May Featured Artist - Raven Lloyd

Saturday, May 5th from 5-7 pm we will be featuring the art of Raven I. Lloyd.

This art opening is part of a larger event - known as the Seaside Art Walk. This event happens the first Saturday of each month from 5-7 and many participating galleries and businesses are involved. Here is a map of the the Art Walk. Participating businesses are listed in the link as well.

We just loved how Raven's work looked like constellations in the night sky twinkling through a dark night, but we see stars in everyone and everything.
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To quote Raven, "The images I created for this body of work were inspired by negative spaces I observed in nature during the snow storms last winter here in Portland. Specifically the snow covered bare branches on bushes and trees and the spaces created within the structure of the plants. The theme of Spaces In-Between carried over to thoughts on breath, time, notes in music, ocean waves and stars in the night sky. All of the empty spaces in-between something tangible influenced my creative process to produce this body of work."

Before & After

This post is long overdue, but we have been so busy running the motel that we haven't had time to properly share the full renovation. 

Here's the visual story of the motel renovation. We bought the motel on January 12th and found out maybe the day or two before the purchase that the former owners weren't going to move out right away. All of their belongings were all over the house. They had had a huge garage sale right before they had sold the property and this is what the place looked like. There were heavy curtains on the windows, which made the place seem darker. There was quite a bit of clutter too.

Before

 Former owner, nicknamed, "Wedgie" eating his peanut butter sandwiches and tea in the living room/lobby of the inn.

Former owner, nicknamed, "Wedgie" eating his peanut butter sandwiches and tea in the living room/lobby of the inn.

There was seriously a lot of work to do. Every day we worked as hard as we could. Many days working up to 14 or 16 hours a day. We worked till our hands were literally bleeding. This is not exaggerating at all. There is so much blood, sweat and tears in the remodel.

After

 Yoga/meditation room that used to be a wallpapered closet

Yoga/meditation room that used to be a wallpapered closet

We made these changes over just about a month. You can see the daily vlog updates we did during the remodel. We are still making little changes and updates by the day. There is still more to do, but we are getting there more and more each day.

Our First Art Opening!

It's our first art opening! On Saturday, April 7th, we are opening our doors, in conjunction with the Seaside Art Walk. We will have sangria and snacks available. We will also be spinning records and talking ART. Come by between 6-10 pm

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This month we are featuring Ursula Barton, who is just one of the artists whose artwork adorns the walls of the inn. We love how her hand-mixed paints that tell the story of a rainy day bike ride in Portland Oregon. Learn more about the artists at the inn here.

Here are details about the art walk. This event is free. It is about seeing art in sponsoring galleries and businesses along Broadway and Holladay in downtown Seaside.

The complete list: 
1. SunRose Gallery, 606 Broadway
2. Moxie Shine, 609 Broadway
3. Bev Drew Kindley Pop-Up Gallery, 608 Broadway
4. Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway
5. Art in the Loft Gallery at Beach Books, 616 Broadway
6. Katharine Stewart, Ancient Health, and Healing, 10-B Holladay Drive
7. The Whet Spot, 12 N. Holladay Drive
8. Westport Winery Seaside, 810 Broadway
9. Blue Bond Art School and Gallery, located at 417 S Holladay Drive
10. Starry Night Inn, 811 1st Ave

 

 

Getting Around Seaside

    Seaside has been a tourist destination since the early 1900's. The main strip was built to accommodate restaurants, boutiques, galleries and campy amusements like ski ball, bumper cars and go karts. The Necanicum river runs alongside the ocean and is perfect for kayaking or paddle boating. One of the best things that we loved right away about this property is that everything is so close by. When you are in Seaside you don't really need to drive. You can park and walk almost everywhere. This post is designed to guide you on the many things you can enjoy while visiting the Starry Night.

The Starry Night is tucked away in the heart of Seaside. Broadway Street is the main drag just three blocks from the Inn. Everything you may need can be found en route to or on Broadway street. We have put a list of places that we have found to be awesome. We have not been able to check out all the restaurants yet, but these are our top picks so far.

Places to eat and drink:

  • Dundee's Bar & Grill - Some of the best late night food in town. Trigger alert: it is a sports bar but the food is great! - a 5-minute walk
  • Firehouse Grill - Open 8-3 this is a great brunch spot - a 4-minute walk
  • Osprey Cafe - Another great breakfast spot - a 26-minute walk (you may want to drive)
  • The Stand - Delicious, affordable Mexican food - it is recommended you get takeout, the ambiance is not as great as the food and they are only open from 11-5 M-F so hustle in there - a 1-minute walk
  • Phannie Phatts - Hawaiian food located across the street! Call for takeout and walk across the street to pick it up
  • Nonni's Italian Bistro - great Italian food - try the amaretto margarita (YUM) - a 4-minute walk
  • Finns Fish house. Breakfast/lunch/dinner  classic seafood, steaks and pasta  5-min walk
  • Dough Dough Bakery  serves decadent deserts, tapas, coffee, beer and wine. Modern decor.  3-min walk
  • Maggies on the Prom - Garden setting, Delicious Northwest cuisine & views of the ocean. 8min walk 
  • Seaside Brewing Company- Hub of Seaside. Great beer with Northwest vibe 4-min walk
  • The Bridge Tender- Local haunt. Open late. river views. 5-min walk
  • The Whet Spot- Beer tasting room. Huge selection of beer to go or hang out and try their taps. Snacks. 3-min walk
 3 person bike, called a Surrey available for rental at Wheel Fun Rentals

3 person bike, called a Surrey available for rental at Wheel Fun Rentals

Attractions:

  • Seaside Aquarium - a 9-minute walk from the motel
  • Wheel Fun Rentals - mopeds, classic bikes and more to rent - a 3-minute walk
  • Seaside Inverted Experience - fun, quirky photo shoots - an 8-minute walk
  • Seaside Prom and Turnaround - a paved 1.5 mile walkway that is along the coastline - a 10-minute walk
  • Funland - an arcade that is just blocks away from the motel - a 7-minute walk
  • Carousel- bumper cars- go karts- miniature golf. 5-min walk
  • Seaside empire park and recreation...swimming pool, basketball courts, Skate 'n ride  park, classes  10-min walk
  • Clatsop paddle co.  Paddle boat rentals on the Necanicum river.  5-min walk
  • Crabbing on the bridge, clamming on the beach.  5-min walk
  • Paragliding, Helicopter rides, biplane rides and 1 mile zipline rides....varied locations
  • cleanline surf shop. classes offered  2-min walk

Art lovers:

Enjoy the stroll and stop off at our favorite coffee shop!

 

Feature In The ClatsopNews!

We were featured in the ClatsopNews! The article is very thorough and does a great job of describing our motel.

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http://clatsopnews.com/2018/03/07/1919-victorian-home-seaside-reborn-starry-night-inn/

I think the most important part to mention is that what you see when you come to the Starry Night Inn is what we accomplished in 36 days and a little work here and there since then. Imagine what we can do in a year. I cannot wait to see what we are doing this time next year!

There is so much more to come!

xoxo,

Jen 

 

It's Our First PARTY HOUSE!

We have packages available for people so that they can book an entire motel for group events, such as retreats, weddings, and parties. This weekend we had our first booking of the whole motel, which we affectionately refer to as Party House! Tim and a bunch of his buddies came out and spent the weekend with at the motel. 

 Tim donning a wig for karaoke

Tim donning a wig for karaoke

Tim booked the motel and got reimbursed from his friends. They have been cooking and making cocktails, lounging, playing football, BBQing and generally enjoying life. Friday night they wore wigs and sang karaoke in the lobby, which is one of our offerings. Also, we have a sauna!

 Wigs and games Saturday morning. Evidence of last night's good time.

Wigs and games Saturday morning. Evidence of last night's good time.

If you'd like to book your own party house, you can learn more here and call us to book your event. We have many offerings from renting the entire motel to renting just the Victorian.