Road Trip: Cannon Beach
Where: Surfsand Resort, in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Why: For a laid-back, luxe family getaway.
Kids Love: The indoor pool, sand toys, crafts, scavenger hunts and a different treat each night at turndown (such as a lei or a plastic beach ball).
Adults Love: The newly remodeled suites with soaking tubs, fireplaces, decks overlooking the water, plus beachside cabana service (read: drinks under your umbrella!).
Dogs Love: The welcome basket including pet bed, toys, food and water bowls and doggy-do bags. Splurge: The beach bonfire package, $55, includes firewood, s’more fixings, blankets, roasting sticks—all set up and taken down by hotel staff.
Summer Freebies: Saturday ice cream socials (with local Tillamook ice cream) on the rooftop deck and Sunday weenie roasts on the beach.
Getting There: Surfsand Resort, 148 W Gower, Cannon Beach, Oregon; 503.436.2274; surfsand.com; $109–$439/night. About five hours southwest of Seattle, depending on bathroom stops.
Originally published in August 2010