Road Trip: Lincoln City, Oregon

Shop antiques 'til you drop, and comb the beach for hand blown glass floats you can keep
Oregon Coast floats in Lincoln City: you find, you keep

Where: Lincoln City, a magical Oregon beach town that’s about a five-hour drive south of Seattle.

Why: The annual Antique Week (, February 11–20, featuring antiques from more than 100 dealers; and the ongoing (through May 29) Finders Keepers float-hunting event.

Dig in the Sand: Hunt for one of the 3,000 handcrafted floats hidden each fall along 7 miles of beach. During Antique Week, look for an additional 300 antique Japanese floats, and between February 11 and February 12, you might find one of 14 heart-shaped glass pieces.

Chow-dah Down: Take the spectacular Oregon Coast Highway 30 minutes south to Newport to sample the famous clam chowder at Mo’s (Newport, 622 SW Bay Blvd.; 541.265.2979; Save room for marionberry cobbler, served warm with vanilla ice cream. Then stop at the Oregon Coast Aquarium (times and prices vary; Newport, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road; 541.867.3474; for the Seal and Sea Lion Kisses program (2 p.m., weekends), during which every participant is guaranteed one whiskery smooch from a sea lion or harbor seal.

Happy Hour: End your day back in Lincoln City drinking in the view—and a house margarita ($4)—from Kyllo’s Seafood and Grill (Lincoln City, 1110 NW First Court; 541.994.3179; right on the oceanfront. 

Can't Make It to Lincoln City? Try Camano Island, Instead

If you can’t make it to Lincoln City for its annual Finders Keepers float hunting event, don’t fret; Camano Island’s 8th annual Great Northwest Glass Quest (2/17-2/26) will fulfill all of your blown-glass hunting desires without straying far from home, with hidden treasures by Stanwood artists Mark and Marcus Ellinger waiting to be discovered throughout the area. This ten-day, Northwest-style scavenger hunt invites visitors to pick up a treasure map and explore the beaches and hidden alcoves throughout Stanwood and Camano Island in search of the artists' one-of-a-kind, hand-blown glass balls. Each treasure is stamped with the Great Northwest Glass Quest’s 2017 logo, signed by the artist, and marked with a unique number; it’s great for the whole family, and if you’re lucky, you’ll go home with a new living room statement piece. ELAINA FRIEDMAN

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