Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches


Little Lincoln City Motel is Historic Oregon Coast 'Motor Inn' - Features Special Dec Prices

Published 11/30/23 a 5:35 a.m.
B
y Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

(Lincoln City, Oregon) – From the remnants of a mysterious lake to a quaint little, vintage inn that helped coin the term “motel” (by combining “motor inn” with “hotel”), Lincoln City's Whistling Winds Motel has seen a lot in its days. There's almost a century's worth of those days.

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; some specials in winter
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Some specials for winter
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Some specials for winter
In Lincoln City:
Some specials for winter
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
Some specials for winter
In Newport:
Look for some specials
In Waldport
Some specials for winter
In Yachats, Florence
Some specials for winter
Southern Oregon Coast Hotels / Lodgings
Reedsport to Brookings, places to stay; winter deals

Among its stories to tell: it was one of the genuine “motor inns” back in the area's early tourism years, something that's a coveted find now.

In fact, that coveted find got a lot cheaper recently (December 2023). According to the owners: “Book Any Weekday and get a 2nd Weeknight/ Weekday Free. Must be consecutive days - not valid Dec 25- Jan 1. 541-994-6155.”

You could say it's a hint of the prices of those olden days.

Whistling Winds Motel got its start in the 1920s, so much of the original is closing in quickly on a century. Added onto a few times over the years, it began its life as the Wecoma Inn, named after the little village it was then in. It's now recognized as one of seven or so little neighborhoods of Lincoln City that were once separate villages.

A bit before the place was built, it was actually the site of a small lake, one that's still trying to come back. Water levels sometimes start to return here, and the current structure is built up above the ground with pumps that occasionally draw that water out.

In the early days of Wecoma, there was a boat rental on this lake and a farm nearby. The owners got into a dispute and the dairy farm owner drained the lake on the other guy.

The Wecoma Inn began as a set of cottages, part of that historic, slow shift from having tents on beaches as the only lodgings to the Oregon coast's famed motor inns. Whistling Winds is definitely one of those originals in the region, and there's a bit of a fanbase for that sort of thing around the nation.


For a time it was called the Kontiki Village. Possibly by the '70s, the place got the name Whistling Winds because the tower in that main building gave out quite a loud whistling noise when coastal winds whipped through it.

Current owners Gene and Karen Scrutton told the history of the place to Oregon Coast Beach Connection almost two decades ago. Even back then, they were aiming to keep the time travel vibe, and succeeded well with the fine wood that covers each unit, creating the feel of an old, character-filled building with a story to tell. The river rock fireplaces are another aspect that drives that point home – a feature that Scrutton specializes in himself.

Indeed, the place has its tales, like how in the '50s there was quite the croquet setup. Back then, the wee cottages did not have water heaters, so folks had to heat their own water.

Later, in the '90s it was a tad sketchy. In fact, Gene said it became home to various criminals, including junkies, dealers and even pedophiles - and the cops were there a lot. (One of Oregon Coast Beach Connection's own stayed here once then and can verify it was seedy)

The woman who owned it was a crusty individual herself, known for sitting on the porch and scowling at the world. After having sold it once and having to take it back when the new owners defaulted, she treated any interested buyers thereafter with great disdain.

One of the prospective buyers was Scrutton, who was practically chased out of there a few times. Finally, in 2003 (not long after 9/11 had wrecked travel for awhile), the old lady relented.

“She was beside herself,” Scrutton said. “You should’ve seen her. She actually jumped up and kicked her heels. She couldn’t believe someone actually bought the place from her. She was so glad to be out of there.”

Scrutton said his family found numerous documents in the motel with information on this “underbelly” class of people that stayed or lived here.

Whistling Winds is also known for being exceptionally inexpensive, but with rather lovely surroundings, a feel that's above and beyond its prices. See the Whistling Winds Motel site for full information.

Hotels in Lincoln City - Where to eat - Lincoln City Maps and Virtual Tours



MORE PHOTOS BELOW






Booking.com




More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....


Coastal Spotlight


Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees over 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

25 Years Ago Today, Wild Tale of New Carissa Wreck Began on Oregon Coast (Pho...
Setting off a historic chain of sometimes wacky events in Coos Bay, Waldport. History, weather

Lincoln City's Glass Float Schedule for 2024: Almost 4,000 Dropped on Oregon ...
3,000 is just the day-to-day number; 900 on top of that. Lincoln City events

Some of the Best of Bandon Hotels, Lodgings, Vacation Rentals, South Oregon C...
Sampling of places to stay and hotels in Bandon

Much of Oregon Finally Sees Sunset Past 5 p.m. - Coast Already There
Seattle has to wait; a lunar eclipse is coming. Sciences, Washington coast

Haystack Rock Awareness Program Starts Up Again on N. Oregon Coast's Cannon B...
A return to action for the 2024 season on February 16. Cannon Beach events

Ten Truly Fire Spring Break Stretches of Oregon Coast
Something different at Manzanita, Depoe Bay, Oceanside, Newport, Yachats, Florence, more

Florence Siuslaw River Bridge and Surrounding Area Florence, Oregon Coast Vir...
A myriad of features, beaches nearby and adorable Old Town architecture

Sweet Suites and Insanely Cool Oregon Coast Waves in Lincoln City This January
Dazzling views just got way cheaper. Lincoln City hotel specials


Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on Oregon Coast Beach Connection
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright Oregon Coast Beach Connection. Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted