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Oregon Ghost Explorer

Ingredients: One Shipwreck, haunted things, legends and lore are the fare by the shore! Take a haunted tour of the Oregon Coast, starting in Lincoln City with a haunted fire truck, haunted restaurant, ghost ship sightings and tales from Devils Lake… for entertainment only!

Coastal Cuisine

Ingredients:
• Fresh Seafood
• Wild Edibles
• Sandy Beaches
• Gourmet Chefs

The Culinary Center focuses on the abundant foods of the Pacific Northwest. They feature locally grown and raised foods…from organic vegetables to grass-fed natural meats, prairie-raised chickens, and of course, the Oregon coast’s vast array of fresh seafood and shellfish. The Culinary Center also strengthens the connection between food producers and the consumer…through a field trip to an oyster farm or having a farmer help teach a class.

Jennifer L. Sears Glass Art Studio and Finders Keepers

The Jennifer L. Sears Glass Art Studio offers free glassblowing demonstrations, as well as classes in the glass arts. One of the most popular classes shows you how to blow your very own unique and beautiful float. This experience is by appointment only and for a modest fee. From October through Memorial Day each year, Lincoln City hides more than two thousand hand-crafted glass floats on its beaches for lucky beachcombers to find, in the widely popular Finders Keepers celebration. But not every beachcomber finds a float. The Glass Studio provides those with the unique experience of making their own.

Antiquing and Lincoln City are Synonymous

For more than a decade Lincoln City has been the place to go on the Coast if you are interested in antiques and collectibles. Antique shops and used bookstores abound in Lincoln City. “Country Home Magazine” has named Lincoln City one of the great-undiscovered places to antique in the United States. To celebrate the quality of “antiquing”, every February Lincoln City hosts Antique Week, a ten-day long event.

Kite Capital of the World

Voted as the best kite flying location in North America by Kitelines Magazine, Lincoln City is known as the Kite Capital of the World. Lincoln City has an advantage in kite flying because of its geographic location. It sits right on the 45th parallel, positioning it at the ideal point for the mixing process of the warm equatorial air and the cold polar air. Annual Summer and Fall Kite Festivals bring thousands of international delegates and visitors from as far away as the Orient and Europe. Lincoln City now has the largest Indoor Windless Kite Festival in the country.

A Gardener’s Eden

Lincoln City’s temperate climate makes available a plethora of beautiful private gardens viewable simply by driving down the street, from the explosion of colorful rhododendrons in the spring to the delicate blossoms of mid-winter hellebores. One place not to miss is the Connie Hansen Garden located on NW 33rd. This 1 1/3 acre horticultural wonder was created by University of California botanist Connie Hansen during the last two decades of her life and maintained by a cadre of garden angels. The garden has been featured in Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, and the “Great Gardens” edition of Fine Gardening.

Drift Creek Covered Bridge

Covered bridges have always been of historic and photographic interest in Oregon. One of Oregon’s oldest, the Drift Creek Covered Bridge was originally constructed in 1914 on Drift Creek just south and east of Lincoln City, Oregon. In 1997, the Lincoln County Commissioners determined that the bridge’s dangerous deteriorated condition required condemnation and demolition.It was then that Laura Sweitz and her husband, Kerry, believing that “Life is filled with possibilities,” a motto which now hangs from the bridge, stepped in to save it. The Sweitzes gave the bridge and the land upon which it rests to Lincoln County and embraced with open arms the opportunity to share it with visitors 365 days a year. It now stands as a memorial to its pioneer builders, from both this century and last, and a unique and serene place for visitors to enjoy.

Shipwrecks

The Oregon coast near Lincoln City is beautifully rugged and mysterious. For sailors, it can be dangerous as well. The list of lost and sunken ships along our shores gives testimony to the danger. One (and possibly as many as three) of these wrecked sea travelers, a mystery ship, still lies buried in the Siletz Bay. It may be the source of sightings of a “ghost ship”, still under full sail, making the bay an occasional port of call even though it no longer has a harbor.

Historic Bijou Theatre

The Bijou opened as the Lakeside Theatre on June 3, 1937, with MGM’s “Personal Property” starring Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor. William McKevitt and family operated the 270-seat movie house entertaining adults for only 35 cents and kids for 10 cents! In the ensuing years many dating couples etched their names, still visible, on a remaining wall of the old ladies lounge ~ retro-graffiti! The film “Sometimes a Great Notion” with Paul Newman filmed on the Siletz River at the south end of Lincoln City in 1971 turned out to be one of the Lakeside’s best hits, filling the theatre twice daily for one week. The Bijou was sold to its present owners, Keith and Betsy Altomare in March of 1996.The Bijou regularly offers first run films opening on the coast at the same time the films open nationally. Special programs are offered featuring children’s matinees, Hollywood classics, musicals, art and on occasion foreign films. More show times than ever before and reasonable admission and concession prices make the Bijou (French for jewel) the gem of the Oregon Coast.

Press Kit

A full press kit about these interests and attractions, as well as others in the Lincoln City area are available from the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau, 801 SW Hwy 101, Suite 401, Lincoln City, OR 97367, 800-452-2151, 541-996-1273 or events@lincolncity.org.