I grew up in Portland, Oregon and spent many week-ends at the beaches of Oregon. It had been years since I had been back to visit the many memories of years past. After my sister passed away we promised to spread her ashes at the beach and organized a family trip. My mother is 89 and always loved Rockaway Beach, about 90 miles from Portland. After much planning 11 of us drove to Tillamook and then headed up the coast to Rockaway. The small beach town is located on a very long stretch of ocean front offering many hotel and rental properties.
We chose to stay at The Surfside Resort about a mile north of downtown. They have 5 buildings, two of the buildings face the beach the others are set back. The resort offers pet friendly rooms with a small extra charge. We had suite rooms with two king beds, small kitchen, sitting room and several of our rooms had 2 baths. They have an indoor pool and easy access to the beach.
The choice of places to eat is slim, but one of the best meals was at The Beach Bite. They had some of the best clam chowder I have eaten. The salads were fresh and I had fish and chips that were well prepared. Earlier in the day we had eaten at their other restaurant called Dos Rocas Bar, good Mexican food with plenty of chips and salsa.
Breakfast at The Cow Belle Cafe was a good place to start your day. The 3 egg omlete was enough to share, especially when the side of ham was as large as the plate. There are plenty of little shops to entertain the kids but nothing was better then when we bought big kites and headed back to the beach. This is a perfect place to share hours on the beach building sand castles and flying kites like in those years past.