On Seaside's famous Promenade, facing the Pacific Ocean, rests the SeaSide Inn Bed & Breakfast, a wonderfully romantic hideaway set amidst the rugged grandeur of the Oregon Coast.
Atop the SeaSide Inn is the Clock Tower, with fireplace, round king bed, 2-person jetted tub, and loft with additional bed. This is the highest room, with the ultimate view of endless surf and ocean.
Our stay, in the quaint Wicker Room, with its pillow-topped, king-sized bed, was quite comfortable. One of the tiny touches that greeted us, on a round, lace-covered wicker table, was a ceramic vase containing a real rose and the magenta rhododendron blooms that are so prevalent in the Northwest (actually the state flower of Washington). Even the toilet paper was dotted with tiny red and blue flowers. In a wicker rocking chair sat a floppy-eared rabbit in lace-edged, flowered dress.
Each room has private bath, TV with cable stations, VCR, telephone, heating and air conditioning. All beds are Queens or Kings, and many furniture pieces are antiques. Armoires, canopy beds and window seats create a relaxed, cottage-style décor.
Every nook and cranny of the SeaSide B&B reflects owner Susan Peters' penchant for things cozy: bowed and beribboned teddy bears, rabbits, and the occasional rag doll make their homes everywhere. Even the interior elevator is draperied, carpeted, and decorated with a flower-cushioned, bentwood chair, straw roses, and ruffled and bowed bunnies.
Dominated by a massive river rock fireplace and glass picture windows facing patio, Prom, and ocean, the common Gathering Room sports a dining room table-sized gaming table where guests can indulge in checkers and other board games on gray afternoons. Because, after all, you're in the Pacific Northwest, known for rain, weather can be changeable. One day you're flying a kite on the beach, and the next you appreciate an Irish Coffee in front of the fireplace.
In days past there was an rustically elegant beach home, with weathered gray shingles and white trim, where the SeaSide Inn rests now.
"The house was built in 1903 and had just gone into Historic Records," says Vicky, when an electrical fire completely destroyed it in 1987. Owners of the house since the seventies, Susan and her husband subsequently envisioned the SeaSide Inn B&B.
As you help yourself to your first cup of coffee in the morning, cheery hearts and ribboned floral bowers greet you on the dining room sideboard. Included with your SeaSide stay is a full breakfast, designed to send you to the beach in a vacation mood.
Breakfast is served at tables set in one end of the Gathering Room, where Susan's sense of humor is reflected in brightly-colored stuffed sea creatures dangling from the ceiling.
Omelettes to order, pancakes and eggs, French toast, or hot oatmeal with brown sugar, honey and raisins are some of your choices on an "anytime" menu, along with all the coffee, tea, and fresh fruit juice you can drink. Tablecloths, napkin rings and condiment containers all reflect a beach theme. You can even sit at one of the tables in a wide, wicker swing, while Judi, a long-time employee from the Philippines, or Maria serves your homemade breakfast. Room service is available, and lunch and dinners are offered by prior arrangement.
In the Gathering Room, there is also a full-service informal "bar", a selection of paperbacks and videos, and massage therapy can be arranged.
The ambiance is unhurried, and guests of the SeaSide Bed & Breakfast are treated to friendly, personalized attention. "We're like a family here," says Susan.
Although designed for romantic getaways and celebrations such as anniversaries, small weddings, birthdays, vacations, and family reunions, the SeaSide Inn is also an effective business retreat, complete with conference room, fax and data lines. You won't lack for any modern amenity, and besides, right there's the beach. . .
The SeaSide Inn is featured in The Best Places to Kiss, Frommer's, The Bridal Directory, and has received the Three Diamond Rating from Triple A. View their theme rooms at www.theseasideinn.com, or call the ladies at 1-800/772-PROM or, in the Portland area, 503/319-3300. Say "hello" from "that Jetsetters Magazine writer."
By Carolyn Proctor, Las Vegas Jetsetters Magazine Correspondent.