Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast is home to many things, with beautiful sunsets and visually striking imagery on the list.
People come to the small coastal town to enjoy its beaches and all that entails. From hunting for rocks and shells to kayaking the “World’s Shortest River,” this vacation destination can be a wonderful place to take pictures.
As a reporter riding an electric bike back and forth in Lincoln City, I see many things worthy of snapping and putting on the Internet for all time. It’s a great job when the weather cooperates and I’m kind of getting exercise (it’s an electric bike).
As we get into warmer weather, I’ve noticed Lincoln City filling up. Hotels are full and lines are everywhere. The traffic is also back. With all the extra people in town, there’s a lot to see and cover. These lean-tos everyone is building seems like a story, but I just can’t seem to find the angle.
Talking to visitors is a great way to put my finger on the pulse of Lincoln City because it’s a tourist town. These vacationers come here for myriad reasons but one thing they all come for is the beach. People do all sorts of things when by the ocean.
Lincoln County is in the “high risk” category, which puts certain restrictions in place, such as indoor dining reduced and non-essential travel discouraged. What I’m seeing, however, is full hotels and good amounts of people on the beach. Some restaurants are “doing great,” according to their owners, and adapting to online ordering and takeout has been key.
Finders Keepers —the hunting for glass floats on the beach— has been temporarily suspended and I don’t know when the next kite festival will be (Summer Kite Festival canceled). City government is dealing with a bunch of stuff, including looking for a new city manager. When will Lincoln City officially reopen? That’s a great question. Please let me know if you find out.
For a rural tourism-driven community, Lincoln City has a lot to offer. Just make sure you bring your camera and be mindful of the locals.