Lincoln City, Oregon, a city with 7.5 miles of coastline, is an eclectic place where you’re as likely to meet a tattooed dad wearing shorts in the winter as you are a well-heeled city administrator. I spent the day there (two daughters in tow) to file this article just published in Oregon Business Magazine.
Three key factors that have helped Lincoln City, Oregon become a vibrant community that attracts tourists even in the shoulder season:
- Risk taking
- A robust collaboration between city officials and business owners
- Understanding that sustainable economic viability is something that happens slowly
This Sunday Medford’s beloved railroad park, entirely volunteer run (there’s still working out some of the kinks in the new for-little-kids-only Thomas train ride), opened its doors for its 30th season. I wrote a 3,000-word piece (God grant the reader patience) about it, which is on the cover of the Jefferson Monthly.
The Medford Railroad Park will be open the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from now until October.
Admission is free.
Just bring your own food. My 7-year-old loved the hotdogs ($1.00 or $1.50 each) but my 11 and 10-year-old daughters didn’t find the bright orange goo passing for cheese on the nachos palatable (and that’s the only vegetarian option.)
If your kids love trains, it’s worth a trip south to visit! If you decide to come to Medford, consider staying in Ashland.
Published: April 11, 2011
Last update: January 24, 2020