I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, but on the Victoria day long weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to take some time away and escape to the lovely Oregon coast for a few days.
I’d be lying if I said it was a frugal trip, but I think we did alright. The first night, we stayed in Seaside, OR. It was adorable, and we ended up staying there sort of by default. We’d originally wanted to stay in Cannon Beach, but no hotels in that area would take one night reservations and we didn’t want to stay in one spot both nights.
Seaside had different rules, so we thought we’d just do the 15 minute drive to Cannon Beach when we got to Seaside. But no. Seaside was so much fun and we stuck around all night. We went to Cannon Beach before going to Astoria in the morning.
The beaches are freaking amazing on the coast. They are loud; here in Vancouver, we are sheltered by Vancouver Island, so we don’t have open ocean in front of us. In Oregon, you can hardly hear yourself think if it’s windy and you’re near the waves.
The first day was beautiful and sunny, but of course we didn’t take any pictures because we were too busy seeing everything. The second day rained cats and dogs. Murphy’s law.
The drive is about 7 hours, but was 8 on the way back because of the border line up. I can say with certainty that I will never drive for that long again for just a couple of days.
The cost breakdown:
Night 1 – Shilo Inn $117.73
Night 2 – Cannery Pier Hotel $207
Gas (2 tanks) – $105
Liquor – $50
Dinner Night 1 – $80
Food, snacks, lunch – $60
Breakfast – $35
Shopping – $12
I’m actually pretty impressed; we didn’t shop much, we took my little, fuel efficient Honda so it didn’t cost much in gas, and while we did buy a lot of booze, we got to bring a bottle of wine back because we didn’t drink it.
We splurged a little on the hotel for the second night and it was really nice, but the town was nothing special – I know lots of people would probably disagree, as Astoria is very historic and right on the Columbia river. We did get to see big boats from China, Korea, and other places come in because our hotel was right on the river.
I much preferred Seaside and Cannon Beach to Astoria, and had we stayed in Seaside another night, we would have saved almost $100 but I’m glad we stayed in Astoria just so that we could see it. The boyfriend loved the historic aspect of Astoria and he loved seeing the big boats come in and out of the river. Plus, the bridge in that photo above is the longest continuous truss in North America, and the bridge is 23 KM long – that’s 14 miles for Americans.
I was scared just looking at it.
Overall, it was a good trip, and really not super expensive.
Have you ever been to the Oregon coast?