Oregon’s jaw-dropping coastline is a common gathering place for surfers, sunbathers, hikers, and beachcombers alike. This 363-mile stretch of shoreline features towering cliffs, gigantic sea stacks, sandy dunes, lush forestry, and, of course, serene beaches. Lincoln City remains one of the most picturesque (and romantic) sections of the Oregon Coast. This sandy gem is not only home to mouthwatering coastal cuisines, prime beaches, and eclectic shopping, but mainstays, such as Starfish Manor Oceanfront Hotel, provide a heartwarming vantage point of the vast Pacific Ocean. Luckily for nature-loving couples, Starfish Manor is a short drive from nearly a dozen quintessential Oregon Coast hikes.
Stay Close: The 3 Best Hikes in Lincoln City
To ensure that your next adventurous escape to Lincoln City is nothing short of sublime, we’ve hand-selected six classic Oregon Coast hikes, three of which are located here in the Siuslaw National Forest. God’s Thumb and Cascade Head often rank amongst the best experiences in the state as the sprawling coastal views have the ability to take people’s breath away.
- The Knoll / God’s Thumb - A few months back, we nominated The Knoll as the city’s best picnic locale. The 2.2-mile hike to God’s Thumb requires quite a bit of elevation gain (approximately 1,000 feet), so remember to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, and a yummy picnic.
- Cascade Head - Just a few miles north of God’s Thumb lies Cascade Head, one of the most enthralling overlooks in the Pacific Northwest. The stark blue contrasts beautifully with the sandy beach below and densely thicketed forest that crawls eastward.
- Drift Creek Falls - Waterfall “hunting” is a favorite pastime for so many couples. And Drift Creek, which is reminiscent of a classic Redwoods hike, is a quiet, lush destination worthy of multiple visits with your sweetheart.
Branch Out: 3 Complementary Oregon Coast Hikes
While Drift Creek Falls is technically “attached” to Lincoln City, the drives to Cape Kiwanda and Sitka Sedge require less time in the car. The amazing thing about these three breathtaking Oregon Coast hikes is how incredibly dissimilar they are from each other, ranging from Kiwanda’s rugged sea stacks to Sitka Sedge’s sprawling marshland.
Cape Kiwanda - This one-mile loop typically ranks among the most popular family- and dog-friendly destinations near Lincoln City. Visitors are instantly taken aback by the unique blend of widespread ocean views, wind-swept dunes, and faraway mountains.
- Sitka Sedge - We adore this natural area, with its mossy trees, pristine beach, vibrant wildlife, and biodiverse landscape. You can actually spot Cape Kiwanda’s Haystack Rock-esque sea stack from the shoreline.
Cape Lookout - Cape Lookout State Park doesn’t get a lot of love from travelers, mainly because it’s often overlooked because of the many stellar Oregon Coast hikes that lie north of Tillamook. However, this dramatic, shriek-inducing cliff walk is a sight to behold. Standing atop the Pacific Ocean is a feeling, unlike any other.
Oceanfront Hotels on the Oregon Coast
Starfish Manor Oceanfront Hotel
specializes in romance, elegance, and affordability—the perfect package for any couple making their way up or down the Oregon Coast. There’s no better place to relax and rejuvenate after five to 10 miles of hiking than beside the Pacific Ocean on our private beach. Perhaps a hot tub soak and a shared bottle of vino at dusk are more enticing? We’re proud to be one of the finest boutique hotels in Lincoln City, which couldn’t be possible without our 68 sleek guest rooms. In-room amenities include kitchenettes, fireplaces, Whirlpool tubs, and luxury furnishings. Please give us a call today at 800-972-6155 to learn more about On the Beachfront Properties
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