Visit the Oregon Coast
Friday night we headed down to the little beach town, Manzanita, along the Oregon coast, for another weekend at Drew’s family beach house. Or so we thought. When we arrived late at the house, we were surprised that someone else was already staying there. Since it was late we talked over what to do and decided to knock on the door. We stayed one night and left early in the morning to head out on an adventure to another area to visit the Oregon Coast.
Be Flexible to Change While Traveling
Our original plan was to stay in Manzanita for the weekend, but since there was a mix-up on who was supposed to be there, we quickly changed our plans to visit other parts of the Oregon coast. Before we headed up the coast, we went to our favorite restaurant/bakery/coffee shop in town, Bread and Ocean. If you are running through Manzanita, like we were, Bread and Ocean is a place you won’t want to miss. Just make sure you get there before 2pm, when they close. Then head straight down the street for a walk on the beach.
As you head up the coast, you will drive through Cannon Beach and then on to Seaside. Seaside is one of Oregon’s most visited oceanfront towns. With its spectacular ocean views in a mild ocean climate, unique natural setting, miles of public beach, and year-round events and outdoor activities it’s easy to see why it’s been the Northwest’s most popular ocean resort for over a century.
We stopped in Seaside for one thing and one thing only, to visit The Buzz. The Buzz is a retro candy shop with every kind of candy treat from truffles to vintage candies to salt water taffy to fudge to everything dipped in chocolate. Being the pacific coast’s largest candy store, it’s the perfect place to stop for a treat for yourself and to bring home to others.
Seaside has a lot of fun to offer along Broadway street. There’s carnival rides, miniature golf, an arcade, old-fashioned carousel, and an oceanfront promenade. All things we have done many times, and recommend for others to check them out. Especially taking a ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl and bumper cars. After you’ve had your fun, grab a bite at Pronto Pup.
The Pronto Pup
The Pronto Pup originally made its debut from a fountain shop window in Portland, Oregon. They quickly became a crowd favorite and national sensation. The Pup is a plump pork and beef hot dog on a stick, coated with a special pancake batter based mix and deep-fried to a golden brown. Many have had Pronto Pups at carnivals and county fairs commonly mistaking them as corn dogs.
Further up the road, we drove into Astoria, the home of the Goonies. There are many great Goonies’s sites to see while in Astoria from the jail to Mikey’s house to the museum. Since we’ve seen these sites many times, we choose to visit some new to us sites this time around. If you haven’t been to Astoria, make sure not to miss the Goonies tour. Instead, we had another walk, our third for the day, along the waterfront to see some of the Astoria’s other attractions like the ship, Columbia.
Eat at Bowpicker
We had heard about a fish n chips food boat, Bowpicker, in Astoria that was supposed to be incredibly tasty. Based on the long line we saw the whole time we were in town coming from the boat, we figured it was worth a try to find out what all of the fuss was about. Firm chunks of Albacore tuna in a light beer batter were what it was all about. Perfectly flaky with plenty of malt vinegar, tater sauce and fries to enjoy along with it. We shared one basket and were more than full.
Get a Postcard from AfterGlobe
One of the most important things we did before leaving Astoria was to pick up a postcard to send out for our very first postcard that we sent to an AfterGlober. Thank you, Jessica, for your support. We look forward to sending more postcards during our travels in the future.
Our plans for the weekend may have changed, but it was all for the better. Not only did we get to visit some of of favorite spots along the Oregon coast, we also got to discover a couple new ones. In August we are looking forward to heading south on the Oregon coast for another adventure.
Have you ever had your travel plans change unexpectedly? How did you handle it?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.