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 – and coincidentally one of my favorites – is Painted Rock Beach

As a place known to few, 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 and seascapes. A wonderful spot to enjoy hot tea or snap some photos.

Accompanied by a plethora of decorated rocks, travelers find themselves relaxing on the bench gazing upon peaceful scenery. Tillamook Head overlooks the rocks from the background. Travelers feeling artistic themselves may wish to pick up nearby unpainted rocks and imbue their own unique touch to each. A family’s name and year they traveled, inspirational quotes, or a favorite image are among the things these rocks typically dress themselves in.

Take a walk along The Prom, hop on a bicycle, or drive and park nearby at Ave. U or the Cove to find this semi-secret beach! Who knows what other secrets you’ll find.

Looking northwest from Painted Rock BeachLooking southwest from Painted Rock Beach

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