The Oregon Coast. I have said it time and time again: Is there a more beautiful place on earth? If there is, it’s hard to imagine.
I am notoriously bad at keeping New Year’s Resolutions. I imagine that many of us are… and it feels good not to be alone on the regard. I decided to make mine an easy one. At the stroke of midnight, I leaned over to my wife, received the obligatory and wonderful New Year’s kiss and exclaimed “This year, I resolve to spend more time at the Oregon Coast.”
Should be easy enough. Close enough for a day trip, but affordable and far enough for a weekend getaway, the Oregon Coast is the perfect getaway for Portlanders, and, really, for anyone in the Portland/Metro area, short or long term.
Whether it’s the promise of panoramic Ocean views, the joyous tones of the carousel or the enamel destroying, saltwater taffy, I, along with Oregonians for the past 100 years, have loved going to Seaside. This archetypal beach town (which balloons to the third largest in the state during Hood to Coast) is best known for its promenade, an oceanfront footpath furrowed with video arcades, souvenir and candy shops, bumper cars, and tilt-a-whirls. I’ve spent many days and nights wandering this wonderful strip of commerce and beauty over the years, and it never gets old. But aside from the kitschy tourist traps, Seaside is becoming more and more refined, boasting a growing number of fine restaurants and boutique hotels that are sure to please even the most sophisticated traveler.
And when I do stay overnight, the Seaside Oceanfront Inn, with its deep brown weathered wood and prime location (just three blocks from the famed turn around), this pet friendly, stunning hotel offers beautiful views from any of their 14 rooms. Many of the rooms offer fireplaces and deep, jetted bathtubs. And, while you’re sure to enjoy the natural beauty outside your home away from home, you can enjoy the finest in modern amenities as every room is well appointed with flat screen televisions, Blu-ray players, iPhone docking stations and refrigerators.
Soaring over Seaside’s promenade, each of the14 guestrooms are unique and provide panoramic views of the mountains or ocean from ubiquitous picture windows, as well as cozy sitting areas, perfect for people/wildlife watching and catching up on a good book. I like to grab dinner in the oceanfront dining room or the outdoor patio of Maggie’s on the Prom. There is also, on the fourth floor, a reading room and game room.
All in all, when you couple it with the unmatched beauty, delightful diversions and relative nearness to wherever you live in the Portland/Metro area, the Seaside Oceanfront Inn is a terrific getaway for couples, singles and families alike. Make your reservation today by visiting https://theseasideinn.com/.