A Hip Beachtown Cottage
Located smack dab in the middle of Netarts and right off of Netarts Hwy, Netarts Surf Inn is not your typical beach cottage. You won’t find dusty seashells sitting on mantles or cheap paintings of seagulls. Instead, each room is decorated with bold, colorful artwork by local artists, stylish furniture with edgy accents, contemporary cabinetry and plenty of bright, natural light. The rooms aren’t overcrowded but have a sleek, modern touch that is still comfortable and friendly. So if you’re looking for somewhere uniquely funky to spend your summer weekends you’ve hit the jackpot with Netarts Surf Inn.
A Netarts Landmark
Before it was Surf Inn, the 7-room cottage was the Sea Lion Motel. Each year on Memorial Day weekend, the owners would snag a harbor seal pup off the coast and keep it in an old milk truck out in the parking lot. It was an enormous attraction to the area as people came from all over the state to see a harbor seal up close. (While the harbor seal was released back into the wild at the end of each summer, it’s not a tradition that the new owners will ever bring back).
The building sat empty for over a year before Nick Petersen and Sky Veek started their transformation. The majority of the work the two did themselves, including adding the hand-picked décor that makes each room unique.
A love for the Area
Nick Petersen and Sky Veek have been renovating properties since the early 2000s – before it became trendy. They wanted to remodel the former Sea Lion Motel in order to create an authentic lodging experience that reflected the character of one of their favorite beach towns, Netarts.
“Villages like this are hard to come by anymore,” Nick said. “Netarts is a dying breed as more and more coastal communities are being discovered by travelers.”
Their vision was a hip, eclectic beach cottage that offered visitors a genuine experience. “We wanted something that looked and feel like the coast did when we were growing up,” Nick said. “It’s small town, it’s quirky, and it’s memorable.”
During renovation, people stopped by almost every day to share memories and stories of staying in the old motel before it closed down. “We want more of those stories, and more of those memories made here,” Nick said.
Nick and Sky continue to be engaged in their communities and own other local businesses including Lucky Bear Soap Co. and Trask Box – a monthly fishing subscription. They have stayed committed to making their communities better.