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Walking Lincoln City: History, art and curios

Walking Lincoln City puts you in touch with the area's history, beach culture and interesting little shops.
Walking Lincoln City puts you in touch with the area's history, beach culture and interesting little shops.
Elizabeth R. Rose

Walking in Lincoln City, Oregon usually brings to mind such things as strolling along the beach or walking from store to store at the outlet mall.

The Dorchester was once an upscale resort hotel.
Elizabeth R. Rose

But there are treasures to be found and things to be learned on a walk down the streets of Lincoln City. But where to walk? On a recent map guided walk provided by the Yachats Coastal Gems Walking Club, I found myself walking on the sidewalks along Hwy 101. Not my first choice for a place to walk, I soon found that there were surprises along the way.

The route started at the "D" River wayside and headed north. On the way, I found interesting art galleries, antique stores and even a walk-up fresh seafood shop. There was fresh Dungenous crab and smoked salmon. I could smell the salmon as I approached. That is not something that you can experience unless you are out of your car and on foot.

In an area of older shops and restaurants I stopped for a bit and enjoyed the murals and frescos on the buildings. They had to date back to the '40's! I noticed that what appeared to be "districts" of Lincoln City had actually been distinct towns in the past. Signs for Oceanlake, for example reminded us of the times before Lincoln city was incorporated.

That part of the walk route ended at The Dorchester and turned west to the ocean. I'd always noticed the yellow Dorchester but didn't know much about it until I walked by it. An information sign related the story of The Dorchester Hotel, once the area's only upscale Inn. Ii was built in 1929 and is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.

The walked turned west and continued back to the original starting point via ocean views and cottage lined streets.

While you needn't take a map and walk a course like that provided by the walking club, it is well worth it to take a break from your car and slow down to see the details, the history and the lore of Lincoln City.

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Yachats Coastal Gems Walking Club

Heritage and Culture of Lincoln City

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