Fly a kite on the beach, paddle with river otters, or try glassblowing and local cooking in a coastal town full of old-fashioned fun.
Area code is 541.
TO DO AND SEE
Bijou Theatre This 1937 one-screen theater features first-run movies, $2 classic films on Saturdays, and live organ music every Monday. 1624 NE Hwy. 101, 994-8255, cinemalovers.com . Connie Hansen Garden A mostly volunteer-run 1.3-acre garden visited occasionally by hummingbirds and filled with magnolia trees and hundreds of rhododendron varieties. 1931 NW 33rd St., 994-6338, conniehansengarden.com . Culinary Center in Lincoln City Cooking classes feature local seasonal ingredients such as strawberries and asparagus. Taste dishes by Oregon chefs at quarterly themed cook-offs. 801 SW Hwy. 101, 557-1125, oregoncoast.org/culinary . D River Wayside This windy 7.5-mile central beach is renowned for its perfect kite-flying conditions. It’s finders keepers for the 2,012 glass fishing floats, blown by Northwest artists and scattered throughout the sand. Highway 101 at D River Wayside, oregonstateparks.org/park_214.php . Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio Blow and sculpt your own glass float or paperweight. See resident artists’ vibrant sculptures in the gallery. 4821 SW Hwy. 101, 996-2569, jennifersearsglassart.com . North Lincoln County Historical Museum A replica 1920s campsite, an interactive children’s room, and kitschy roadside signs, including the wooden pixies from Pixie Kitchen, the famous 1970s restaurant. 4907 SW Hwy. 101, 996-6614, northlincolncountyhistoricalmuseum.org . Regatta Park Located on Devils Lake, with dockside fishing, trails through old-growth forest, and a sprawling, castle-like wooden play structure for kids. 2700 NE 14th St., 994-2131, dlwid.org . Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge Rangers point out river otters and bald eagles during free two-hour interpretive kayak tours of the salt marsh estuary. Prefer solid land? Watch harbor seals at the sandy Salishan Spit. Highway 101, 867-4550, fws.gov/oregoncoast/siletzbay .
Mossy Creek Pottery A woodside cottage sells ceramics by over 40 Pacific Northwest potters. Call ahead to watch owner Dan Wheeler throwing pots. 483 S. Immonen Rd., 996-2415, mossycreekpottery.com . Northwest Winds Kites and Toys Jam-packed with colorful kites ranging from easy-to-fly three-sided options to steerable stunt fliers and expert-only 45-foot-long octopuses. 130 SE Hwy. 101, 994-1004, nwwinds.biz . Rock Your World The West’s geologic offerings, including precious opals from Idaho, Mount St. Helens volcanic glass, and an 84-pound agate geode from Washington. 1423 NW Hwy. 101, 351-8423.
The Bay House Pair one of the nearly 2,100 wines with organic dishes such as Meyer lemon halibut with baby bok choy or duck with blood orange sauce. 5911 SW Hwy. 101, 996-3222, thebayhouse.org . Blackfish Cafe Leave room after bacon-wrapped albacore tuna or pasta with house-smoked salmon and white Tillamook cheddar for decadent, homemade, cream-filled “Ding Dongs.” 2733 NW Hwy. 101, 996-1007, blackfishcafe.com . Captain Dan’s Pirate Pastry Shop Everything at this old-time bakery is made from scratch daily, including frosted sugar cookies in the shape of coastal salmon and octopuses. 5070 SE Hwy. 101, 996-4600, piratepastry.com . J’s Fish and Chips Handmade thin-cut chips and lightly battered and breaded cod, halibut, and shrimp served in classic plastic baskets at area fishermen’s favorite roadside stop. 1800 SE Hwy. 101, 994-4445. Wildflower Grill Hearty seafood omelets stuffed with crab and shrimp, plus ahi tuna po’boys. Sit in the sunroom overlooking a tree-enclosed slough, home to beavers, ducks, and deer. 4250 NE Hwy. 101, 994-9663.
Photographyby Don Frank (4); courtesy of Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau (Summer Kite Festival on beach)
This article was first published in May 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.
Request the Oregon TourBook and the Oregon/Washington map at AAA.com  or any AAA branch. To find a place to stay, including the Coho Oceanfront Lodge, visit AAA.com/hotels . For more information, contact the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau: 540 NE Hwy. 101, 996-1274, oregoncoast.org .