The Energy 

You never know what will inspire your next move. We never thought a trip to Mexico would change our life, but it did! We’re David and Nicole, we purchased the Bandon Wayside, July 2017, we owe it all to David’s Uncle Fred. It was he who wanted to move to Todo Santos Baja to live out his dream of warmth and comfort in the Baja way.

So in April 2013 David and Uncle Fred left Seaside, Oregon in a 1980s Ford RV, hopeful with fingers crossed that the RV would make the trip. The weeklong trip down 101 was uneventful, the border crossing tedious, and the breaks along the way for food and surf checks fantastic.

Nicole caught up with them in Todo Santos, a tiny beach town in southern Baja with the Pacific on one side and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains on the other. In other words, paradise.

We settled Fred into a small RV park, adjoined to a casita. It was nice, simple, and had everything Fred needed. Then we went back to our 9-5 lives, and returned several times over the next few years. We fell in love with the lifestyle and became inspired to bring a little Todo Santos spirit back to Oregon. How we would do it was the next hurdle. Blame Google, because we found the Bandon Wayside–for sale–on a real estate web site. We pondered, wondered, went back and forth, and finally made an offer.

Before we could say ‘Que he hecho,’ we were the proud owners of a neglected 1949 roadside motel and small RV park–and the passionate purveyors of a dream to bring her back to life in the 21st century, gussied up and full of Todo Santos spirit. After all she also sits between ocean and mountains in a charming, welcoming community.

Four years have passed and the Bandon Wayside has been transformed into a homey welcoming place where guests leave as friends. Their stories have inspired us to always do our best and to create new memories and experiences for ourselves. Beginning August 30, 2021 the property will be under new ownership and the next chapter of the Wayside begins.

David and I extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who crossed our path. Each person we encountered changed us for the better. The warmth and kindness we have received over these four years has been extraordinary. You along with the Wayside will forever hold a special place in our hearts.