likely that you already know this from their property listing but there may be additional items not listed.  If you have seen online reviews of past guests that are of concern ask them to clarify or offer further insight.

Once you’ve done your homework, compare all of the properties and then use your “gut” as to which is going to fit best with you and your family’s needs and budget.

The closer you get to your arrival date the few properties that will be available and you may just have to “settle” for a place to lay your head.

2. Inquire about housekeeping
Different vacation rentals will offer different housekeeping options. Predominately what you will find in Lincoln City is a set fee that is charged per rental to cover the cleaning of the property. (Prices will vary based on size of property, number of bedrooms and bathrooms and many other factors.)   At Lincoln City Beach Retreats we also offer “additions” to the standard cleaning fee.  These additions can be for towels, bedding changes or even daily maid service if you would like.   I have also seen a few rentals that allow you to bring your own towels and bedding and have a potentially lower cleaning fee due to the savings in labor and cost of laundry.   On very rare occasion you may find a rental that will allow you to do cleaning.   I would be cautious of this last option as the prior guest may not have the same standards of “clean” as you do and you may end up cleaning the property to just be able to spend your first night.

Aldo consider  is the availability of the cleaning staff.   If something were to occur (think emergency) and you needed to have the unit cleaned is this going to be an option and how quickly could it occur? What will be the cost involved for a non-planned cleaning?

You should also ask what “necessities” are included in the unit… In addition to towels and sheets does the rental  include items like toilet paper, tissues, paper towel, basic bathroom amenities (bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotions), dish soap,  etc?

3. Clarify the policies related to security deposits and damages
Some condo rentals require a form of security deposit or insurance in addition to the rental fee. You may need to clarify with owner or property manager which is required and how each are handled.   In most cases a security deposit is used to protect the owner from damage caused to the property that it not normal wear and tear or for the replacement of items that turn up missing. (binoculars, sheets and towels, remote controls, artwork, etc.)  If a security deposit is collected they are generally returned to you within a few days of the rental.   In the case of the rentals at Lincoln City Beach Retreats we do charge a security deposit and refund them to the same card they were charged on within 3-5 days of your departure.

Another option that is becoming popular with vacation rentals is “insurance” type products.   In this case you pay a one time fee (generally a set amount) that the owner uses to purchase insurance that can then be used in the case of damages or missing items.   If the property uses this type of product you typically will NOT be refunded the amount that you paid as it was used to purchase the insurance just in case.   Lincoln City Beach Retreats does not currently offer this option but we are considering it for the new year.

4. Spend time reading the rental agreement / contract
Most vacation rental owners will provide a copy of their rental agreement when you make an inquiry about the rental.   It is almost guaranteed that you will be agreeing to a contract or rental agreement of some kind when deposits and/or confirmed bookings are created.

The contract will contain information that will help you decide if you would like to rent this property.   In addition to information about the fees,  security deposits and refund policies,  you should also find information about policies related to property and perhaps even the surrounding neighborhood.  These could include things like quite hours, number of cars allowed on the streets, garbage collection days, pool or hot tube guidelines, smoking and pet policies and many more.   Read through this document.  You will be held responsible for the information that it contains and knowing this information will reduce the amount of questions you may have as you get closer to your arrival dates.   It is also important to note that in this electronic age that entering into a contract via an electronic acceptance is becoming the norm.   Our rental agreements clearly indicate at time of payment that if you continue and provide payment that you are agreeing to all of the terms and conditions.     Make sure you know what this document says.

5. Take pictures of the entire rental on your first day
I like to suggest that on your arrival while you are exploring the property that you take a set of pictures of the entire property as it was before you move your stuff in.  There is a two fold purpose for this… First, you will have undisturbed pictures to post on your Facebook and Twitter accounts of the great property that you are going to spending some time enjoying, and second if there is ever a question about damages you have pictures to back you up.

We do ask all of our guests to report damage to us immediately on arrival. Sometimes we ask for a picture of the damage so that we can arrange the appropriate repairman.

This is certainly not a comprehensive list but as you navigate the vacation rental marketplace we hope we have given you some ideas that will help you to make an informed decision for an enjoyable stay that will create lifelong memories for you and your family.

 

It’s Sandcastle Contest Time – Aug 8th

sandcastleThe annual sandcastle building contest in Lincoln City  is upon us once again.   If you are in the area on August 8th you should plan on stopping down at the dock on SW 51st Street in the Taft area to join in the festivities.    The event will run from 11am until 5pm and is being sponsored by the Bay Area Merchants.

Fast Facts:

  1. The entry fee is one can of food per builder/team (it will be donated to the food bank)
  2. You can decide what you want your castle/sculpture to be… Keep it family friendly
  3. You can only use natural items found on the beach that day in your sculpture (sand, sticks, shells, water)
  4. Hand tools and forms are permitted but not for support of the final sculpture.  (No Power Tools)
  5. Under age 12 can receive advice but no assistance from adults.
  6. Judging will take place at 3:30pm.
  7. Professional Sand Artists are disqualified from winning the 100.00 prize but we’d love to see your work.
  8. You MUST BE PRESENT to Win

The categories include:

  • Groups (or families)
  • Pairs (or couples)
  • Individuals over 12 years of age
  • Individuals under 12 years of age

Come on out with all of your creativity and have a good time on the beach.   The Lincoln City Beach Retreats condos are booked for this weekend perhaps we could accommodate you for another family fun weekend.   You can also find additional information by going here.

 

In the Interest of Safety – Tsunami Information

earthquaketsunamiHere are some things you should be aware of regarding tsunamis if you are staying in Lincoln City or one of our condos at the Sea Gypsy.   In each of the Lincoln City Beach Retreats units you will find a tsunami and information brochure that contains this information as well.

A tsunami is a large wave that is usually triggered by an earthquake.  The Pacific Tsunami Warning System has been designed to use ocean based sensors and land based warning systems to help alert those in the Pacific basin of tsunami threats.   2015 marks the 50 year anniversary of this system being in place.

There are some key things to keep in mind...

1. Earthquakes are nature’s tsunami warning signal.  If you feel a strong earthquake move from low lying areas as quickly as it is possible to safely do so.  Not all earthquakes will cause a tsunami but if you feel a strong one it is better to be safe than sorry.

2.  Lincoln City has tsunami sirens.  If you hear these sirens blaring continuously for 3 minutes you should proceed to higher ground.  In the case of the Sea Gypsy your best bet it to head North on Inlet Avenue up to 12th and then over to Hwy 1tsunamievac01.  There is an assembly area on 15th street and another at the community center up on 21st.   You can see the evacuation route map here.  Don’t take your car!  You  should also be aware that there will be tsunami evacuation symbols painted on the pavement and on sign posts.  (Lincoln City does tsunami siren testing on Wednesdays between 11am and noon.  This will be a short blast of 20-30 seconds and not the long continuous blast you will hear in the event of an actual warning.)

3. Tsunamis are often preceded by a noticeable drop in the sea level and you can often times hear what sounds like the roar or a train or a jet engine.  Don’t go down to the beach to investigate!  If you can see the wave you are likely too close to it to outrun it.  If you can’t get to higher ground find a taller concrete or block structure building and get to the 3rd floor.

4.  A tsunami is not a single wave but multiple waves.  You should make sure that the all clear has sounded before you venture back into a tsunami zone and you should never enter any buildings that have been exposed to a tsunami wave until cleared by local authorities.

While we can’t prevent earthquakes and tsunamis from happening we can reduce the impact they may have on our lives by being prepared and knowing what to do if one were to occur.