Long, sandy Pacific Ocean beaches and wild rocky headlands provide the scenic backdrop for visitors to the central Oregon coast. Stretching from Lincoln City south to Florence, this area is often overlooked by meeting and event planners, yet it offers small-town hospitality, many fine venues and an unlimited supply of recreational opportunities.
A little more than an hour’s drive from either Eugene or Salem and just over two hours from Portland, the area is easily accessible. The region offers a convenient alternative for groups to combine business and leisure in a picturesque location. Taking your meeting or event away from the big city doesn’t mean you will be skimping on amenities. Your group will encounter a professional staff and full-service support at the first-rate facilities in the area.
Winter storms often pound the shore while, in summer, the waves gently glide onto the sandy beach. No matter what the season, Lincoln City offers a scenic opportunity for any meeting, conference, retreat or special event.
Miles of smooth shoreline for kite flying and beach combing, several experienced charter operators offering deep sea fishing, and a wide variety of shopping and dining opportunities attract groups of all sizes to the area. For a fun change of pace, visitors can hunt for glass floats along the beach or blow their own in one of the local glass-blowing shops.
Newport’s historic Bayside area is packed with boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. The beaches around Newport entice visitors with a variety of experiences. Whether it is combing the sand for treasures, flying a kite or enjoying some of Oregon’s best surfing, the beaches beckon. Kayakers will find Yaquina Bay’s waterways ideal for exploring, while those seeking more adventure can take to the open waters on a sea kayak.
The Newport area offers a wide assortment of group activities for team building or simply relaxation. Rent a crab boat for an afternoon of crab fishing, or your group can arrange a private deep-sea fishing or whale-watching trip on one of Newport’s charter boats. For a more relaxed exploration of marine life, visitors will want to check out the Oregon Coast Aquarium or the Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
The town of Yachats, with a variety of quaint shops and restaurants, is midway between Newport and Florence. The area has an abundance of group activities for post-conference fun. Whether it is beachcombing along the sandy stretches or exploring tidepools among the rocks, the coast at Yachats is ripe for exploration. Near Yachats, visitors can observe marine animals cavorting in their natural habitat at Sea Lion Caves.
The town of Florence, with its Historic Old Town nestled along the Siuslaw River, offers creative art galleries, eclectic shops, historic buildings and a variety of dining options. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation, just minutes from town, has a multitude of options for group activities.
Take a thrilling guided off-road tour over the shifting landscape of the terrain. Surf across the dunes of Sand Master Park, the world’s first sand board park. The venue offers lessons and provides equipment for an exciting afternoon of sand surfing. For an entertaining team building activity, conduct a sand sculpting competition to fuel your group’s competitive spirit. Participants can learn the art of building artistic sand creations from the park’s staff and divide into teams to build their masterpieces.
Meet and Stay
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach
Not far outside of Lincoln City, the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort is surrounded by towering fir trees and overlooks the tranquil waters of Siletz Bay. The Golf Course at Salishan, designed by Peter Jacobson, boasts a front nine surrounded by old growth forest and a links-style back nine. Golfers will enjoy opportunities to test this scenic course year-round.
Salishan has ample flexible space for conferences and events. The Long House Ballroom, accommodating 350, is modeled after a traditional coastal Native American longhouse. It can be divided into smaller rooms for breakout sessions or exhibit space. On-site catering offers menus designed to meet any group’s needs. The resort also features a variety of cuisines in its four restaurants.
Interesting on-site team building activities include team mixology where teams compete by designing their own unique cocktail creations. For friendly competition or a fun team building event, the golf staff can help coordinate a Wacky Putt-Putt Tournament on the 18-hole putting course.
Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina,
Tucked away at the end of Newport’s historic Bayfront, the Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina offers a variety of spaces for meeting and event planners in a scenic Yaquina bayside locale. The Embarcadero is suitable for company meetings, retreats, conferences and trade shows. Groups from 10 to more than 200 will appreciate the flexible space and convenient services that the venue offers.
The Embarcadero Ballroom is a flexible, dividable space that can accommodate 300 theater-style. With a large fireplace and access to a private deck, the Embarcadero’s Fireside Room is an inviting space for a seminar or retreat.
Meeting support includes state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment with tech support, complimentary WiFi and custom menu planning. Parking is free and the resort has a private 233-slip marina for guests arriving by boat.
Hallmark Resort, Newport
With the sounds of the surf gently washing onto the shore, and up-close oceanfront views, Newport’s Hallmark Resort is conveniently located only steps from
the center of Newport. The scenic location inspires creativity, builds comradery and offers a refreshing change of pace from the big-city hotel ambience.
The resort offers a variety of flexible spaces than can accommodate as many as 250 guests. Whether it is a mid-size conference in Salon or a corporate board retreat in the Ward Room, the variety of spaces at the Hallmark will fit your needs. Multi-day conferences can take advantage of the resort’s recently renovated ocean-view guest rooms for post-meeting relaxation.
Adobe Resort, Yachats
First opened in the 1950s as a family-style inn, the Adobe Resort was constructed of adobe blocks made from the clay found at the site. Over the years, the resort has been enlarged and upgraded. The site overlooking the waves crashing onto the rocky coast, offers an inspirational vista for a productive meeting or retreat, and the modern facilities are ideal for a fun group event.
With a variety of meeting spaces, the resort can accommodate groups as large as 115. Breakout spaces and board rooms add to the flexibility of meeting options. Full conference support from on-site catering to modern audiovisual equipment, complimentary WiFi and free parking makes the Adobe Resort an attractive choice.
Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center, Florence
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center offers superb views, fresh air and modern facilities. The resort has a variety of stimulating meeting and event spaces with views of the waves. Ten miles of uninterrupted sand beaches and fresh salt air are just steps away from the door, inviting guests to head outside to refresh and unwind.
With more than 2,300 square feet of conference rooms and breakout spaces, the resort’s ocean-front setting provides an inspiring backdrop for a business meeting, corporate retreat or special banquet. Three separate rooms, each accommodating as many as 40 guests are available. The rooms can be combined for groups with up to 120 attendees, and additional breakout options are available. Ocean views are a visual treat from every room. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the facility.
Enjoy the constantly-changing scenery of the beaches and dunes on horseback. Driftwood Shores teams up with nearby C&M Stables to offer a variety of horseback adventures for riders of any experience level.
Overleaf Lodge and Spa, Yachats, Oregon
Perched above the surf along the rugged central Oregon coast, the Overleaf Lodge and Spa welcomes small-to-mid-size groups for meetings and events. The lodge offers an idyllic setting with fresh sea air and the sound of waves breaking over the rocks.
A wood-burning fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere in the Event Center. Located in a separate building that is tucked into the forested grounds, the Event Center can accommodate as many as 60 attendees for a conference or banquet.
On the second floor of the main lodge, the library that also serves as a conference room comfortably holds 25 for a more intimate get-together or retreat. The staff at Overleaf can work with your group to provide food and beverage service for meetings. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the facility and parking is free.
Chinook Winds, Lincoln City
At Chinook Winds Casino Resort, meeting and event participants will enjoy the fact that all lodging, dining, event space and a fine beach are so close together and in such a scenic environment.
The Convention Center features almost 20,000 square feet dividable into 6 separate spaces. The venue can be configured to meet any need, whether it is a theater style presentation for 2,000 guests or a conference with 250 participants. The Convention Center also has smaller rooms that accommodate a classroom presentation or a reception. The hotel offers additional options with more than 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
The challenging 18-hole golf course, just north of the hotel and casino, is cut into the mountainside amid old-growth forest and bordered by natural wetlands. It is perfect for teambuilding activities and private tournaments.
Three Rivers Casino Resort, Florence
Nestled among the sand dunes, with the town of Florence at its doorstep, the Three Rivers Casino offers a full-service resort and gaming experience. Set on 100 acres of pristine coastal property, the resort offers the ideal scenic escape from the city. Built in 2007, the resort is a modern oasis bordering the rolling sand dunes.
Meeting and event planners will find more than 7,000 square feet of flexible event space. The Event Center can be configured as one large space accommodating up to 700 guests, or it can be divided into as many as five smaller rooms of varying sizes.
The area offers a variety of hotels that can accommodate meetings and events.
With ocean-front floor-to-ceiling views, the meeting rooms at the Inn at Spanish Head provide inspirational views and a spacious environment. The Lincoln City venue can accommodate groups as large as 150 in a variety of flexible rooms. Also located in Lincoln City, the Best Western Plus Landmark Inn has meeting space for up to 75 guests.
In Newport, the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn offers conference facilities for up to 400 with a variety of flexible spaces and modern amenities. The Shilo Oceanfront Resort can accommodate groups up to 350. The Best Western Pier Point Inn, in Florence, has a large meeting room overlooking the Siuslaw River.
Travel Lane County
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
• 205 guest rooms
• 30,000 square feet of meeting space
• 18 meeting rooms
• 350 seated capacity in largest room
Lindsey Youngren, director of sales & marketing
Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina
• 60 guest rooms
• 4,500 square feet of meeting space
• Five meeting rooms
• 300 seated capacity in largest room
Rachel Kirkland, director of sales &
• 110 guest rooms
• Four meeting rooms
• 115 seated capacity in largest room
Kathleen Wick, sales and marketing manager
Hallmark Resort Newport
• 158 guest rooms
• 6,352 square feet of meeting space
• Five meeting rooms
• 250 seated capacity in largest room
Susan Baker, director of sales
Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center
• 128 guest rooms
• 4,079 square feet of meeting space
• Seven meeting rooms
• 150 seated capacity in largest room
Tami Clark, director of group sales
Overleaf Lodge and Spa
• 54 guest rooms and suites
• 2 meeting rooms
• 60 seated capacity in largest room
Kirk Lemley, general manager
Chinook Winds Casino
• 243 guest rooms
• 31,000 square feet of meeting space
• 16 meeting rooms
• 2,000 seated capacity in largest room
Josh Blacketer, director of marketing
Three Rivers Casino
• 93 guest rooms
• 9,018 square feet of meeting space
• Eight meeting rooms
• 696 seated capacity in largest room
Richard Colton, director of marketing
Inn at Spanish Head
• 120 guest rooms
• 3,490 square feet of meeting space
• Three meeting rooms
• 150 seated capacity in largest room
Lowell Maffia-Steen, senior sales manager
Best Western Plus Landmark Inn
• 62 guest rooms
• 1,250 square feet of meeting space
• Two meeting rooms
• 75 seated capacity in largest room
Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn
• 5,000 square feet of meeting space
• Five event spaces
• 320 seated capacity in largest room
Maggie Conrad, director of sales marketing
Shilo Oceanfront Resort Newport
• 179 guest rooms
Best Western Pier Point Inn
• 55 guest rooms
• 1,700 square feet of meeting space
• One meeting Room
• 100 seated capacity in largest room