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Summer Activities on the Oregon Coast

Gulls and the sunken forest are on the beach at Neskowin.
Gulls and the sunken forest are on the beach at Neskowin.
Karen Ulvestad

Summer is coming quickly, and soon the kids will be out of school. The Oregon coast is a fantastic place to camp, hike, take a class, or simply relax. The coast is about 1 to 2 hours from Portland, and the drive goes through the coastal mountain range.

Neskowin is a great place to enjoy the beach, eat pizza, or enjoy a wonderful coffee beverage. The Proposal Rock Inn is a great place to stay, with views of the creek or ocean. Some of the rooms are pet friendly. The management is customer service oriented, and very helpful. The Inn sits next to the Hawk Creek Cafe, and Neskowin Trading Company (general store).

Heading south on Highway 101, the next town is Otis, and it is the location of the Sitka Center for Arts & Ecology. This is a top-notch art and ecology school with local and regional instructors. The subjects taught at the school include printing techniques, painting, photography, journaling, clamming, and more. It is a gem nestled in along the central Oregon coast.

Lincoln City is one of the larger cities along the central coast. It is home to the annual Summer Kite Festival. This year, the event is June 28th to 29th. This is one of the largest on the coast, and the events start at 10 am both days. The kites fly on the beach in the center of Lincoln City. This sandy beach is known as D River Wayside. There is parking, though it is suggested to use the shuttle service provided by the event.

Lincoln City is a great place to camp. Within the city limits, there are 2 facilities to camp. The first is the Lincoln City KOA, and the other is Devil's Lake State Park. The KOA offers tent and RV sites. There are several Camping Cabins to rent on the property. The state park offers tent and RV sites. There are several Yurts available for rental too. Area activities include kayaking, fishing, and hiking.