No Room Left at the Inn

Trip Start Apr 27, 2012
Trip End May 26, 2012

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Where I stayed
Olympia, Oregon
Comfort Inn, Olympia Oregon
What I did
Seaside, Oregon

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Friday, September 7, 2012

While I always try to pre-plan these little vacations to the best of my ability, should I have thought that there would be no room at the INNS in either Seaside or Cannon Beach under $260.00 per night for a two bedroom with whirlpool tub anywhere in each of these two towns.  

We arrived early into Cannon Beach to just a glorious, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky day as it's only about one and a half hour drive from Portland.  The first thing on the agenda was to go out to the beach and see the "stacks".   Cannon Beach looked like a quaint New England town, all the buildings are washed by the easterly winds which is so very visible from the trees that line the beach. 

Pulling up the car to a vacated sand dune, we could see nothing beyond the car.  There was as some people call it - "marine layer" - "ocean fog" - or whatever but we couldn't see beyond the dunes.  In any event we headed for the water, but it seemed like it could be walking through parts of heaven.  Just eery images of families and people walking the beach waiting for the fog to clear.  
Here it is 1:00 p.m. and the fog hasn't cleared so we went off to the state park at the north end of the beach to see if that would help - but no - even the surfers had to park themselves on the beach and wait for things to clear.  

Even lunch (chowdaa and wings) didn't help with the ocean fog.   I got what ever pictures I could and then we started to look for a room for the night.   Little did I know that there was a HUGE Vintage Car show going on in Seaside just 8 miles to the north and all the hotels rooms were booked.  That maybe explains why all my previous PRICELINE bids were never accepted.  After 8 different requests at various hotels in the area and knowing that we did not want to cough up the big bucks for a two-bedroom suite, we found a Wi-Fi in one of the lobbies and started our hunt for a hotel.   Nothing - nothing - nothing so we started to look north - all the way north to Olympia, Washington.  What a bummer.   So after we'd seen all we cared to see about Cannon Beach and Seaside, we headed the two hours north for our next hotel.   

In hindsight, it was a good thing, we were able to move our travel plans so that we travelled all the way up the Oregonian coast and had the benefit of some incredible scenery.   
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