Seaside Stories

The Cove, Seaside’s Natural Treasure

March 26, 2017 | by Josh Garhofer

Sea Foam on the shore's of The Cove in Seaside, Oregon

Ask any local, “Where should I go to finish my coffee?” Most will point you to their favorite local coffee shop and then shortly send you south to The Cove. A place, some even say, where a visit to Seaside is not complete until you have stopped along the crescent shore.

The Cove wraps around Tillamook Head with a bed of salt-water-polished rocks and local vegetation. I recommend a nice stroll along the rocky path, pausing to capture photos of the sea life when necessary.

Raising The Bar

If you are looking for a nice jog and a small challenge, start at the North end of the Prom on 12th Avenue, move south along the 1.5-mile flat path, take a quick left on Avenue U, then continue right on Ocean Vista Drive for some spectacular architecture and scenery. You can check out full details of this trail and others at our hiking page.

Taking it Easy at The Cove

Not looking to weather that storm? Parking is right off the rocks; pointing west for relaxing imagery. Turn on the heater, sit back, relax, and watch as the tide washes over the oil-like rocks. Acting as puffy pillows for lonesome rocks, sea foam is found in abundance here. During the winter months, this area harbors some of the best storm watching.

Whether its summer or winter, you will always be able to find people and animals alike at the South end of Seaside. Seaside’s Cove is truly serenity at its finest.

Editor’s Note: For easy access to The Cove, turn west onto Avenue U off Highway 101 and then take a left on S Edgewood Street or Ocean Vista Drive.

A piece of driftwood sits along the shore of A bed of rocks along the shore of A single shore bird enjoys the sites and sounds of Seaside's, Tillamook Head sits adjacent to Seaside's,

and so much more!

Waving the Flag in the Early 1900s

Take a look at a vintage float from the early 1900s Seaside parade.

Learn More
Antiquing in Seaside

Antique shopping in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Seaside

Seaside has many treasures “hidden” before our very eyes, ones we may take for granted because we don’t fully grasp their importance.

Learn More
Episode Three: the Seaside Aquarium

Take the audio walking tour of Seaside

Learn More
Celebrate the Holidays in Seaside

Celebrate the holiday season — Seaside-style! That means escaping the frenetic holiday bustle and slowing down to enjoy the sigh...

Learn More
The Seaside Estuary makes an ideal spot to go bird watching along the Oregon Coast.
Where to Go Birding in Seaside

Seaside may be a small town, but it’s a big destination for birds, and as a result, birdwatchers hitting nearby spots on the Ore...

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
Locals Weigh In on the Best Ways to Visit Seaside

Building a campfire on the beach is a special tradition in Seaside. Photo: Kimson Doan Maybe you’ve visited Seaside for decades,...

Learn More
Ice Cream for Dinner

More than a dozen frozen treat shops, the thought of brain freeze is likely.

Learn More
A Kid-Free Couple’s Getaway

We know kids love Seaside. And Seaside loves kids. But you can, of course, enjoy Seaside without the youngsters in tow. Whether yo...

Learn More
Sweets in Seaside

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

Learn More
Seaside Promenade

I walked along the Prom last weekend on a beautifully bright and sunny day and found myself surrounded by walkers, runners, people on all sorts of wheels, strollers, couples holding hands, and dogs of all sizes leading their people around. I also heard all sorts of accents and languages-and saw plenty of cameras.

Learn More
After the Storm

A look at a storm from the early 1900s in Seaside

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
How to Treasure Seaside

Learn why one family uncovers more reasons to love Seaside each time they visit. After 40 years of coming to Seaside, there are st...

Learn More
Celebrating the Moms in Our Life

Honoring motherhood through a photo on the beach

Learn More
Color Now Bursting on the Coast

Pick up a colorful bouquet of summer dahlias at roadside stands along Highway 101 and other coast highways

Learn More
Family Magazine: Vacation 101

A look at family fun activities on the North Oregon Coast

Learn More