Hiking the Knoll in Lincoln City, Oregon

If you’re traveling to a vacation rental this summer in either the Lincoln City or Roads End area of Oregon, be sure to check out this hiking area. The locals call it the Knoll.

View of the Knoll from Sal la Sea Drive
View of the Knoll from Sal la Sea Drive

It is a fun workout and extremely steep hike that is about a mile or so long. The rugged forest air is invigorating and you might even see some deer on your trek up. As you near the top of the Knoll, you can hear the rolling waves crashing against the Oregon coastline. The exercise and experience from this hike make it completely worth it. If you and your family are looking for something new and challenging to do while exploring the outdoors in Lincoln City and Roads End, then this hike is for you.

To find the hiking area, head up to Roads End, just past Safeway and the Chinook Winds Resort and Casino. Continue on NE Logan Road until you get to NE Sal la Sea Drive. It’s on the right side if you’re coming from Lincoln City. You’ll recognize it as a dirt road. Drive down slowly; people live down this way, and it is a one lane road. When you get to a fork in the road with a closed gate on the right side, park in that area.

Park here and then head left up the hill.
Park here and then head left up the hill.

Start hiking from here.

And so our hike begins.
And so our hike begins.

Various people live up on this hill and parking is limited. Once you start heading up, it’s all rights from here on out, except when you make it to the top.

Which way, which way? Head right when you get here.
Which way, which way? Head right when you get here.
Another fork?! Head right again.
Another fork?! Head right again.
Here's where the hike really begins.
Here’s where the hike really begins.

There is a foot path to the right of the gate for access.

The beaten path on the right leads the way to the Knoll.
The beaten path on the right leads the way to the Knoll.

It’s about half a mile from here to the top.

The sunlight filtering through the trees.
The sunlight filtering through the trees.
This tree looks like a hand!
This tree looks like a hand!
Luscious foliage and more trees than you can count!
Luscious foliage and more trees than you can count!

You're just about there!
You’re just about there!

Here you’ll want to make a left out into the clearing. The hill is quite overgrown now that we are approaching summer. Watch your step, as animal droppings are quite prevalent when you get to the clearing. The path is defined by beaten down grass, but it’s wise to go single file.

Walking through the clearing.
Walking through the clearing.
You made it! The amazing view from the Knoll of beautiful Roads End below.
You made it! The amazing view from the Knoll of beautiful Roads End below.

Once you get to the view overlooking Roads End, watch your step. A fall from this height could really hurt. Most of all, enjoy yourself! This hike is well worth it when you see the view of Roads End, the Pacific Ocean, and the beautiful Oregon coastline. From this vantage point, you can see the northern part of Devil’s Lake, parts of Neotsu and Otis, Roads End State Park down by the beach, the Chinook Winds Casino and Resort, and lots of beach front vacation rentals.

Heading back after a gorgeous day.
Heading back after a gorgeous day.

On the way back, you’ll want to go right to start heading back down, and then make only lefts.

Heading back down gives you this beautiful view.
Heading back down gives you this beautiful view.

Make sure to bring a water bottle and possibly a small snack with you on this hike. A camera or your phone is also a must, as the view from the top is beautiful. Come up here in the middle of the day or plan it so you catch the sunset. Be safe, courteous, and most importantly, have a great time as you explore Lincoln City on your next vacation down to the Oregon coast!

The sunset after leaving the Knoll.
The sunset after leaving the Knoll.

Vacation Rentals for Newbies

When was the last time that you went on vacation and found the perfect accommodations at an affordable price? Whether you’re looking for the classic beach cottage at homes like On the Beach or a more modern construction at homes such as Beach Daze, if you’ve never experienced vacation rentals we implore you to give it a try today.

What are some advantages to Vacation Rentals?

One of the major advantages vacation rentals can offer travelers is a lot of space at a lower price than traditional hotels. Whereas a group of guests could find hotel rooms sleeping two each on the Oregon coast for around $100 a night, that same group could decide to get a vacation rental sleeping 12 for under $385 a night in July. The savings is dramatic, with over $215 or 35% saved on accommodations. Travelers who frequent vacation rentals find they have more money to spend on activities and restaurants in the area, which is part of the draw of visiting our beautiful coast!


In addition to this savings, the amenities a vacation rental offers cannot be matched by a hotel room; hotel rooms have no space for travelers to gather and converse, or to cook a morning meal before heading out for the day. Vacation rentals are able to offer visitors kitchens and living rooms that enhance vacation time with friends and family. In addition to this, rentals tend to be uniquely situated in the community. Have you ever wanted to be less than a block from beach access? Our homes like Pacific Rest have a backyard with private beach access to the Pacific Ocean! Other homes feature hot tubs or pet friendly accommodations. Whether you’d like to bask in steamy water under the stars or bring Fido on your summer vacation, Oregon Beach Vacations has the perfect accommodation for you.

How does it work?

We get a lot of questions from first time vacation renters on how the rental process works. “Do we go to an office to pick up keys?” and “How do we find the home?” are common questions. After purchasing a home through Oregon Beach Vacations, guests get a reservation confirmation that displays their home, the dates they’ve reserved, and a break down of their purchase. This email also displays a unique 5 to 6-digit number to use in referencing your stay any time travelers call in to our office. Five days before their stay guests receive an arrival email with driving directions and access to the home. Access to our homes comes in either the form of a 4-digit lock box code or a 6-digit keyless lock code, with access located at the vacation rental. This allows our guests to avoid the hassle of coming in to an office to begin their vacation.

When you arrive at any of our homes, you should find basic household supplies intended to be a starter pack to last you for two days. All of our homes are inspected prior to guest arrival and we boast the cleanest accommodations on the Oregon coast. If our guests find anything amiss our staff will happily move mountains to fix any situation. Last year we had travelers who booked a home and didn’t realize that no barbeque was offered. Our staff bought and delivered a grill within an hour of the guest call, and this is the type of service we strive for with all of our clients.

Why Book with Oregon Beach Vacations?

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Oregon Beach Vacations works with over 10,000 guests every year to provide a unique coastal experience and memories to last a lifetime. Whether it is our friendly reservation process or our first-class customer service, guests will find the hassle of a typical vacation absent under our guidance. In addition to this, Oregon Beach Vacations is the largest local property management company on the Oregon coast, giving guests more destinations and homes to choose from than our smaller competitors.

If you’ve never stayed at a vacation rental we invite you to experience the difference today. New guests are invited to use the coupon code “ FirstVR ” at any of our rentals in 2016 for $50 off their purchase price. Come down to the Oregon coast today, and experience everything that Oregon has to offer!

15 Things To Do This Fall

The Fall season comes and goes like a flash, so don’t wait — take full advantage of the crisp weather and beautiful leaves with this selection of exciting (and inexpensive) things to do in Oregon Beach this Fall.

Oregon Beach In Fall
Oregon Beach In Fall

Like many of you out there, Fall is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year. I mean, the weather is perfect (not too hot or too cold) and all the best holidays are right around the corner!

Speaking of holidays, I know that most of us are trying to save our money during the Fall so we can afford to buy gifts for our loved ones — but never fear! The following list is full of events & activities the whole family can enjoy without breaking the bank.


  • Arctic Circle Newport Turkey Trot

    November 26
    8:30am – 12noon
    Port of Newport Marina RV Park
    2120 SE Marine Science Drive

    It’s the 4th Annual Newport Turkey Trot, sponsored by Arctic Circle of Newport, to feature a 15k, 10k, 5k & Kids Run! Join them Thanksgiving morning for some family fun, burn some calories and help raise money for Sam Case and Yaquina View Elementary Schools.

  • Holiday House Christmas Craft Show

    December 4 – 6
    Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-3pm
    Yaquina Bay Yacht Club, 750 SE Bay Blvd

    Celebrating 35 years of unique Christmas crafts on the Oregon Coast. All items homemade and juried. Includes homemade jam, candles, cookies, bread — all freshly baked! Quilted wall hangings, table runners, appliqued sweatshirts, dried apples, Christmas wreaths, lavender sachets and bundles, bath soaps, aprons, tea towels, photography, Santas, angels, snowmen and ornaments galore!

    They will also be raffling off two baskets filled with items that members have made as a way to give back to the community. This year’s raffle proceeds will go to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter Medical Fund to give animals a second chance by receiving important veterinary care.

  • Lighted Boat Parade

    December 5
    5pm – 7pm
    Historic Bayfront

    Take a trip down to the Bayfront and enjoy the start of the holiday season with the Lighted Boat Parade.

  • 20th Annual Festival of Trees

    December 9 – 13
    11am – 10pm
    Center for Health Education, 930 SW Abbey St.

    Beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, visits with Santa, and special events all create a festive environment.

    This year, the Festival theme is “New Beginnings.” Together, they hope to raise funds to purchase automated mannequins that will enhance the staff’s ability to care for infants and toddlers. This state-of-the-art equipment allows clinical staff to practice critical skills needed to diagnose and treat pediatric patients.

  • Holiday Spectacular! Newport Symphony with 2 Great Choirs

    December 12, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
    December 13, all day
    Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Dr.

    The local Central Coast Chorale joins the Corvallis Repertory Singers to perform well known and surprising carols with a small ensemble of NSO orchestra musicians under the baton of Steven Zielke. Works include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Exaltate Jubilate, and more contemporary composer Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. This is a great opportunity to bring friends and family together to celebrate the season.

Lincoln City

  • Chowder Cook-Off

    Nov 14-15
    Lincoln City Outlets

    Enjoy the comfort food of the Oregon Coast, prepared by some of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest. Best Chowder competition, local beers and wines, live music, hands-on activities and a Native American Heritage Celebration presented by Chinook Winds!

  • “I Hate Hamlet”

    NOV 12 – 14
    Theatre West, 3536 SE Hwy 101

  • Chowder Cook-Off

    NOV 14 – 15
    Lincoln City Outlets

    Event features “Best Chowder” competition, local beers and wines, live music, kids’ activities and a Native American Celebration presented by Chinook Winds!

  • Restoration Pow Wow

    NOV 14
    Chinook Winds Casino Resort, 1777 NW 44th Street

    Come celebrate the 38th anniversary of the restoration of official Tribal Status for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. There will be jewelry, beadwork and other items for sale throughout the day and dancing will begin with a grand entry at 6 PM.

  • Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market

    NOV 15
    10 AM – 3 PM
    Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy 101

    All items in this indoor market are handmade or homegrown by the seller.

  • Aeolus String Quartet

    NOV 15
    3 PM
    Chapel at Camp Winema, three miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101

    The Neskowin Chamber Music season continues with a performance from this young group, whose members have won praise for their “high-octane” performances and “smoothly meshed technique.”

  • Science Pub

    NOV 18
    5:30 PM
    The Pelican Pub & Brewery, 33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr.

    Learn about bat ecology and research underway into the 15 species of bats found in Oregon, while enjoying a pint or two. The speaker is Gregory C. Reed of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Rez Kitchen Tour 2015

    NOV 21
    Chinook Winds Casino Resort Convention Center
    1 – 6 PM

    Featuring live cooking demonstrations, a judged Chef’s Competition, People’s Choice Awards, traditional native music, vendor booths, and free samples of delicious tribally prepared dishes inspired by thousands of years of tradition.

  • Tree Lighting With Santa

    NOV 27
    12 noon – 7 PM
    Lincoln City Cultural Center

    Events include artisan vendors, ornament-making, a cake walk, complimentary refreshments and the arrival of Santa Claus!

  • Not Quite 11th Hour Santa Sale

    NOV 27 – 28
    Friday, noon – 7 PM
    Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
    Lincoln City Cultural Center

    Shop for handmade gifts and goodies for the holiday season.

So, if you’re ready to have a great time this Fall without spending all your hard-earned cash, check out some (or all) of these wonderful events as soon as they roll around!