(Closed) Honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What are you interested in? Hiking? City stuff? Are you going in October? There was another thread on this not too long ago.

I’d go out to the San Juans and go whale watching. Portland is a really great town with excellent restaurants, Saturday market, and late night activities.

There are more romantic places for relaxation on the coast.

Post # 6
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I spent a week in Vancouver (prior to a week-long Alaskan cruise) a few years ago. We went in May/June. This was before the Olympics, so I don’t know what has changed.

I did not enjoy the time I spent in the city itself. I found it boring, unfriendly, unsafe due to daylight-hour crime and homeless person prevalence, and generally a difficult city (note: I am a native city girl, so this usually isn’t an issue when I travel). The only area I found charming was Gastown, a touristy section with brick sidewalks, small shops, and ok restaurants.

I LOVED Vancouver Island! I strongly recommend going to Victoria and exploring the gorgeous seaside town with historic streets, shops, and a few lovely museums. Also, do NOT miss Buchart Gardens if you go during the warmer months, it’s a gorgeous series of gardens full of colorful flowers, and really was the highlight of our trip.

If you have time to visit the University of British Columbia, go to their Museum of Anthropology to learn about the native cultures of the area. I think it has just undergone some major project renovations, but it was still fantastic and educational when we were there.

It’s rare when I don’t have any comments to make about lodging, food, or transportation, but I disliked Vancouver (the city) enough to simply advise not spending much time there. Perhaps there are remnants of the Olympics left that would be interesting to see, and maybe all the construction on the highrise apartments has ceased, but I would still caution against a prolonged visit.

Please, Vancouverite bees, don’t take this as a personal judgement on your home city, it’s from a purely tourist perspective. Maybe I just didn’t “do” your city properly, and I’ll go back someday to be proven wrong.

Let me know if you’d like more, or more specific, information.

Post # 7
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you are not that outdoorsy I would suggest Victoria as well.  There is a lot to do there and it is a really fun city.  If you are looking for somewhere that is more out of the way, the San Juans are gorgeous and, like PP have said, the whale watching can be really fun.

There are also a lot of nice little towns in NW Washington.  Port Townsend is a great little art town and Port Angeles is fun too.  You could easily spend a day or two in these areas or venture farther down to Forks and the Olympic Peninsula and visit the rainforest if you are interested.

In October the PNW can be a bit of a guessing game, weather wise.  It could be 60s and sunny or cold and rainy.  Just be sure to bring your rain coat and warm clothes!

Post # 8
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think October can be hit or miss in the PNW, like rachel-leigh said, but if you go expecting it to be rainy, you can’t really lose. My Fiance lived in Tacoma for a year, and every time I visited (fall, winter, spring) it was raining. We had the most sun when I visited in May; my January visit saw 28 straight days of rain!

We really loved a lot of Portland and the surrounding areas. We spent some time with his parents in Portland driving to different lookout points, which let us do the outdoors (kinda) without doing a lot of hiking or anything. The city itself was really great. I also loved Seattle — we took a tour of the underground city that was actually really interesting (I’m not usually into guided tours…but this one was great!)

Post # 10
1260 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@ BostonBaby – don’t worry, I’m not offended – sometimes this city drives me nuts too, and I live here 🙂

@ Shaunna – if you are not outdoorsy, I would also recommend Vancouver Island, becuase it has a great mix of indoor/outdoor activities. Victoria is a charming city with friendly locals, great restaurants, and good shopping. However, depending on how rustic you want to get (you mentioned cosy B&B’s), might I recommend one of the Gulf Islands (in between Vancovuer and Vancouver Island). I have always loved staying there. I stayed on Salt Spring Island during the May Long Weekend at the BlackBerry Glen B&B, and I LOVED IT! Salt Spring is the largest I believe, so there is also a bit of shopping. But it is great if you love eating local food, shopping for artisan crafts, drinking wine, and eating cheese from one of the local farms.

Starting in October, it reliably begins to rain up here. If you went during the holidays, I don’t think it would be too cold – it rarely drops below 4 or 5 degrees Celcius in the Lower Mainland and on the Island.

Post # 11
1941 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My family lives in Seattle and if you want good weather, the PNW true summer is July-August. 80’s and there is no humidity and gets rather cool at night. Love it. The winters are pretty mild, I remember last year while I had 3 ft of snow in Jan, they had 50-60 degree weather. They only complain about December to March bc  it is always dark, gloomy and dreary. Kinda depresses them. 🙁

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