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Chic & Cozy, Family-Owned & Pet-Friendly Inn Just Steps from the Beach

In just a few short years, the Tucker family has transformed the Sandy Cove Inn from a timeworn motor lodge into a stylish and comfortable boutique motel with the spirit of a B&B. Each of the Inn’s 18 comfy, uber-clean rooms boasts a unique decorating scheme—from the whimsical “Monopoly” and “Wave” rooms with hand-painted wall murals to the “Garden” and “Country Charm” rooms that highlight French artwork and décor collected at Parisian shops and flea markets by Ann Tucker, an antiques dealer and the Inn’s family decorator. Likewise, managers Mike and Betsy Tucker bring natural enthusiasm and expertise from their former advertising and culinary fields to give their guests a personalized, concierge-like experience. From their carefully vetted “Restaurant Guide” of top local eateries to a fun “Doggie Bag” welcoming gift for four-legged guests, it’s these sorts of little, unexpected extras that have quickly made the Sandy Cove Inn one of Seaside’s best-loved lodging values.

The Inn is also well-situated, just a block from the beach and the 1.8-mile paved Promenade boardwalk, but on the much quieter side of the strip away from the cluster of high-rise hotels and condos. Across the street, the local favorite Ken & Sons “Super Friendly” Select Market provides a convenient stop for snacks and drinks on the way to the beach, or guests can grab a burger, microbrew or legendary “Mermaid’s Purse” made of spiced fish, rice and vegetables steamed in parchment pouches at the family-oriented U Street Pub & Eatery.

Seaside, Oregon:  Historic Coastline Where Mountains & Rivers Meet the Sea

“More than just a day at the beach” is the well-deserved motto of the City of Seaside, reflected in the year-round activities available beyond its infamous stretch of sandy coastline. At low tide, try your hand at clamming or crabbing along the shore. Other popular family activities nearby include amusement rides and bumper cars, plus the West Coast’s oldest aquarium with seal shows and touch tank. Outdoor enthusiasts will also appreciate the numerous hiking trails within a short distance, including the Tillamook Head trailhead out of Seaside (at the end of Ocean Vista Drive)—the lesser-known, back entrance to the beautiful Ecola State Park with no day-use fees. Follow in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark as you amble along the winding Clatsop Loop Trail through ancient Sitka spruce trees with majestic coastal views, near the historic Salt Works site of the Corps of Discovery. From December to April, the trail’s scenic promontories also make for ideal spots to view migrating gray whales as they swim past Seaside twice a year on their way to and from their homes in northerly Arctic waters.

Sandy Cove Inn
241 Avenue U
Seaside, Oregon 97138

Reservations: 503-738-7473 – www.sandycoveinn.net


Free Wi-Fi

Concierge service for local attractions & restaurants

Complimentary coffee service in lobby & rooms

Pet-friendly rooms & designated pet area

Free parking



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New Casting Call via HARO (Help a Reporter):

The Travel Channel and Leopard Films USA, producers of hit shows such as “House Hunters International,” is looking to cast couples ages 30-50 (with kids and without) who are planning to take a vacation to the US Virgin Islands in February.

By participating in this show, you’ll be able to test out 3 different kinds of ways of experiencing one of these locales. Our expert tour guide will be taking you around to different hotels, accommodations and resorts while explaining the pros and cons of each so that you can eventually select your favorite option and head off on your dream vacation!

Apply to Danielle Gretz at Travel Channel – query-1rxj@helpareporter.net – by 1/2/12 with the following information:

-Contact numbers (home, cell, work)
-Location (city and state)
-Please include photos of everyone going on vacation
-Who you’ll be traveling with (kids, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend) as well as their names and ages

-Why do you want to go to one of these places?
-Have you ever been to before?
-Do you like to chill by the pool, surf in the ocean, go on adventures, lay by the beach, go sightsteeing, party, etc.?
-Do the people you’re going with like to do different things than you? Is there ever any conflict?
-What is your max budget for this trip?
-How do you think The Travel Channel could help you and your family/partner have your dream vacation?


If you’re interested in learning about similar future opportunities or getting free PR for your business or services, there’s no better resource than HARO/Help a Reporter. Journalists are always in need of experts and sources — sign up for HARO’s free 3x daily newsletter to see the latest news trends in your industry. Peter Shankman is a network marketing genius.

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If you have a few months to spare, working a temporary or seasonal job at a national park is a chance to get up-close-and-personal with some of the country’s most scenic natural beauty. Most provide housing, but sparse pay. From Park Ranger to Fire Tower Lookout, the jobs are as varied as the locations.

Sound interesting? Here’s 7 sites to check out:

To meet the needs of visitors and help manage and protect park resources, the National Park Service hires approximately 10,000 temporary and seasonal employees annually.

Coolworks and About.com have compiled a listing of the best National Park jobs, from Mount Rushmore to The Grand Canyon, plus other useful information to help you with your job search.

A+ Summer Jobs is aimed at recent college graduates. Requires free membership to access employer info.

Also geared toward students is the SCA, or Student Conservation Association. Interns are hired to protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.

Yellowstone National Park hires about 3,500 seasonal employees each year from all 50 states and 35 countries around the globe.

Interested in cultural preservation? The Preservation Directory lists opportunities in historic preservation, building restoration, museum employment, architecture, urban planning, and other related fields.

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If you relocated to take a new job, you can — and should — deduct your expenses, if you pass these two IRS tests:

  • Your new job must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your previous job was. If you didn’t have a previous job, your new one must be at least 50 miles from your old home.
  • If you’re an employee, you must work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the 12 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job. If you’re self-employed, you have to work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months and 78 weeks during the first 24 months.

The good news? Fuel, moving truck and accommodations while on the road can typically be deducted, but food and personal expenses cannot. Moving deductions can only be claimed one time per tax year.

(Here comes the disclaimer: Always double-check the particulars with your favorite tax professional).

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There’s a plethora of sites I consult to seek new caretaking jobs. Even when I’m happy where I’m working (like now), I still feel compelled to keep on top of what’s out there…you never know when the perfect situation will come along. Here’s 10 sites that will aid you in your search for your next dream job.


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Nothing is more depressing than a blog that hasn’t been updated for TWO YEARS. In spite of my best intentions, time has indeed slipped away with nary a new post. However, in that seemingly short timeframe, we have positioned ourselves as experienced caretakers, successfully completing a job in Texas for 8 months & now living and working in midcoast Maine since July 2007.
What have I learned about property caretaking and being paid to travel? Plenty. If you’re an aspiring vagabond, stay tuned…and hopefully, you can benefit from our trials (and errors) of a life lived on the road.

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So, we’re finally making good on our repeated threats (typically generated by a slightly intoxicated state) to: Start traveling extensively as a way of life! Work our way around the world! Take this job and SHOVE IT — we would be 9-to-5 wage slaves no more.

Yessireee, I’d toiled away in the thankless corporate editorial world for 12+ years, then freelanced for 5 on top of that, churning out shiny copy that made other folks a fair chunk of change (but not myself, natch), and I’d finally…just…had it. I’d also had it with watching D work WAY too hard out in the unrelentingly freezing rain. The time had come to take back our lives.

It all made perfect sense, especially when traveling was what we lived for anyway. We’d made our big announcement after landing our first caretaking job out in Hill Country, Texas on a 150-acre ranch. As I understood things, we would get paid decently to keep the place up (and otherwise be “living on easy street” as my stepbrother put it) in a fairly large, separate caretakers’ house with satellite Internet and all the bills paid. WAHOOOOOO. This way, I figured I’d be able to worry less about bringing home the freelance bacon and finally get to work on those fantastic ideas that had been rolling around in my big ‘ol head for far too long. 

However, true to form, all went swimmingly until moving day; then, the panic set in: Will this really work or will I wind up pushing a shopping cart around eating beans out of a can with my fingers? What the hell are we thinking moving from beautiful, progressive Portland to the middle of nowhere in Bush country? But more importantly, would we ever have great coffee or microbrew again?

Suddenly, the Brave New World had turned into Green Acres.

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