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A Short Trip to Seaside

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A May 2002 trip to Seaside by food&fun

Tillamook Head Photo, Seaside, Oregon More Photos
Quote: Seaside was a short vacation away from our trip to Portland. It was a chance to relax and take those fabled long walks on the beach at sunset. Seaside is a prototypical seaside resort, with an arcade, kitschy shops, and seafood-oriented restaurants.

A Short Trip to Seaside

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Overview

Tillamook Head Photo, Seaside, Oregon
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*Strolling along the 2-mile boardwalk -- called the Prom -- to the Downtown Turnaround and window shopping in the touristy stores. *Picking berries that grow wild everywhere. *Sitting on the powder-soft sand, bundled up in a jacket, watching the ocean. This is not your lie-in-the-sun-in-a-bikini-type beach. The Northern Oregon Coast is rugged and the ocean is cold. It always reminds me of that classic photo of Marilyn Monore walking alone on a beach in a huge cable-knit sweater. It's perfect for long walks at sunset. It's that kind of beach. *There's no sales tax in Oregon, so you save money when you're shopping.Quick Tips: Kids will enjoy the arcade, the ...Read More

Norma's Ocean Diner

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We ate lunch at Norma's and it was just what we were looking for -- a home-style cafe where we could get some non-fancy seafood. It is a beach-style diner, with waitresses who will call you hon' and keep your iced tea glass refilled. Fish is offered sauteed, grilled, broiled, poached or Cajun-style. Salad with iceburg lettuce and tiny shrimp or creamy clam chowder is included. I had the clam chowder, which was thick and had some big hunks of clams in it. I thought it was good, but my husband wanted more clams and less potato. I also had the fried oysters, which arrived hot and tender. There were about a dozen of them. They weren't large, but in oysters, smaller is better, and they were ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Norma's Ocean Diner
20 N Columbia Street
Seaside, Oregon 97138
(503) 738-4331

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This factory outlet mall is not much different from others throughout the country, except there is no sales tax! This means an extra savings. There is a huge Nike store, an Adidas store, Jones New York, Big Dog, the usual L'Eggs-Bali-Hanes-Playtex store, Onieda, and about 24 others. The most unusual store is the Coldwater Creek Outlet, which I had known only from their catalog and online sales. I had no idea there was actually a bricks-and-mortar Coldwater Creek. Their easy styles for women are very popular, and they have wonderful jewelry. There is plenty of parking. I enjoyed an hour of browsing, but found nothing I absolutely had to buy. It's fine if you need a shopping fix on your ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Seaside Factory Outlet Center
1111 N Roosevelt Drive
Seaside 97138
(503) 717-1603

Lewis and Clark Salt Works

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Attraction

Lewis and Clark Salt Works Photo, Seaside, Oregon
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Lewis and Clark ended their exploration of the Northwest Territory, which had been carried out at the behest of President Jefferson, at Fort Clatsop in late 1805. They needed salt to preserved meat on their long journey home, so in late December, they sent a group of men to build a salt camp. They selected the beach at Seaside, 15 miles southwest of the fort, and established the salt works in February 1806. They picked this site because the salt content of the seawater was not diluted by the fresh water of the nearby mouth of the Columbia River. The men worked feverishly for two weeks, boiling a total of about 1400 gallons of seawater. This turned into the equivalent of about 250 pounds of salt. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

Lewis and Clark Salt Works
Lewis and Clark Way
Seaside, Oregon

Harrison's Bakery

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Harrison's Bakery has been around forever. My husband remembers going there as a kid more than 30 years ago and little has changed. There is a tempting variety of baked goods, including breads, cookies and pastries. Everything is baked in-house, and the place smells great! The huge pecan sticky buns are a favorite of mine. Don't make the same mistake I did and try to eat one of the powdered sugar-covered buttery crescent cookies while wearing black pants. During berry season, you must try the marionberry pie. A marionberry is native to Oregon; it is something like a boysenberry. On a past trip, during August, we picked a lot of blackberries, which were growing wild everywhere. We bought a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

Harrison's Bakery
608 Broadway Street
Seaside 97138
(503) 717-4399