Seaside Stories

Beach Campfires – Under a Dome of Stars

March 31, 2013 | by Nate Burke

It’s the first remarkably warm day since spring finally arrived, and boy, what a feeling. In Seaside, the sun is out in brilliant force at a balmy 70 degrees.  The wind is unusually still and the sky a flawless blue in every direction.  Last night in my back yard, the frogs were croaking their first spring ballads, celebrating the return of deliciously long days and fresh melodic nights.  Frogs and crickets chirping at dusk always remind me that the evenings are no longer for huddling inside and watching TV. The gorgeous evenings demand to be experienced firsthand and there’s no better way to than to host a classic campfire on the beach.

I think the experience of sitting around a fire with friends and family, beneath a sparkling dome of stars, taps into a kind of primal joy that human beings can relate to. Ordinarily, in our modern age, it’s pretty much standard to retreat indoors when night comes. But it’s exhilarating to break this habit, get out on the beach at sunset, and watch the world transition to nighttime.  Sprawled around a beach campfire, you can feel the pull of a timeless tradition.  Story-telling and conversation take on an enchanting glow and the fire seems to pull everyone together in a more intimate way (s‘mores really have a knack for enhancing the experience as well).

These days, in the U.S.A., there aren’t a whole lot of places left that allow campfires on the beach. Luckily, the tradition is preserved here in Seaside and has become an important part of coastal culture. You’ll find that most people who visit Seaside have a warm nostalgia for campfire nights. If this is your first campfire on Seaside’s beach, remember to use small pieces of wood only (large logs are prohibited). The fire must always be west of (and well away from) the beach grass and vegetation line.  It’s also important to extinguish the fire with water (if a fire is merely buried, it will continue to smolder under the sand).

Now that winter is just a chilly memory, it’s time to get outside and reconnect with the rhythms of the outdoors. Grab your friends, pack up some snacks and firewood, and experience the coastal nights the way they were meant to be seen: around the dancing firelight and under the stars.

Do you have any special memories of campfires on the beach? Share your stories with us here!

Leave a Reply

and so much more!

The Seaside Parade of Lights is one of many holiday festivities
Holiday Festivities in Seaside

Seaside is one of the Coast’s most beloved destinations for holiday shopping and seasonal celebrations. Plan a visit around thes...

Learn More
Riding the Streetcar in Seaside

Riding the streetcar in Seaside is a fun and affordable way to see the town.

Learn More
Family Reunion

Seaside is a hot spot for family reunion get-togethers.

Learn More
Broadway Retro

A look at downtown Seaside during the 1960s

Learn More
From Arcade to Aquarium: 8 Things To Do When It’s Raining In Seaside

When it rains, you’ll have plenty to do in Seaside, Oregon. Photo: Rupert Britton Our charming oceanfront town is, after all, in...

Learn More
A Seagull’s View

Aerial shot of Seaside Oregon from the 1920s

Learn More
Tips for Whale Watching In and Around Seaside

While it’s possible to see whales all year along the Oregon Coast, visitors tend to flock to Seaside and other coastal communiti...

Learn More
Holidays in Seaside

Some say Seaside, Oregon, shines brightest in winter — warm chowder, cheerful shops, blustery walks on the beach, all without th...

Learn More
Wave Meets Wall

Back in 1925, the waves would encroach on Seaside's Turnaround with a dramartic ferocity

Learn More
Pokémon Go: All You Need To Know in Seaside

Pokémon is a cultural phenomenon around the world. With adorable creatures, battle mechanics, an opportunity for healthy explorat...

Learn More
Sweets in Seaside

Confections conjure up memories of visits to Seaside Oregon as a child.

Learn More
Playland: Amusements in the 1930s

Recognize this classic Seaside landmark? For nearly 70 years, countless kids and adults have come to the Oregon Coast to get behin...

Learn More
Mural Walking Tour

Seaside has a flourishing art scene with quaint galleries and a monthly art walk in the historic Gilbert District, but it also has...

Learn More
Golden Age Arcade

Seaside's classic golden age arcade.

Learn More
Beach Reads for a Vicarious Escape

Chances are, you have more time to read right now than you have had in the past decade. And we all know, a good book can transport...

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
Feel Like A Kid Again

Go ahead — take a vacation from adulthood with a trip to Seaside. We give you permission to feel like a kid again. Forgot how? H...

Learn More
View from the North Prom

Beautiful view from Seaside's north promenade.

Learn More