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How to Take an Extended Stay This Winter

October 26, 2021 | by Shelley Kehm

It’s Sunday afternoon and you’ve been sightseeing, sipping and shopping in Seaside all weekend. It’s about time you start heading home in order to hit the office on Monday — but wait. You don’t have to go into the office on Monday. Your office is wherever you are these days.

If you’re working remotely and want to stay in Seaside for a spell, these insider spots will help you feel at home while you work — and play.

Get your daily caffeine fix

One perk of staying in Seaside is that you can start every single day with a beautiful beach stroll and a strong cup of local joe before you power up your laptop. Steps from the sand, Beach Day Coffee is famous for its specialty drinks like the White Rocket, made with Astoria’s caffeine-packed Columbia River Coffee Roaster white espresso. The friendly and laid-back Seaside Coffee House is a great place to grab a coffee, get comfy and fire off emails among new friends. On weekends, Dough Dough Bakery brews up a strong signature roast of Cannon Beach’s Sleepy Monk coffee, and if you’re on the south side of town, the  Osprey Café makes a mean latte to-go in addition to outstanding breakfasts.

Grab a locally crafted brew

Seaside has plenty of places to knock back a beer at the end of the day, especially if you’re looking for brews produced in the Pacific Northwest. Seaside Brewery is among the most spacious of the bunch and offers a rotating selection of beer brewed on the premises. Grab a seat by the outdoor bonfire and wash down your barbecue brisket with a classic IPA that began as coastal rainwater. Another local option is SISU, brewed right onsite at the historic Times Theatre behind the silver screen. Hop & Vine is a buzzing spot with a mind-boggling array of local beers, and they’ll refill your growler. The Whet Spot offers great pours and a packed cooler stocked with local bottled favorites to take back to your place.

Stock up on healthy groceries

The local and family-owned Hamilton Market, on the south side of town, is a solid choice for natural and sustainable produce, meat, prepackaged sandwiches, body care, and local beer and wine. If you’re driving, the parking is easy-peasy and the checkers are the friendliest in town.

Pedal around town and beyond

Whether you’re biking along the 1.5-mile Promenade, around picturesque beach cottage neighborhoods or on the packed sand at low tide, Seaside is a two-wheeler’s haven. The hills around Seaside are fast becoming a major hub for mountain bikers, too. The new Klootchy Creek Trail — located about 5 miles southeast of Seaside off Highway 26 — has roots, rocks and jumps galore for all skill levels and all seasons.

Hit the hiking trails

Seaside sits on the north end of the Oregon Coast Trail and offers day hikes of all levels. On the south end of town, the challenging but rewarding Tillamook Head Trail follows in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition into Ecola State Park. Farther north, Cathedral Tree is a moderate 2-mile trail near Astoria. About 20 miles south of Seaside on Highway 101, the 5-mile Neahkahnie Mountain Trail offers outstanding views on a clear day.
 

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