What better place to check out what’s happening in the art scene than in a local gallery. The Gilbert District has at least four. David Bartholet is a wildlife artist whose work covers a veritable menagerie of animals; he displays his work in The Gilbert District Gallery (613 Broadway). SunRose Gallery (606 Broadway) shows distinctive work in mosaic, pique assiette (art assembled from pieces of broken plates) and other unusual techniques, perfect for a unique gift or a piece for your own home.
For home décor shopping and gallery browsing , look no farther than Fairweather House & Gallery (612 Broadway) where you’ll find paintings by local artists, artisan jewelry, fine dinnerware and a stylish selection of home accessories. At T’ Anjuli’s Gallery, one find an artist standing a stand of protecting Mother Earth. In his artist statement, owner/ operator Billy Lutz writes: “my body of work gathered here spans a career of 30 years of mature thematic painting. Taken as a whole, the art reflects a sustained examination of spirituality and present-tense collectivism. As a vehicle, this theme is moved forward within the paradox of duality”. The gallery is located at 7. North Holladay.
No self-respecting shopping district is complete without a good bookstore. Beach Books (616 Broadway) has an excellent selection of contemporary titles, regional books and children’s books. The staff even place special tags on books they recommend. Stop in, browse a spell and pick up a good beach read to while away some time in Seaside.
While Seaside has an ample supply of wonderful eateries, The Gilbert District houses some of the city’s best. Start out at Seaside Brewing Company (851 Broadway), which lives in the old City Jail (1914) where reclaimed wood and brick were used in the restoration; here, you’ll sip some of the coast’s finest craft brews, such as Lockup IPA and Black Dynamite, both of which pack a punch in terms of ABV (alcohol by volume). After all that delicious beer, it’s time to put something else in your stomach. Nonni’s Italian Bistro (831 Broadway) serves locally sourced Italian-inspired food (tip: order something that comes with the beef-veal-pork meatballs). McKeown’s Restaurant and Bar specializes in seafood, steaks, great burgers and Irish fare tossed into the mix (tip: for a hearty, satisfying dish, try McKeown’s Irish Cottage Pie.) For a home-style breakfast or brunch with a view of the river, check out Patty’s Wicker Cafe (600 Broadway). Tora Sushi Lounge (619 Broadway) features fresh sushi-grade fish (after all, you are at the coast) and a full Japanese menu (tip: if you order sushi, even as a starter, try the Volcano Roll, a delicious hot mess on a plate.)
End your shopping day in the Gilbert District with a complimentary wine tasting at J Rae’s Wines (608 Broadway). This friendly wine shop has a wide selection of wines from Oregon and beyond, and they will pour you a taste of whatever wine they happen to be featuring that day.
If you are lodging in Seaside, Inn at Seaside (441 2nd Ave; innatseaside.com) and River Inn at Seaside (531 Avenue A; riverinnatseaside.com) are both family-friendly hotels a short walk from The Gilbert District.
For more information about vacationing in Seaside, go to seasideor.com. For a comprehensive guide to Seaside’s Gilbert District, go online at thegilbertdistrict.wordpress.com.