Seaside is the Northern Oregon Coast's most popular and family-centric destination, with its bustling beachside tourist district offering plenty of entertainment and activities for visitors of all ages.
A short drive from Portland, the resort town has been an oceanfront getaway for "city folk" since the mid-1800s. With an ample selection of pizza parlors, seafood shacks, antique shops, and souvenir stands, a vacation rental in Seaside is an ideal destination for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the Oregon Coast without giving up easy access to plenty of dining, shopping, and entertainment options.
Sitting only 80 miles from Portland and 190 miles from Seattle, Seaside is a popular destination on the Oregon Coast for Oregonians and Washingtonians alike. From renovated oceanfront condos to gorgeous beachside homes, this wonderful town has something for every group.
The beach itself is wide and sandy, with amenities such as public bathrooms and the 1.5-mile paved Promenade providing an easy stroll along the shore. The young and young at heart frolic in the surf, build sand castles, fly kites, or rent bicycles for a beachfront ride. During the warmer months, nearly every weekend brings an event or festival town. The entertainment district near the Prom (as locals call it) is full of rainy-day activities, ranging from arcade games and carnival rides to the Seaside Aquarium.
For those who like to cook, Bell Buoy of Seaside offers local seafood such as clams, oysters, and Dungeness crabs, ready to take home to your beach house's kitchen. More adventurous chefs can dig in the sand for razor clams or toss a crab trap over the 12th Avenue Bridge (just make sure to get the proper licenses at a fishing or sporting goods store first!).
Dining out, of course, brings a multitude of options. A few classic Seaside dining experiences include carne asada tacos at Casa del Sol, hazelnut-crusted halibut at Maggie's on the Prom, and a giant pepperoni pie from Fultano's Pizza. We also suggest stopping by Nonni's Italian Bistro for a glass of the Willamette Valley's finest paired with exceptional cuisine and McKeown's Restaurant & Bar for its friendly atmosphere and fresh Northwest seafood.
A stay in Seaside offers convenient access to all the highlights of the region. Cannon Beach's upscale shopping and dining options are only fifteen minutes south, with the beautiful hiking trails of Ecola State Park in between. Heading north, charming Gearhart offers a slower pace just three minutes north of Seaside, or travel 16 miles to historic Astoria with its bigger-city feel, waterfront restaurants and breweries, and Astoria Column.
No matter how you spend your days and nights, a cozy beach house in Seaside makes for a uniquely fun-filled home base to explore all the Northern Oregon Coast has to offer.