Runner-up: Columbian Theater, Astoria

Honorable mention: Astoria Sunday Market

A cheap date doesn’t have to be … you know … cheap.

What is simpler or brings more delight than a day at the beach? You just show up with some food and a blanket on a nice day and the date unfolds in front of you. Stay late enough and it comes ready-made with a sunset. If you want to get really fancy, maybe you bring a kite — or a puppy.

If you’re looking for a range of options when it comes to a beach date, the South County beaches have you covered. Cannon Beach and Seaside offer an array of activities and terrain whether you prefer hiking, shopping, walking or lounging.

The good news is these beaches can still be an option for people who rely on wheelchairs to get around or who might need the extra help navigating the uneven sand. Seaside, Cannon Beach and Manzanita (just over the county line in Tillamook County) all offer beach wheelchairs for free. Seaside of course features a famous paved promenade with plenty of spots to stop and enjoy the view.

If you are able to tackle more rugged terrain, take a hike in Ecola State Park beforehand. Lazy time on the beach afterwards will be even sweeter.

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