Takeaways from a Week in Seaside, OR
“It’s time to get the heck out of dodge”
I look over at my mom one Sunday night, as we are sitting around reading and drinking wine. And she is right. We have been sitting in these same chairs for the last week, a case of wine bottles fills our recycle bin, and, not to mention, it is 115 degrees outside in summertime Arizona.
“Well, where? And when?”
48 hours later we are on the plane. My mother’s answers to the above questions now resloved as we head to a small town on the coast of Oregon. Seaside won out for
two simple reasons: it is somewhere cool and it is somewhere we know absolutely no one. What ensued was a very pleasant week of lounging beachside in Seaside. Below find a few takeaways from a last minute summer getaway to coastal Oregon.
Enjoying the drive: Starting inland in Portland and heading out to the coast is an awesome way to go. Summertime means lots of roadside sales by the local farmers. It alsoooo means lots of the wild growing fruit. We snatched up blueberries, honeysticks, and raspberries right off the vine.
Early rising: Seaside is beautiful, in a very melancholy way. That does not translate as particularly depressing, but more as peaceful and meditative. The colors of the town are all muted and pale, with light greens, blues, grays and tans dominating the vistas. Early morning walks become a daily ritual, and I had times that I walked two hours down the beach and come across maybe one person….maybe. It was wonderful.
Beachcombing: I’ve never seen so many sand dollars! One morning run I collected 10 in about 20 minutes, and that is nothing. It is funny how quickly you get used to seeing these sea skeletons. I’m not one for travel souvenirs, but I still have one small one I brought home with me.
Sweatshirts, sweatshirts, and more sweatshirts: Two reasons: A) It gets chilly and B) Everyone has one! It is actually quite hilarious, realizing I can wear what I slept in the last two nights out to lunch and dinner, and fit in quite well. I mean, I usually do this, but I’m the minority. I even buy one that says Seaside on the front with a little green sand dollar underneath. Cheesy, but awesome. I have a feeling I will wear this in Arizona…
Avoiding/loving the kitsch factor: “Downtown” Seaside, or the center of the boardwalk, is, well…..touristy? It’s a little annoying if you are anything like me, but if you stay towards the end of the boardwalk you will be able to take a 20 minute stroll down to this area. Do this when you are in the mood for good ole americana summer. The kitsch factor is high which also can make it fun; we enjoyed salt water taffy, carousel rides, and of course, lots of little kiddies. Again, stay farther from this to get the freedom and beauty of Seaside, but do cruise down here for a little giggle and sugar rush.
Day trip it up: There are numerous wonderful day trips all around Seaside. We hit Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, and another little unnamed beach all within 30-45 minutes of where we were staying.
So have fun! Seaside is a great getaway. It’s entertaining to people watch, but also is so beautiful on its own. It is still a mostly undiscovered gem of the Pacific Northwest coastline and unlike any west coast beach I have seen. I have a feeling I will be back……