Peaceful Inn Two Blocks from the Beach
Located just two blocks from the Pacific coast, Inn at Seaside puts guests within a short walk of the best recreational activities in Seaside, Oregon. Head west to the beachfront, where bikers cruise the promenade, or walk three blocks south to a candy shop selling the area’s famed saltwater taffy. Nearby, kayakers paddle through Necanicum Estuary, searching for area wildlife. And just two blocks from the hotel, you can feed the seals at Seaside Aquarium; this deal includes admission for two. In addition to its convenient location, the inn’s 47 guest rooms and its friendly staff—not to mention its complimentary cookies at check-in—helped it win a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
Accommodations feel less like hotel rooms and more like extensions of visitors’ homes. Choose between a king or two-queen setup, both of which feature quilted comforters and spacious layouts. Should you want a peaceful night in, enjoy free popcorn and check out a free DVD from the inn’s collection of more than 600 movie titles, or relax in the heated indoor pool. In the morning, you can take advantage of complimentary continental breakfast with waffles, muffins, cereal, and fruit. You can use this getaway's $25 credit to Twisted Fish Steakhouse to sample fresh seafood such as pan-roasted wild salmon and grilled alaskan halibut.
Seaside, Oregon: Coastal Beauty Surrounding a Historical Village
Located along the Oregon’s Pacific coast about 1.5 hours northwest of Portland, Seaside has transformed into a popular resort town and a nice vacation spot for couples looking for a romantic getaway. About three blocks from the hotel, a bronze Lewis and Clark statue faces the Pacific Ocean at the historic Seaside Turnaround—the spot where the explorers are thought to have ended their epic westward trek. A 1.5-mile oceanfront promenade (called “the Prom” by the locals) stretches along the beach, featuring shops and restaurants near grass-covered dunes.
Along the promenade lies the Seaside Aquarium, which has been in continuous operation for 75 years. Among its residents are crowd-pleasing, gregarious seals that will happily ask you to feed them chopped fish. Some of the area’s best views are a few miles south of town at the rainforest-covered Tillamook Head, a promontory point that towers over the craggy coastline, beckoning hikers to reach its summit.