Post # 1
So my fiance and I have been going back and forth about a honeymoon. Originally we were not going to take one because we are tight on money with the wedding, and our utilmate goal is to buy a house not tooooooo long after getting married.
However, I just can’t get married and not go anywhere. Our dream honeymoon was always country hopping in Europe, but that’s definitely not going to happen. So we were thinking about visiting the Pacific Northwest, it is definitely one of my dream spots to see.
We are leaning a bit more towards Washington than Oregon I think, and possibly going up into Canada? Is anyone familar or does anyone have any advice or places to see, or perhaps took their honeymoon there?
We are huge hiking and outdoors people, love adventure and exploring; I love lakes and mountains and forests, but we would also like a little relaxation and romance haha, perhaps a spa or a place that includes a hottub on the balcony or something.
We are getting married October 21st, so we were thinking of leaving Sunday the 23rd until Thursday the 27th or Friday the 28th; we don’t want anything too long or too expensive.
Any suggestions would be wonderful 🙂 !!!
Post # 2
The Olympic pennisula is incredible. There are natural hot springs at one end of the park! Also, if you can get a reservation at the paradise hotel in mount rainier for a night…it really is paradise. (:
Post # 3
I live in Washington! It’s beautiful here. There’s a town called Leavenworth that comes to mind that’s a Bavarian tourist town in the Cascade mountains. The town and it’s surroundings have been featured in many a hiking and outdoorsy magazine, and for good reason. The town itself offers a few fun activities, especially in October. You can find some perfectly lovely lodges to stay at in and around the town, and the surrounding area is gorgeous (especially in the fall) and offers opportunities for plenty of outdoor activities, including rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and white water rafting. There are also quite a few options for fine and casual dining, and I believe there’s a winery somewhere nearby.
Chelan is another hotspot in the state that reaches its tourism peak during the summer. It’s a small kind of upscale town surrounding a gorgeous lake. They’ll definitely have spas and plenty of fine dining. I don’t know how much there is to do in the fall, but it’s worth checking out.
Otherwise, anywhere in the Seattle area, you can find nice resorts to stay, and the forests surrounding the peninsula are breathtaking and unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else in the state. That’s where you’ll find the rainforests you see featured on survival shows like Dual Survival. There are tons of trails in this area as well, and the cities offer tons of… City stuff. Fine dining, spas, quirky bars and wineries… You name it
Post # 4
I second the Olympic peninsula. Crescent lake is heaven, sol duc hotsprings, cape flattery. Shi shi beach.
You could even stay in the San Juan Islands, rent a cabin overlooking the ocean with a hot tub.
If you’d like to explore the Cascades I’d recommend the north Cascades. Less people around, beautiful hikes, secluded cabins on the river (with hot tubs). I stayed at a cabin near Lake serene/ bridal veil falls and it was such a romantic trip. We went in October as well.
Leavenworth is a bit crowded/touristy but there are fun adventures near by. Munchen Haus was a fun outdoor patio to get brats and huge beers. They play this fun upbeat Bavarian music, my Fiance and I still remember it lol.
So yes, I highly recommend Washington. It’s paradise. I can’t wait to go back home!
Post # 5
We drove through most of Oregon last year, and Trillium Lake at the base of Mt. Hood was probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. The whole drive throughthe forest was mesmerizing, as well as Multnomah Falls.
Also, I once took a day cruise from Seattle to Victoria BC and loved that. BC is beautiful to walk around!
Post # 6
I also live in Washington! I just visited Leavenworth and I wasn’t impressed with it to be quite honest, so I don’t know if I would recommend it. I am visiting Chelan next weekend so I can let you know what that looks like! I have always loved visiting Seattle, and I hear that Whidbey Island is quite pretty although I have only been there once a long time ago and don’t remember much.
My personal favorite would be Cannon Beach Oregon. I LOVE the coast and they have GORGEOUS hiking spots. I love staying in the hotels that have beach front views and watching the waves roll in on the shore. You can also do horseback riding on the beach, travel around to other coastal towns, and do a ton of other cool things! It might be a little rainy and cold in October, but if you wear rainboots and a raincoat, it’s no big deal
The first picture is Cannon Beach next to Haystack rock where you can explore tidepools
The second picture is me hiking the Tillamook Head Trail which is basically inbetween Seaside Oregon and Cannon Beach Oregon. Sorry if the pictures posted really huge, I can never figure out how to resize them smaller!
Post # 7
Oh sorry! I realize I read it as “we are leaning towards washington and oregon” instead of “leaning towards washington than oregon”. Either way though, Oregon is still cool 🙂
Post # 8
I also vote to Olympia, it is gorgeous, unique and pretty cost effective. You can rent a car to Seattle, it is only an hour away and if you really go to Vancouver. It is also gorgeous with plenty to do.
Post # 9
I lived in Seattle for about 16 years. It is really beautiful there adn there are a few really nice places to visit that you should definitely consider. Seattle of course- fun city and I could give you a list of must do things from a local’s perspective. Outisde of Seattle, Olympia is a funky little town and you can get out to the coast or over to the penninsula from there. The ferries that run between the penninsula and the mainland are kind of fun and very scenic. The San Juan islands are gorgeous- Orcas is my favorite and there are some really nice bed and breakfast places to stay out there. To get there you will go through Mount Vernon and Anacortes which are also pretty cute. If you want to go up to Vancouver then you will also go through Bellingham, which is really pretty and a little funky. Remember, some rental car companies won’t let you take the cars into Canada and there are now enhanced drivers licenses or passport requirements. The hiking around Mount Baker and Mount Ranier as well as Mount St Helens is amazing and Hurrican Ridge on the penninsula is beautiful. There are wineries in Wenatchee and Walla Walla too. Be sure to look at a map and remember that the state is pretty big so distances within the state can be long. Have fun!!
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider
get your passports and come up to Vancouver Island! the exchange rate is in your favor. 🙂
Post # 11
We’re doing this for our mini-moon! We’re going to crater lake!
Post # 12
All of the above are great suggestions! I would get to Seattle, spend a day or two there, and then drive to Olympic Peninsula. It is such varied terrain there. You can see rainforests, shoreline, cute cities, etc. You could easily spend a few days or even weeks exploring.
Post # 13
I cannot recommend Banff, Alberta enough!!! I also recommend McCall, Idaho. These are both non-cities (smaller, rural, but a definite economy for tourists) and are really outdoorsy – hikes, renting canoes/boats for the lake, etc. Chelan is near Leavenworth in WA and the whole area is great – but more of a destination area.
Post # 14
if you can, I recommend going to Tofino, which is on Vancouver Island, in Canada. Victoria is the main city on Vancouver island and is also beautiful.
Post # 15
Native Seattleite speaking here. Seattle is awesome and you will find hundreds of things to do. If you want a general sampling of PNW I suggest staying somewhere hip like Fremont or Ballard. You can see downtown, have dinner at the Space Needle, do all the touristy stuff and come back to a cool bar scene without all the craziness of downtown. You can take a day trip on the ferry to Whidbey Island (I highly recommend the town of Coupeville – it’s where we shoot a lot of local ads because it’s so darn cute). You could do a quick hike up to Heather Lake (not too tough with a big payoff at the end) which is only about a 1 hour drive. There are spas, sightseeing and activities galore. You won’t be bored! You could rent a car but that’s a pain in the rear and you could do most things without one. We have two carsharing services here (Car2Go and ReachNow) that allow you to park on the street for free and just pay for the time you drive. ReachNow allows you to sign up instantly so it would be great as a tourist if you wanted to take a hiking trip.
However, if you decide a big city isn’t what you’re looking for I second the Leavenworth suggestions. Leavenworth is STUNNING in the fall and books up really fast. Cannon Beach is awesome in the summer but I don’t recommend a PNW beach in October.