A longtime Lincoln City motel, the Coho Oceanfront Lodge (1635 NW Harbor Ave., 541/994-3684 or 800/848-7006, www.thecoholodge.com, $119 and up), has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation; guest rooms (except for the bright, whimsical kids’ suite) have a sleek and sophisticated modern look. A DVD library, an indoor heated pool, a hot tub, and a sauna are available for guests to use.
Another place that has had a recent makeover is the Surftides Inn (2945 NW Jetty Ave., 541/994-2191 or 800/452-2159, www.surftidesinn.com, $124 and up for updated ocean-view rooms), a large complex hugging the beach at the northern edge of Lincoln City. All of the oceanfront guest rooms have balconies and most have fireplaces. The guest rooms’ recent redecoration has given the place a welcome freshening up; all rooms include a small refrigerator, a microwave oven, and a coffeemaker, as well as cable TV with a DVD player. The inn has an indoor pool, a decent restaurant, a lounge, and meeting rooms. Prices vary by view; ask about partial or no-view rooms for up to 30 percent in savings. Pets are accepted in some rooms.
Overlooking the confluence of the Pacific and the tiny D River, the Sea Gypsy Motel (145 NW Inlet Ave., 541/994-2552 or 800/341-2142, www.theseagypsymotel.com, ocean-view rooms $139 and up) is pretty much at the epicenter of beach life in Lincoln City. Recently remodeled units range from standard oceanfront rooms with queen-size beds and kitchenettes to a three-bed, two-bath suite with a full kitchen. If price means more than view, the Sea Gypsy also has nonview units on a side street that are roughly half the price of guest rooms with a view (they have no kitchens, though). Each unit has cable TV, a DVD player, and wireless Internet. The Sea Gypsy has an indoor pool and a sauna.
On the bluff above the beach, with fine views and easy access to the sand, Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging (2039 NW Harbor Dr., 541/994-2101 or 800/662-2101, www.seahorsemotel.com, $109 and up) has a dizzying selection of lodging options, from simple motel rooms to cottages, houses, and two- and three-bedroom units, all in an extensive and quiet oceanfront compound. While it’s a bit hard to generalize, most rooms have kitchens, some have fireplaces, and all guests are welcome at the breakfast bar, indoor pool, and outdoor hot tub, which overlooks the beach. There are a handful of discounted nonview and partial-view rooms available from $89. This friendly and venerable operation is one of the reasons Lincoln City is so popular with families.
The Siletz Bay Lodge (1012 SW 51st St., 541/996-6111 or 888/430-2100, www.siletzbaylodge.com, $148 and up), on the north end of Siletz Bay on a driftwood-strewn beach, is a family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible (with elevators) lodging in a location ideal for bird-watching and viewing seals. About half of the standard rooms have balconies, with delightful views of the bay and the sun going down over Salishan Spit. Spa rooms and spa suites are also available if you happen to be in town for a romantic getaway. Such in-room amenities as microwaves, refrigerators, and coffeemakers abound, and a continental breakfast is offered.
Another good spot on the north end of Siletz Bay in Lincoln City’s historic Taft area is the Looking Glass Inn (861 SW 51 St., 541/996-3996 or 800/843-4940, www.lookingglass-inn.com, $109 and up), an attractive place that would be quiet and tucked away if it weren’t for the busy Mo’s restaurant just across the road. Most rooms have kitchenettes, and most are dog-friendly.
The light and bright Coast Inn B&B (4507 SW Coast Ave., 541/994-7932 or 888/994-7932, www.oregoncoastinn.com, $109 and up) offers guest rooms (including a couple of suites) and a hot breakfast in a sprawling Craftsman-style home located in historic Taft Heights, south of Spanish Head. Siletz Bay is a short walk away, as there is public beach access.
Close to the beach at the north end of town, Brey House B&B (3725 NW Keel Ave., 541/994-7123, www.breyhouse.com, $109 and up) is one of the oldest bed-and-breakfast inns on the Oregon coast, a three-story Cape Cod–style home built in 1940 with four bedrooms, all with private baths and entrances. The excellent breakfast is served in a light-filled room overlooking the ocean. This lodging is not appropriate for children.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel