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Lincoln City and Newport: Two Wild Oregon Coast Sands with Exquisite Attractions

Published 11/28/2018 at 5:59 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff

Lincoln City and Newport: Two Wild Oregon Coast Sands with Exquisite Attractions

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(Lincoln City, Oregon) – The gorgeous chaos of the central Oregon coast is often just a few minutes walk to something more civil and civilized. You can very often get the best of both worlds here: the beauty of the manmade and the natural combined into one irresistible destination. Usually, that’s some kind of achingly beautiful hotel on the oceanfront. (Above: the beach near the NW 15th St. access and the Coho hotel).

Two hotel hotspots on the central Oregon coast offer just such a range of luxury and the rugged. One in Newport and the other in Lincoln City. Indeed, there are more than these two, of course. The entire coastline is lined with such delicate and lovely specimens. These are simply two examples to start with.

In Lincoln City, the NW 15th St. access is a treasure trove of action and the serene. The Coho Oceanfront Lodge is the landmark to look for as you wander down Harbor Avenue towards this fascinating beach. The access here is a long concrete ramp to the beach, where driving is allowed in a small area. There’s also a nifty tidepool area right there, where numerous critters inhabit the rocky blobs. Make sure you spend a bit of time gazing at the same tidepool spot: you’ll discover interesting stuff moving around.

An assortment of jagged basalts make for awe-inspiring waves and general watery chaos, even though they’re rather small. Even in mid-range tidal conditions they can smack these rocks and make a spectacle, but in real storms you’re looking at some prime oceanic madness. Luckily, you can watch safely from above.

The ramp itself is a tad steep and therefore a little uncomfortable to wander down, but there’s a way around that. City officials have taken care of this with a nice set of steps that bypass the incline.

Head back towards the hotel about a half block and there is yet another park – and a bit of a secret one. It’s called Oceanview Walk Park, and it sits right next to the Coho Oceanfront Lodge. This tiny but lovely spot is really just a viewing point: a simple and quaint collection of sidewalk and bench overlooking the waves and sand.

You’re about 100 feet or more above the surf, looking down on the soft sands of the area and its rocky, splashy section. It’s especially engaging at night, when no one else is around and the lack of car traffic allows you to really absorb the sound of the waves. Plenty of lighting above makes the waves quite visible.

At the Coho, this oceanfront beauty offers the understated luxuries of a distinguished boutique hotel. An engaging mix of upscale yet homespun charms, its décor is a modern sense of retro that brings alive the beach flavors and tingles your beach palette.Amenties vary greatly. There are different room categories, including studios, family suites, and fireplace suites - all with breathtaking panoramic ocean views. All rooms come with large LCD HDTV's, iHome iPod docking station, HD/DVD players, free wi-fi, in-room massages, eco-friendly bath amenities by Archive, 300-thread count linens, and Sealy Posturpedic Plush Supreme Beds. The Coho also features a sauna, hot tub, a heated indoor pool, a fitness center and free continental breakfast with waffle bar. 1635 Northwest Harbor Ave. Lincoln City, Oregon. 800 848 7006.

Farther down the central Oregon coast is Nye Beach, in the middle of Newport. This comely section of town was actually once a separate town from Newport, about 100 years ago, when the only connecting road between the two was a nasty, muddy section that was almost more of a trench.

These days, this ultra-charming neighborhood boasts the best of the beach and a wide variety of manmade wonders. From small eateries that serve every budget to upscale stores or quirkier hawkers of fun merchandise – along with various kinds of live music or art - it’s a vast cultural stew crammed into a half mile.

Another major landmark is the Inn at Nye Beach, a bit of a soaring wonder set on a scenic cliff. Here, you get panoramic views of the area, including that rotating lamp of Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

Another major landmark is the Inn at Nye Beach, a bit of a soaring wonder set on a scenic cliff. Here, you get panoramic views of the area, including that rotating lamp of Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

The Inn at Nye Beach is a boutique hotel with breakfast room service, direct beach access, full balconies, an elevator (and wheelchair accessible) and complimentary on-site parking. A sundeck is another highlight, while the Inn also boasts fireplaces and Earth-friendly products. Each room comes with gourmet teas and coffee, DVD (and rentals), microwave and mini-fridge, high thread count luxury linens, and oversized showerheads. There's also a fitness room and board game rentals. Look for the weekly wine social to top off this experience, as well as home baked cookies. Room options include one and two bedrooms, a two-bedroom kids suite, a fireplace, a honeymoon suite and even a Jacuzzi loft room. A close walk to many of Nye Beach's charms. 729 NW Coast St. Newport, Oregon. 541.265.2477. 800.480.2477.

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