Lincoln City needs
Otis Café http://otiscafe.tripod.com Otis Junction before reaching Lincoln City, 541.994.2813, true old-fashioned road café Fair Warning: No French fries! But big breakfasts, burgers, hand-dipped shakes, home made pies & sweets. Blackfish Café 2733 NW Hwy. 101 www.blackfishcafe.com, Fair Warning: highly recommended, not tried.
The O’dysius Hotel www.odysius.com small, European luxury inn steps from the beach near the wee “D” (or Dee) River. Fair Warning: on busy Hwy. 101, but rooms face ocean views.
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More beaches! Kite festivals spring & fall; Smallest River in the World (Dee or “D” you’ll cross it on Hwy. 101). Crazy ocean turmoil at Boiler Bay, Devil’s Punchbowl/Otter Crest and Depoe Bay — catch the spout, sometimes spewing over the highway.
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort www.salishan.com, 6675 Gleneden Beach Loop Road, 541-764-3825. Dining Room, Grill, Sun Room, Attic Lounge. Side Door Café.
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort www.salishan.com Hwy. 101, Gleneden Beach, premiere golf resort gracious next-to-nature wood, rock NW design. Tennis, golf, spa, pool, dining facilities. Fair Warning: Art gallery, shops, and some dining across Hwy. 101 from lodging.
(bayfront) Once upon a time in the 1970s one of my favorite memories — an accident loading fish to a truck, and oops, the street full of falling, slippery, sliding silvery salmon. I did not see the car crash into Mo’s restaurant, but that must have been a sight too. I can’t guarantee the bayfront will entertain to its historic extent, but it is lively. Barking sea lions, fishing boats, shops, art galleries, restaurants and touristy stuff like Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
(Historic Nye Beach) I’m dancing at Café Mundo to Coyote Bill’s band. I’m being twirled and two-stepped until my dancing partner says, “I’m tired,” and flops down in his chair. I’m not surprised. He’s 83. That’s how it is here on the central Oregon Coast where you can mingle with locals and feel right at home. The café is one of an outstanding handful that you’ll find here. The quaint beachside village has almost doubled in size with the addition of a new condo/shops complex — at first, jarring, but not hugely out of place. For a cozy holiday retreat or even winter blues, this friendly entirely walkable neighborhood enclave has a variety of special places to stay, so head on down, park your car for a few days and enjoy this little haven. [ARCHIVES: Dream Resort (Nye Beach) and All This & the Beach Too]
(bayside) Anchor Pier Lodge www.anchorpier.com, former Bering Sea crabber, Don Mathews, and his wife, Fran have created terrific themed rooms like the handsome “Captain’s Quarters” and the clever “Surfer Dude” (high-gloss surfboard sink counter). Watch gulls and waterfront activity or entertain friends on your private balcony overlooking the boat docks and the bay. Fair Warning: “lodge,” not! Working bayfront activity and seals can be noisy.
[ARCHIVES: Dream Resort]
http://discovernewport.com Yaquina Head Oustanding Natural Area (tidepools, puffins, waterfowl) and lighthouse www.blm.gov; everything sea mammal and fish (sharks!) at Oregon Coast Aquarium www.aquarium.org and next door Hatfield Marine Science Center (by donation) http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu.
Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B ww.hecetalighthouse.com Queen Ann lighthouse keeper’s quarters high on headland near lighthouse. Period furniture, famous seven-course gourmet breakfast included. Fair Warning: daytime Interpretive Center with tours. Odd configuration of rooms due to joining two residences; some shared baths, some without views, but fantastic location. Near Florence: Coast House www.coasthouseflorence.com unique five-level art-filled enchanting cabin-like structure near the Sea Lion Caves. Exceptional hideaway in a breathtaking setting atop headland with spectacular rugged coastline views. Fair Warning: unconventional sleeping lofts, outdoor shower, compost toilets; must walk down woodsy path to lodging; not appropriate for free-spirited children or pets.
26 miles of trails at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area plus hold-your-breath mountaintop views www.yachats.org near Yachats; Heceta Head Lighthouse (B&B too) www.hecetalighthouse.com; Elevator down inside the cliff to smelly Sea Lion Caves; 5 miles north of Florence Plants eat insects! Nice boardwalk through boggy fen at Darlington State Botanical Wayside; Oregon Dune National Recreation Area www.fs.fed.us biking, hiking, horseback riding, look out for crazy dune buggies. Working river waterfront shops & galleries too.