Whale Watching

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.

The Whales are Coming!!!

whalespoutLater in December and Early January is a great time for whale watching on the Oregon Coast.  This is typically when the numbers are highest during the whale migration. (again in March and April)  For the guests of Lincoln City Beach Retreats you will be able to sit right at the window, grab those binoculars and watch to your heart’s content.   The easiest way to spot them is to watch for the spray of water from their blowhole.  This is best when the sea is calm and you don’t have a lot of white caps.   Once you know their location you can then focus your binoculars in the general vicinity  for a closer view.   If you would prefer a more up close experience I might suggest taking a short trip down to Depoe Bay (10 miles south on 101) and booking a trip on a whale watching boat.

All along the coast during the height of the migration (December 27-31, March 19-26) you will find “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites (map) with volunteers that can help you observe this natural phenomenon.  This program is sponsored by Oregon State Parks.  Locations with guides close to Lincoln City include the Inn at Spanish Head and Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint.

What are you waiting for… Book your visit to the Oregon Coast for a Whale of a time!

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