Since the days when people traveled the unmarked miles to wander the beaches, breathe clean salt air, and watch the sun sink gently beyond the Pacific, the coastal town of Lincoln City, Ore., has served as a refuge for the work-weary. Today, beachside restaurants, numerous trinket shops, and charming B&Bs retain the same restful atmosphere the first vacationers sought, and Lincoln City has become one of Oregon's more popular coastal getaways.

Of course, some of the most satisfying rest is not passive, and whether you are a beachcomber, hiking enthusiast, or a fan of blackjack, there are plenty of fun activities in Lincoln City to take your mind off a hectic workweek.

The area is famous for kite flying, and several premier kite shops can outfit you for some aerial fun. Or, make it a day on the open ocean and take your family deep-sea fishing. Landlubbers can cast their poles off the shore of the popular Devil's Lake.

For more rugged activity, the nearby Coast Range offers logging roads and trails for off-road biking, hiking and bird watching. Cascade Head National Scenic and Research Area provides magnificent views of the coast from 1,700-foot cliffs above the Salmon River Estuary. Another spot for spectacular views (including whale-watching) is Boiler Bay State Park, a rugged, basalt-rimmed bay just south of Lincoln City on Highway 101.

If you prefer a more manicured landscape, or if you need to work on your game, Lincoln City also has two golf courses in town, Lakeside and Salishan, as well as three other courses within a half-hour drive.

Shoppers can opt for the Tanger Outlet Center with more than 65 brand-name stores for you to explore while you sip an espresso from the nearby coffee shop. Or, hit up a couple of the salt-water taffy houses in the neighborhood for homemade candy and treats.

And we mustn't neglect one of mankind's favorite pastimes throughout the centuries-gambling! Chinook Winds Casino offers all of your favorite games to satisfy anyone's desire to put a little dough on the line. Who knows, maybe you'll strike it big so you can buy your own oceanfront condo.

Lincoln City has changed a lot since the days when adventuring vacationers met the Salish Indians amid a virgin landscape shaped by the waters of the Pacific. But the original grandeur of the coastline now resides with the conveniences of a modern age. And who can resist that saltwater taffy, anyway?