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Exploring the BackRoads of Oregon--An Oceanside Treasure in Oregon

Updated on February 20, 2015
Beach-Oceanside, Oregon
Beach-Oceanside, Oregon | Source

Oregon BackRoadsTreasure

Small town. Good food. Pleasant accommodations. Beautiful beach. Need I say more?

All this and more, describe this quaint little community called Oceanside in Tillamook County, OR.
If you want beautiful ocean views, an uncrowded beach, good home cooked food with fresh seafood featured as "the catch of the day" then this is a place you should definitely check out on your travels through Oregon.

Hillside Homes--Oceanside, Oregon
Hillside Homes--Oceanside, Oregon | Source

Hillside Homes

The 2000 census shows Oceanside’s population as only 326 as most of the inhabitants of this unincorporated community are summer dwellers who live in the beautiful homes on the hill with windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Schooner Inn--Oceanside, Oregon
Schooner Inn--Oceanside, Oregon | Source

The Schooner Inn

The Schooner Inn in Oceanside, which is open for business year round, is owned by the people who have operated the Schooner Restaurant in Netarts, OR., the closest neighboring town, for many years. The menu consists of appetizers, soup, salad, burgers, sandwiches and entrees of fresh seafood and more.
On my visit, a friend and I enjoyed a delicious Mushroom Fontina Cheeseburger with Homemade French Fries for only $8.50 each. The dining area is small, quaint and very clean. The staff was very friendly and the service was excellent.
They have hotel rooms upstairs which can be rented by the day or week. There is also a separate bar area.
Just across the street is the beautiful Pacific Ocean, in fact, as you sit and enjoy the food in their dining room, you can take in the magnificent ocean view.

Oceanside Oregon Beach
Oceanside Oregon Beach | Source

Winter Activities

“Whale Watching” has become a favorite pastime for some during the winter months in Oceanside. Often Gray Whales can be seen migrating south during the months of December or January and again in the early Spring when they return.
Agate hunting is also popular for those visiting or living in Oceanside during the winter months as the winter storms bring in lots of ocean treasures to the beaches.

Visit this link to the Oregon State Parks Whale Watching site. You will find a map of coastal areas where the best whale watching sites might be including the best viewing times.

Three Arch Rocks Wildlife Center
Three Arch Rocks Wildlife Center | Source

National Wildlife Refuge

Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge is located about one half mile offshore from Oceanside. These rocky islands are home to colonies of Stellar Sea Lions and many seabirds, including Tufted Puffins, and Common Murre. The refuge has existed since 1907 when then President Theodore Roosevelt declared the Three Rocks area a National Wildlife Refuge.

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Cape Mears LighthouseOctopus Tree
Cape Mears Lighthouse
Cape Mears Lighthouse | Source
Octopus Tree
Octopus Tree | Source

Cape Mears and Octopus Tree

Other things to see close by are the Cape Mears Lighthouse, which is a beautifully restored 1890’s lighthouse 200ft above the ocean. The Lighthouse is open for inside viewing by the public free during the summer months.
The Octopus Tree can be found on the same site. This tree, which is actually a giant Sitka spruce with branches growing out in the shape that reminds one of an octopus, is said to actually be one of several Indian Ceremonial Trees that was so fashioned by the Coastal Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. These two interesting sites are only a 3 mile drive from Oceanside.

The Schooner Inn Oceanside, Oregon

A marker1505 Pacific Oceanside, OR. 97134 -
1505 Pacific Ave, Oceanside, OR 97141, USA
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The Schooner Inn

I am sure you will enjoy your visit to Oceanside and its surrounding area, and I believe you will agree that it is indeed a true "Oregon Treasure" full of beauty and goodness that is off the beaten path, one only found while exploring the BackRoads of Oregon.
For more information on the history of Oceanside visit the Oregon Encyclopedia link which is listed in the helpful links capsule on this Hub. It lists some quite interesting facts about this little place called "Oceanside".


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      Leona J Atkinson 4 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Thank you for visiting Bill. and for your comment. I appreciate your feedback and I am looking forward to being a part of this series.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The perfect addition to our series. Thank you for doing this and well done.

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      Leona J Atkinson 7 years ago from Oregon, USA

      So sorry to hear of your bad experience there. I only ate in the restaurant which at the time was very good, so I cannot comment on the hotel. I am glad to hear it all ended up well for you though and that you were able to have an enjoyable time in Oceanside itself.

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      beachcomber31 7 years ago

      I reserved a room at The Schooner Inn and Guest House in Oceanside Oregon, and from the moment we walked in the door we were disappointed. The hallway into the room was not well kept up, with dirty glasses on the ledge and a plunger just inside the hallway door. The room itself is tiny and not appointed at all. The bed is a full size bed, not king like advertised, although the headboard propped up behind it was a king. The curtains were only for show and did not close completely, leaving over a foot of open window in the middle. This wouldn’t be such a problem if we weren’t right on the main road, but only being on the second floor anyone driving by could see in the room. There was no mini-fridge, coffee maker or microwave, apparently I’ve taken these for granted in every other inn, hotel and motel I’ve ever stayed at. The room advertised a jetted tub, but what at first glance may have been mistaken for jets were actually just handles to make it easier to get in and out of the tub, no jets. There was only half a roll of toilet paper, water damage in the bathroom ceiling, no soaps or shampoos, no pen or paper, and the telephone in the room was out of service. This also wouldn’t have been a big deal, except in Oceanside there is no cell phone service at all and the one pay phone wouldn’t take my quarters. The local restaurant across the street, Roseanna’s Café, was nice enough to let me use their phone to contact the manager, which resulted in more frustration and no new accommodations. According to the manager of the property, Jim Jr., none of these accommodations were in the room because we are supposed to get our food and coffee in the restaurant on the ground floor, The Schooner Inn, except the restaurant was closed for the winter. Nobody was even in the town of Oceanside who could provide us additional toilet paper or towels, the manager was located in Netarts. Only when I contacted the company who rents out the room, Happy Camp Hideaway, was I immediately set up with fantastic, unequaled accommodations. I will never go anywhere else. Happy Camp Hideaway turned a possibly horrible mistake into a fantastic weekend, and was able to do so before our refrigerated food went bad.

      On another note, we visited Roseanna’s Café for dinner that evening and I ate the most wonderful meal, Gorgonzola & Pear Penne Pasta with Cranberries and Hazelnuts, while watching the sun set. The following morning we beachcombed at low tide and found a plethora of agates, starfish and sea anemones. In short, it was a fantastic beach trip, save for The Schooner Inn and Guest House. Don’t make my mistake. But don’t miss Oceanside, either.