Lincoln City Visitor Guide - 2024



Welcome to Lincoln City, Oregon Oregon is a special place, and the coast may be its most beloved region. In the center of the coastline sits Lincoln City, a charming small town featuring stunning natural surroundings, endless outdoor adventures, and a vibrant creative culture, all with a steady undercurrent of playful family-friendly fun. Around here, expect the unexpected. Maybe you’ll find the best clam chowder you’ve ever tasted, or encounter a photo-worthy sea lion sculpture near the Pacific Ocean. Sip a craft brew with a view of the bay or attend a colorful Indigenous powwow. Gaze in awe at a sky full of kites, discover a blown-glass float on a sandy beach, take a guided hike through a protected coastal headland, and so much more. Visit and see for yourself — Lincoln City is bound to surprise you.

LINCOLN CITY NEIGHBORHOODS BEACH & WATER OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EAT & DRINK 6 12 26 32 A collage of distinct neighborhoods, personalities, attractions, nooks, crannies, and quirks makes Lincoln City more than your average coastal escape. Lincoln City has miles of waterfront to explore, from an unrivaled seven-mile stretch of sandy beach to rivers and bays. Hike through the forest on your way to sweeping views, spend the morning birdwatching, explore the Cascade Biosphere Region, or play a round of golf. Bring your appetite for local seafood, diverse restaurants, fun food carts, specialty cocktails, and craft brews. Contents SPOTLIGHT: 22 Explore tide pools, learn to dig for clams, and discover a kaleidoscope of kites. Events & Exploriences 4

ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE ART, CULTURE & HISTORY WHERE TO STAY SHOPPING FURTHER AFIELD INDIGENOUS CULTURE 46 50 60 40 66 56 As the sun melts into the Pacific, Lincoln City comes alive. Visit glass studios, browse art galleries, catch live music, attend a crafts fair and explore local history. There’s much to admire here, where art floats to the top. Cozy bed and breakfasts, camping in nature, oceanfront hotels and amenity-rich resorts — you’ll find a special place to call home for a while. Brand names, local shops, and an incredible collection of antique stores are all waiting to be discovered. GETTING TO LINCOLN CITY 72 Located two hours southwest of Portland, Oregon, Lincoln City is an easily accessible coastal escape. From lighthouses to creameries to aquariums to rocky headlands, Lincoln City is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon’s central coast. Lincoln City sits on the ancestral homeland of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Experience the important history and vibrant contemporary culture of these First Peoples during your visit. KITE PHOTO BY TIMOTHY REED | BRIDGE PHOTO COURTESY OF ISTOCK.COM/HALBERGMAN EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 5


Seven distinct districts make up Lincoln City, each with its own charms and amenities. Explore them all during your stay. Lincoln City Neighborhoods

NEIGHBORHOODS Did you know The statue of Abraham Lincoln was given to the city on the condition that the town never changes its name. 8

In 1965, several small coastal communities merged to form Lincoln City, “like a string of pearls.” The diversity of these neighborhoods defines the city to this day. Roads End Situated on the north end of Lincoln City, this quiet hillside community has remarkable views of the ocean’s ever-changing moods and spectacular headlands. Roads End State Recreation Site is a popular access point for a day on the beach. Stroll the endless sand, set up a picnic with the family, or put out the beach chairs for a front-row seat to wildlife watching, crashing surf, and possibly kitesurfing. Oceanlake Where can you find the Lincoln in Lincoln City? The statue of Abraham Lincoln is in the Oceanlake community, also home to unique shops and eateries. Visit Output Records, an eclectic place to browse for vinyl records and music-related gifts. To find a great read for a cozy evening in, dip into Bob’s Beach Books. Get fit or take a class at the Lincoln City Community Center, which boasts two heated indoor pools, a well-appointed workout facility, a gym, and a rock-climbing wall. Wecoma Discover the neighborhood where many westward travelers got their first sight of the sea. Wecoma means “sea” and later came to mean “welcome to the waters.” Access the beach at NW 40th Street or head toward Connie Hansen Garden, where rhododendrons, irises, and tranquility line enchanting pathways. For gaming, dining, and entertainment, visit Chinook Winds Casino Resort. MAP: LINCOLN CITY DISTRICT MAP | PHOTO BY ROBERT HEDMAN, @SK8BOARDROB EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 9

NEIGHBORHOODS Did you know The D River was once considered to be the shortest river in the world. Delake Start your journey in the Delake district at the Explore Lincoln City Welcome Center, located on the 4th floor of City Hall at 801 SW Highway. 101. Pick up insider recommendations from local experts as well as brochures, maps, and guides, and see a display of blown-glass floats. Delake is home to the popular D River State Recreation Area, one of the most visited destinations in town and home of Lincoln City’s Summer and Fall Kite Festivals. In the historic Delake School, you’ll find the Lincoln City Cultural Center. See exhibits, attend a performing arts event, walk the poetic sidewalk, take an art class, meet “Poppy” the sculpture, and more at this eclectic destination that encompasses art, culture, history, and community. Nelscott The Nelscott neighborhood of Lincoln City, lined with quaint beach cottages, is known for surfing, dining, and shopping. Celebrate the holidays year-round at the Christmas Cottage, with thousands of ornaments to choose from. Easy beach access can be found at SW 35th Street and SW 33rd Street — don’t forget to take a selfie with Joe the Sea Lion, one of Lincoln City’s unofficial mascots. 10

Taft The Historic Taft District delivers shopping, art galleries, and historical interpretation at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. Taft also hosts Pacific Grind Café, one of the best espresso bars and cafes on the Oregon Coast. Visit the Lincoln City Glass Center and Mor Art for exquisitely crafted glass pieces alongside the opportunity to witness artists at work and even to create your own art with hands-on glass-blowing experiences. Siletz Bay is one of the best places in Lincoln City to watch wildlife and to catch the sunset; find a beach, accessible dock viewpoint, and ample parking at Taft Waterfront Park on SW 51st Street. Did you know Established around 1930, Snug Harbor Bar & Grill is the oldest continuously operated bar on the Oregon Coast. Cutler City Head to the south end of Lincoln City to the Cutler City neighborhood, an excellent place for birding. Walk through the Cutler City Wetlands to see herons, woodpeckers, and newts. Admirers of all things vintage will surely love to visit Street Car Village, which has a great variety of antiques and collectibles shops. From rocks and gemstones to medicine bottles and books, there is something here for every enthusiast. D RIVER PHOTO BY LEWIS SMITH | HISTORIC TAFT PHOTO BY BRANDON SHELTON EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 11


The waterways and shorelines are where your adventure begins. Beach and Water

Lincoln City has plenty of waterfront, including alongside the ocean, a bay, a lake, rivers, estuaries, and streams. Explore miles of sandy oceanfront beach, and go kayaking in Devils Lake or clamming in Siletz Bay. There’s plenty to keep you busy once your feet hit the sand — fly a kite, enjoy the warmth of a beachside fire, discover tide pools, or take in the sunset. Thanks to the landmark 1967 Oregon Beach Bill, Lincoln City beaches — like all of Oregon’s coastline — are entirely public. BEACH & WATER On the Sandy Shore Access the Beach Build a Beach Fire It doesn’t get much better than huddling around a fire at dusk, as the stars rise over the ocean. Fires are allowed on Lincoln City beaches during certain times of the year — check for local regulations. Always adhere to best practices to ensure safety and responsibility. Beach fires must be small and contained, around two feet by two feet. As the wind might scatter embers that can spark fires, don’t set up a fire near beach grass and driftwood. Build on dry sand, away from incoming tides and sneaker waves. Come prepared to put out your fire with water; never cover it with sand, as doing so can create a hazard for other visitors. With all precautions in place, take in the crash of the waves, the whirl of woodsmoke, and the warmth of your fire. FIND A VARIETY OF ENTRY POINTS TO THE BEACH AND SEA, INCLUDING ACCESSIBILITY AND PARKING INFORMATION. PHOTOS BY TIMOTHY REED 14

Fly a Kite The sustained winds on Lincoln City’s shore make for an ideal environment for kite flying. This classic activity is fun for all ages. Whether you’re a first-time flier or have been flying kites for years, Winddriven in Lincoln City covers all your needs. This Oceanlake shop has an impressive display of deltas, diamonds, and dual-line kites. Explore a Tide Pool & Go Beachcombing Tide pools are one of Lincoln City’s most valuable natural treasures. Sea stars, anemones, barnacles, and other intertidal residents dwell in these sensitive habitats. Please look but don’t touch and watch where you step — rocks can be slippery and animals don’t like to be stepped on! Plan your tide pool visit for just before or during low tide. Find tide pools just north of Roads End State Recreation Site, near the ocean’s edge at the NW 15th Street beach access, and in front of the Inn At Spanish Head. Beachcombing is a year-round adventure. Find agates, shells, fossils, petrified wood, and more hidden along the beach. Consider leaving your treasures in place to maintain natural spaces and habitats. The shop Rock Your World is filled with an array of natural treasures to bring home to your personal collection. Catch a Wave You’ll find world-class surfing here, from waist-high waves close to shore to over 40-foot swells on the Nelscott Reef, located nearly a mile out from the beach. Surfers from across the globe paddle out and play in these breaks, which are unpredictable, but best in the winter. Lincoln City has a wave of surf shops offering instruction, safety insights, and gear. Check out Lincoln City Surf Shop, Safari Town Surf Shop, and ZuhG Life Surf Shop for all your needs. EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 15

On any day of the year in Lincoln City, visitors discover treasure on the beach. For over 20 years, Float Fairies have hidden handmade glass floats along seven miles of beach for lucky explorers to find — and keep! The treasure hunt is inspired by history — in decades past, blown-glass floats used for Japanese fishing nets would sail across the ocean and wash up on Oregon beaches. Today the tradition is continued by local and regional artisans, who create beautiful glass floats as works of art. Each glass float varies in signature flair, drawing treasure seekers from all over the world to a one-of-a-kind seaside adventure. Over 3,000 floats are dropped throughout the year from Roads End to Siletz Bay. Keep an eye out for these elusive glass treasures, and when you see one, Finders Keepers! Let us know about your discovery by registering your float through our website. RULES OF THE HUNT: • Floats can be found above the high tide line and below the beach embankment. • Floats are never placed on the embankment or in the beach grass. • Floats are placed on the beach during daylight hours only. • Floats are hidden throughout the day, not at any specific time. • Floats can be discovered every day, rain or shine. • Be mindful of the environment when treasure hunting. • One float per household, per year. Share the love! BEACH & WATER The biggest scavenger hunt on the Oregon Coast OPPOSITE PAGE PHOTO BY NATHAN HOLSTEDT 16

Float Finding Tips We use the term “hide” loosely; we want our treasures to be found. Start your hunt at public beach access points. Our Float Fairies hide floats at random times and locations . . . only they know where floats have been left to be discovered. Have fun and make the hunt an adventure! REGISTER YOUR FLOAT: If you find a float, register your treasure and you’ll be mailed a certificate of authenticity as well as information about the artist behind your forever piece of Lincoln City. Visit to learn more about Finders Keepers. EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 17

Lakes, Parks, and Bays Devils Lake Located on the east side of Lincoln City, Devils Lake consists of 685 acres of water with multiple boat ramps, picnic areas, and fishing docks. The calm waters and shelter from coastal winds provide a cool haven and laid-back ambiance. Picnic at a lakeside park, such as Regatta Grounds, which includes a play structure, protected swimming area, and fishing dock. Holmes Road Park on the west side of the lake features a great fishing dock. Large Douglas fir and short hiking trails surround East Devils Lake State Park. Bring marshmallows and campfire stories for the public fire pit. Josephine Young Memorial Park Found in the Cutler City District of Lincoln City, this park has flat access to the bay and picnic area. From Highway 101, the park is west at the end of the road at SW 65th Street. On a calm day, you can see kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders circling to get a closer look of the Four Brothers Rock Formation or keep paddling to explore the Siletz River or Schooner Creek. BEACH & WATER BOTTOM PHOTO BY DAYNA LAW, @DAYNALAWPHOTOGRAPHY TOP PHOTO BY ALEC SILLS-TRAUSCH 18

Siletz Bay Located on the south end of Lincoln City, Siletz Bay has an ecosystem full of salt marsh, brackish marsh, dial sloughs, mudflats, and coniferous and deciduous forestlands. This refuge provides nursery grounds for steelhead and cutthroat trout, coho and Chinook salmon. Mussels thrive in the intertidal zones around Lincoln City’s tide pools — and can be harvested with a license. Mussels have a long, tapered, dark blue to black shell. The vivid orange flesh of the mussel is edible and a prized delicacy in many parts of the world. At low tide in Siletz Bay, mudflats emerge, and within lie a delicious population of clams. Purple varnish clams are the most common, but you will also find soft shell clams here. Siletz Bay is also a great spot for crabbing. The best time to crab is several hours past low tide, ensuring the crabs are active and water currents will cause the least disturbance to your gear. Crabbing, clamming, mussel collection, and fishing all require licenses. Siletz Bay Park Flat walkable sands, ample public parking, and nearby restaurants — this park is in the heart of the Historic Taft District at 51st Street. Crab from the shoreline or stroll on the dock to take in the beauty of the Four Brothers rock formations. This area offers a gazebo, picnic grounds, and direct beach access. Siletz Bay Park is a great place to take children to swim in slightly warmer water with smaller waves. It’s also home to the famous Mo’s Sand Castle Contest! BOTTOM PHOTO BY CODY CHA | TOP PHOTO BY TIMOTHY REED EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 19

Take Care Out There The ocean is beautiful and compelling, but also powerful and unpredictable. Conditions can change drastically at a moment’s notice. Stay attuned to the tide schedules and weather patterns, and remain aware of your surroundings while near the sea. Steer clear of loose driftwood, slippery rocks, and potential hazards in the sand. Sneaker waves catch people off guard every year. Never turn your back on the ocean. Even when the water is only ankle or knee-deep, coastal riptides can pull anyone out and under. When hiking Lincoln City’s headlands, park in designated areas, stay on the trail and be mindful of signage and maps. Cliffs can be steep with unexpected exposure. Always recreate responsibly and safely on these cherished, protected coastlines. The Beach is for All Accessing the beach just got easier. Lincoln City seasonally installs Mobi-Mats, ADA-compliant beach walkways, at D River Wayside and SW 51st Street beach access to help users of all abilities navigate the sand. Also available are beach wheelchairs, which have balloon-like tires that easily traverse over sand and rocks. This complimentary service, located in the Taft neighborhood and available year-round, is provided by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation. BEACH & WATER Safety, Accessibility & Stewardship BOTTOM PHOTO COURTESY OF KELCIE MILLER-ANDERSON, @THECHRONICEXPLORER | TOP PHOTO BY LEWIS SMITH 20

Be Kind to the Coast The coast is one of Oregon’s most beloved destinations. If we all work together to take care of these irreplaceable natural spaces, our coastline will remain pristine for generations of wildlife and humans to come. While at the beach, pack out what you pack in, and bring along a bag to pick up any possible trash you find along the way. Send Explore Lincoln City a photo of your debris bag and be eligible to win a handmade glass float as part of the Trash for Treasures program. Be mindful of sensitive habitat — like tide pools, sea stacks, riparian (waterfront) areas, and swaths of beach grass — to protect local flora and fauna. Please respect Lincoln City’s leash law, which exists so that you may bring the family pet along while ensuring safety for wildlife and other visitors. Remove natural beach debris sparingly, if at all, and remember that fishing, crabbing, and clam digging require a license and adherence to seasonal regulations. LEFT PHOTO BY CODY CHA | RIGHT PHOTO BY NATHAN HOLSTEDT EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 21


Birdwatch with a pro, learn to dig clams, and gaze at a kaleidoscope of kites. Events & Exploriences

Explorers Club Upon completing a Lincoln City Explorience, request a code for the mobile passport from a guide and collect a token. Complete five different Exploriences and join the Explorers Club! Each member will receive an exclusive Exploriences glass coin. The Exploriences program is led by local experts who guide visitors through unique coastal experiences, including beachcombing, tide pooling, crabbing, clamming, bird watching, and hiking. These scheduled, guided adventures happening throughout the year are free of cost. Exploriences SCAN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EXPLORIENCES. EVENTS & EXPLORIENCES 24

Events Lincoln City Kite Festivals Every summer and fall, look high in the sky at the kaleidoscope of colorful, giant, and imaginative kites circling above. Lincoln City Kite Festivals are events like no other, with brilliant shapes and colors decorating the beach all weekend long. Attendees are treated to flying demonstrations from professional kite fliers and teams from all over the world! 4th of July Celebration There’s nothing like viewing a spectacular fireworks display overlooking Siletz Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Nestle yourself on the sand and watch while explosions ignite across the bay for the most beautiful unobstructed view of the big show. Deck the Dock & Light Up the Lake Visit the Historic Taft District at 51st Street to see the Taft Dock illuminated with thousands of sparkling lights. Walk through the lighted archway for a festive view of the bay. Enjoy the spectacular glow from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. Regatta Park on Devils Lake boasts more holiday lights, including an illuminated Sparky the Wish Guardian statue and a Jet Skiing Santa. OPPOSITE PAGE PHOTO BY TIMOTHY REED | BOTTOM PHOTO BY MATT BRANDT | MIDDLE PHOTO BY BOB GIBSON


Outdoor Adventure Journey through the forest on your way to sweeping views or spend the morning swinging your golf clubs in Lincoln City’s beautiful outdoors.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Whether you like your outdoor adventure to be placid or adventuresome, Lincoln City’s gorgeous natural spaces beckon. The Cascade Head UNESCO Biosphere Region is a special treasure. Keep your eyes open for a prolific diversity of wildlife, including black bears, cougars, elk, osprey, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, five species of salmon, and gray and humpback whales, as well as four federally listed endangered species: the spotted owl, marbled murrelet, coho salmon, and the Oregon silverspot butterfly. Hundreds of plant species from lichen to cedars thrive here too. We are the Biosphere Spanning over 100,000 miles, the diverse UNESCO Cascade Head Biosphere Region encompasses the Salmon River and its estuary, a sandy coastal spit, densely forested uplands, a two-mile basalt headland covered in native coastal prairie, a marine reserve stretching west into the waters of the Pacific Ocean, and a good portion of the city itself. Designated globally, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Biosphere Regions promote conservation and sustainability. There are 47 such regions in the U.S. and only one in Oregon, established in Lincoln City in 1976. The Biosphere is a unique land/sea connection and a place for all species, with a mission to foster generations of engaged stewards, where nature has rights, art illuminates science, and research drives climate action. Learn more at Explorations in Nature Did you know There are 738 biosphere regions in 134 countries on Earth, which serve as learning places for sustainable development. 28

Located within the Biosphere Region, Cascade Head offers out-and-back trails with breathtaking views of the Oregon coastline and the Salmon River Estuary. This is a protected wildlife sanctuary — to help preserve this delicate habitat, hunting, camping, fires, bicycles, removal of foliage, and dogs are not allowed. Visit the Explore Lincoln City website for regular trail updates and closures. Nature Conservancy Trail — Lower Trailhead Open year-round, this hike takes you on a 2-mile-long trail that covers the north and south sides of the headlands. While terrain can be challenging, the view of the Salmon River Estuary and Pacific coastline is well worth the experience. Nature Conservancy Trail — Upper Trailhead In efforts to protect threatened wildlife and plant species, this trail is only open from July 16 to December 31. A much easier and mostly level route, this trail is a one-mile hike to the upper viewpoint. The lower and upper trails connect for a 6-mile out-and-back adventure. Hiking the Biosphere The Knoll A little sister to Cascade Head, and within the UNESCO Biosphere Region, the meadowed hilltop north of Lincoln City is known as The Knoll. This moderately difficult 3-mile loop leads to spectacular vantage points of the Pacific coastline, Devils Lake, and Roads End. SCAN FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL HIKES. PHOTO BY @CRAIG.NORRIE

Fat Tire Biking Fat tires roll easily over sand, and Lincoln City’s beaches are a great place for trying out the relatively new sport of fat tire biking. Safari Town Surf Shop has bikes for rent — consider a guided tour to learn a little more about the area, or rent a bike and head out on your own adventure. Biking is a great way to cover a lot of the beach in a shorter amount of time. OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Golf on the Coast The lush, mature Chinook Winds Golf Resort is cut into the mountainside among old-growth timber and bordered by natural wetlands and designed water features. It’s a true eighteenhole challenge for every level of golfer. Surrounded by the towering fir and spruce of the Oregon coastal forest and the tranquil waters of Siletz Bay, the Salishan Golf Links is as magnificent as it is demanding. With old growth trees and seaside bluffs at every turn, each hole provides a spectacular backdrop and a unique challenge. PHOTOS BY NATHAN HOLSTEDT

Fly High at the Aerial Park at Salishan If it’s adventure you’re after, give the Aerial Park at Salishan Coastal Lodge a go. Soar high above the trees while tackling obstacles — some easy, others challenging — along the course’s multiple platforms and ever-expanding elements. Check out The Adventure Collective for more details. Skate Parks and more Whether you want to picnic, barbecue, toss a frisbee, or simply relax, seek out one of Lincoln City’s 20-plus combined open spaces and parks. Located on NE 22nd Street, Kirtsis Park features one of the community’s unlikely gems: the Lincoln City Skatepark. Dreamland Skateparks built this park, and people come from everywhere to enjoy what Thrasher Magazine once billed as the “gnarliest” skate park in America. Even the legendary Tony Hawk has dropped in. SCAN HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF LOCAL PARKS. PHOTO COURTESY OF ADVENTURE COLLECTIVE CO., @ADVENTURECOLLECTIVEOFFICIAL PHOTO COURTESY OF ADVENTURE COLLECTIVE CO., @ADVENTURECOLLECTIVEOFFICIAL EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 31


From a quick bite to a gourmet meal, a wide array of local eating establishments have you covered. Eat and Drink

EAT & DRINK Considering this region’s fresh seafood, farm-fresh bounty, creative chefs, and committed brewers, no craving goes unmet. Whether you are looking for the day’s fresh catch, authentic Thai, artisan pizza, or even German schnitzel, the booming restaurant scene in Lincoln City has options for everyone. Top off your meal with a selection of local beers, regional wines, and specialty cocktails crafted in the spirit of the Oregon Coast. Bring Your Appetite Trawler to Table Seafare A family-owned-and-operated favorite, Kyllo’s Seafood & Grill has been a seafood staple since 1984. Here, fresh prepared-from-scratch fare comes with perfectly crafted cocktails and breathtaking views. Watch perfect sunsets and waves dance up the shore from this perch adjacent to the D River. Pier 101 opened in 1972 and has been a hotspot for locals and visitors ever since. For decades, it has been known for its steamer clams, crab cakes, and other seafood. Sit back and enjoy a meal and crafted cocktail next to the fire. Since 1949, Barnacle Bill’s Seafood has taken genuine Oregon wild Chinook salmon and smoked it in-house for at least a day on aromatic alder cut from the nearby woods. Each piece is filleted by hand and monitored to smoky perfection. Blackfish Cafe is committed to being seasonal and local, featuring the best food from area farms and fisheries. Enjoy fresh seafood, veggies, meats, salads, and beach favorites. Preparations are simple yet elegant, showcasing the natural flavors of the Pacific Northwest. With a bounty of choices from land and sea alike, the menu of Chinook’s Seafood Grill at the casino resort features flavors to surprise and satisfy. BOTTOM PHOTO BY CODY CHA | TOP PHOTO COURTESY OF KYLLO’S SEAFOOD & GRILL 34

New & Noteworthy Dining The Pines Dine Food Truck Village, located in Lincoln City’s Historic Taft District, is named for the historic Pines Hotel that once sat on the site. Now, the place offers a dozen food carts with diverse menus. The central building, separately run by Vin & Bräu, is a spacious place to sit out of the weather, enjoy beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages, and socialize. Public parking is across the street at 9 SE Inlet Avenue. The Otis Cafe, known for their homemade comfort food, rebuilt their restaurant in Lincoln City after a fire took their landmark site in the town of Otis. Their famous German potatoes are made from hand-peeled, shredded potatoes, and their pastries, breads, and pies are made from scratch. You won’t leave hungry, but grab a pastry or a loaf for the road anyhow. Recently expanded at the Salishan Marketplace, Depoe Baykery now has more room to craft artisanal, handmade treats. Follow the aroma to pastries, herb-infused bread, and gooey donuts. Another great addition to the marketplace is the Squatchsami food truck, specializing in fresh fish and chips, rosemary fries, and chicken and waffles. PHOTO BY BRANDON SHELTON EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 35

EAT & DRINK The Bay House at Salishan Coastal Lodge pairs outstanding fare, served with flair. Entrees include Pacific halibut, duck, beef, pork, and vegetarian standouts. Its cellar contains more than 2,000 bottles from around the globe, with a particular emphasis on Oregon, Washington, and California wines. In the heart of Gleneden Beach, Side Door Cafe offers both grab-and-go and dine-in options. Eat in an artful space that once housed a performing arts theatre, and enjoy creative offerings like bouillabaisse, rib-eye steak, artichoke and shrimp dip, Northwest seafood, and signature crab cakes. Perched on the 10th floor of the Inn at Spanish Head, Fathoms Penthouse Restaurant and Bar has sweeping views of the mighty Pacific. Rolling waves and whale spouts pair with savory sautéed prawns, fish and chips, wild salmon, and a wide range of sea-focused specialties and inviting wines. Capturing a nearly 180-degree view, Rogue River Steakhouse is Chinook Winds Casino Resort’s premier dining venue. Taste a diverse selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, steaks, and more, all artfully prepared for you to enjoy. An expansive view of the Pacific Ocean and delicious desserts round out your meal. Gourmet and Fine Dining PHOTO COURTESY OF FATHOMS, INN AT SPANISH HEAD 36

Casual Fare and Brunch Known for its “always fresh, never frozen” promise, Hwy 101 Burger is a must-stop. Add as many patties as you’d like to your burger, and pair it with fresh-cut fries made on site and a house-made milkshake. The best breakfast in town might be at Wildflower Grill. A wide range of brunchtime meals grace this menu, from benedicts to omelettes. Lunch features salads, burgers, and an oyster po’ boy. It’s not a trip to the beach without fish and chips, and J’s Fish and Chips is a perfect, unpretentious joint known for frying up some of the best around. If you prefer authentic Thai, Thai Bay offers dishes that are made with fresh ingredients and custom options. EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 37

EAT & DRINK Craft Beer Joints This is Oregon — regional beers are everywhere. Begin at McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub, which offers pub grub and a rotating tap of in-house brews, ranging from the crisp, light Cascade Head Golden Ale (named after the geographical feature and popular hike just north of Lincoln City) to the dark and mysterious Black Widow Porter. Ace’s Sports Bar and Grill at Chinook Winds Casino Resort features your favorite craft and domestic beers. Whether into the glass or growler, Ace’s is pouring from one of the biggest selections of Oregon microbrews on draft in Lincoln City. South on Highway 101, Rusty Truck Brewing is in the Taft District. From its easy-drinking golden Offshore Pilsner to Taft Toffee Porter, taste every color of the beer rainbow at this homegrown brewpub. Sprawling along Siletz Bay, Pelican Brewing Company’s latest brewpub showcases fresh coastalinspired cuisine, panoramic sunset views, and local wildlife in addition to serving up its classic pub food and flagship beers like Tsunami Stout or Siren of the Sea, all brewed on-site. Look for small-batch favorites like the Siletz Bay Hazy IPA, Blonde the Beachcomber, or the Lincoln City Lager at Beachcrest Brewing Company. Situated in the Salishan Marketplace, the views from the outdoor sundeck are stunning. BOTTOM PHOTO COURTESY OF PELICAN BREWING COMPANY

Lounges & Cocktail Bars Like your drinks with music? Grab a cocktail and catch a show at one of many popular venues for rock, country, jazz, reggae, or anything else: Zeller’s Bar & Grill, The Nauti Mermaid, Snug Harbor, Beachcrest Brewing Company, Rogue River Lounge, and Rusty Truck Brewing. MIST at Surftides Hotel has a fantastic atmosphere with its ocean views, cozy indoor fireplace, and handcrafted cocktails. The Beach Club and Event Center offers a sports bar vibe and an expansive food menu. It offers specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and drink specials. If you time it right, you’ll catch live entertainment. The Attic Lounge has a drink menu as panoramic as its ocean view. Consider trying its signature cocktail, the Coastal Campfire, or choose something more familiar, like a glass of wine from the Willamette Valley or a pint of Oregon craft beer. Something Sweet Explore one of the many local candy shops and sink your teeth into a confectionary delight. My Petite Sweet is a premier bakery on the Oregon Coast with baked goods for every occasion, specializing in one-of-a-kind sweet treats that are delightful. Voted “Best Candy Store” on the Oregon Coast, Candyland is a retro coastal classic with a huge selection of house-made saltwater taffy and gourmet chocolates. Get souvenirs, tees, and sweatshirts, and take sweet memories home. Known for its antique taffy puller, Read’s Homemade Candies has an assortment of taffy and chocolates such as créams, truffles, and velvets. Indulge your sweet tooth with handmade chocolates and specialty treats at The Chocolate Frog. The confectionary, located in the Nelscott District, offers many fun old-fashioned candies as well as amazing German imported chocolates. Other goodies include jams, mustards, and more, including locally made gifts, jewelry, and glassware. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIST AT SURFTIDES HOTEL TOP PHOTO COURTESY OF MIST AT SURFTIDES HOTEL EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 39


From homemade to designer, antique to state-of-the-art, shopping in Lincoln City includes unique shops and an incredible collection of antique stores. Shopping

SHOPPING Big brands, specialty shops, and serious bargains make the Lincoln City Outlets a major draw. This destination has attracted shoppers year-round to more than 50 stores since it opened in 1989. Discover great deals on coastal essentials, like outdoor gear suitable for all weather conditions, gifts for the whole family, and games and puzzles to take back to your vacation rental. Visit name brands like Nike Factory Store, The North Face, and Pendleton. Among these national gems, you’ll find locally owned shops offering unique gifts, home goods, and souvenirs to commemorate your vacation. Scout Northwest Trading Co. sells Pacific Northwest branded gear alongside a unique activity — knife and ax-throwing. Experts provide techniques and safety instruction, so you can home in on hitting the bullseye. At Flourish Boutique, you’ll find a mix of contemporary new fashion with curated vintage clothing. Stop by Ginger Roots for unique and stylish home decor. Salt is the perfect cafe to sit back and relax. With modern decor and comfortable seating, you can grab a homemade snack with coffee and catch up with friends and family. Leave the Outlets with unique purchases in hand to remind you of your beach getaway. Lincoln City Outlets 42

Antiques Treasures are waiting to be discovered throughout Lincoln City, a haven for antiques and collectibles. The Oceanlake District is home to many antique shops, including the Rocking Horse Antique Mall and Granny’s Attic, each constantly enhancing its impressive array of collectibles. The Little Antique Mall houses the most antique vendors on the Oregon Coast. It’s the premier antiques and collectibles mall, featuring over 80 quality dealers. With more than 15,000 square feet of space, you’ll find home decor, glass floats, vintage furniture, historical books, vinyl, and more. Did you know Antique & Collectibles Week takes place every February, spotlighting citywide sales on all manner of treasures. Visit the beach for a special Finders Keepers drop of vintage glass floats used in fishing nets. Don’t miss the family-run Nelscott House Antiques. You’ll find a niche collection of fine jewelry, vintage cookie jars, glassware, holiday decor, and coastal gifts. Wander through a world of antiques, collectibles, and specialty shops at Streetcar Village, on the south end of Lincoln City. Discover everything from antiques to artwork at Left Coast Trading Post. Stop in at North by Northwest Books & Antiques, which features rows upon rows of books begging to be browsed. Visions Rock Shop features lapidary, crystals, and minerals galore, with friendly service and fun browsing. TOP PHOTO BY TIMOTHY REED EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 43

SHOPPING LEARN MORE ABOUT SHOPPING IN LINCOLN CITY. Fun Local Shops See what unexpected treasures you’ll find while shopping in Lincoln City during your next visit. With a carefully curated collection of handcrafted items, Tah-Lume, located in the Nelscott District, offers individually chosen products, pulled from small batch makers, local artisans, and fellow lovers of the world’s curiosities. Take a journey through Searenity Boutique to find a collection of women’s coastal boho clothing and unique gifts. Create your own custom clothing items as well at this fun shop. You’ll leave with something special! Christmas is alive all year at the Christmas Cottage. Browse thousands of ornaments, Santa figurines, cards, stationery, and more in this festive shop. 44

Marketplace at Salishan Coastal Lodge Providing a quaint variety of shops and businesses, the Marketplace at Salishan Coastal Lodge offers inspired cuisine, artisan craft, and entrepreneurial imagination. Unique & Knotty is a posh boutique experience offering handcrafted and custom furniture, lighting, home decor, tableware, linens, clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, and other fun finds. Hopscotch Toys is an independently owned store on a mission to provide unique, creativity inspiring toys and games for children of all ages. Sirens’ Sweets is an alluring stop for a sweet treat in Gleneden Beach. Check it out for chocolates, saltwater taffy, novelty candies, and old-fashioned hard-to-find delights. Seasonally, on the weekends, the Marketplace hosts two outdoor specialty markets. Find handmade or homegrown items from a showcase of farmers, bakers, wineries, creameries, artisan foods purveyors, and makers of one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. The Specialty Farmers Market & Artisan Faire at Salishan takes place Friday and Saturday, while the Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market is on Sunday. Both markets operate seasonally from May through October, weather permitting. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARKETPLACE AT SALISHAN COASTAL LODGE EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 45


As the sun melts into the Pacific, the lights of Lincoln City come alive. Entertainment & Nightlife

ENTERTAINMENT Chinook Winds Casino Resort is the place on the Oregon Coast for Vegas-style gaming. Try your luck at any of the 1,100+ slot machines, or live-action table games. Head over to the resort’s Bingo Theater and daub away. Place your bet on your favorite sports teams to become more invested in your fan experience. Be sure to catch one of the big-name headliners, comedy acts, or special events the casino is known for. Savor a meal at one of many restaurants. The Siletz Bay Buffet has a great selection for any appetite. Bite into a burger, fries, and more at the Euchre Creek Deli, tucked behind the casino’s waterfall. C-Dubs offers fresh, made-to-order sandwiches. La Bahia Mexican Grill serves mouthwatering burritos, street tacos, and bowls. All restaurants offer takeout and dine-in options. Chinook Winds Casino Resort is Lincoln City’s largest hotel. With a variety of rooms that include pet-friendly, ocean view, and junior suites, your group will have plenty of options to choose from for a comfortable stay at the beach. Enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and spa, and complimentary shuttle to the casino. Chinook Winds Casino Resort BOTTOM & MIDDLE PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHINOOK WINDS CASINO RESORT

Casino Events Join Chinook Winds every June for a display of fireworks over the beach celebrating the destination’s anniversary. Taste unique recipes at Beach, Bacon, and Brews every July. Local nonprofit teams compete to create delectable bacon bites and win bragging rights. Surf City Weekend, each August, showcases classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. This vibrant car show brings in hundreds of visitors and immaculately restored vintage vehicles from all over the region. The Celebration of Honor in September commemorates veterans and activeduty personnel with multiple military displays, entertainment, and more. Arcades and Theatres In the Oceanlake District, featuring both new and classic games, pinball machines, and more, Game Over Arcade is a great place to take the family, host a special event, or watch the big game. The Galaxy Game Room at the Lincoln City Outlets is another great destination for family fun and video and arcade gaming. The Bijou Theatre in the Oceanlake District is a 1930s cinema showing first-run indie and limited-release films. Don’t miss the annual film festival as well as special events throughout the year, celebrating The Rocky Horror Picture Show and more. BOTTOM PHOTO COURTESY OF GAME OVER ARCADE | TOP PHOTO BY CODY CHA EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 49


A vibrant creative culture is the heartbeat of the coast — visit glass studios, galleries, and museums to explore local art and history. Art, Culture & History

ART, CULTURE & HISTORY Lincoln City’s glass art tradition dates back to historic times, when Japanese glass floats made for fishing nets washed up on local beaches. This eventually inspired local artists to create their own glass floats, as well as more treasures from glass. Witness glass blowing firsthand at the Lincoln City Glass Center in the Historic Taft District. Artisans can be seen practicing this age-old craft whenever the kilns are firing. Wish to make your own art? Experienced glass blowers will guide guests through the process of creating their own glass float, votive, paperweight, or heart. Don’t leave without browsing the on-site gallery filled with wonderfully unique pieces. Handmade Glass Art Lincoln City is famous for glass art. From hands-on experiences to stunning gallery exhibitions, this unique art form shimmers throughout the community. PHOTOS BY NATHAN HOLSTEDT 52

Oregon’s oldest glass blowing studio, Alder House, offers a unique front-row experience that pays homage to many distinguished glass studios around the world. Here you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the craft and science of glassblowing, as well as choose a one-of-a-kind piece of your own to take home and admire for a lifetime. ThornMeadow Glassworks is a family-owned studio that has been bringing beautiful glass art to the community since 2018. A little off the beaten path, they host private glassblowing classes for family, friends, and small groups. Book an appointment today to learn directly from artists on how to make glass creations conjured from your own imagination. The practitioners at Mor Art teach aspiring artists and curious minds how to make a beautiful piece with glass fusion. The skilled artisans offer one-on-one or group classes, uniquely crafted to teach and inspire. The destination is conveniently located in the Taft District; spend a day wandering the historic district, visiting the beach and bay, taking in all sorts of art and selecting a piece or two of your very own. EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 53

Volta Gallery is an expertly curated venue for exploring glass art, paintings, photography, ceramics, and metal art. The Pacific Artists’ Co-op Gallery has a team of approximately 40 artists who have pooled together their time, money, labor, and passion to create an inspiring space that showcases a wide range of their craft. Located in the Salishan Marketplace, Rowboat Gallery features a large variety of paintings, sculptures, and prints from outstanding regional artists. The Lincoln City Art Trail is a self-guided, mobile tour of local public art. Download the app and travel from place to place, taking in a variety of sculptures, statues, murals, mosaics, and more on this fun tour. ART, CULTURE & HISTORY SCAN FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE LINCOLN CITY ART TRAIL PASSPORT. Fine Art Galleries and Public Art There is art beyond the glass — Lincoln City is awash in eclectic art in diverse mediums, fueled by coastal imagination and culture. Make a trip to these galleries for more creative treasures, and finish off your art exploration with a tour of the Lincoln City Art Trail. For more than 25 years, the Freed Gallery has been an eye-catching stop for art lovers. See the beautiful outdoor wind garden, and then venture inside to be transfixed by a rotating gallery of over 80 featured artists with works from oil paintings to sculpture. Did you know At more than 50 years old, the seahorse at SeaHorse Oceanfront Lodging is one of the oldest pieces of art in town. 54

Fossils and Pottery A Tyrannosaurus rex will greet you at the door as you wander into Prehistoric. Discover a gallery of dinosaur fossils, meteorites, and more in the gift shop. Try your hand at the “break your own geode” machine, dinosaur dig site, or gem mining sluice station. This is an excellent place for kids and will bring out the kid in everyone. Founded in 1973, Mossy Creek Pottery sits on six acres that border the beautiful Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge. This tiny, century-old farmhouse is easily found as you travel on Immonen Road through a forest of spruce and hemlock. It’s home to the work of 40 Northwest artists, and you’ll find a wide assortment of functional and decorative pottery in an array of glazes, representing the many and varied styles and techniques of local and regional potters. More Art, History & Culture The Lincoln City Cultural Center is a haven for art and artists alike. Visit the eclectic destination located in the historic red brick Delake School to enjoy classes, performances, and two art galleries. Art and culture envelop you here, from the beautiful displays in the PJ Chessman Gallery and Fiber Arts Studio Gallery to the twirl of dancers or tunes from musicians that regularly grace the main auditorium stage. Don’t forget to take a selfie with “Poppy,” the curious, striking and kinetic glass and steel sculpture that sits in the center’s front plaza. Learn about the early days of Lincoln City and its surrounds at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. Discover the history of the region’s First Peoples, including the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, see a fascinating collection of historic Japanese glass fishing floats, and learn about early tourism endeavors, including the popular but short-lived destination theme park known as Pixieland. Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. MIDDLE PHOTO COURTESY OF MOSSY CREEK POTTERY EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 55

INDIGENOUS HERITAGE The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians is the most diverse confederation of Native Americans on a single reservation in the United States. It is composed of more than 30 bands and tribes, including the Clatsop, Chinook, Tillamook, Lower Umpqua, and Shasta. These tribes speak 10 completely different languages, each with multiple dialects, and have a combined ancestral territory of over 20 million acres in western Oregon, northern California and southwestern Washington. Indigenous Heritage Lincoln City and the surrounding area is part of the ancestral homeland of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confedered Tribes of Grand Ronde. We are proud of this vibrant and resilient Indigenous heritage. When visiting Lincoln City, take some time to learn about these First Peoples who continue to shape the land and culture of this place. 56

Despite these differences, the varying Siletz tribes shared many cultural values and practices before the arrival of Europeans. They traveled by canoe, passed down their history through oral traditions, revered sacred sites, fished, hunted, and gathered plant foods from the rich natural environment around them. They were skilled basket makers, canoe carvers, and architects, and continue to be so today. The Siletz people have faced relentless and brutal oppression over the past 250 years. In 1856, they were forced onto the 1.1-million-acre Coast Indian Reservation on the central Oregon Coast. Nearly 900,000 acres of that land was unlawfully seized from them over the following decades. The community was simultaneously devastated by starvation, violence, exposure, depression, disease, and boarding school abuse. In 1954, the U.S. federal government “terminated” the tribe, stripping it of its federally recognized status. This was part of a nationwide series of terminations that aimed to assimilate Native Americans into mainstream society and strip them of their traditional cultures and communities. After termination, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians lost their sovereign government, as well as their remaining resources and land. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF SILETZ INDIANS EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 57

Restoration and Cultural Revival Still, the Siletz people and culture endured. They united and organized. Through ingenuity, courage, and hard work, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians restored their status as a federally recognized tribe in 1977, and became a sovereign nation once again. Today the tribe’s headquarters is in Siletz, Oregon — about 30 miles southeast of Lincoln City. The tribe owns a checkerboard of approximately 16,000 acres throughout western Oregon, and operates the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City. Siletz Dee-ni is the common tribal language, with an immersive language program being taught in schools. Construction is currently underway on Ghii Dee-Ne Dvn: A Place for the People, a tribal museum in Siletz, Oregon. Visitors will soon be able to learn about Siletz history and culture at this new museum. Siletz representatives testify in Washington, DC, to restore the tribe’s federally recognized status in 1976. INDIGENOUS HERITAGE PHOTOS COURTESY OF CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF SILETZ INDIANS 58

How to Experience Tribal Culture Learn about local Native culture at a powwow — a celebration of Indigenous dance, song, art, and culture. You can find Native food and art for sale, as well as special performances and cultural demonstrations at a powwow. The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians host two powwows every year. The Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow is held on the second weekend of August in Siletz, Oregon, and the Restoration Pow-Wow takes place every third Saturday in November at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City. Check out Explore Lincoln City’s website calendar page for more information on these events. PHOTOS BY NATHAN HOLSTED EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 59


Whether it’s a short stroll from the beach, on the lake, or nestled in the misty hills, there’s a refuge here for everyone. Where to Stay

A Room with a View From bed and breakfasts to camping, family-friendly hotels to luxury resorts, there are plenty of comfortable places to lay your head for the night in Lincoln City. WHERE TO STAY PHOTO BY CODY CHA

Stay Awhile Located in the north end of Lincoln City, Starfish Manor is within reach of shopping and restaurants. Soak up the view in your whirlpool tub, and enjoy cozy fireplaces, kitchenettes, and oceanfront decks. This warm, intimate, boutique hotel is a superior refuge. No kids under 12 or pets allowed. The stylish Surfland Hotel offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean from every room. The hotel features bright, modern rooms and an indoor pool, spa, and sauna. The main gathering space is the revamped courtyard, featuring fire pits, a bar, barbecue grills, a bocce ball court, and a pet area. Don’t miss catching a glimpse of Eddie Waves, the hotel’s mascot statue of a surfer and his board, ready to catch some waves. The Coho Oceanfront Lodge offers warm hospitality, spectacular panoramic views, and rich amenities. Enjoy a wide variety of accommodations, including an adults-only section. Guests often gravitate to the cozy fire pits above the shoreline to enjoy on-site oceanfront sunsets. Looking Glass Inn is located in the historic Taft District with easy access to Siletz Bay, the beach, and restaurants. Amenities include pet-friendly rooms, whirlpool tubs, an outdoor fire pit, and family suites. BOTTOM PHOTO COURTESY OF SURFLAND HOTEL | TOP PHOTO COURTESY OF PELICAN SHORES INN EXPLORELINCOLNCITY.COM | 63