Follow this guide to live like a local and make the most out of our beautiful slice of the Pacific
Olivia Beach & Oregon Coast
(Includes local grocery stores, both to the north and south)
Local Eateries- click a name to be taken to their website
Dory Cove – Best clam chowder, walking distance, big portions, ask about the breakfast special. 2981 SW Hwy 101 Lincoln City, OR – 541-557-4000
Kyllo’s – Nicest surf and turf place in town, gorgeous ocean view, worth a splurge. 1110 NW 1st Ct. Lincoln City, OR – 541-994-3179
Nelscott Breakfast House – Open 7-3 daily; closed on Tuesday. Burgers are killer, french toast delish. Tell them Sweet Haven Rentals sent you for a free coffee! 3237 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR (An easy walk to the south) – 541-994-6100. Free cinnamon roll for Sweet Haven guests!
J’s Fish n Chips – For a fast foodish hole in the wall, the food is really great! The $5 fish tacos are fantastic. Perfect for a family lunch or taking to the beach. 1800 SE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR (You can take Bard Street directly over the hill) – 541-944-4445
Mo’s – Family-friendlyOregon classic, beautiful view of the Siletz Bay 860 SW 51st Street, Lincoln City, OR – 541-996-2535 Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:30 – 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 10:30 – 10:00pm
Too many to list here…check out the custom Google Map for more great places to eat, drink and be merry.
Lincoln City is a place where kite flying is a way of life. On clear summer days when stiff winds blow over the D River Wayside State Park, the sky is filled with scores of kites. The local kite community celebrates two kite festivals each year, the Summer Kite Festival in June, and the Fall Kite Festival, which is held in October at the D River Wayside. Competitions, parades, children’s activities and a sky full of color bring fliers and spectators from all over the world.
Gomberg Kite Productions International - Tanger Outlet Center , 541-996-3083
Northwest Winds - 130 SE Hwy 101, 541-994-1004
Winddriven - 1529 NW Hwy 101, 541-996-5483
Once In A Blue Moon Gallery - 913 SW 51st, 541-996-3133
Find some beautiful driftwood, agates, shells, sea creatures, even glass floats if you’re lucky and other treasures after high tide or a big storm. Or get a free tide chart app.
Depoe Bay is the closest bay.
Build a Sandcastle
Playing in the sand never gets old. Show off your culinary skills or simply put your creativity to use on our fine sandy beaches. Sand castles sets are provided during your stay and can be found in the garage.
Olivia Beach Park is located just across the street and has a new play structure for young kids.
Regatta Park, which fronts Devil’s Lake, boasts a state-of-the-art playground for children, as well as a boat launch, walking trails, and an interpretive center. Regatta Park is also home of one of the oldest trees in Oregon, estimated to be 400 years old.
Wecoma Park is on NW 31st and Jetty, with a children’s playground.
Dorchester Park is on NW Neptune and 28th, and has Tennis Courts
Newport also has an amazing playground, Coast Park, with a giant pirate ship slide, just 35 minutes drive south.
When the waves break like that you know you need to get on the board. Nelscott Reef, one of the best surfing spots on the West Coast, will give you a great and fun workout you will never forget. Next best is to watch surfers catch a ride!
Shops in Lincoln City cater to both surfing and skateboarding crowds, selling boards, wetsuits, clothing and equipment, along with lessons and lots of firsthand information:
Zugh Life Surf Shop is closest and highly recommended – 3219 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367 – 541-418-2196
Lincoln City Surf Shop – 4792 SE Hwy 101 – 541-996-7433
Safari Town Surf Shop – 3026 NE Hwy 101 – 541-996-6335
Sea Kayaking on Devil’s Lake
Devil’s Lake State Park offers inexpensive kayaking tours on Devils Lake. For other spots, local tour companies offer rentals and guided tours of lakes, rivers, and natural areas. They also have paddle boats.
Crabbing & Clamming
Crabbing & clamming are great activities for any group, any time of the year. The Siletz Bay at the south edge of Lincoln City is a prime spot for both. Crab pots are available for use in the garage, please replace if lost or they will be deducted from your deposit. Dory Cove offers permits for harvesting our local crustaceans. Check the schedule for clam/crabbing clinics.
Charter a Boat
There are plenty of local charter companies to help you get out on the water to go whale watching, fishing, crabbing, or just exploring:
Whale Research Excursions 541-912-6734
Tradewinds Charters, 541-765-2345
Dockside Charters, 541-765-2545
Depoe Bay Ocean Charters, 541-765-3474
Sunset Scenic Flights, 541-764-3304
Historic Nelscott and Taft Districts
Walk around these neighborhoods whose buildings have stood for almost a hundred years. This is a part of Lincoln City you do not want to miss. The Taft district is the next district south of Nelscott on US 101.
Green Acres Beach and Trail Rides Information: 541-603-1768 Reservations 541-921-6289
Cascade Head Trail #1310
Trail is located within the Cascade Head Scenic-Research Area, north of the Highway 101 and 18 junction 0.5 miles. The south trailhead is located at the corner of Highway 101 and Three Rocks Road. This trail runs north to south within the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. This Sitka Spruce-Western Hemlock rainforest has been studied by foresters since 1934. This trail is less crowded than the other two popular trails in the area – it is entirely inland and has no viewpoints. Mid-way on the trail near the headwaters of Calkins Creek there remains a grove of six-foot diameter Sitka spruce. Trail has a forested backdrop with large Sitka spruce, Western hemlock, Douglas fir and Red alder.
Drift Creek Falls
Off of Hwy 101, South of Lincoln City, flanked by ferns, alder trees and vine maple, Drift Creek Trail winds through the rain-drenched Siuslaw National Forest. The Drift Creek Trail is amazing until you arrive at something even better and bigger that will take your breath away: a 240-foot long cable suspension bridge! Anchored by cables and ties that are cemented into opposing bluffs, the bridge holds over a hundred fifty thousand pounds, so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
While the bridge does offer a bit of a bounce, the thirty-inch wide tread is perfectly safe and the bird’s-eye view will leave you spellbound. As does Drift Creek Falls, a 75-foot freefall, whopper of a waterfall that’s located immediately below you.
Glass Galleries & Blowing
Several talented local artists have open studios and classes:
Alder House – 611 S Immonen Rd, Lincoln City (See Google Map, just south of town)
Glass Confusion – 1610 NE Highway 101 Lincoln City.
Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio– 4821 SW Hwy 101
Volta Gallery – Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10-6
Pacific Artist Alliance – Artists Co-Op Gallery – 620 NE Hwy 101 Lincoln City
Freed Gallery – 6119 SW HWY 101, Lincoln City, OR
Ryan Gallery – 4270 NE 101, Lincoln City, OR
Once in a Blue Moon – 913 SW 51st St, Lincoln City, OR
Tanger Outlet Mall
Take advantage of no Oregon sales tax and get your shopping on at the nearby outlet mall with shops for any and all. Barely a five minute drive north on 101. There is also a play structure of a whale at the south west edge of the shopping area.
1500 SE East Devils Lake Road – 541-996-5000 or 866-665-8680
Movie Theaters & Games
Bijou Theater – Great little cinema
Lincoln City 6 Cinema – ½ mile south on Hwy 101
Theatre West– Non-profit local theater company
Arcade, Mini-Golf and Batting Cages
PuttNBat1255 NW Hwy 101, 541-994-7888
Game Over Arcade 3237 SW Hwy 101, 541-614-1150
South to Newport
Our favorite area of Newport in the Nye Beach Community, which is a foodie haven. If you have kids or grandkids, you’ll want to plan to spend a good long visit at Coast Park, 100 SW Coast Ave. It’s a brand new park with a giant shipwreck slide: it’s pretty impressive!
About a 35-minute drive south with plenty of other things to do in Newport.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a world-class marine educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. The Aquarium is a living classroom for all learning styles and ages. As one of Oregon’s top tourist attractions, the Aquarium is a vital educational resource for the state, with over 40,000 students visiting the aquarium each year. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and plays an active role in conservation and animal rehabilitation efforts. Southeast Ferry Slip Road, Newport, OR 541-867-3474
North to Pacific City & Tillamook
Pacific City is a beautiful little beach community to the north, about a half hour drive away. Aside from the impressive Haystack Rock, the main attractions is Pelican Pub & Brewery, a delicious microbrewery with an amazing view–it is also popular among paragliders. The Oregon Hang Gliding School offers beginner classes here on a regular basis. They even will teach kids and have a summer camp for teenagers.
An hour drive north along 101. For a free and fun indoor activity, check out Oregon’s most famous cheese factory. You’ll have a bird’s-eye view of cheesemaking and packaging teams in action, churning out 167,000 pounds of Tillamook Cheese each and every day. And of course the tour wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of that cheese. 4175 Highway 101 North (503) 815-1300
A must-see location for history, military and plane buffs of all kinds. Great for all ages! See one of America’s finest collections of over 30 magnificently restored warbirds including our P-38 Lightning, F4U-Corsair, P51-Mustang, PBY Catalina and SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Explore the Exhibit Hall with rare wartime and aviation artifacts, all housed in a rare World War II Blimp Hangar, the world’s largest wooden structure!
This is further north, en route back to Portland via a scenic route. Yet, this is one our favorite family friendly tourist stops.I’m not exaggerating to say that we’ve been there a dozen times. It’s also a great place to take an easy hike along the Wilson River.
Travel Tips en Route to Portland
We love driving through the beautiful wine country, even if we don’t get to stop as often as we’d like…with our underage travelers. The top two we love are Sokol Blosser and White Rose Estate. McMinnville also has about eight wine bars in six blocks, and most offer free samples (in case you have a designated dinner).
McMinnville also has a great health food store, Harvest Fresh Grocery & Deli, which has ideal picnic supplies. We are HUGE fans of the Red Fox Bakery, which has amazing breads, pastries and amazing sandwiches with yummy macaroons. The day old challah bread is great for french toast! We also have a punch card for Serendipity Ice Cream.
Police/fire departments Please call 911 for police and fire emergencies.
The Lincoln City police department non-emergency number is 541-994-3636. 1503 SE East Devils Lake Road
From the south (via S Oregon Coast Hwy / US-101)
Follow US Hwy 101 North to E. Devils Lake Road.
Turn Right at intersection and travel .01 miles.
Turn Left on Police Department Road (first roadway past US Post Office.)
Please review the evacuation route map and instructions on the refrigerator. There is a siren warning system, which would blare steady for three minutes. Evacuate on foot, if possible, to avoid traffic jams. La Sirena is on high ground, and is the evacuation zone for the entire community.
Weather conditions on the Oregon coast can vary greatly. It is advised to go with a layered approach of comfortable and cozy items to adjust to all conditions. Fall through spring are likely to get the most rain. Summer nights can drop significantly and require long pants and fleeces even on the warmest of nights.
Poison Control Center
Please be cautious with potentially hazardous materials. Sinks have been supplied with child safety locks to help parents create a safer environment for children. Oregon poison control hotline is 1-800-222-1222.
Hospital / Pharmacy / Doctors
Samaritan North Emergency Room 3043 NE 28th St. (541) 994-3661
Bayshore Family Medicine – Lincoln City Phone: 541-614-0482Toll Free: 877-619-5759 1105 SE Jetty Ave.Suite C, Lincoln City, OR 97367
Lincoln City location is open Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
After Hours Care: Bayshore Family Medicine provides after hours care coverage. If you have questions about your health outside our normal hours you can reach the on-call physician by calling any of the above phone numbers and following the prompts to contact the on call physician. Our providers strive to return messages within one hour of receiving the message. If you haven’t heard from a provider by that time please call again. If you are experiencing a medical emergency please immediately dial 911.