4 Restaurants to Try – Lincoln City

When you stay at an oceanfront vacation rental in Lincoln City, make sure to check out the amazing food offered here in town! Lincoln City offers all sorts of unique restaurants to give you and your family the variety you’re seeking while staying on vacation! Enjoy the food while staying on the Oregon coast with Oregon Beach Vacations!

Lo Mein with chicken and vegetables
Lo Mein with chicken and vegetables

1. Momiji Express – Snuggled in the Lincoln City Outlets, this Chinese/Japanese restaurant will delight the senses of everyone in your group. They have amazing sushi, noodle, and rice dishes for everyone to enjoy. The portions are huge here, so why not order a few different dishes for your group and then help yourself to a little bit of everything! With fantastic and friendly service, you’re going to love Momiji Express!

Menu at Hwy 101 Burger
Menu at Hwy 101 Burger

2. Hwy 101 Burger – A must have for all families coming down to the Taft district in Lincoln City. They have delicious burgers, fries, and milkshakes! They’ll even spell your name with ketchup in the secret sauce they give you along with your meal. With a pool table, arcade machines, and an interesting car theme throughout the restaurant, this is a must try for the whole family! Make sure to have cash on hand, as this is the only type of payment they accept!

Sign at Wildflower Grill off of Hwy 101
Sign at Wildflower Grill off of Hwy 101

3. The Wildflower Grill – This cute cottage turned restaurant can be found upon arriving to Lincoln City if you are coming from the north. If you’re coming from the south, this will be one of the last restaurants on your way out of town. The Wildflower Grill specializes in seafood, as we are on the Oregon coast, but they also have chicken and steak dishes, along with a kid’s menu. They have fantastic service and the cutest flower garden right in front of the restaurant. Feel free to take pictures with the family among the flowers while you wait to be seated!

View from Kyllo's
View from Kyllo’s

4. Kyllo’s Seafood and Grill – This lovely restaurant can be found around the mid point of town and is situated on top of D River flowing out into the Pacific Ocean. Built on stilts, Kyllo’s offers a gorgeous view of the Pacific ocean while you eat an amazing seafood meal with the family. If seafood isn’t your taste, they also offer chicken and steak meals. Come down at night and watch the sunset after a long day exploring!

3 Scenic Views – Lincoln City Area

If you’re looking for a good hike while you’re on vacation in Lincoln City, make sure to check out the following locations. They are all within a 40 minute drive or less and offer beautiful views of the Oregon coastline!

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The view from the Knoll of Roads End

The Knoll – Located in Roads End, just north of Lincoln City, is a grassy hill that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Roads End, along with Lincoln City and Devil’s Lake. This beautiful patch of land can be discovered by hiking up a steep hill. It’s completely worth the sore calves when you see the view. Make sure to bring water, a snack, and your camera to capture the glory from this little spot of land in Roads End!

View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head

Cascade Head – Located only 25 minutes north of Lincoln City through a forested area, the views from Cascade Head are worth your time and effort! You’ll hike through the forest for about 45 minutes to an hour depending on your speed, and then you’ll come out onto the lower hill. You can see for miles from here. Keep hiking and you’ll end up in some more forest and eventually begin climbing up to the higher surrounding hills. All in all, this round trip is around 3 or so hours. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while you take a rest before heading back down! Make sure to bring your camera! The views from here are breathtaking!

View from the top of the dune in Pacific City
View from the top of the dune in Pacific City

Cape Kiwanda – Located in Pacific City, this amazing hiking area is just 35 minutes north of Lincoln City and offers some of the best possible views of the coastline. Starting on the beach, you can walk in the sand until you get to a giant hill covered in sand. Hiking up this hill is no picnic, as every step you take in the sand pushes you back down slightly. It’s worth the view when you get to the top. You can also head slightly north and climb up some big rocks, lightly covered in sand. Remember to watch your footing while hiking up these areas. Small children should be accompanied by adults at all times. When you make it up this hill, head towards the water to take in some spectacular views of the Pacific and Haystack Rock. If you’re daring enough, you can even climb over to the huge rocks across the way; just be sure to wear hiking shoes if you’re going to be doing all of that. Afterwards, why not relax at the Pelican Brewing Company for some delicious food and beer. After all, you earned it!

Haystack Rock and the beach - Pacific City
Haystack Rock and the beach – Pacific City

4 Places to Fall in Love with in Newport

Devil's Punch Bowl
Devil’s Punch Bowl

If you’re vacationing in Newport this fall, there are four places that you have to check out. Bonus? They’re all inexpensive or free! If you and your family love spending time outdoors and exploring what the natural Oregon coast has to offer, come check out the following attractions: The Hatfield Marine Science Center, Donald A. Davis Park, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park. All of these places are within minutes of your vacation rental in Newport, South Beach, and even fairly close to Depoe Bay.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center is the perfect place for young scientists to explore and learn about the natural life surrounding the ocean and the animals that inhabit it’s deep watery recesses. The people at the Hatfield Marine Science Center will help you learn all about sustainable fishing, tidal pools, erosion, and much more. Outside of the center, look for whales and other marine animals, or watch the sunset as it settles over the Pacific. Located at 2030 SE Marine Science Dr in Newport, Oregon, you can walk down to the beautiful Yaquina Bay Bridge and take amazing photos of the waterfront or get food and drinks at Rogue Ale’s Brewery while you’re waiting for your group to exit the center.

The Donald A. Davis Park, located at 840 W Olive Street in Newport, is a lovely area perfect for the entire family. Situated right by the ocean, this park has gorgeous views of the Pacific ocean and even lovelier views of the sunset, especially during the summer months. With a cute, cobblestone pathway, benches and other sitting areas, and even a gazebo, the Donald A. Davis Park is a great spot to host a picnic. Along with the great views and plenty of seating, this park features a Vietnam Veterans Memorial and some other artwork.

The Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area can be found at 750 NW Lighthouse Dr in Newport. You can find Oregon’s tallest lighthouse in this area, along with plenty of grass to sit down on and enjoy a nice picnic or sunbathe. This is a popular area for marine wildlife viewing and is also home to Cobble Beach. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is perfect for the family or even a date. Come watch the sunset with your loved ones near a lighthouse that’s been in existence since August 20, 1873!

Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park is located right off of Hwy 101 in Newport. This beautiful scenic point is a must see and is well known for its’ punch bowl like shape. Geologists believe that Devil’s Punch Bowl was created when two sea cave roofs collapsed. Either way, it’s an amazing thing to see for yourself. With plenty of picnic areas around the area to settle down and enjoy lunch on, you can even do some whale watching from this state park. Fun for the whole family, come enjoy the sunset down at Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park and make sure to capture all of your memories of this incredible natural landmark.

Newport’s Historic Bayfront can be found at SW Bay Boulevard in Newport and is home to dozens of shops and restaurants the whole family can enjoy. Same Case built the first hotel in this area and named the town Newport in 1866. Explore the old part of Newport with family today and travel back in time to discover a different side of Newport.

Nobody says vacations have to be expensive. Come check out any one of these lovely locations in Newport, Oregon on your next vacation to the coast. There are plenty of things to see and do while on the coast. Enjoy your stay with Oregon Beach Vacations today and stay safe!

Solar Eclipse – Oregon – August 2017

Government Point - Depoe Bay
Government Point – Depoe Bay

The total solar eclipse, happening on Monday, August 21st 2017, has been a topic of interest for many years. It’s presumed to be the most viewed eclipse ever, in part due to blogs like this. It’s also happening during the summer, with optimal viewing areas from many large cities across the United States. The best part about this upcoming eclipse? It’s going to be starting right here in Oregon, just two minutes north of Depoe Bay at the Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint Area, also known as Government Point.

At precisely 10:15:56.5 AM PDT, you’ll want to be in this exact location to watch the solar eclipse begin. Bring some snacks and cold drinks while you wait, along with sunscreen. Seeing as it will be August, summer will be in full swing and you’ll be thankful for the refreshments. Look around you before the solar eclipse is set to happen. In the sky surrounding you, you’ll be able to witness a sunset in every direction, because that is essentially what’s happening with the solar eclipse. If you are prone to light sensitivity, see about picking up some Mylar eclipse glasses or a #14 welder’s glass to witness this amazing event with comfort. Also, and maybe this goes without saying, but hit the restroom before the big event so you’re sure to catch the entire thing!

It will only last a minute and 58.5 seconds, so make sure to get here early and have your cameras ready to take video! Don’t waste your time trying to take the perfect photograph; it won’t happen, especially in the short amount of time you’ll have. Instead, take these short two minutes to look up at the sky and really experience everything about this special moment. You never know when you might get another chance!

If you’re living in or staying in Salem, you’ll also be lucky enough to view this beautiful phenomenon that hasn’t occurred in 38 years! August 21, 2017 is presumed to be an incredibly busy vacation day, so book now to make sure you’re as close as possible to the Oregon coast and able to witness this incredible moment in time!

Boiler Bay State Park - Depoe Bay
Boiler Bay State Park – Depoe Bay

Hiking Cascade Head – Otis, Oregon

The top of Cascade Head overlooking Otis, Oregon. You can even see Lincoln City from here.
The top of Cascade Head overlooking Otis, Oregon. You can even see Lincoln City from here.

If you’re staying at one of our Oregon beach vacation homes this summer and looking for a tough but beautiful hike to go on, why not check out Cascade Head in Otis! Just 25 minutes north of Lincoln City, this beautiful hike takes you through thick forest on a well marked path until you finally reach Cascade Head, a beautiful hilltop covered with long grasses and colorful flowers with views for miles in every direction.

Flowers and tall grass on Cascade Head
Flowers and tall grass on Cascade Head

You’re going to want to bring a water bottle with you for this hike and possibly a light snack too. Don’t forget your camera to take plenty of photos and videos of your long trek through the woods and to record the impressive views from the top of Cascade Head!

When you reach the very top of Cascade Head, pull out your phone to check your elevation! You're 1370 feet up!
When you reach the very top of Cascade Head, pull out your phone to check your elevation! You’re 1370 feet up!
Make sure to follow the rules when hiking up to Cascade Head
Make sure to follow the rules when hiking up to Cascade Head

Dogs and horses are not allowed on this hike, as the park is trying to preserve nature as best they can in this part of the woods. No bikes are allowed on the trail either, but biking would be difficult to do anyway, as there are many stairs and tree roots to navigate through on a narrow path.

You'll encounter some steep steps on your hike up to Cascade Head
You’ll encounter some steep steps on your hike up to Cascade Head
Just one of the seven bridges you'll need to cross to get to Cascade Head
Just one of several bridges you’ll need to cross to get to Cascade Head
Roots on the trail to Cascade Head
Roots on the trail to Cascade Head

There are also bridges you must cross on this particular trail. Small children are not recommended to accompany you on this hike unless they can be carried on your back as it is very steep and difficult.

Elk off of N Three Rocks Road
Elk off of N Three Rocks Road

There are several routes you can take to get to Cascade Head. One of these routes can be found via N Three Rocks Road off of Hwy 101. Continue traveling down this road until you find Savage Road, where you’ll make a right. Keep going on Savage Road until you reach the roads end. There will be a few parking spaces in front of the beach and next to private property. If parking is unavailable here, head back to N Three Rocks Road and find parking in the Trailhead Parking area. Watch for signs on Savage Road, as there are many houses back here and parking is prohibited at them. Please note that fishing and hunting are also not legal back here.

Make sure to stay on the path!
Make sure to stay on the path!
Rocks in the Pacific
Rocks in the Pacific
Cliff side with amazing views
Cliff side with amazing views
Beautiful scenery from Cascade Head
Beautiful scenery from Cascade Head

From the beach, hike back up the road until you reach this sign.

Start your hike here!
Start your hike here!

You can begin your hike from here. There are also more hiking entrances, but they are not in this area.

Follow the signs to stay on the trail.
Follow the signs to stay on the trail.
When you get here, keep heading straight.
When you get here, keep heading straight.
Sign on the trail to Cascade Head
Sign on the trail to Cascade Head
You're almost there!
You’re almost there!
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head

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Rocky beach near Cascade Head
Rocky beach near Cascade Head

The beach where you parked is extremely rocky and not very suitable for playing on, but if you can get across the water to the sand bar, then you could potentially play in the sand. Canoeing and kayaking are fun activities to do at this beach. Please note that you cannot reach Cascade Head from the beach area. The cliff side is very steep, even if it does not appear to be so from far away, and the rocks are covered in seaweed and dangerous to climb on.

Beach near Cascade Head
Beach near Cascade Head

Enjoy your hike up to Cascade Head while relaxing in one of our beautiful Oregon vacation rentals on your next visit down to the coast! For more beautiful photos of Cascade Head, check out our other blog post, Panoramas – Oregon Coast!

Beach below Cascade Head
Beach below Cascade Head
Sunset near Cascade Head
Sunset near Cascade Head

Panoramas – Oregon Coast

Incoming storms on the beach - Lincoln City
Incoming storms on the beach – Lincoln City

Are you and your family traveling to the Oregon coast in the near future? Maybe you’ve thought about it but just haven’t been convinced on whether or not it’s the right place for you? Maybe you’re just not sure what part of the coast is the best place to explore? Perhaps these beautiful panoramas can help make up your mind! With so many places to explore and see, the Oregon coast has something for everyone.

We at Oregon Beach Vacations have homes from Gearhart all the way down to Yachats. With hundreds of things to see and do along scenic Hwy 101, you and your family will find a new adventure awaiting you every day. Come check out the Rogue Brewery in Newport, or fish in the Yaquina Bay. Explore miles of coastline, or go surfing in Beverly Beach. Hike the Knoll in Roads End, or head out to Otis and hike Cascade Head.

Come stay in one of our cozy vacation rentals and explore the area surrounding your new home away from home. Be sure to capture memories by shooting your own panoramas, and check back often for new panoramas being added on a regular basis!

View from Cascade Head - Otis, Oregon
View from Cascade Head – Otis, Oregon
Sunset - Lincoln City
Sunset – Lincoln City
View from the Knoll - Roads End
View from the Knoll – Roads End
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
Sunset on the beach - Lincoln City
Sunset on the beach – Lincoln City
Rainbow on the beach - Lincoln City
Rainbow on the beach – Lincoln City
Rogue Brewery - Newport, Oregon
Rogue Brewery – Newport, Oregon
Boiler Bay - Depoe Bay
Boiler Bay – Depoe Bay
About halfway up the dune in Pacific City
About halfway up the dune in Pacific City
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
Hiking through the woods in Roads End
Hiking through the woods in Roads End
Haystack Rock and the beach - Pacific City
Haystack Rock and the beach – Pacific City
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
Sunset
Sunset off of Hwy 101
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
View from deck in Lincoln City
View from deck in Lincoln City
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
View of the Pacific - Lincoln City
View of the Pacific – Lincoln City
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
Sunset on the beach - Lincoln City
Sunset on the beach – Lincoln City
Beverly Beach
Beverly Beach
View from the top of the dune in Pacific City
View from the top of the dune in Pacific City
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
Lincoln City beach from the cliff side
Lincoln City beach from the cliff side
Foggy day on the beach in Lincoln City
Foggy day on the beach in Lincoln City
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
Lincoln City Sunset
Lincoln City Sunset
View from Whale Watcher in Lincoln City
View from Whale Watcher in Lincoln City
View of Otter Rock
View of Otter Rock
Beautiful sunset from a deck in Lincoln City
Beautiful sunset from a deck in Lincoln City
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
Between Beverly Beach and Devil's Punch Bowl State Parks
Between Beverly Beach and Devil’s Punch Bowl State Parks
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
Yaquina Bay
Yaquina Bay
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head
View from Oceanfront Solitude - Gleneden Beach, Oregon
View from Oceanfront Solitude – Gleneden Beach, Oregon
Sunset on the Pacific - Lincoln City
Sunset on the Pacific – Lincoln City
Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon
Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon
Beach below Cascade Head
Beach below Cascade Head
The bottom of the steep dune in Pacific City
The bottom of the steep dune in Pacific City
Lincoln City Sunset
Lincoln City Sunset

19 Ways to Have the Best Vacation Ever

Sunset on the beach - Lincoln City, Oregon
Sunset on the beach – Lincoln City, Oregon

Is it difficult for you to relax and unwind while on vacation with your family? Is it impossible for you to put down work and spend time with the relatives? Are you constantly thinking about getting back to the daily grind instead of focusing on the here and now? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, then let this how-to guide show you how to have your best Oregon coast vacation ever!

Smile, laugh, be silly! Don’t let thoughts of returning to work make you grumpy on your northwest vacation. Live in the moment and enjoy the quality time you’re spending with your family, friends, and loved ones.

Put your phone down! You’re on vacation, remember? Leave work where it belongs: at work! You can catch up when you return. In the meantime, trust that the people you work with can keep the place from burning down while you’re away.

Go outside! If you work in an office setting, getting outside isn’t always an option. While on vacation, you should make sure to get plenty of vitamin D to help you stay healthy and glowing. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Beverly Beach State Park
The beach at Lincoln City

Do things together as a family! It’s really easy to go on vacation and just drive the kids to the theater while you take a nap at home, but vacations are for quality time! Hit the beach together and have a picnic. It’s fun yet affordable, and your family will appreciate the effort you’re making.

Try a new restaurant! Vacations are the perfect opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Always have Chinese? Why not visit the local Mexican restaurant instead? Always opting for the cheaper, faster food service? Why not treat your family to a nice sit down meal. It’s a vacation. Live a little!

Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon
Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon

Check out the local points of interest! If you’re vacationing in a small town, check out the local shops and attractions. Small towns always have one of a kind shops that you can’t find anywhere else. If you love your souvenirs, you’re sure to find the most unique gifts at one of these local stores.

Get a good pet or baby sitter, whichever suits your needs! If you’re going on vacation without the kids or pets, it can get a little stressful, especially if you don’t feel comfortable with who you decided to leave them at home with. Do your research, and if possible, have a close friend or relative look after them for you, so that you can relax and unwind on your once in a blue moon Oregon vacation.

Pack sooner rather than later! If you’re like a majority of the population, you probably wait until the last second to get your packing started. Rather than stress out right before your vacation, start packing at least a week in advance. If you’re traveling with family, write a list of everything you plan to bring, and start the list early. Put it on the fridge or another frequently visited area of your home so when that next item comes to mind, you can easily put it down on paper.

View from Whale Watcher - Lincoln City, Oregon
View from Whale Watcher – Lincoln City, Oregon

Double check your house before leaving! Nobody wants to experience a Home Alone moment while on vacation. Windows and doors locked? Check. Stove and lights turned off? Check. Kids and pets in the car? ….Check!

Bring a good book! Books were made for vacations, unless of course you’re an avid reader. Even if you’re not a bookworm, why not pick up that book you’ve had your eye on for months but have been too busy to read because of work and living and stuff? You won’t regret it!

Leave the video games at home! If you’re hoping to spend some quality time with your kids, bring some board games instead. Card games like Uno and Phase 10 are fun for the whole family to join in on, and who doesn’t love an old fashioned game of Monopoly or The Game of Life?

View from Oceanfront Solitude - Gleneden Beach, Oregon
View from Oceanfront Solitude – Gleneden Beach, Oregon

Plan for the weather! Look ahead at the weather forecast of your Oregon vacation destination and plan your wardrobe and accessories accordingly. You’ll be awfully sad you didn’t bring that umbrella if one of your days turns wet, or extremely cold if you’re hanging out on the beach at night in nothing but a tank top and shorts.

Indulge yourself! Everyone is always trying to look their best these days. Why not take a little detour on your vacation and treat yourself? Eat the dessert and buy the shoes. This is your chance to splurge a little, so take advantage of this moment!

Shop for groceries! If you’re looking to save a little bit while still having a good time, why not head to the nearest grocery store and pick up some items? Eating out can get expensive. Wouldn’t you rather spend that money on doing something exciting with your family?

Bring a camera! It’s these special moments that we want to capture the most, so make sure to pack the camera along with batteries or film! You’ll definitely want to be able to show all your friends and family who couldn’t come on your vacation all of the new things you did.

View of Otter Rock, Oregon
View of Otter Rock, Oregon


Bring any and all the comforts of home you need!
Some people are homebodies who can’t stand being away from home for long periods of time. Bring your own blankets and pillows if they are the only way you can get a good nights’ sleep. Does your child sleep with a nightlight or favorite stuffed animal? Remember to bring it to ensure a restful sleep for them as well as yourself at your home away from home.

Stop for directions! Lost? Just say so! Stop at a gas station or other service station and ask for help if you’re having trouble getting to your destination. Nobody will laugh at you, we promise.

Remember the beach toys! If you’re traveling to the coast and staying on the beach, remember to bring the beach toys for the kids or the kids at heart. You’ll soon regret it if you find yourself in the sand with no way to build a sandcastle.

Have fun! You’ve earned this vacation, for yourself and everyone traveling with you. Remember to laugh, have fun, and most importantly, be safe!

Beverly Beach State Park
Beverly Beach State Park

June Summer Vacation – Lincoln City

View of the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon
View of the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon

Lincoln City is the number one vacation destination on the central coast of Oregon. With thousands of vacation rentals on the beach or with gorgeous ocean views, why not come to the most relaxing place in Oregon with your family this June? When you get to your Oregon Beach Vacation rental, you’ll find that you have plenty of things to do while staying in Lincoln City. From walking the seven long miles of beautiful sandy coastline to dining at all sorts of different and exciting restaurants to trying your hand at crafting a blown glass creation to take home as a souvenir, you won’t get bored here.

D River in the middle of Lincoln City
D River in the middle of Lincoln City

With five districts named after the original settlements of the town, this stretch of the Oregon coast is all located right off of Hwy 101, both to the west and the east. Devil’s Lake, located to the east of Hwy 101, has plenty of vacation homes in the area if you’d prefer a lake view. The Lincoln City Outlets has newer shopping outfits at discount prices with stores to interest everyone in your family. Chinese food, frozen yogurt, and a snack bar are all available to dine at while spending some vacation time away from the beach.

There are also family favorites in Lincoln City, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Subway and even a new Taco Bell. If you’d rather try more local cuisine, check out Hwy 101 Burger located at the south end of Lincoln City in the Taft district. They have delicious burgers and fries the whole family is sure to love.

If you’re looking for a more luxurious dining experience, try Fathom’s Restaurant located at Spanish Head located in the Nelscott district of Lincoln City. You’ll have fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean while enjoying a delicious dinner. If you love seafood, check out Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Market for local seafood that you can take to your vacation rental and cook up for the whole family!

Up north, near the Roads End area of Lincoln City, is the Chinook Winds Casino and Resort. If you’d like to check out the buffet or catch a concert, this is the place to go! Free concerts at the Chinook Winds Casino this month in June include Hang ‘Em High (June 3rd and 4th), Crooked (June 10th and 11th), and Briana Renea (June 17th and 18th). If you’re willing to spend some money, check out Vince Gill headlining June 17th and 18th!

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The view from the Knoll of Roads End

Check out the Knoll in Roads End for a hiking trail that opens up onto a spectacular view of the Oregon coastline for miles. You can even see Devil’s Lake from this viewpoint, along with hundreds of vacation homes, Roads End State Park, and the Chinook Winds Casino.

Driftwood between the Bay and the Pacific
Driftwood between the Bay and the Pacific

The Siletz Bay Music Festival kicks off June 22nd and lasts until June 30th. Concerts will be held at the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort, along with the Cultural Center and Eden Hall in Lincoln City. There are all types of music genres to choose from. Ticket prices range between $25 and $125 for the concerts, and there are also several free events available as well. The farmer’s market is also held at the Cultural Center every Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM if you’re interested in fresh fruits, veggies, and handmade gifts from local vendors. The annual Lincoln City Kite Festival is June 25th and 26th and will be held on the beach near the center of town. It will be a ’60s theme so be sure to wear your tie-dye shirts to this amazing event and enjoy all of the lovely kites that will be on display this year!

You never know what you might find on the beaches in Lincoln City
You never know what you might find on the beaches in Lincoln City

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Of course, the reason you’re at the coast is for the beach! Miles of sandy shore is available and waiting for you to explore. From mid-October to the end of May, make sure to scour the coastline for a glass float made right here in Lincoln City! They are scattered daily throughout these months for visitors to find and keep, so make sure to come back this fall to try your luck! Come down to the Oregon coast and check out Lincoln City! We have the perfect vacation home for you and your family! Make this your best summer yet by staying with Oregon Beach Vacations!

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15 Commonly Forgotten Vacation Items

It’s that time of year again! Long summer nights, breezy days on the beach, and warm sunshine licking at your ice cream cone. Summer weather is a great reason to come down to the Oregon coast, soak up some sun, and leave your stress behind. But what about when you forget to pack that most necessary item for your long trip away from home? We’ll show you a list of 15 commonly forgotten vacation items and offer advice on how to help you remember them!

Make a list – The first thing to do when preparing for vacation packing is to make a list of everything you need to bring. Once an item has made it into the car or luggage, cross it off your to-do list. Make sure the list is in a place that is frequented and can’t be lost. Try the fridge, or write it on a white board if you have one.

Bathroom items – Toothbrushes, razors, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, floss, toiletries, soap, etc. These items are some of the most forgotten items on vacations, and it makes sense. These items are used on such a daily basis that they become a normal part of our routine. And since we leave them in the bathroom, as that’s the only place they are used, no wonder we forget them. Hmm. At least this stuff is cheap to buy and can be found anywhere!

Vision items – Glasses, contacts, contact solution. While many people won’t forget glasses or contacts if they wear them on a daily basis, contact solution often gets left behind. If you’ve already put your contacts in, why would you need that big bottle? People who need glasses for reading also tend to forget these at home. While putting on your glasses or contacts, remove them from the bathroom and into your bag or an area with more traffic. You’re more likely to glance down in that room than the bathroom and see the stuff you still need to move it into your luggage.

Chargers – Now that we are fully submersed in the technological age, chargers are needed for just about everything these days: cameras, phones, laptops, tablets, hand held gaming, etc. While everyone should put down the technology a little bit while on vacation, cameras and phones are necessary for emergencies and capturing memories. When you wake up in the morning on the day of your trip, try and grab not only your phone but the charger too when you go to unplug your phone. Do the same with any other devices you wish to take with you. This way you remember the charger but also have fully charged devices ready for your long drive or flight.

Umbrellas and rain gear
– The Oregon coast is known for rain so remember to take an umbrella or rain coat if you want to be prepared for the worst. You can also check the weather for the area you’ll be staying in to see if bad weather is on the horizon. Of course, the weather can change at any moment, so it’s best to be prepared. Leave umbrellas and rain coats by or in front of the door, and on your way out you’ll be more likely to notice them.

First aid kit – Accidents happen, even while on vacation. If you or your family are prone to small nicks and cuts, make sure to bring a first aid kit along with you, stocked with band-aids, Neosporin, and hydrogen peroxide to protect against infection.

Makeup and makeup remover – Many forgotten items can be found in the bathroom. Try the same trick that you’d use with your other bathroom products here. Once you have finished applying your makeup, move it into your suitcase while it’s still on your mind. If you forget makeup remover, this is something that can also be found anywhere on your trip.

Cash – Some places while on vacation only take cash, and while you may be able to find your bank in the city you are staying, this may not always be the case. Head to the bank the night before your trip or as you’re leaving to ensure that you have plenty of extra spending money on you.

Prescription medicine – A lot of people forget these pills, because, once again, they are usually found in the bathroom. It’s probably a wise tip to just raid your bathrooms before each and every vacation. Check, double check, triple check, and then check again. Our minds often overlook things we take on a daily basis as insignificant because it’s second nature. If you forget your medication, find a local pharmacy and request a refill. Unless this happens on a daily basis, most places will understand and give you the pills you need for your three day weekend.

Underwear – Another necessity of life, underwear is often forgotten rather than clothes. If you forget yours, just buy a few new pairs while on vacation. You probably needed some anyway, right?

Belt – Nobody wants saggy pants! Try and wear your belt on your trip to the coast or attach it to another pair of jeans and then pack them into your suitcase.

Headphones – Nobody wants to have to listen to someone else’s music while they are trying to enjoy their movie or game. While headphones can be found for fairly cheap on the road, why not plug your headphones into your phone or tablet while they are charging overnight. As you remove the phone, charger, and headphones, you’ve remembered three things at once. Go you!

Beach accessories -Sunglasses, bathing suit, sunscreen, etc. You’ll be out in the sun this summer and these items are must haves for the beach. If forgotten, just hit up your local Wal-Mart or Target for affordable replacements.

Reading material – A lot of people have Kindles and Nooks nowadays so they can take their reading anywhere. If you’re a paper kind of person, hit up the local library where you’re staying, and get a book for free.

Snacks – If you’re traveling via car to your Oregon coast vacation, remember to bring some snacks for the road. You can always stop at a gas station, but that can get pricey and cut into your spending cash. Hit a grocery store on your way out of town for more fresh choices and cheaper prices.

Remember, it’s a vacation. If you forget any of the following items, just know that they can all be replaced and found elsewhere! Stay safe on your next visit to the Oregon coast!

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.