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Seaside OregonSeaside has been the Oregon Coast's most popular ocean resort since the mid 1800s and is only 90 minutes from Portland, Oregon. The name "Seaside" came from a summer resort built by the railroad magnate Ben Holladay in the 1870s, Seaside House, located a mile south of the business center.

There is an annual volleyball tournament held every August that draws thousands of competitors and participants. Seaside is the destination for the Hood to Coast relay race and Portland-to-Coast relay walk, which also take place in August. The Seaside Three-Course Challenge, a cross country race, is also held at Fort Rilea, near Seaside, every fall, and is hosted by Seaside High School.

Every spring, Seaside hosts the Dorchester Conference, a convention of the Oregon Republican Party. This convention was founded in 1964, by then-state representative Bob Packwood as a forum for liberal Republicans, but within the next few years it attracted interest from other Republicans, and in the 1990s was dominated by members of the conservative branch of the party. Over the years the conference has attracted visits from presidential candidates, debates between Republican primary candidates, and discussions of wider political and social issues.

Seaside is home to the Seaside Aquarium a short walk from the Lewis & Clark monument.

The Miss Oregon Pageant, the official state finals to Miss America takes place annually at the Seaside Civic Center.

At the end of Broadway, Seaside's main street, lies "The Turnaround". It is a roundabout designed to turn traffic around when the street dead ends at the Pacific Ocean. In the middle of "The Turnaround" stands a statue of Lewis and Clark. The statue signifies that not only tourists "turn around" in Seaside, but that Lewis and Clark turned again for home, and their report to fellow Albemarle, Virginia resident Thomas Jefferson, when they reached the Pacific Ocean. "The Turnaround" is also one end of Seaside's 1.5-mile long ocean front Promenade is perfect for strollers, joggers and bike riders.


For Seaside events, festivals, live entertainment and happenings go to our Oregon Coast Calendar...

Bell Buoy Crabs - A Tasty Seaside Landmark
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SEASIDE -- Want fresh seafood on the Oregon Coast?  Look for red neon.


That’s the Bell Buoy sign on Hwy. 101, signaling that the catch is in.


It’s been a beacon in this resort town since 1946.


The current owners -- only the third in 65 years -- are brothers, Terry and Jon Hartill.


Terry’s life sounds like the original “World’s Deadliest Catch”:  He fished out of Bristol Bay, Alaska, for 15 years, so knows the rough end of the business.


He also spent five years in Russia, teaching fish processing.


The Hartills are about to celebrate their 10th anniversary as partners in Bell Buoy of Seaside, and they’re optimistic.


“It’s a better-than-average season all over,” Terry says.


Dungeness crab?  They sell 2,000 pounds on a Friday night.


Spring salmon?  “Better-than-average” from the Columbia River, he says.  “The numbers are better.  There are going to be more ocean salmon this year too.”


Oregon shrimp?  It’s a sustainable product for the Oregon Coast, so is popular from spring through fall, Terry emphasizes.

Beach Soccer Grabbing Interest on the Oregon Coast at Seaside
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The Seaside Chamber of Commerce set up a practice pitch on Seaside Beach one block north of the Lewis & Clark Statue at the Turn-Around and they were an immediate hit.

Alan Smiles, former Executive Director of the Chamber commented, “We no sooner had the goals in place than people began forming pickup teams and playing games.

It’s a great indication for our upcoming Beach Soccer Tournament, June 5th and 6th. We hope area teams will use them for practice. It would be exciting if our local teams are winners in the tournament.”


Seaside Wine Walk
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SEASIDE -- Flowers are blooming in this Oregon Coast resort town, signaling the arrival of the annual Downtown Wine Walk.


Since 2005, Seaside has invited wineries from across Oregon to pour samples at the event, while local merchants provide appetizers and live entertainment.


It’s scheduled for Saturday (May 18), from 3 to 7 p.m.


Buy a wine glass for $10; get a wristband (after ID is checked); and a map detailing each location.


Twenty wineries will be pouring at 20 shops and galleries.


The event is so popular on the Oregon Coast that 750 visitors are expected, based on previous wine glass sales.  A second Downtown Wine Walk is held each fall.


For more info, including locations to buy glasses in advance:

Pouring At The Coast: An Oregon Coast Craft Beer Fest in Seaside
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It's Pouring At The Oregon Coast, Only This Time It's With Oregon Craft Beers


On Saturday, March 16th, 2013, the Seaside Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Oregon Brewers Guild will present "Pouring At The Coast," a craft beer tasting and food pairing festival at the Seaside Convention Center on March 16. The event debuted last year as the "Beach Bite & Brew" and offered 32 brews from 14 Oregon Breweries. We have increased participation pledged for this year.

The tasting will feature two parts. The first is a Brewer's Dinner, limited to 50 people, on Friday featuring a five course dinner paired with appropriate craft beers. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm.

The Saturday Tasting and Food Pairing will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity taste a variety of Oregon craft brews, sample some local chefs' presentations and purchase a variety of local food specialties. Both sessions will have entertainment.

Oregon Coast Dixieland Jazz Jubilee
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Oregon Dixieland JubileeThe massive Oregon Dixieland Jazz Festival has been happening in Seaside, Oregon for over 25 years. Numerous jazz bands will be playing play throughout Seaside again this year February 22-24, 2013.

This music filled event is organized and presented by the Lighthouse Jazz Society, which is a non-profit organization. The Jazz Jubilee is a three day festival that begins on Friday afternoon and runs until Sunday afternoon. There is also a special "Afterglow Party" that takes place Sunday evening after the Jubilee Closing Ceremonies.

The 29th Annual Barbershop Cabaret - on the North Oregon Coast
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Not Your Grandpa's Barbershop. This One Rocks!


Seaside, Oregon - Boasting The Finest Barbershop Quartet Show.

Seaside Candyman
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SEASIDE -- Spinning the wheel in this Oregon Coast resort town means freebies.


The Seaside Candyman at Heritage Square Mall gives free salt water taffy to everyone who steps up to the “Wheel of Fortune.”


Hit the right spot and you’ll get a bag of taffy. Miss it, and you’ll still get a free sample.


Store manager Michelle Best spins the wheel for candy lovers of all ages, and grins:


“I absolutely love my job!”





Seaside Sunset Photos by Harry Puncec
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Rods and more in Seaside at "Wheels 'n' Waves"
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Sept 6-9, 2012

The longest running event of it's kind in Seaside boasts many types of Hot Rods and Custom cars.

Street Rods owe their claim to the good old American hot rod and sometimes that line is blurred as hot rods were generally built for speed. Their engines were modified and things like fenders, running boards and other items were removed to save weight and increase speed.

A hot rod is defined as a "modernized vintage automobile" These improvements may include disc brakes, air conditioning, automatic transmission, tilt steering, cruise control and a cool stereo system.

Young Entrepenuers in Seaside
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SEASIDE -- Walk any beach of the Oregon Coast, and you’ll find something new.


Walk the two-mile boardwalk in Seaside, and expect to discover the unexpected.


On this sunny day, walkers found bluebells scattered along paths through the sand dunes, and seashells on the boardwalk.


Four cousins had gathered sand dollars, clams and other shells for sale outside their grandmother’s home.




Asked what they would do with their new cash, seven-year-old Sarah Shields eyed the profits and said, “candy! maybe toys! maybe toys and candy!”


The cousins were from Oregon and California, and had found large sand dollars by the handful on Seaside beaches.


Clatsop County Women's Resource Center 8th Annual Soup Bowl Event
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SEASIDE -- Beautiful bowls filled here.


The top fund-raising event of the year for the Clatsop County Women’s Resource Center will be held tonight (April 27) at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, from 6 to 8 p.m.


Buy a bowl and fill it with nutritious soup.


Or buy the hand-crafted bowl for keeping.


Clatsop Community College potters have spent months making the one-of-a-kind bowls and firing them in Astoria’s Dragon (Anagama) Kiln.


Soups of all kinds have been prepared by 28 different cooks and chefs from Oregon Coast restaurants.


Homemade bread is donated by the Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe.


Micro-brew beer will be available, courtesy of Bill’s Tavern & Brew Pub, and the Fort George Brewery & Public House.


Yummy desserts by 4H-Doughhooks, among others, complete the communal table.


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