Ocean-View Rooms with Fireplaces and Nautical Decor
In the days when Japanese fishermen used blown-glass balls to float their nets, beachcombers on the Oregon coast would occasionally find the green and blue orbs washed up on shore. Today, artists in Lincoln City honor the tradition by peppering the beaches with more than 2,000 handcrafted floats between mid-October and Memorial Day. Each year, visitors and locals comb the rocky coast in search of these colorful ornaments and keep any they find. You can take part in the hunt while staying at Surftides Lincoln City; the nautical-themed hotel has direct, handicap-friendly access to the scenic beachfront.
As their names suggest, premium king and double-queen oceanfront rooms are outfitted with balconies that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Maritime-themed local artwork and artifacts are sprinkled throughout the property, including a collection of essential sailing knots, a ship in a bottle, and Blackbeard's first razor.
On Surftides’ grounds, you’ll find an outdoor courtyard with crackling gas fire pits, a nice spot to warm up on a cold winter’s night. At Mist, the onsite restaurant and bar, bartenders serve signature cocktails by an open fireplace and chefs craft dishes such as lobster mac 'n' cheese, wild-mushroom pasta, and grilled halibut using fresh, local ingredients from the sea and organic farms.
Lincoln City, Oregon: Artists' Community on Rugged Pacific Coast
Situated along Oregon’s northwestern coast, Lincoln City spans 7.5 miles of picturesque public beaches where you’ll find ample surfing and whale-watching opportunities. Two inland bays, Devils Lake and Siletz Bay, provide nice spots for fishing or boating in the warmer months. About 10 miles north of Lincoln City stands Cascade Head, a towering, 270-acre headland that juts into the ocean. Year-round and seasonal trails crisscross the rugged cliffs; while hiking the paths, keep an ear out for sea lions that bark rousing sea shanties.
The center of Lincoln City's flourishing art scene lies just a short distance inland. Seaside streets are peppered with dozens of galleries and antique shops, where visitors can glimpse genuine Japanese glass floats. Grab a bite to eat at one of the town’s many seafood restaurants, which are known for their fresh catches.