If you haven’t been to the Oregon Coast yet, what are you waiting for? Put it on your Bucket List. You haven’t seen a coastline quite like this, trust me. I may be biased, but I think our beaches are some of the best in the world (yes, the whole wide world!).
Growing up in Oregon, I have to admit that Lincoln City was never a top destination for me. Recently, I whisked the family away on a last-minute long weekend at the coast, somehow settling on Lincoln City…and fell in love with Oregon beaches all over again. The beach here is gorgeous, the town is adorable, and, have I mentioned how picture-perfect the beach is yet? I will likely mention it a few more times in this article, but I’ll try to let the photos do most of the talking.
If you’re looking to visit the Oregon Coast, do yourself a favor and stop in Lincoln City. Here are some of my recommendations for where to stay, play, and eat while you’re here.
The Coho Oceanfront Lodge
1635 Northwest Harbor Ave
Lincoln City, OR 97367
The Coho Oceanfront Lodge in Lincoln City, Oregon is one of those hotels I completely overlooked throughout the years. While the exterior of the hotel is similar to most Oregon beach properties, the interior is quite modern and more spacious than many hotels my family has stayed in. The winning factor for The Coho? The view.
You just can’t beat a view like this right off of your balcony:
The Coho has a private fire pit sand area adjacent to the hotel, connected to a lush green grassy strip overlooking the beach and ocean. It’s the perfect spot if you want some solitude to read a good book or just listen to the waves. Kids will love just rolling around or running on the lawn.
Some highlights of The Coho Oceanfront Lodge:
- Friday night wine tasting with some delicious appetizers
- Fresh cookies each afternoon
- DVD collection, including some classic and new family movies
- Local wines and beer available for purchase
- A variety of rooms and suites. We stayed in a lovely one-bedroom suite, which had two Queen beds and little hallways connecting them, which made it feel more spacious.
- Family Suites with Wii or PS3 game systems
- A separate breakfast room with a nice breakfast (coffee, juices, waffle maker, cereal, fruit, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy
- Swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, fitness room
- Free and mostly reliable WiFi (other hotels on the coast have less reliable WiFi connections)
- Pets under 25 pounds are accepted in certain rooms (our furry kid is 65 pounds, so we sadly had to leave him at home)
- French press coffee that is ground fresh upon arrival that you can use in your room.
- The best oceanfront view you could ever imagine. Seriously: the view from the rooms alone is trule what makes this place AMAZING.
There are a few different public beach access points in Lincoln City, but the main one is just a short block away from The Coho Oceanfront Lodge. You can either walk down the steps to the beach, or you can drive your vehicle down onto the beach.
Once you’re there, plan to spend at least a few hours. In addition to the typical sandcastle-building, beach-towel-relaxing, ocean-playing fun, Lincoln City offers something a little extra that you won’t find at every Oregon beach: tidepool fun!
Your little ones will enjoy exploring the tidepools at Lincoln City. When the tides recede, the tidepools are filled with colorful, interesting, live wonder: starfish, anemones, sea urchins, hermit crabs, tiny fish. We stayed two nights and three days here, and each day the beach looked completely different. One day, we saw hundreds of different colored starfish. Another day, the starfish were gone, replaced by large groups of hermit crabs. The kids LOVED this!
Downtown Lincoln City offers an abundance of cute local shops and cafes along Highway 101. There is always an exciting event or festival happening in Lincoln City, Oregon. For the latest events, be sure to check out the city’s events calendar online.
Kyllos Seafood & Grill
1110 NW 1st Court
Lincoln City, OR 97367
With a fabulous location overlooking the beach, Kyllos restaurant offers a wide variety of delicious seafood dishes and a good kids menu. The restaurant is spacious, with large family booths and tables available, plus indoor and outdoor seating.
So go ahead and put the Oregon Coast on your Bucket List. Don’t forget to add a stop to Lincoln City beaches to your itinerary. Then you, too, can gaze in wonder each night at perfect sunsets such as this one.