Seaside, Oregon is a darling coastal town located on Oregonís northern coast. Itís got one of the widest expanses of beaches Iíve ever seen. Itís also one of Oregonís liveliest beach towns, offering a wide variety of shops, restaurants and activities for adults and children. For me, this is important since the Oregon coast has more cold weather days than warm. And itís a perfect place for RVers to stop for a few days if theyíre meandering along Highway 101.
What to do
Besides the usual beach-combing when the weather participates, Seaside has an abundance of activities. For instance, kite flying is a popular activity and so is moseying along and checking out all the neat galleries, boutique shops and stores that specialize in sweet treats around town. You can take also take a stroll along the Promenade. Those seeking a little more speed can rent bikes, roller-blades, mopeds and electric cars to scoot around town on. The Seaside Aquarium is also a popular attraction. For the kiddos, you canít go wrong with the bumper cars, Tilt-a-Whirl, indoor mini-golf, Funland arcade or the indoor carousel at the Carousel Mall.
Where to eat
Thereís plenty of restaurants to please any palate in Seaside. Since Iím always on the lookout for restaurants that cater to special diets, I was pleased with what I found. There are plenty of options for vegetarian dining in Seaside. Plus, those looking for some gluten-free options will be excited to know the town has several restaurants that offer gluten-free menu items. Fultanoís pizza offers a gluten-free pizza crust. While you might be in for some sticker shock on the price of the pizza, itís actually quite tasty. For breakfast, check out the gluten-free pancakes at Pig ní Pancake. Guido & Vitoís Italian Cuisine is also gluten-free friendly. Maggieís on the Prom, Guido & Vitoís Italian Cuisine, Firehouse Grill and the Boardwalk Restaurant also cater to those following a gluten-free diet.
Where to park it
If youíre only staying for the day, the visitorís center has several RV parking spaces that are long enough for even the longest rigs. However, if youíre staying for a few days the area offers multiple RV parks. We recently stayed at the Encore/Thousand Trails Seaside Resort and we couldnít have been happier. The resort offers full hookups with wide, spacious sites. Cable is also available at each site for an extra fee. Plus, there are two clubhouses (one for adults and one for families), an on-site restaurant, indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, two playgrounds, horseshoes, basketball, tennis, pickle ball, kayaking and planned activities for guests. Itís a great all-around park. Our Sprint service was a little spotty there, and there is no Wi-Fi at your site, however, the Wi-Fi is blazing fast at both of the clubhouses. Since the resort is part of the Thousand Trails/Encore family, itís more financially advantageous for campers to either be Thousand Trails members or holders of a Northwest Zone camping pass.
Regardless of where you stay, where you eat, or what you do, youíre sure to enjoy your visit to one of Oregonís most adorable coastal towns.
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