Sunday, July 11, 2010;
Portland is the closest airport to the beach towns along the northern and central Oregon coast. Delta offers connecting service from BWI Marshall from $470 round trip; nonstop service on United from Washington Dulles is closer to $700 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Sandy Cove Inn
241 Ave. U, Seaside
A chill hotel with cleverly decorated rooms a quick hop from the beach and promenade. Rates from $99.
Surftides Lincoln City
2945 Northwest Jetty Ave., Lincoln City
Spacious rooms with balconies and ocean views, and direct access to the strand. From $79.
Moolack Shores Motel
8835 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Newport
Just outside town, with quirky theme rooms and a short staircase leading to the beach. From $75.
WHERE TO EAT
Norma's Ocean Diner
20 N. Columbia St., Seaside
A packed menu of seafood favorites, such as Dungeness crab salad and award-winning clam chowder. Entrees from $13.
Pelican Pub and Brewery
33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr., Pacific City
A local hangout that opens onto the beach. Pair a homebrew (Tsunami Stout, Kiwanda Cream Ale, etc.) with innovative pub fare. Dishes from $13.
622 SW Bay Blvd., Newport
The chowder house set up shop in the Bayfront district 56 years ago and now is in several locations along the coast. Seafood sandwiches from $7; chowders and soups from $3.
WHAT TO DO
Corner of Broadway and Columbia, Seaside
Multiple rooms filled with arcade games.
Off Highway 101, 1/4 mile south of Seaside
Tour nearby sights by helicopter. From $39 per person.
Lee Gray, The Wild Gourmet
628 SE Port, Lincoln City
http://wildgourmet.org Gray leads an array of excursions in local tidal pools and forests. $30 for foraging, $50 with cooking class.
Stand-up Paddle Oregon
For instructor: 541-921-1070
Ken Wilson leads 90-minute paddle instruction on flat waters -- or on the ocean, for advanced paddlers. $89, including equipment and wet suit.