That's right, Seaside, Oregon. The oldest seaside resort in Oregon. Today, we walked the boardwalk, through the gift shops, and by the Necanicum river. Seaside has a large beach, great for kite flying (I didn't see any today, but I love the Nemo fish kites) with a view of Tillamook Head, but I think the interior river three blocks from the beach is just as wonderful. The little town of Seaside invested in wide walkways (wooden and asphalt) and plantings along this river. A path less traveled.
Not only did we buy local huckleberry jam at one of the kitchen gift shops, but we also stopped at a glass blowing studio at Gearhart, Oregon. Their main attraction is a water glass that looks like a fish--John Cook Studios. They can also make the fish glass into a hanging downlight. Unique and fun. A feature to consider for our next home (also perfect for my sister's home--hint, hint).
We cooked up cod with lemon on the BarBQ, fresh snap peas, and toasted pine nut couscous tonight with a nice glass of Oregon Willamette Valley chardonnay (Cooper Mountain). Great to have the time to buy and cook fresh now. Astoria has a Farmers' Market every Sunday. Looking forward to buying something fresh from the local farms.