Road Trip to Olivia Beach – Where to Stay and Things to See, Eat and DiscoverLocated in the heart of Lincoln City, Olivia Beach is a community of charming Nantucket-style cottages with deep front porches perfect for morning coffee, community greenspaces, an on-property playground, sand volleyball court, firepit, fitness center and seasonal pool – all across the street from one of the most scenic stretches of the Oregon Coast. Olivia Beach is a much-loved Oregon Coast vacation destination. This carefully planned community, tucked in just behind the highest ridge of beautiful Nelscott beach offers homes of all sizes and vacations for all budgets. You will love its prime location, oyster-shell lined pathways, wood-planked boardwalk, and proximity to the sea.
Stops to Make Along the Way to Olivia Beach
Red Hills Market
A stop in wine country is always a fun stop to make on your way to the Oregon Coast. We make sure to stop at Red Hill’s market, where so many local groceries and goodies are all in one spot. Known for their good coffee, breakfast sandwiches, lunch items, pizza and daily specials, Red Hills Market is also a wonderful place to stock up on local wine and gourmet goodies. And do not forget their famous cookies for a delicious sweet treat!
If you are a wine-lover or if you want to try something new we cannot recommend Alit Winery enough! Located across the street from Red Hills Market, Alit is an innovator in the Oregon wine industry, offering a wine club model that passes along wholesale pricing to its members. Most of all, they make amazing wine! Partnering with vineyards in both Oregon and in France, their wine-making philosophy is to farm organically and minimize intervention, with the goal of letting the flavor of the fruit and the elements of the land shine through. Do not sleep on their champagne imported from France If its available when you stop by – it is a game-changer!
The Christmas Cottage
Do you know anyone who would celebrate Christmas all year long if they could? Do you love to collect Christmas ornaments from your travels so you can highlight treasured memories when decorating your tree? Welcome to Christmas every day at the Christmas Cottage! Open year-round (except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day), this Nelscott neighborhood treasure is a favorite stop when visiting Olivia Beach. Featuring ornaments from around the world including European glass ornaments, German nutcrackers, Santa figurines, Christmas decorations, cards, and stationery. You will feel the holiday spirit any time of year at the Christmas Cottage!
Once you arrive in Olivia Beach, you will be charmed by the beach town feel of this extra-special neighborhood. There are homes to suit every size of group and every budget from one-bedroom cabins to larger oceanfront homes, too. We have assembled a shortlist of homes for you to consider for your stay:
Where to Stay in Olivia Beach
There’s oceanfront luxury and then there is Puffin Place – an oceanfront home that takes the idea of luxurious finishes and inspired décor to a whole new level. Sitting high above Nelscott Beach, Puffin Place is 3 bedrooms/ 3 bathrooms, sleeps up to 10 people and features 180 degree views up and down a beautiful stretch of the Oregon Coast. This home features distressed wood floors, high-end finishes, a magazine-worthy kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a gas range, wine refrigerator and a large island overlooking the oceanfront great room and its wall of windows facing the sea. Enjoy the epic sunset off your private ocean-facing deck with lots of seating and a private hot tub. Your guests will love the expansive indoor and outdoor gathering spaces and retreating to the beautiful bedrooms after a day of beach fun – especially the Oceanview king suite that takes up the entire upper floor. On the main level there is a king suite as well as a bunk room with its own bathroom. Puffin Place is ideally located just steps away from the beach access and a short stroll to all the amenities of the Olivia Beach community.
Beach Dreams – Olivia Beach
Step inside Beach Dreams and you instantly feel like you are on vacation when you lay eyes on this happy and well-appointed Olivia Beach vacation Rental. This home has three bedrooms/ 3 bathrooms and sleeps up to 10 thanks to the bonus room that is converted into a bunk room upstairs. Each level of this large, light-filled home is thoughtfully decorated for maximum vacation fun. There is an incredible craft center for the kiddos on the lower level, along with a comfortable sectional and TV perfect for movie night. On the main level the chef’s kitchen and great room overlook the large wrap-around porch with views out on to the neighborhood and greenspace. Upstairs you will find two bedrooms, including the bonus bunk room, and another full bathroom. On property amenities like a community green space, playground, seasonal pool (currently closed), fitness center and community firepit are neighborhood amenities the whole family will enjoy. A private hot tub in back of Beach Dreams is the perfect place to rest and recharge after a day at the beach – which is just a five-minute stroll away.
Knee Deep in Happiness
Step inside this beautiful 4 bedroom/ 4 bathroom home and you will catch your breath at the ocean views out many of the windows! You will be Knee Deep in Happiness in this Olivia Beach home that is pup-friendly and sleeps up to 13 guests. You and your guests will love the well-stocked chef’s kitchen, large great room, comfortable beds (including a king bed and a bunk room!) and linens, wrap-around porch with plenty of seating and private hot tub. This home is incredibly well-appointed with high end finishes and coastal-inspired décor. A true retreat for you and your family.
The Wicked Anenome
There is nothing wicked about this home that will welcome you to your vacation with its pleasing and coastal decor from the moment you arrive. It has a front porch perfect for morning coffee with views over the lovely seaside community of Olivia Beach. This 4 bedroom / 3-bathroom home sleeps up to 10 guests and offers two living spaces, so it is well-suited for travelling with family and/or friends – there is plenty of room for everyone! There are inviting gathering spaces inside and out. Inside you will find cozy fireplaces, comfortable sofas, and room to watch movies – and even a foosball table! The outside space is great for gathering – a firepit perfect for s’mores, BBQ area and a hot tub made of cedar that will make you feel like you have your own spa in the backyard. Long days at the beach, happy hour on your front porch, hot tub under the stars – The Wicked Anemone makes a perfect getaway for you and your loved ones!
Things to Do in Olivia Beach
Nelscott Beach is a beloved stretch of coastline in Lincoln City. The beach itself is a popular spot for surfers and beachcombers alike, who might be lucky enough to find agates, jasper, quartz or even a coveted glass sea float as they hunt along the shore. Nearby Nelscott district offers lots of shops and restaurants to explore.
Lincoln City Outlets
If shopping and getting great deals says vacation to you, look no further than the Lincoln City outlets. Offering more than 50 designer and name brand shops to peruse as well as places to eat, your inner-shopper will be incredibly happy. Our favorite stop is the local outlet of Scout Northwest Trading company – where we always pick up some local goods as well as our favorite Yeti gear.
If you have a kiddo in your life who likes dinosaurs, a stop at Prehistoric in Lincoln City is an absolute vacation must. You may want to prepare them to be greeted by the sounds of a life-size baby T-rex as you enter this unique store filled with fossils, rocks, crystals, and other geological treasures. You can mine for gold and crack a geode (we highly recommend both activities) and make some dinosaur-themed vacation memories at Prehistoric.
Saltwater Taffy, seafoam, and other Oregon Coast candies as well as an extensive selection of gummy candies and chocolates are on offer at local favorite Read’s Candy shop. If you are lucky, you might even see the old fashioned-taffy machine in action, making saltwater taffy come to life before your eyes!
Best Places to Eat Near in Olivia Beach
Olde Line Lanes Pizza and Bowling
You may go to Olde Line Lanes for the retro bowling vibes but you will stay for the excellent food! Locally famous for their mouth-watering pizzas and fried chicken, we have yet to find anything on the menu we did not like! Also serving craft cocktails and beer and wine, Olde Line Lanes is great for bowling and dinner or for takeout, too!
This local favorite, family-owned Mexican restaurant also happens to be a short walk away from Olivia Beach, making it a perfect choice for a family-friendly (and budget-friendly!) dine-in or takeout choice. We love the fajitas and burritos the most!
Olivia Beach has it all – good food, good fun and many places to make great memories. It is family-friendly, budget friendly and offers everyone the chance to spend quality time on the beautiful Oregon Coast. You and your guests will love the on-property amenities and how easy it is for everyone in your family to have fun…all within striking distance of many of the most popular activities on the Oregon Coast. View the complete Meredith Lodging Olivia Beach collection here…and start planning your Oregon Coast Road trip today!