The Lanai at the Cove Planning & Tips

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All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is strong throughout the resort, which should make your teens happy, but you might find them staring out at the water instead of at their screens.

Coffee and Tea
For those needing their caffeine fix each morning, the hotel offers complimentary coffee and tea.

The Art of Smart Timing
Seaside, Oregon is a popular destination, and can be crowded during the summer months of June, July, and August. However, a stay at Lanai on the Cove puts you away from the congested downtown and promenade area. That's one of the big reasons we love this hotel. No matter the time of year, it feels quiet and isolated. If you're looking for crowds and activity, it's a short walk down the beach.

There are several big events that take place in Seaside during the summer. The biggest occurs during the second week of August, when over 13,000 players and fans descend upon Seaside, Oregon for the world's largest amateur volleyball tournament. If volleyball is not your thing, this would be a good time to avoid the area.

The weather will also be a factor in your trip planning. July through September are the warmest months, with the least amount of rain. Temperatures never rise much above the 70s during the day, while the nights can be chilly year-round. Make sure everyone in your family wears layers and they'll be comfortable wherever you go.

Getting There
Seaside, like much of the Oregon coast, may seem isolated, but it is easily accessible from Highway 101, which runs north-south from Washington to California. Portland, Oregon, is the nearest large city, and can be reached by Interstate 5 or the international airport. From Portland, it's an easy 80-mile drive to Seaside, via Highway 26 and Highway 101. Lanai at the Cove is located at the far south end of town, in a quiet, residential neighborhood near the end of Sunset Boulevard.

Getting Around
With Lanai at the Cove away from the center of Seaside, it can be a bit of a walk to most activities. The nearly 2-mile stroll along the beach to the Seaside Aquarium is beautiful, but might be too much for younger kids. However, nothing in Seaside is far away by car. And, except for the very busiest weekends of summer, parking is plentiful. There is a public shuttle bus that costs $1 per person to ride, but it doesn't pick up near the hotel, so you are better off relying on your car to get around town. Parking at Lanai at the Cove is plentiful, and free, so no worries of not finding a space when you return to the hotel.

For Mom and Dad
In the evening, leave older kids in the room with a movie, and walk 15 minutes down the beach to the U Street Pub for some quiet time as a couple. The U Street Pub is a cool neighborhood hangout that offers a large selection of beers, including local brews. They also serve tasty burgers, fish and chips, and clam chowder. The Pub is two blocks from the beach. One of our favorite things to do is enjoy a few drinks and light snacks at the Pub, then take a child-free beach stroll back to the hotel.

If the complimentary hotel coffee isn't enough, make a run to Highway 101 in the morning, where you'll find several coffee shops, including Mama Bair's Java Den, a local favorite.

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