Details: Oregon beaches

Sunday, July 11, 2010; F05

GETTING THERE

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

503-738-7473

http://www.sandycoveinn.biz

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

541-994-2191

http://www.surftideslincolncity.com

Spacious rooms with balconies and ocean views, and direct access to the strand. From $79.

Moolack Shores Motel

8835 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Newport

541-265-2326

http://www.moolackshores.com.

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

503-738-4331

http://www.normasoceandiner.com

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

503-965-7007

http://www.pelicanbrewery.com

A local hangout that opens onto the beach. Pair a homebrew (Tsunami Stout, Kiwanda Cream Ale, etc.) with innovative pub fare. Dishes from $13.

Mo's

622 SW Bay Blvd., Newport

541-265-2979

http://www.moschowder.com

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

Funland Arcade

Corner of Broadway and Columbia, Seaside

503-738-5612

http://www.shopseaside.com

Multiple rooms filled with arcade games.

Seaside Helicopters

Off Highway 101, 1/4 mile south of Seaside

503-440-4123

http://www.seaside-helicopters.com

Tour nearby sights by helicopter. From $39 per person.

Lee Gray, The Wild Gourmet

628 SE Port, Lincoln City

541-992-3798

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

http://www.standuppaddleoregon.com

Ken Wilson leads 90-minute paddle instruction on flat waters -- or on the ocean, for advanced paddlers. $89, including equipment and wet suit.

INFO

http://visittheoregoncoast.com http://www.traveloregon.com

-- A.S.

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