Is Lincoln City suitable for a quiet vacation with our dog in November?

Lincoln City has many pet friendly oceanfront options. A few that come to mind immediately include Surftides, The Coho and Chinook Winds Casino Resort. While all of these are larger resorts, November is a much quieter time on the Oregon Coast, so they may fit your preference for quiet and private. You may want to check on their pet policies, as some may have pet size limits. Dogs are allowed on the beaches and can be off leash if they are under the owner’s “voice control” to keep them from approaching people, leashed dogs or chasing wildlife. November is a good time for beachcombing. While vintage glass floats are still found occasionally, Lincoln City has a program called Finders Keepers that “seeds” the beach with hand blown glass floats by local artists from mid-October through Memorial Day.

November is one of those unpredictable months as far as weather, but in my opinion, offers an authentic Oregon Coast experience. Temperatures in November are typically mild, with high temperatures averaging in the mid-50s and lows in the mid-40s. November is the start of the wet season on the Oregon Coast with rainfall totals typically about 10 inches for the month, so you will want to be prepared for rain. A good waterproof jacket, walking shoes and preferably rain pants will assure that you can enjoy the coast no matter what the weather. I typically think of November as showery with some sun breaks, which can be spectacular if you appreciate these kind of dramatic skies. Like any time of year on the Oregon Coast, surprise sunny days or storms are also possible, but that’s part of the experience in this part of the world.

November is a relatively good time to spot whales. You might see Gray Whales that are migrating south to breeding and birthing waters off Mexico, but there are also “resident” whales that spend much of their year on the Central Oregon Coast. It’s possible you could see spouts from your oceanfront room, but nearby Depoe Bay has a Whale Watch Center overlooking waters frequented by whales nearly year-round that is dependably good for spotting the huge mammals.

If you don’t find a glass float on the beach, you can also blow your own with the help of the artists at the Lincoln City Glass Art Studio.