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Any have any experience traveling/living/honeymooning in the PW? My finance and I have always wanted to travel out that way, and we’re working on a tight honeymoon budget, so I’m trying to decide now whether we should take a long honeymoon after the wedding to that area OR stay local for a minimoon.
We definitely want to hit Portland, OR and the Oregon coast, Seattle, and the Olympic Peninsula. We’re getting married in July and I’m told the weather is nice out there that time of year.
Any tips on where to go/see/stay/eat/whether it’s a worthy honeymoon desitnation is appreciated!
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Portland-go to Mcminnemans schoolhouse, so cute.
Post # 4
@berrybinx: Yes, generally gorgeous weather then. I love Cannon Beach, even though it’s touristy, it’s gorgeous, but there are other places on the coast too. 😉
Post # 5
Hey There! I live in Seattle. There’s a ton of fun places to visit in the Seattle. Dinner at the Spaceneedle – there’s a restraunt at the top of the tower that spins slowly as you eat so you see all the beautiful sites.
Pikes Place market, is a must see tourist attraction, right next to the Seattle waterfront.
Take the Victoria Clipper (mini cruise) out of Seattle for a day or two up to Victoria BC which is a very popular honeymoon desination, google pictures of it, it looks like old britain with gorgeous old buildings and flowers everywhere!
Wine tasting in Woodinville, WA. This is like a mini napa, with popular wineries like Chateau st. Michelle and Columbia Winery. It’s only 30 minutes from Seattle.
My favorite places to eat:Japanessa (sushi), Pink Door (Italian in pikes’s place), Ivars (Seafood), and Pesos (Mexican).
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I live in Seattle and it really is beautiful during that time of year. Everyone always go to pike place market and the space needle but I’d also encourage you to go out in te Fremont neighborhood and Capitol Hill as well! So many cute bars/ eateries etc!
Post # 7
Aww that’s awesome that you want to go to the PNW for your honeymoon!!! I’m from Seattle, and it’s absolutely gorgeous in the summer. There’s been a lot of other posts about Seattle and Oregon honeymoons, so you should search for older threads too.
You can definitely make it happen on a tight budget! Restaurants aren’t too expensive (especially compared to NYC, Boston, and the big cities on the East Coast), and neither are hotels if you book through Expedia or a budget travel website. Are you open to camping? because that’s practically free. In Seattle, I would recommend getting a hotel room either in downtown or in Fremont, both neighborhoods are very walkable and have lots of things to do. And you can’t miss Gasworks Park and Kerry Park. Here’s the view of downtown from Kerry Park:
I will tell you that it is SO worth it to rent a car if you can afford that, it’s the best way to get around (there aren’t many train routes, and the buses between cities are super slow, and they don’t go out to the Olympic Peninsula). I would recommend driving out to the San Juan Islands – stay on Orcas Island, it’s suuuper romantic.
If you go to the Olympic Peninsula, there’s not a lot of places tos tay and you’re probably better off camping. I’ve camped at Hurricane Ridge before, it’s gorgeous. Here’s a photo I took in September:
There’s not a lot of tourist activities in Portland so I would only spend a day or two there. But if you do go, Powell’s Books has the most amazing selection of books, I always go crazy there. Portland also has tons of hot chocolate bars that sell hot chocolate in tons of flavors… you should make sure to hit one 🙂
Anyways, I’m rambling a lot, PM me if you want other tips!
Post # 8
I’ve been REALLY wanting to stay at the treehouses in Oregon. A little off your proposed trip but not too far really- I’d say about 2ish hours inland from the coast, near the CA border…
Post # 9
There are treehouses like that in Seattle too 🙂 www.treehousepoint.com/
Post # 10
@dancingintherain24: I learn something new everyday through the hive! A treehouse??!! That is magical! – berrybinx i hope you stay there!!
Are there any treehouses between LA – Napa?