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Spirit Mountain Casino - do folks stay in Lincoln City?

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Spirit Mountain Casino - do folks stay in Lincoln City?

I also posted this on the Spirit Mountain forum.

I have tickets to a show at the casino on a Saturday. We thought it would be nice to drive in to Lincoln City early in the day and get a hotel room for overnight. The show starts at 8pm that night. We would then drive back on Hwy 18 25 miles. Do you think it's worth it? Is Highway 18 an ok drive at night? Will it take longer to get back? I am assuming that Lincoln City is the closest beach town. Too bad there is not a Lincoln City hotel that could pick us up after the entertainment.

Thanks for your help!

Florence, Oregon
Destination Expert
for Oregon Coast
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1. Re: Spirit Mountain Casino - do folks stay in Lincoln City?

Yup, Linclon City is the closest beach town. Salem might be, and Sheridan/Willamina certainly are closer.

Hwy 18 is good road, but you can expect deer, so PLEASE be carefull!

Dallas, Oregon
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reviews: 255
2. Re: Spirit Mountain Casino - do folks stay in Lincoln City?

Spirit Mountain has a very good hotel as part of the complex. The drive to Lincoln City late at night has zero lighting along the way and as mentioned, wildlife can jump out frm the side of the road. Sheridan, McMinnville, Dallas or Salem might be better options if Spirit Mountain doesn't have a room available.

Oregon Coast
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for Crescent City, Oregon Coast, Oregon, Redwood National Park
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3. Re: Spirit Mountain Casino - do folks stay in Lincoln City?

So you're asking if it's worth driving back to Lincoln City so you can wake up looking at the ocean in the morning? To me, yes it would be.

We've driven Hwy 18 numerous times (many, many, many over the years!) in the dark coming back from Salem or Portland area to the coast where we live. I cannot remember ever seeing a deer jump out, but of course they are all through there just as they are in most all rural areas in Oregon.

Don't figure on driving 75 MPH but we normally drive that stretch at 50-55 at night and have never had any problems, even pulling a horse or camping trailer.

Just a thought - did you check at Spirit Mountain to see if they have a bus going back to the coast after the show?

Tacoma, Washington
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4. Re: Spirit Mountain Casino - do folks stay in Lincoln City?

We have stayed in Lincoln City many times and made the trip to the casino & back at night without any problems, is it worth it? DEFINATELY!

We have also stayed at the hotel at Spirit Mountain a few times and although it's a nice place I like being at the beach much better.

5. Re: Spirit Mountain Casino - do folks stay in Lincoln City?

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