LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Seaside and Gearhart are both close to the airport, and there are numerous attractions at both, some within walking distance. Below are just a few, listed more or less in order of proximity to the airport. 

  • Gateway Park, Necanicum estuary, and Neawanna Point natural history site are just across the highway. Walk out airport road, cross the highway and just a few steps south, and you're there. The park has a short walking trail that borders the estuary before diving into an old-growh spruce forest, and is a favorite of day hikers and bird watchers. 

  • A little further south is the A Mighty Thai (formerly Creekside Pizzeria), with an eclectic mix of thai food, pizza, and seafood. Call first for hours of operation, they're currently closed Sunday and Monday but that may change seasonally.

  • If you're up for a pleasant 1 mile walk and some unique, lovingly prepared food at an intimate cozy cafe', try the Pacific Way Cafe and Bakery, in the center of Gearhart. From the airport, cross the highway and walk north about 100 yards to G street. Turn left (west) and follow G as it jogs right and becomes Neacoxie, then F street. When you get to Cottage, turn right (north), and go a few blocks to the four way stop in the center of town. The cafe' is on the southwest corner of Cottage and Pacific Way. Open Thu-Mon, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00. Also nearby you'll find the Gearhart Sweet Shop with ice cream and even some lunch selections, and By the Way coffee shop.

  • The walk into Seaside is a little more ambitious, but a pleasant one nonetheless, and those who make the trek will be rewarded with a wide choice of restaurants, shops, hotels, arcades, not to mention the beach-- in other words, everything you might expect to find in a beach town. Distance is about 2.25 miles. The key to an enjoyable walk is to get off the highway and take the back roads. From the airport road, take highway 101 south, crossing to the west side sometime at or before the bridge that crosses the Necanicum river (about 1/4 mile from the airport). Just beyond the bridge, turn right (west) onto 24th avenue. 24th shortly curves southward and becomes Holladay Drive. Follow Holladay past the high school and the river estuary overlook to 12th avenue. You can rent a bike or Surrey at the Prom Bike Shop at the corner, or continue walking south towards Broadway. As you approach 9th street, you'll see the Seaside International Hostel, where you can rent a canoe or kayak, grab a latte, or spend the night for very little money in a top-rated international hostel. Continue south and you'll shortly come to Broadway, the main east-west street which terminates at the famous beach-front Turnaround. A nice alternative is to take Holladay only as far as 12th avenue, turn right (west) on 12h and take it all the way to the oceanfront Promenade. Follow the "Prom" the rest of the way south to the Turnaround (Broadway) right on the shore.

  • There are plenty of restaurants in downtown Seaside, and it's tough to pick out which ones to recommend. But two seafood places that have a loyal following (and frequently a line out the door) are Norma's Ocean Diner, at 20 North Columbia (1 block north of Broadway), and Doogers Seafood & Grill, at 505 Broadway (airport pickup available, workload-permitting). For some authentic italian food in a cozy intimate atmosphere, try Nonnis, on Broadway between Roosevelt (Hwy 101) and Holladay. Oceanfront dining (and lodging) can be found at the Shilo Inn at the Turnaround on Broadway, and the Seaside Oceanfront Inn at Avenue G and the Prom. And speaking of lodging, renting a house is less expensive than you might think -- Seaside Vacation Homes manages a number of lovely beach houses that can make your stay a memorable one

  • Other favorite attractions for visitors include the Seaside Aquarium and the Seaside Museum and Historical Society (both downtown), and the Outlet Mall (about 1 mile south on highway 101).


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