Seaside History

Elevated View

August 21, 2013 | by Nate Burke

There aren’t a whole lot of aerial photographs of Seaside from the distant past. This soaring view, however, from the skies above the beach offers a rare glimpse of the turnaround in the mid 1920s.

The old Seaside Hotel reclines in the foreground with its classic Edwardian architecture. Do you see the two crow’s nest towers at the highest point of the hotel? These two sentinel stations were head and shoulders above any man-made viewpoint in the area. They were normally accessible only by the Hotel Seaside staff and possibly local law enforcement. One can imagine the perks of being the hotel night auditor or a handyman on the early morning shift.

Do you suppose they ever tiptoed up the narrow spiral staircases and settled themselves in one of these towers? Perhaps with a steaming cup of coffee they reclined in these small citadels and watched the sunrise over the coast range. Maybe in these towers, certain lucky staff members stole a few moments of elevated peaceful reflection before embarking upon the madness of the workday. I’m not sure if this ever happened; but I sure hope it did.

and so much more!

How to Sip Coffee Like a Local

Seaside has something for everyone — its coffee spots included. It has artisanal sit-down bakeries with locally-roasted pour-ove...

Learn More
Seaside Elk

I was driving into Seaside, along Highway 101 South, and had just passed the Circle Creek Campsite on the left, when I noticed several cars parked off the side of the road.

Learn More
Seaside Holiday Spirit
Seaside Holiday Spirit

Seaside holiday spirit is more than evident around town beginning in early November. Ushered in by lights and decorations going up...

Learn More
Episode Four: the Seaside Museum & Butterfield Cottage

Audio walking tour of the Seaside Museum & Butterfield Cottage

Learn More
Shell Road

Shell Road was the small, primitive pathway that eventually became Broadway.

Learn More
Hot Spots

Just like the windswept Oregon coastline itself, Seaside is ever-changing. While embracing traditional attractions like the Promen...

Learn More
Driving the Oregon Coast Highway

Unique views are plentiful along all 363 miles

Learn More
Summer’s Great, but There’s Nothing Else like Winter in Seaside

When you imagine a classic beach town, you probably picture something similar to Seaside, Oregon. Our town of 6,700 sits less than...

Learn More
Clamming in Seaside: Then & Now

A brief look at clamming in Seaside and Tillamook Head and a comparison of how they

Learn More
How to Plan a Romantic Stay in Seaside

Plotting your Valentine’s Day plans? This year swap the heart-shaped box of chocolates and grocery-store flowers for an escape t...

Learn More
Why This Family Comes Back To Seaside Year After Year

The calm waters of the Necanicum River in Seaside, Oregon. Photo: Alex Butterfield There’s something comfortingly classic about ...

Learn More
Top Selfie Spots in Seaside

What’s a stay at the Coast without a selfie or two? Whether you’re posing with your family on the beach, with your sweetie at ...

Learn More
Camping in Seaside

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. One of my very favorite things to do during Memorial Day weekend is to go camping. I love setting up the tents, snuggling in a warm sleeping bag, sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows for s’mores, and smelling like a campfire all weekend. I love every bit of it! If you’ve never camped by the Pacific Ocean then you are missing out! You get to add the salty air, sandy beach, and all the benefits of being near Seaside to add to your camping experience.

Learn More
Coming Soon: Epic New Mountain Biking Trails

Seaside’s natural landscapes are settings for all kinds of two-wheeled adventures, including challenging rides on logging roads ...

Learn More
How To Paddle Seaside

Kayaking and paddle boarding options abound in Seaside, Oregon. Find out what you need to know to float the coast....

Learn More
Supersize Me!

A brief look at Seaside's past sweets and treats

Learn More
Read These Oregon Coast Page-Turners

A good book and the beach — there may be no better combination. Opened in 2005, Beach Books is a local institution where you ca...

Learn More