Last year we went to Long Beach, Washington and Astoria (Goonies!) and Cannon Beach, Oregon for a short trip in January. So relaxing. (Same hotel we visited in June of 2012.)
This time was Astoria and Seaside. As you may have seen on my Instagram, the trip had many highlights, including seriously possibly the oldest operational JC Penney store there is... (we went in! We bought shoes!) and an amazing sunrise harbor view.
How to Wear DIY in this post, as well--my cozy faux fur "snood" project from last year, which I do wear quite a lot. (Stay tuned for another faux fur scarf, with this year's flavor! I just finished it the other day!)
Our trip began on a sunny morning to very sing-able old Weezer CDs we pulled out... then we hit up the Oregon Film Museum, the old County jail--and the jail in the first scene of The Goonies.
Astoria has a cute but sort of struggling downtown. This renovated theater is awesome, though.
Cold but beautiful!
We literally walked along the Columbia River at sunset and watched the boats on our way to dinner. So peaceful!
We watched the sun set over the Columbia River while enjoying an amaaaaazing dinner at Baked Alaska.
I like boats. This morning we woke up overlooking another pier, and watched the sky get light.
Then we drove down the coast to Seaside, our favorite coast town (for nostalgia, if nothing else). It's a little overly tourist-ey and tacky, but the beach itself and promenade are absolutely perfect for walking and enjoying, and it's what I think of when I think about the beach. We took the same picture we've been taking for years, in full sun so it was hard to keep our eyes open! It was in the 40's and there was NO wind, so it was really quite comfortable with a coat on!
Here's to vacations, and to getting back to routine!