Seaside Stories

Painted Rocks & Secret Spots

February 26, 2017 | by Josh Garhofer

Painted Rock Beach

Among the many soothing oceanfront escapes to enjoy, I always challenge myself (and my peers) to explore the rustic, understated, and simple beauties of Seaside. One of the hidden gems, coincidentally one of my favorites, is Painted Rock Beach.

As a place known to few, local getaway, Painted Rock Beach is tucked into the secluded corner West of Ocean Vista Dr. and Avenue W. The peaceful retreat starts with a gravel footpath met by the marriage of fine sand and beach grass. The humble wooden bench atop the stone brick patio welcomes travelers with serene landscapes. A wonderful spot for the adventurous to enjoy hot tea or snap some photos.

Accompanied by a plethora of decorated rocks, curious travelers find themselves relaxing on the bench gazing upon peaceful sceneries.  Tillamook Head’s cove overlooks the rocks from the background. Mirroring their artist’s experience, daring travelers will pick up these rocks and imbue their own unique touch to each piece.  A family’s name and year they traveled, inspirational quotes, or a favorite image are among the things these rocks dress themselves in.

Hop on a bicycle or surrey and find those rocks! Who knows what other secrets you’ll find.

Editor’s Note: For easy access to Painted Rock Beach, park south of The Grave of the Unknown Sailor near the cove.

Looking northwest from Painted Rock BeachLooking southwest from Painted Rock Beach

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