***As of 6/23/20, Finders Keepers has been temporarily suspended until further notice. Please check Oregon Coast’s website for updated information.***
Beachcombing is a beloved pastime along the Oregon Coast. With various types of fossils, sea glass, gemstones, and other lost treasures, a simple stroll by the sea is an entire adventure. Starfish Manor Oceanfront Hotel is one of the best beachfront hotels in Oregon, and we’re located at the heart of the top beachcombing town in the Pacific Northwest: Lincoln City. Oregon glass floats and agates—two of the most prized seaside finds—riddle our shores year-round, and we even have an annual event for the curious at heart. Finders Keepers Lincoln City draws explorers from all over the world each year. We’ve outlined everything you need to know below, so you’ll be saying “finders keepers” on your next beach getaway.
All About Glass Floats in Oregon & Finders Keepers Lincoln City
There are two types of glass floats in Oregon. Some are made by local glass artists and placed for beachgoers to find, while others wash ashore from commercial fishing nets. They are hollow spheres of varying colors, but the ones dropped by boats are typically light green.
Because there are countless glass floats lost at sea, they can come in with tides and storms at any time and on any beach. However, Finders Keepers Lincoln City makes Starfish Manor the best stop for these little treasures. Search the seven-mile stretch between Roads End and Siletz Bay.
In past years, 3,000 Lincoln City, Oregon, glass floats were placed each winter. However, Finders Keepers Lincoln City is now a year-round program! If you find one of the official numbered pieces, register it with the city to receive a certificate of authenticity and some information on the artist.
Finding Agates in Oregon Rivers and Beaches
Agates are naturally occurring semi-precious gemstones. They are a type of quartz that forms in layers, creating a striking, banded pattern. They are slightly translucent when held to a light, and you can often see the bands when the rock is wet. You can find them all over the world. Oregon is one of the main agate hunting states in the U.S.
The beach directly outside our oceanfront hotels in Oregon is an excellent place to start, for it’s free and convenient. Simply step out the door of Starfish Manor and start beachcombing. You can search for these vibrant gemstones and hand-made glass floats in Oregon at the same time! Additionally, Starfish Manor Oceanfront Hotel is just a short drive from the most famous agate beach in Oregon, named Agate Beach. There are plenty of agates in Oregon rivers and streams nearby, especially those that connect to the Willamette River. Simply check the ground near any stream you come across while hiking.
Much like Lincoln City, Oregon, glass floats, agates can be found year-round. However, the winter storms often uncover buried treasure on our shores. You’ll find a bigger beach haul during the colder months, but the experience is just as fun under the heat of the sun.
Oceanfront Hotels Oregon for Beachcombers
With so many pretty pieces to find, your eyes will be glued to the ground. But remember to look up once in a while to enjoy the view. The Oregon Coast is a breathtaking place full of adventure. Stay right on the beach with a spacious vacation rental
or hotel room suite
. Contact us today
to start planning your oceanside getaway!