Skip to content

Seaside Stories

Plug and Play While Your EV Charges in Seaside

February 23, 2022 | by Michelle Kehm

Whether you’re driving your electric vehicle along the entire 363-mile Oregon Coast Electric Byway or the shorter but equally scenic North Oregon Coast Electric Byway, Seaside is the perfect place to stop, plug in and explore. You can take a quick hike through the rain forest and grab a bowl of smoked-salmon chowder before you hit the road — or you can stay at an ocean-view hotel and peruse Seaside’s boutiques and breweries while your EV charges overnight. However you’d like to pass the time while your car juices up, these Seaside walking tours let you plug in and play. 

Shop Till You Drop

On the north side of town, Seaside Outlets offers an impressive lineup of discount retail stores, as well as a Tesla Supercharger in the parking lot. Pop into the Pendleton and Nike outlets, and then nab some Pacific Northwest outdoor gear — and throw an axe in the dedicated throwing lanes — at Scout Northwest Trading Company. When hunger hits, walk across the lot to Legends Public House for a hearty steak sandwich, or swing by Grizzly Tuna across the highway for the best albacore fish and chips you’ve ever tasted. (Dog owners, don’t forget to ask for a treat for your pup!) If you catch a matinee at the nearby Seaside Cinema, your Tesla should be fully charged by the time the credits roll, or if you want to hit the beach for an hour or two of playtime, walk west on 12th Avenue until you hit the Prom.

 

Stroll Along the Prom

Whether you’d like to stay the night or charge and go, The Resort at Seaside is located on the Prom and offers a level-two charging station that’s open to the public. Seaside’s downtown area is also walking distance from SaltLine Hotel, which offers EV charging for guests. Plug in and walk to nearby Wheel Fun Rentals for a beach cruiser to ride along the 1.5-mile Prom. Pedal through the bustle of activity at the landmark Turnaround, feed the seals at Seaside Aquarium, and soak up the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and rain-forest-covered Tillamook Head. When you feel peckish, pop into Salmon River Smokehouse for a bowl of locally smoked salmon chowder. Across the street, both family-friendly Evoke Winery and Hop & Vine offer local wines and beers on tap, or grab a burger at the renovated Times Theatre, which is also home to Sisu Brewing. Be sure to check out the on-site brewing vats — and then sip a beer while you watch weekend sports on the movie screen. If you’re traveling with the kiddos, hunt for sand dollars on the beach, and the sprawling Funland is a great way for the whole family to spend the afternoon. Lastly, hit up Sea Star Gelato or Zinger’s before you hit the road, because no trip to the beach is complete without ice cream.

 

Explore the Historic Gilbert District

The River Inn at Seaside offers level-two EV charging for guests and is located just a few blocks from the shopping, galleries and eateries of Seaside’s historic Gilbert District. Located at the intersection of Broadway and Holladay Drive, the four-block district is the oldest part of Seaside. Walk to Broadway and hang a right to cross the Necanicum river, and you’ll see the 1914 Gilbert Block Building and the 1913 Kirwen Building. Explore the nearby C&R Mercantile, a must-shop for high-end clothing, and Fairweather House and Gallery, which has unexpected art galore. Next pop into Beach Books for the novel you’ve been dying to read, and wander next door to Dough Dough Bakery for a warm chocolate-tahini roll and cup of local Sleepy Monk coffee. If you’d rather wind down than caffeine up, The Whet Spot offers 20 beers on tap, many of them local, and light bites. Seaside Brewery, housed in the old Seaside jail, serves up heartier pub fare and an epic selection of IPAs, pilsners and stouts brewed on the premises. Sitting by the toasty outdoor fire pit with a pint is a great way to pass a couple of hours.
 


 

Hike and Surf at the Cove

Enjoy a chili cheeseburger and frosty milkshake while your EV charges for free at Ruby’s Roadside Grill, located on Highway 101 on the south side of town. If you’re looking for a sit-down breakfast, Ruby’s is also a stone’s throw to Avenue U and the tasty eggs Benedict at Osprey Café. After you grab a bite, it’s a short walk to Seaside’s most popular surf spot, the Cove. Seaside Surf Shop rents surfboards and boogie boards, in case you’d like to catch some waves while your EV charges. Just south of the Cove, the Tillamook Head Trail winds 1,000 feet above the Pacific through an old-growth Sitka spruce forest. Hike part or all of the 12.6-mile out-and-back trail and your car will likely have a good charge upon your return. If your EV still needs more juice after your adventures, challenge yourself on the aerial obstacle courses at High Life Adventure Park, located on Highway 101, before you unplug and drive into the sunset. 

Photo courtesy of Travel Oregon

and so much more!

Episode One: Grave of the Unknown sailor

The Seaside Audio Walking Tour exploring the mysterious grave of the unknown sailor.

Learn More
A Dog’s Guide to Seaside

Where else in the United States will you find such a welcoming expansive beach, where Fido can run into the tides, kick up some sa...

Learn More
Honeymooning in Seaside

Part of the fun of planning a wedding is also planning the honeymoon (and I’ve been collecting ideas for both)! Many couples dream of the ideal honeymoon location, and on the top of their list should be Seaside! Sand, sea, and surf, along with amazing places to stay, eat, and be merry.

Learn More
Feel Like A Kid Again

Go ahead — take a vacation from adulthood with a trip to Seaside. We give you permission to feel like a kid again. Forgot how? H...

Learn More
A Beach Bicycle Built for Two

Beach Bike Rentals in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
The Best Part of Waking Up

Delicious breakfast dining at favorite Seaside local hot spots.

Learn More
Ranger’s Guide to the North Coast

Some of Oregon’s most scenic and history-rich places are located in or around Seaside. In fact, within just a one-hour drive, yo...

Learn More
Going for a Dip in the 1920s

Seaside ocean antics in the late 1920s

Learn More
Pedal Boating through Seaside

Paddle boating Seaside is another unique way to see Seaside while getting a little exercise in the process.

Learn More
Seaside Lifeguards: A Fond Seasonal Farewell

Can you believe it’s almost Labor Day Weekend? Don’t fret!  We’re still probably in for some dynamic weather throughout Sep...

Learn More
Farmers Market Means Summer on the Coast

The Seaside Farmers Market has become a staple of summer in Seaside. Now in its ninth year and one of Seaside’s eight stops on t...

Learn More
C&R Mercantile’s Rachelle Minoza Brings The Chic

When Rachelle “Shelly” Minoza moved to Oregon with her young family in 1992, she took a job at Meier & Frank to be able to wor...

Learn More
A Seagull’s View

Aerial shot of Seaside Oregon from the 1920s

Learn More
Top Selfie Spots in Seaside

What’s a stay at the Coast without a selfie or two? Whether you’re posing with your family on the beach, with your sweetie at ...

Learn More
A Tradition of Tea

Seaside has a 26 year tradition it loves to share with visitors. Those in town for the holiday season are invited to step back in ...

Learn More
Beach Campfires – Under a Dome of Stars

A longstanding tradition is alive and well in Seaside

Learn More
Five Ways to Go Offline in Seaside

If you’re looking for a place to unplug for a bit and get away from all the texts and emails, head toward Seaside for an offline...

Learn More
So Close, But a World Away

A couple explores Seaside as modern-day Lewis and Clark Adventurers

Learn More