When we lived in Seattle and Portland, the wife and I would take the kids to Seaside. We would actually rent a house in Gearhart which was nice and quiet and just a few minutes north of Seaside. The dunes are down south-Florence area. Newport is great. Basically, the Oregon coast rocks! If you golf, head to Bandon. I'm jealous. I miss the coast.:mecry:My wife and I are goingt to the Oregon Coast for the 4th of July.