A beach town grows up

Sophistication meets carnival fun in Seaside, Oregon

Stuffed squid at Kalypso

Stuffed squid at Kalypso.

Pete Stone

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With summer vacationers gone but fine weather lingering, now is the perfect time to stroll Seaside's beachfront and find something new to love.

The tacky-fun attractions (bumper cars, anyone?) are still here, but among the carnival games and saltwater taffy shops ― strung along Broadway Street from the Promenade to the Necanicum River ― are high-end boutiques and some memorable eateries too. And in the Historic Gilbert District, older buildings are finding new life housing shops and cafes.


B. Boutique. WHAT: A fashionista's find, with designer clothing and surprising gifts. WHEN: Open daily. WHERE: 600 Broadway St.; 503/738-6882.

Cosa Bella. WHAT: Best and most eclectic of the home decor stores in the Historic Gilbert District. WHEN: Open daily. WHERE: 810 Broadway St.; 503/738-2026.



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