Yes, room service and housekeeping are nice, but sometimes when you get away, you just want to feel like you’re at home — but more relaxed, and in a nicer space and a cooler location, of course. That’s where vacation rentals come in, and Seaside is blessed with an abundance of options to consider for your next trip. Here are a handful.
Just around the block from the Lewis and Clark Salt Cairn Historic Monument, this restored 1920s cottage, a block from the beach, offers space for up to seven to sprawl. Fire up the gas grill, let the kids run in the grassy, fenced yard, and enjoy the hot tub after a day of adventuring.
2431 Ocean Vista
Location is everything, and it doesn’t get better than Surfer’s Cove, a quiet stretch south of Seaside’s main beach. Walk to either end of the block and you’ll find a beach-access point. Shake off the sand and enjoy this home’s five bedrooms, colorful surf decor, ocean views, and extra-special amenities like a freestanding sauna and a built-in ladder and porthole in the kids’ bunk room.
431 15th Ave.
You may not expect to find midcentury-modern design at the Coast, but this bright, airy home for up to nine guests is full of open space and natural light. Find a floor-to-ceiling, rock-chimney gas fireplace; skylights for stargazing in the master bedroom; a full backyard deck with patio swing and cornhole game; and three crab pots for use in the Necanicum River on the 12th Avenue Bridge, a few blocks away. (Don’t forget your crabbing license.)
1655 N. Franklin
Grown-ups will love lounging on the spacious front porch of this four-bedroom beach bungalow, one block from the river and the beach. Kids will appreciate the romper room with three colorful twin beds and a sofa bed — plenty of room for siblings or friends to share a pillow fight. Thoughtful extras like fishing and clamming equipment, an outside shower, and wagons to transport gear will make it hard to say goodbye.
433 13th Ave.
This large, century-old home for up to six guests oozes with vintage “cottagecore” charm. It’s even received national recognition from Bob Vila, of the celebrated PBS series This Old House, listed as one of his “15 Tiny Beach Bungalows for Your Next Vacation.” Vila calls it an “ideal summer sanctuary for both sun worshippers and antiques buffs,” with relics including 1940s-era murals and wooden wall plaques as well as a retro-cool kitchen.
435 13th Ave.
Tucked in a quiet dead-end street a block from the beach but away from the bustle, this cheery 1910 cottage is full of personality. Two or three guests can relax to their hearts’ content with a full backyard picnic setup plus tree rope swing, hot tub under the stars and vintage collections of artwork, including a hidden display of snow globes.
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