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Oregon Coast Tourism / Lodging Changes: New Hotel Owners, Latest Vacation Rental Acquisition

Published 02/26/2019 at 4:23 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Oregon Coast Tourism / Lodging Changes: New Hotel Owners, Latest Vacation Rental Acquisition

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(Gleneden Beach, Oregon) – Sizable shifts and little changes in the tourism industry are taking place on the central Oregon coast, with a beautiful new vacation rental acquisition and a famed hotel getting a new owner. (Above: Kristy's Kottage in Gleneden Beach).

In Lincoln City, A1 Beach Rentals has brought a new gem onboard: this time in Gleneden Beach. It’s called Kristy’s Kottage, and it’s the first vacation rental A1 has acquired in the tiny village just south of Lincoln City, while the firm has had a few in Depoe Bay for some time. An upscale oceanfront home, owner Karen Scrutton said it comes with two queen bedrooms and a variety of upscale amenities.

“I love those soft rolling waves in Gleneden Beach,” Scrutton said. “They make a different sound than the waves in Lincoln City. They lap the shoreline rather than crash the shoreline. The house has a path next to the property that takes you right onto the sand. There's a wonderful bakery, coffee and wine shop about 6 blocks from this cottage. Fun to walk the quiet neighborhood and check out all the cute beach houses. Such a different world than Lincoln City.”

All the bedding, furniture and kitchen supplies are new, she said. There’s a massive wind screen on the outdoor patio and Adirondack chairs. A1 Beach Rentals. 3264 NW Jetty Ave. Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-503-232-5984.

A bit further south on the Oregon coast, Newport’s elderly and iconic The Whaler motel has new owners. The Hallmark Inns group, which runs hotels in Newport and Cannon Beach, recently scooped up the property.

Since 1979, the hotel has been owned by John and JoAnne Clark. Around that time, the pair sold another neighboring hotel, The Windjammer, to a different hospitality group, which soon after became Newport’s Hallmark Inn.

Four decades later, The Whaler sets sail on a similar course.

“Hallmark and The Whaler are both family businesses that have been interconnected for many years,” said Bill Allred, executive chairman, Hallmark Inns & Resorts.

Some extensive remodeling will be done on the building but The Whaler will retain its name. Soon, it will go under the knife to the tune of some $400,000 in improvements. These include: modern furniture with upgraded beds, quartz countertops, and updated carpet and cabinetry in all 73 quiet and private guest rooms. The property will also expand in the future, with the addition of 29 suites facing the pristine Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Wetlands. As always, The Whaler will welcome its guests’ canine companions, making it a favorite destination for dog lovers.

Ric Rabourn, president and CEO of Hallmark Inns & Resorts, said the Clark’s had kept the hotel in remarkable shape and were adept at building relationships over those decades.

The hotel is on the northern edges of Nye Beach.

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Above: Kristy's Kottage in Gleneden Beach.


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