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Fun Little Motel, Manzanita
Rockaway Beach, Manzanita, Wheeler, Nehalem Bay Virtual Tour, Oregon Coast

The Nehalem Bay area, with its legends of buried treasure around Manzanita, seems to never cease in its revelations and hidden aspects. The San Dune Inn - a very family-friendly motel - is one of those lurking surprises.

Not many lodging spots can claim to have a vast array of freebies like bikes, game equipment, popcorn and movies. But San Dune Inn does. Stay at this charming, unassuming place just steps away from Manzanita's main drag - Laneda Avenue - and you'll find stuff for volleyball and other games suitable for the sand, as well as beach balls, bicycles, beach chairs, books and simple sandcastle-making gear like buckets. It's a dream come true for kids of all ages.

From any of the immaculate rooms, you can hear the waves of Manzanita's beaches in the middle of the night, lulling you to sleep.

The San Dune Inn has 14 such cozy rooms, all of them with VCR's, cable TV, a small fridge, microwave and access to all the freebie amenities for sand recreation or relaxation in the room. Six of the units feature full kitchens with a separate living room and bedroom areas. Plus, the place is pet friendly - and there's a nifty little barbecue area out back with a tent.

There’s also a sense of quirky Americana here – like those places you remember staying at on the Oregon Coast as a kid. 428 Dorcas Lane. www.sanduneinn.com. 503-368-5163.

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