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Finding your story in Seaside

SEASIDE, ORE. – For those seeking a beach getaway, Seaside, Ore. has much to offer. There is an ocean front promenade, wildlife, a large arcade with carnival rides and miniature golf, a historic carousel, shopping and the sandy beaches to enjoy. For local author Rachel Van Dyken, it’s the saltwater taffy and the eateries, the overall atmosphere that inspired a series of books set in this popular tourist town. Tear, Pull, Shatter, Forever and most recently published, Fall, all take place in Seaside. The mists of the Seaside cliffs seem nearly magical, according to Van Dyken. She said one of her main characters rents a home along the cliffs. She believes the carousel brings out the child in everyone. It has inspired several passages in the Seaside series. Whether completing research for a novel or seeking a getaway with those you love, Seaside can inspire just about anyone. It is a place where one can relax and enjoy themselves, play and live carefree for a while. For a family getaway or a romantic stroll on the beach, take your next adventure in Seaside.

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Photo by Rachel Van Dyken

The cliffs near Seaside, Ore. are often shrouded in a nearly magical mist. Author Rachel Van Dyken has made this the setting for a home rented by one of the main characters in her Seaside series.

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Photo by Seaside Visitors Bureau

The promenade was built in 1920. It serves beachgoers, shoppers and anyone out for a stroll.

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Photo by Rachel Van Dyken

To warm up on a rainy day, tourists can enjoy the atmosphere of Seaside’s many eateries. This restaurant features a cozy fireplace visitors can enjoy while eating a hearty meal.

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Photo by Seaside Visitors Bureau

The Turnaround in Seaside is situated at the western tip of Broadway. Accessible by bicycle, vehicle or on foot, the Turnaround provides visitors a panoramic view of Seaside’s beach. At the center is a statue of Lewis & Clark.

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Photo by Rachel Van Dyken

Seaside’s carousel is located downtown, drawing people of all ages. Children aren’t the only ones who enjoy the nostalgia of riding the horses, as the characters in Rachel Van Dyken’s books can attest.

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