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Trip List by siddynkat

Oregon Coast

7 Sep 2006  Empty Nesters Roaming
3.5 of 5 stars based on 15 votes

5 days away at the Coast

  • 1. Seaside, Oregon

    This was our "home base".... As the name states, it is right on the beautiful beach of the Oregon Coast. We stayed at the Comfort Inn Suites on the Necanium River. Each room has a microwave, fridge, balcony and free breakfast. They also have a pool, spa and sauna. Seaside was everything we hoped for and more. Shops, restaurants, carousel, rental trikes and surrey's, Lewis and Clark statue, promenade, and paddle boats for the river.

  • 2. Seaside Restaurants

    Pudgy's was our favorite place. We ate there twice (a moist and flavorful Halibut and Chips) and a Chicken Breast Teriyaki with pineapple slice. The french fries and baked potatoes were perfect on both occasions. The staff friendly and fast, without making us feel rushed. One evening we "discovered" the bar in the rear of the dining area (not for everyone, as it allowed smoking), with deep comfortable seating and full menu available in there too. There were a couple of big TV's and a juke box, and appeared to be a 'local's favorite'. I highly recommend the food here, over some of the other local establishments that had waiting lines and high prices!

  • 3. Astoria
    Astoria

    Only 14 miles from our base at Seaside. Wonderful little town, with homes scattered all over the hillside. We took the 40 minute beachfront trolley ride (built in 1913) for a mere $1.00 each. The Maritime Museum was awesome and informative, and entrance fee included a self-guided tour on the Columbus docked nearby. The Columbus is an old lightship. Up from the beach the road towards the column, we wondered how the locals managed these steep roads... The recently renewed column was covered with engravings pertinent to the area, and we mastered the 167 sprial staircase to the top - to be rewarded with awesome views.

  • 4. Ecola State Park
    Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach

    A "must do" for the BEST views! We also walked down the trail to the beach, and along to the far end for some rock climbing and tidepool gazing. Fantastic photographs and scenery!

  • 5. Cannon Beach
    Cannon Beach

    After taking shots at Ecola Beach, it was on to Cannon Beach for a wander through the galleries and shops. Everywhere had wonderful landscaping and an assortment shops, galleries and restaurants. Afterwards, of course, a stop to view the Haystack Rock, before returning to an "overcast" Seaside.

  • 6. Depoe Bay
    Depoe Bay

    We drove straight through Lincoln City and stopped at Depoe Bay. A very quaint marina with lots going on. Although whale-watching boat trips were available, we enjoyed the "free" sights of the whales swimming up and down the bay. Over to the shops and nothing better than some local fudge and chocolate whilst window-shopping! There were a few restaurants that were closed down, but I hope this beautiful little town comes back to its full potential.

  • 7. Tillamook Cheese Factory
    Tillamook Cheese Factory, Tillamook

    Apart from the fact that we LOVE cheese, the factory was very interesting and the Tillamook Ice Cream was delicious. They also have a wonderful shop that sells everything from the cheeses, to crackers, jams, jellies, and much, much more.

  • 8. Fort Clatstop, OR

    This was the wintering stop for Lewis and Clark on their way to the the Pacific. A wood pole fort has been recreated (and after a fire in 2005) recently rebuilt to reflect the original. There is a museum with artifacts from their trip, including canoes. There is also a hiking trail that will take you to their actual landing point. The trails and walkways were well taken care of.