Seaside Stories

Seaside’s History is an Honored Guest in Its Present

October 8, 2014 | by Nicole Bailey

There are many local landmarks that celebrate the rich history of Seaside, a town that has been enjoyed as a popular beach getaway since the mid-1800s. These iconic figures, which represent the local tradition of leisure and hospitality, are honored for the role they have played in so many happy memories enjoyed by caretakers and visitors alike.

An historic building that many visitors to Seaside are familiar with is the Gilbert home. This Queen Anne style house, which has become the popular Gilbert Inn, started life as a tiny two-room cabin in 1885 and was transformed into a larger home in 1892. A final renovation in 1990 gave it the grand silhouette it has today. Built by Alexandre Gilbert, who later became the mayor of Seaside, the stately, yellow Inn sits adjacent to another famous landmark, the Promenade, possible only because of land donated by Gilbert.

The Inn is now owned by Haystack Lodgings and its history is carefully honored by them. The home still displays its original tongue-and-groove fir paneling on the walls, and two chairs, embroidered by Gilbert’s wife, Emma, sit in the parlor among many other items that pay homage to the home’s rich history.

Recently, the Gilbert Inn hosted a celebration of Alexandre Gilbert’s achievements and contributions to Seaside, complete with the installation of a commemorative plaque and the attendance of Gilbert’s descendants for the celebration.

A short distance south of the Gilbert Inn, along the Promenade that Gilbert helped make possible, sits the Tides by the Sea, originally a collection of beach cottages built by former Portland mayor Charles Baker in 1928. The original cottages are still there along with the outside wall and recognizable turrets that frame its north entrance. Most visitors, however, enjoy its most famous piece of memorabilia, the cement frog, which sits between the cottages, his original pond now long gone. The Tides enjoys the nostalgia experienced by many of its visitors and even has some of the original tools from the construction of the hotel on display in its lobby. Manager, Trent Johnson shares a story about a guest who has visited since the first year of The Tides’ long history. The man, now in his 90’s, has many fond memories of Seaside and The Tides.

With so many well-preserved landmarks, the history of Seaside as a travel destination is sure to continue. Those making new memories can create a more treasured history, which can then be woven along with these treasured places into the fabric of a much-loved coastal community.

Editor’s Note:Both of the historic properties mentioned can be accessed on foot, using the Promenade as a path from one to the other. If you make the short trek to explore these iconic gems, don’t miss out on the famous Lewis & Clark Salt Works near the halfway point of your walk from The Gilbert Inn to The Tides by the Sea.

Leave a Reply

and so much more!

Our timeless ocean

Enjoying the ocean can be a timeless endeavor.

Learn More
Churches in Seaside

The buzz of summer is in the air as Seaside welcomes ever-increasing waves of visitors, happily sharing the beauty and bounty of our coastal getaway. As numbers increase on sidewalks, in shops, on roads and in restaurants, our local houses of worship also expand. Some folks desire a peaceful respite during a busy vacation; brides anxiously check out venues for future nuptials; history buffs enjoy the areas older churches; and some just enjoy connecting and worshiping with others of like-minded faith.

Learn More
The Amazing and Colorful History of Seaside

The Lewis and Clark expedition reached the sea near Seaside. Seaside has one of the most compelling stories you’ll find anyw...

Learn More
Paragliding on the North Coast

Adventure and fun with paragliding on Oregon

Learn More
Watching Nature Run its Course in Seaside

Wonderful natural beauty in Seaside,

Learn More
A Smashing Good Time

The vintage bumper cars are a seaside tradition and we check out their 2013 opening weekend,

Learn More
Clamming and Crabbing Closures in 2015

With all of the recent closures in recreational clamming and commercial crabbing, it’s difficult to know what to share with visi...

Learn More
Mural Walking Tour

Seaside has a flourishing art scene with quaint galleries and a monthly art walk in the historic Gilbert District, but it also has...

Learn More
MotorTrend Magazine – Epic Drives: Classic Cobra Visits Seaside

MotorTrend Magazine makes the trek to Seaside, Oregon to show off a Classic Cobra

Learn More
A Kid-Free Couple’s Getaway

We know kids love Seaside. And Seaside loves kids. But you can, of course, enjoy Seaside without the youngsters in tow. Whether yo...

Learn More
Hiking Saddle Mountain is one of our four favorite hikes around Seaside.
4 Favorite Hikes Around Town

The sheer variety of trails in and around Seasie Oregon means you have plenty of hiking options, from kid-friendly strolls on the Prom to more strenuous climbs with stunning views.

Learn More
Fishing Adventures In and Around Seaside

Fishing on the Oregon Coast near Seaside

Learn More
Seaside: More Than Just a Resort Town

Seaside is also a community of hard-working professionals

Learn More
Let’s Fly a Kite

On the beach at Seaside is perfect for this. There are no overhead wires and the beach has few up or down wind drafts from the winds which move across the ocean. This makes kite flying easier and explains why kites are a common part of the Seaside landscape. Kite flying is for dry days as wet kite lines can act as a conductor for static electricity and lightning in a storm.

Learn More
Enjoying the Breaks in Weather

Seaside and Oregon Coast offer unique setting for the rising and setting of the sun.

Learn More
Portland to Seaside by Bus

Visiting Seaside without a Car

Learn More
Episode One: Grave of the Unknown sailor

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

Learn More
Snail Mail: the Agony & the Ecstasy

Snail mail in Seaside circa 1909.

Learn More