Located just a few blocks from the Pacific coast, Inn At Seaside puts guests within a short walk of the best recreational activities in Seaside. 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, kids can feed the seals at the Seaside Aquarium, one of the oldest of its kind on the West Coast. 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 to win a 2012 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
Rooms feel less like hotel rooms and more like extensions of visitors’ own 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, check out a DVD from the inn’s collection of more than 500 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. Also included is a $25 dining credit to Twisted Fish Steakhouse, just a five-minute walk away. There, Chef Jake Burden serves Pacific Northwest cuisine ranging from steamer clams and sea scallops to Kobe beef burgers and braised beef short ribs.
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.