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.

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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!

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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! Continue reading Hiking Cascade Head – Otis, Oregon

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.

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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! Continue reading 19 Ways to Have the Best Vacation Ever

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.

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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. Continue reading 15 Commonly Forgotten Vacation Items

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. Continue reading Hiking the Knoll in Lincoln City, Oregon

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!

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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. Continue reading Vacation Rentals for Newbies

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. Continue reading 15 Things To Do This Fall