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.