NEWS YOU CAN USE
Covering 160 miles of Oregon Coast: Seaside,
Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi,
Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport,
Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast with the Kids
- Without Sacrificing the Finery
Coast) - There are two things that most people go to the Oregon
coast for: a day with the kids - or a romantic weekend alone, generally
enjoying the finer things.
Often, those two missions are conflicting:
taking the little ones generally prohibits partaking in the upscale
pleasures the coast has to offer.
Or does it?
There are options for kid-friendly lodgings, restaurants and towns
which pull out the stops for the kidlets or bring out the kid in
everyone – yet don’t force Mom and Dad to sacrifice
the finery. (at left, Manzanita)
Oregon's north coast, the tiny town of Manzanita is endowed with
a mysterious, woodsy vibe just above its vast expanse of crystalline
beach. Here, the San Dune Inn provides a vast array of freebies
like bikes, game equipment, popcorn and movies. Stay at this charming,
unassuming place just blocks from the beach and you'll find stuff
for volleyball and other games suitable for the sand, as well as
beach balls, bikes and simple sandcastle-making gear like buckets.
Owners Brian and Billie Hines have an enormous selection of movies,
and their choice of board games is a kick as well. It's a kid's
dream come true.
The Hines say they’re having steadily increased
repeat business in the three years since they took over this little
charmer. People are coming back more and more, bringing their kids,
their dogs – or both, since it is very pet friendly. www.sanduneinn.com.
Head northward, and you'll encounter dozens of sandy
and rocky beaches perfect for playtime. Drive about 12 miles and
you'll find the ritzy resort town of Cannon Beach. Near a famed
Lewis & Clark landmark, Fultano's Pizza sits and emits wonderful
smells of Italian cuisine. With an outdoor patio here, you can still
see some of the sights available at the end of Second Street, and
enjoy exceptional - even gourmet quality - cuisine at a family pizza
delivers to local hotels, and they feature slices for lunch. They
have a special thin crust recipe that's especially tasty, crunchy
and yet still tender in a way that manages to combine both those
latter qualities seamlessly.
There are many of the standbys, as well as gourmet
varieties like the Margherita (garlic and herb olive oil, three
cheeses, red onion and more), a Greek-themed specialty, a Goat Cheese
pizza, and specialties with Teriyaki Chicken, Linguica, BBQ Chicken
and a variety of seafood selections. One item features a distinctive
sausage with mashed grapes for the sauce, providing a subtle, sweet
tang. The sausage is spicy and zippy, making a nice balance to the
is their pasta (about $10). They have a homemade tomato sauce that
is one stunning, mother-of-all sauces, and their meatballs are a
serious delicacy. Still, even with its decent wine and microbrew
selection, this is a place that welcomes the kiddies nicely. 200
N. Hemlock and Second Street. (503) 436-9717.
again, to Seaside, and you'll find a beach town full of things to
do for children - most notably Broadway Ave. with its almost dozen
arcade businesses, kooky gift shops, bumper cars and other attractions.
See www.seasideor.com or
the Seaside Virtual Tour for
option for the connoisseurs as well as the kiddies is Zinger’s
Homemade Ice Cream, featuring – you guessed it – gourmet
ice cream. Mike Exinger makes his own here, including his own cones,
and the difference is remarkable. Highlights include the powerful
fresh fruit taste of the marionberry, using real Marion County berries,
and the seasonal mango, which is tangy and unforgettable, often
coming with juicy chunks of mango to chew on. Sugar free and diabetic
options are available, but mostly Zinger's specializes in frozen
excess. Singles are actually two scoops and doubles - well, they're
twice as large.
his prices aren't arcade-cheap (cones are almost three dollars),
but they are bigger than usual and it is ice cream of almost snooty
standard. 210 Broadway. (503) 738-3939.
highlight is Seaside
Helicopters, which whizzes you around above the town for about
$25 per person. It's thoroughly spectacular, as the helicopter takes
you over the headland of Tillamook Head and Cannon Beach as well,
allowing you extraordinary glimpses of the sea and these landmarks
from this unusual vantage point. You even get to see "Goonies
Rock" (pictured here) - where part of the cult film
was made. Hwy 101, S. Seaside. www.seaside-helicopters.com.
Down on the Central Oregon Coast - about 100 miles
south - it's a vast playground for kids and adults. Lincoln City
is filled with miles of super clean beaches and tons of shops and
Just south of Lincoln City, you'll find another
haven for families in a very unique resort called Bella Beach. Really,
it's a collection of rather upscale, gorgeous beach cottages that
are vacation rentals or for sale. There are about 40 rentals available
inside this pretty place, and more are still being built.
philosophy of Bella Beach is to create a place with a "neighborly
feel," and indeed they've succeeded. Set in the midst of a
Central Coast wooded area, there are the rustic architectural themes
common to places like Manzanita or Cannon Beach, where garages are
tucked away behind the buildings and front porches are the emphasis.
There's a playground for the kiddies, and the homes
vary from hideaway lodgings for two with oceanfront hot tubs, to
larger accommodations for bigger groups. Bella Beach also offers
up accommodations for groups as large as 60, if you happen to have
a business retreat or reunion of some sort.
that wondrous beach. Like many of the beaches in the area, the tide
line is at a rather steep slope, so waves come in fast and hard,
but dissipate quickly to shyly lap at your feet. 866-994-7026 or