We arrived at Oceanside the day after Thanksgiving. It was 45F & raining as I stopped at Inns, guest houses & cafes asking about lodging for the night. I had given up hope & was driving out of town when my wife spotted the small "Vacancy" sign at
Oceanside Inn. The Inn keeper showed us a lovely room with a great view. The Inn is a 1950's style motel, but in tip top condition. Happily, we settled into a suite with a perfect view.
Next morning, we got up early & ate breakfast across the street at "Brewin In the Wind" Coffee Shop & Cafe. The place was clean & well decorated with a broad menu. The coffee & bakery products were good. Oceanside may not have many cafes, but the ones they do have are excellent!
Three great rocks stand amid the ocean & just off shore. Of the beaches we visited, only Oceanside can challenge Cannon Beach for beauty. We walked for miles down this beach. Fresh air blowing in from the sea. While some might find the wee village "slow", for me the fresh coastal air filled me with vigor.
High on the mountain overlooking Oceanside, conifers sway as the barely audible surf crashs onto the shore below.
The village of Oceanside has many small "cabin" rentals (photos above show typical) & most are administered by nonresident managers. The place is lovely but small. Cell phones don't work here. These factors combine in a way that leaves "drive up" visitors "scratching" for a place to stay. While it is best to plan ahead, two places with resident managers are "Oceanside Inn" with direct beach access and "The Three Arch Inn" which is across the street (both shown above). Oceanside is a pleasant 80 minute drive from Portland.