Mom and I spent 4 days and 3 nights at Rockaway Beach on the Oregon coast. I picked this location based on personal experience. My friend lived in nearby Tillamook until late last year (so I got to know the area) and I had stayed alone at another nearby hotel on a previous getaway. While I prefer my earlier hotel, this one was a more boutique experience and entirely acceptable. They are also in the process of updating the rooms. The photograph displayed here was taken on our first afternoon from the hotel balcony looking left. We were able to open the drapes and patio doors and have the ocean practically inside with us.
While we spent some time on the actual beach, we spent more time in the room and sleeping with the patio door cracked. I loved it. If I ever get a “white noise” machine, my top three would be ocean, babbling brook and rainstorm.
Rockaway is a great choice, especially for ocean front and low traffic. The small town has few additional tourist attractions and doesn’t get overwhelmed by “non-residents.” Aside from some recent condoumiums, little has changed there. The public access to the beach is near those condos and that is the most crowded area on the beach. Our whole time there over the Labor Day weekend, the busiest our end of the beach got was about 8-10 small groups and it was usually much less.
Sadly, the new fires in the Gorge began affecting us on Monday night with a haze gradually descending. By the next morning, light ash had fallen, the sun was blocked, and the humidity was miserable.
Some of my other favorites in the area are Manzanita and Netarts. We didn’t do much shopping this trip, but did stop at the outlet mall on our way through Seaside. We both got the same pair of sandals and a couple shirts. We stopped in Astoria for a late lunch and made it back to Mom’s about 4 pm. We were both relaxed and regretful … at having to come back.