Two weekends ago we enjoyed a few days away to celebrate my birthday and Valentine’s Day at one of our favorite cities on the Oregon Coast: Lincoln City! Not many people know about or visit Lincoln City compared to famous places such as Canon Beach, Seaside, and Pacific City.
Some of the reasons Sarah & I like Lincoln City are: It’s a bigger beach town on the coast so there’s more things to do; there’s a big outlet mall for shopping; there are great restaurant options; there are beautiful public beaches; it’s a short drive to some other adventurous locations.
As far as accommodations, we stayed at The Inn at Spanish Head, thanks to a gift certificate we had from my old place of work! Sarah and I both agreed that this was the nicest hotel we ever stayed at on The Oregon Coast (which still isn’t saying a ton, because the hotels on the Oregon Coast never seem to be that nice for some reason—ya know what I mean? But the view is always a slam dunk!)
The Inn was great because every room is an Oceanside view and it’s situated right on a cliff. The food was incredible (we ate breakfast & dinner there) and the highlight for me was the breathtaking view while sitting at the restaurant high up over the ocean! Then when you take the elevator down to the beach, the hotel offers something very rare in frigid Oregon during winter time: an outdoor heated POOL!!! We of course took a dip and it was amazing—although still a bit cold…however the sunsets were second to none.
For you photographers and nature seekers out there, there’s something really great to do up the road from Lincoln City. About a 15 minute drive north is a small town called Neskowin, and there’s a beautiful and secretive beach spot called “Proposal Rock,” aptly named because a famous Captain of old proposed to his girl there in the late 1800’s (as the story goes), and lovers of course still propose there today!
On the same beach, about a 100-yard walk south from Proposal Rock, is another incredible spot called Ghost Forrest. It is essentially a bunch of dead trees on the beach coming up out of the sand with the waves coming in and out. It makes for some majestic golden hour photos! All in all we had an incredible time and recommend you try Lincoln City if you’ve never been.