I consider Rockaway Beach my home away from home. Someday I will live there, until then, I visit as often as possible. I first discovered this slice of heaven about 15 years ago. Unfortunately, it took me about 5 or 6 of those years to discover the Tradewinds Motel. I don't have any real gripes with the other motels in town (and I've stayed at most of them), but the Tradewinds is the best in my opinion. The first thing one will notice about the room is how clean it is. Yes, even the fridge, stove and microwave are clean. And, get this, the dishes are CLEAN! Yes, you can actually use the dishes straight out of the cupboard without feeling the need to wash them first. Needless to say, a place that takes that kind of care of the kitchenette and dishes/silverware also takes care of their rooms and grounds. Is it the most modern place in the world? No, but who cares? You have functioning plumbing, clean carpet, kitchen, dishes and sheets, a fireplace, wi-fi if you need it and a million dollar view. Of course, only half the rooms have the kitchen, fireplace and view, but the other side is just as clean. Perhaps the coolest thing about the rooms is that almost all of them can be opened up and connect to one another. This works so well for larger groups or if you just want some extra room. Also, the rooms are affordable enough that getting an oceanfront room (queen bed and hide-a-bed) with a connecting non-oceanfront room (two queens in this one) is affordable and gives you tons of room. The oceanfront rooms connect to one another as well. There is the ability to connect four rooms together! How's that for a mini-family reunion or b-day party stay?
So, ok, enough of the rooms. A motel room is a motel room, right? As long as it has hot water and is clean, it's all the same. What really sets the Tradewinds apart are the owner, Neil, and his wonderful family. They are locals, they know Rockaway Beach and all the surrounding areas. If you need a place to buy raspberries, just ask Neil. If you need good Mexican food, ask Neil. If you want to know the best place to watch the sunrise or sunset, ask Neil. Please, if you stay here, get to know Neil and his family, they are a wealth of information. Don't pass up the good free advice.
Lots of people have mentioned staying on the ground floor, I have to admit that I like the second floor best. Call it being paranoid due to living in the big city for too long, but I hesitate to leave the sliding door open all night when I am on the ground floor. However, on the second floor, I can open the door and let the sounds of the ocean keep me company all night. It gets chilly there at night, even in the summer, so the fireplace is wonderful. Also, I'm a bit of a loner so the second floor allows me to be in my own little world without having to deal with people coming and going in the patio area. However, if you want to socialize, some of the nicest people in the world are regulars at the Tradewinds. Try it, you'll never go anywhere else when in Rockaway Beach.
One last thing, don't let anyone know how wonderful Rockaway Beach is. Let's just let it remain the best kept secret on the Oregon Coast, ok? :)
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