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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 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!

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

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

Spirit Mountain has a very good hotel in addition to the casino and showroom. If all the rooms are booked when you plan to stay, look for lodging in Sheridan, McMinnville, Dallas(just a Best Western) or Salem. A late night drive back to Lincoln City would not be fun -- no lighting at all on Hwy 18 and wildlife can jump out from the side of the road at any time.

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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 many, many times 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 rural areas in Oregon.

Don't plan on driving 65-75 MPH! We normally drive that stretch at 50-55 at night and have never had any problems, even pulling a horse or camping trailer.

They do have a hotel right at Spirit Mountain but of course it's not on the ocean ;-)

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