When I need a break from my daily routine my favorite place to go is Oregon’s north coast beaches. My grandparents on both sides of my family had homes there when I was young and it still feels like home to me when I drive by the places where we used to walk and go into the little shops we used to frequent. Many of the businesses are gone and many of the old homes torn down and replaced by very expensive summer homes, but there is plenty left to bring back lots of wonderful memories for me. I can remember going into PHILLIP’S CANDY STORE with my grandmother before I was tall enough to see into the glass display cases. I took my own children and grandchildren there when they were growing up and I still like to stop by for a nostalgic visit. The store opened in 1897 and I’m sure it is still visited by almost every single one of the thousands who visit SEASIDE every year.
I wasn’t sorry to see 2012 come to an end. It was a rough year for my family and I’m hopeful that 2013 will be better. A lot of changes are coming up for me this year and I needed some thinking time so I headed over to Seaside for a couple of days. I have stayed in the same place for many years and love the big picture window that overlooks the ocean, the wood burning fireplace and the big comfy rocking chair in front of the window. It has a tiny kitchen so I always stop at the local fish market and get a bit of whatever is in season…this trip it was fresh crab (that means one day out of the ocean), halibut, salmon and razor clams. If this sounds like foodie heaven…it is. I was so hungry for halibut fish and chips and did go out to lunch one day for the best in town. Large chunks of moist, tender halibut served with crispy hot fries in a wax paper lined fryer basket. Nice presentation, don’t you think?
Even though seafood is abundant here it is still expensive.
Crab in the shell is $6.99/lb, shelled is $28/lb.
It is at it’s best right now and I think it is worth every penny.
The Oregon crabbing season opened on Monday, about a month late because they weren’t large enough to harvest. Crab harvested off the Washington coast was available in the market so we had our traditional crab for Christmas.
I like to buy crab that is at least 2 pounds.
The day I arrived the sun was out and the ocean was a beautiful deep blue.
Can you imagine walking out your front door onto this wonderful beach?
All beaches in Oregon are publicly owned and everyone has access to them.
And they are meticulously taken care of. We Oregonians love and treasure them.
Seaside, Oregon, is the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail. This is a replica of the salt cairn that they used to get the salt they needed to survive. Sea water was boiled in the pots along the top of the cairn until it evaporated and the salt was left behind. This site is right off the beach several blocks north of where I stayed. There is a beautiful monument in Seaside that commemorates the 18 month, 4,000 mile journey from St. Louis to the Oregon Coast.
If you come to Oregon you must visit this historical site.
The winters’ must have been brutal here. They can be windy, freezing cold and very wet.
One of the most famous West Coast landmarks, Haystack Rock, is just a few miles south of Seaside.