Hotel at a Glance: Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging
The Pacific Ocean is just a few hundred feet from the doors of this inn, and naturally it's the centerpiece of many activities on the premises. In the winter, you can watch as whales migrate nearby, and in warmer months, the sand turns into a venue for kite-flyers and beachcombers looking for glass floats. Meanwhile, Lincoln City's art galleries and boutiques are only minutes away, and the hotel offers complimentary shuttle rides to Chinook Winds Casino. This 150,000 square-foot casino features more than 1,000 slot machines, table games, and live concerts, including past ones from Kelly Pickler and Billy Ray Cyrus.
- Included $10-per-person breakfast credit: Use it to feast on pancakes at nearby Wildflower Grill.
- Chinook Winds Casino is just a shuttle ride away
- Notable awards won:TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2013
- Homes away from home: Guest rooms feature free WiFi and DVDs for rent; some have the added comforts of whirlpool spas and fireplaces
- Indoor heated pool stays open year-round
Lincoln City, Oregon: Antiques, Arts, and Colorful Kites along the Pacific
Lincoln City has been dubbed the "Kite Capital of the World," as many people stop here to fly them along the windswept coast. Lincoln City's beaches stretch along Central Oregon's Pacific Coast for more than seven miles; in addition to kite-flying, the place is popular for whale watching and kayaking.
The sandy shores give way to pine-studded Coast Range foothills and Devil's Lake, which spans nearly 700 acres. Fishermen come here to cast out for yellow perch and rainbow trout year-round.
Downtown Lincoln City has a distinctly artsy vibe with its antiques shops, eclectic boutiques, and art galleries. You see artisans at work making brightly colored glass floats at the Jennifer L Sears Glass Art Studio. It's worth it to learn how to make your own, and then head to the beach to set it afloat on the ocean, or beachcomb to spot other glass floats that have drifted ashore.