Keith Chandler is the manager of the Seaside Aquarium, where he’s worked since 1979. As an active member of the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network since 1996, he’s been up close to many sea creatures, including small seals caught in nets and an adult California sea lion in need of relocation to the Columbia River. This work has taken him to every beach from Oceanside to the tip of Long Beach, north of Astoria. These are Chandler’s don’t-miss spots along the North Coast.
Youngs River Falls: East of Astoria, this off-the-beaten-track falls is well worth the effort. An easy hike gets you up close. Contact the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce for precise directions to this gem.
T. Paul’s Supper Club: T. Paul’s in Astoria has excellent food and a terrific atmosphere. Don’t miss live music from local bands, and definitely leave room for dessert.
Columbia River Maritime Museum: This Astoria museum has interactive exhibits that make it fun and easy to learn about the great river of the West.
Norma’s Seafood & Steak: If you like thick, delicious clam chowder, this Seaside spot is the place to go. As long as they keep making it, I will keep eating it.
Dundee’s Bar & Grill: My favorite Seaside hangout, Dundee’s sports bar has great food, great service, lots of sports and a bakery.
Warren House Pub: The Warren House Pub in Cannon Beach has an excellent selection of delicious seafood. I highly recommend the baked halibut.
Kelly’s Brighton Marina: This Rockaway Beach marina is the perfect place to launch your boat or rent a boat or crabbing gear. They’ll even cook the crab for you so you can picnic on fantastic Nehalem Bay.
The Pancake House: In Tillamook, this is the spot for great down-home cooking.
Tillamook Air Museum: The planes and exhibits are great, and I like the fact that it was once a blimp hangar.
Netarts Bay: This beautiful bay, located in the community of Netarts, offers excellent clamming and great fishing and crabbing.