Seaside Stories

A Kid-Free Couple’s Getaway

September 4, 2018 | by Shellie Bailey-Shah

We know kids love Seaside. And Seaside loves kids. But you can, of course, enjoy Seaside without the youngsters in tow. Whether you’re planning a couple’s getaway or simply seeking a quiet weekend away, here are a few ways you can enjoy adult-only time at Oregon’s original beach town.

1. Hike for Epic Lighthouse Views

A moderate climb on the Tillamook Head Trail affords hikers glimpses of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. The forlorn lighthouse sits atop a rock formation about a mile offshore. The lush trail begins at Elmer Feldenheimer Forest Preserve on the south side of Seaside and stretches 6.3 miles to Ecola State Park, just north of Cannon Beach. With an elevation gain of 1,126 feet, this trek will make you sweat, but pays off with panoramic views of the Pacific. It’s a quintessential Oregon Coast hike. You can find more trails in and around Seaside here.

2. Learn to Surf, Bodyboard or SUP Together

Try something new with classes offered by Northwest Women’s Surf Camps. The surf camp presents a range of weekend couples and co-ed classes, which include bodyboarding clinics and yoga stand-up paddleboarding (SUPing) on a freshwater coastal lake. You can also reserve private lessons.

3. Relieve some Tension

If you’re a little sore from all that physical exertion, check in for a side-by-side couple’s massage at Healthy Hub Massage & Wellness or Shear Pleasures Salon & Spa. Choose from relaxation, hot-stone or deep-tissue treatments and feel the stress just melt away.

4. Dine without Coloring Pages

It’s no secret that Seaside excels at classic beach eats — from big burgers to ocean-fresh Dungeness crab. But the food scene doesn’t end there. Here are a couple tips for a dinner for two.

You can’t miss the homemade Italian standbys like spaghetti and meatballs at Nonni’s Italian Bistro. It has a “Lady and the Tramp” kind of charm, right down to the red-and-white-checkered tablecloths. And the dinner portion is large enough to share, just like in the movie.

Or for a DIY oceanfront dinner, stop at Tora Sushi Lounge and pick up your favorite sushi, sashimi and nigiri rolls. Then head to the area locals call “the cove,” on the south end of Seaside to watch surfers shred waves while you dine and catch the sunset.

Find even more places to eat here.

5. Toast to Two

You don’t have to go to wine country to sample Oregon’s top vintages, or Portland for craft beer nirvana. Seaside is home to three tasting rooms: Naked Winery, Buddha Kat Winery and Westport Winery.

Located in the old Seaside Jail, Seaside Brewing Cooffers a range of brews on tap made with Oregon coastal rainwater. Try the Marionberry Hefe for a light, thirst-quenching tartness or the Stormcrow Oatmeal Stout for perfect storm-watching refreshment. 

Tip for parents: If you’re worried that the kids are going to be envious of your adults-only days in Seaside, just stop by Schwietert’s Cones & Candy. There you can pick up a big bag of treats to make everyone happy.

Photo of Tillamook Head Trail by Susan Seubert

and so much more!

How to Treasure the Beach

No one owns the Oregon Coast — it belongs to everyone. Thanks to 1967’s landmark Beach Bill, Oregon has some of the most prote...

Learn More
Antiquing in Seaside

Antique shopping in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Accessible Adventures For Everyone

Seaside is open — and easy — for folks of all abilities. From where to stay to what to do, we’ve got a rundown of tips to ma...

Learn More
Surrey in Seaside
How to Bike Seaside

Our author takes a look at the various ways to bike in and around Seaside, Oregon.

Learn More
A Beach Bicycle Built for Two

Beach Bike Rentals in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Holiday Traditions

Recalling Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions on Oregon

Learn More
The Spirits of Seaside Inside

Above photo: An old fashioned cask of beer in the historic Seaside Brewery by Jon Rahl, Seaside Visitors Bureau. Seaside has a lot...

Learn More
Fruits of Your Labor

Picking blackberries on the Oregon Coast, local coastal berries

Learn More
Beauty and the Beach (and a Photo Bomb)

The sundial in Seaside has been around since the 1940s - you can check it out on the promenade today.

Learn More
Chasing Waterfalls

Waterfalls around Seaside, Oregon.

Learn More
Living with Cooler Temperatures

Analyzing the weather in Seaside

Learn More
Children feed the Harbor Seals at the Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon.
How to Seaside Inside

Don’t get us wrong: Plenty of beach lovers come to Seaside in the cooler, drizzlier months to enjoy the great outdoors. That’s...

Learn More
Postcards from the Past

Ancient postcards from Seaside's distant past

Learn More
Northwest Travel Magazine: Gilbert District

For more than 100 years, the Gilbert District has been a big piece of Seaside's core.

Learn More
Our timeless ocean

Enjoying the ocean can be a timeless endeavor.

Learn More
Wave Meets Wall

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

Learn More
Seaside Watercraft Adventures
Seaside Watercraft Adventures

Seaside watercraft adventures await visitors of all skill levels. With two rivers and multiple access points, anyone can enjoy the...

Learn More
Digging for the Bounty!

Razor clamming on Oregon

Learn More