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The Season of Harvest -- 10/01/2016

Just the mention of October brings the thought of Halloween, costumes, candy, and horror movies. It seems we spend all month long preparing for the last day of the month, and in the chaos we forget that the month of October is also commonly associated with the Harvest season. There are thirty more days in October to enjoy beyond Halloween, and with Halloween seemingly beginning the chaos of the rest of the holiday season – from Thanksgiving to New Years – it’s important to remind ourselves to take a breath, look around and enjoy what the rest of the month offers.

With October being a catalyst for the harvest season, we all need to see food beyond the plastic smiling jack o’ lanterns overloaded with sugary treats, because although that may be what our children plan on harvesting this month, there are plenty of other culinary adventures going on during the month for Lincoln City, perhaps most notably at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, where throughout the month they are hosting seasonally themed classes/events including how to pickle and can your own garden harvest. For those of us over 21, Oktober means beer! The Lincoln City Outlets are hosting the Chowder and Brewfest on the 8th, get a hot bowl of chowder, a pint, and find out why Oktober should be spelled with a ‘K’.

Many of the trails and hikes on the Oregon coast are open throughout the year due to a lack of freezing temperatures, which means that all year round we stay rather green. Don’t let that fool you however, as there still is a colorful display of those long awaited for fall leaves beyond the healthy grass, ferns, and pine trees, anyway! A popular trail to spot the red and golden leaves is Drift Creek Falls, located just northeast of Lincoln City; this moderate trail boasts a 240’ suspension bridge viewing a 75’ waterfall- which due to the infamously rainy fall weather on the coast, is a spectacular site. Check out other spectacular hiking trails at: http://www.oregoncoast.org/hiking

The beach isn’t forgotten even heading towards fall, although you may not spot red and golden leaves from the sand, the beach is filled with color in October. Finder’s Keepers, a community event that has it’s kick off weekend in mid-October, drops glass art and floats across the beaches of Lincoln City. Be on the lookout for a jumbo glass float October 15-16th which if you’re lucky enough to find it, you’ll receive a weekend getaway package. For more information visit: http://www.oregoncoast.org/finders-keepers. As your searching between pieces of driftwood and behind rocks, make sure to look to the sky, as the Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival is also held on the 1st of October on the beach near D-river.

In the end, despite the fall leaves, craft beer, warm harvest food, and the kite festival, October is really known for Halloween. Come join us in celebrating the goofy and the spooky side of the holiday, from Chinook Winds Casino’s “Black and Boo Ball”, to the Lincoln City Cultural Center’s historical guided tour of the local cemetery, or participating in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Bijou Theatre. With easy access to Hwy 101, short distances to the beach and the casino, the Inn at Wecoma welcomes you to celebrate Halloween or the Harvest season with us. Rained in? Don’t feel like going out? No worries, we have you covered! Take a look at our hotel’s King Deluxe rooms which include in room fireplaces, or warm up in our hot tub and sauna, enjoy our free continental breakfast, or get unlimited DVD rentals for just $6 more. Have a special occasion? Take a look at our packages, from honeymoons and birthdays, to keeping the kid’s busy we have a package suitable for all occasions. Visit us at http://www.innatwecoma.com.

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