Cannon Beach and Seaside
As a California native, I am used to beautiful coastlines. Oregon’s coast intrigued me so on a trip to Portland, Oregon, we decided to make a stop at Cannon Beach and Seaside. My friend Audra lives in Oregon so she was gracious enough to drive us from the airport to the coast. In my experience, Oregon is usually cold (for a California girl). The coast was freezing! We came prepared with beanies, coats and boots. It was misting when we arrived at Cannon Beach. We visited in February so it was off-season. The countless rentals were all vacant, making the beach just as empty. Cannon Beach is long and foggy. The mist really adds to the beauty. Haystack Rock was a must-see for me so after making our way down the beach, it finally came into view. We watched the waves splash over the rock for what seemed like forever. There were only a few other people on the beach.
The town features small shops and restaurants. We stopped in a cafe to play the Oregon Lottery. Bars and restaurants are allowed to have slot machines on their property. In California, you have to be at a casino to play a slot machine. I love that you can gamble in Oregon while enjoying a meal or a drink. I couldn’t help but think about what Cannon Beach must look like during summertime. The beach was lined with rental properties, as was the town. The town isn’t big but it has everything you would need for a relaxing summertime vacation. I am glad we visited in the wintertime. It was a ghost town but I really got to experience the beauty of Cannon Beach minus all the families who visit in the summer.
Seaside, Oregon was also deserted. You could almost hear the faint sounds of children laughing while playing on the beach in the summer. Unlike Cannon Beach, Seaside was pretty depressing without any people visiting the town. A lot of the restaurants were still open but there were no customers. Seaside seemed like a carnival beach side destination. Again, we were here in February so I wasn’t surprised the area was so abandoned.