Post # 1
Just like most years my now-husband (!) and I are taking a road trip, however this will be our HONEYMOON trip, hurray! We have not been to the Pacific NW ever, so now seemed like a good time since we can afford to be out of the office for a while. So, tell me what fun nightlife spots we should hit, great places to eat, romantic places, good hikes, scenic drives, road side attractions, great places for souvineers, etc .
Here’s a few things we are already planning to fit into the schedule: disk golf, waterfall hikes in Columbia River Gorge, Voodoo Donuts, Space Needle, Pikes Place Market, winery tours, San Juan Islands, sea kayaking, underground/old Seattle tour, and zip lining.
Does that all sound good? Is it too late in the year for water sports? Any thing you see on my list that you would NOT recommend?
Post # 3
Multnomah Falls (near Portland) and Butchart Gardens (Victoria BC) are absolutely stunning.
Post # 4
dependin on when u come in september…. oregon weather may put a damper on ur trip. right now its sunny and 70-80s… that could change by september. im hoping by the 15th we still have sunshine…the coast is pretty, mt hood is lovely.
Post # 5
Red Fish, Blue Fish on the waterfront in Victoria for casual seafood.
Check out Victoria posts on this website for other places to eat.
Post # 6
The San Juan’s are lovely! I try to get up there once a year, so peaceful and idyllic. I could spend an entire honeymoon there and be so happy. Do you like hiking? You could always check out hiking Mt. Rainier or Mt. Baker. There are also dinner cruises on the Argosy Cruise Line which go out on Elliott Bay and I believe Lake Union. I have never done one myself but I have friends who have and loved it.
My guy and I just took the Victoria Clipper to Victoria which was awesome, it leaves from Seattle. We bought a bottle of wine and played some games on board as we were whisked off to Victoria. It was a pretty fun way to travel. 3 hours later we deboarded and spent a really nice evening in Victoria. It would be a great way to get away to Victoria for a few days. You could also take Amtrak from Seattle up to Vancouver, another 3 hour trip, super convenient.
I LOVE the pacific northwest, I went to college in Oregon and then moved up to Seattle. Oregon has a lot of great areas too, but I am a bit more familiar with Seattle. Hope that helps!
PS…everyone here calls it Pike Place not Pikes Place 🙂
Post # 7
Also, depending on when you come in September, you should be able to do most watersports. Every day is different, but generally September is one of the best months in Washington for decent weather! If you want a really nice dinner, I’m talking $200 meal but one of the best dining experiences in the country, you should check out Canlis. I can’t say enough about it…the dining atmosphere and the service are truly unforgettable.
For a slightly more affordable but still fantastic meal, be sure to check out any of Tom Douglas’ restaurants. He has quite a few and each one is really great!
I could go on, but I won’t haha, I love Seattle!
Post # 8
Wow thanks everyone for the suggestions, I am already drooling over the restaurant recommendations.
Has anyone eaten in the space needle restaurant “Sky City”? Yay or Nay?
PIKE PLACE market, my bad!! I assume that is a good place to pick up gifts (like fresh coffee beans) to give our parents, etc?
We do like to hike, but not like get-up-at-3am-to-do-a-fourteener sort of hiking. We typically take our DSLR cameras and look for nice places to take photos in addition to appreciating the exercise.
Any specific wineries that we should hit in the Walla Walla, WA area?
Post # 9
In Victoria, we ate at an amazing place called “The Local Kitchen.” I highly, highly recommend.
Post # 10
How long will your trip be? You don’t want to run yourself ragged trying to see Walla Walla, the San Juan Islands and Vancouver, BC. That would be crazy unless you had more than 2 weeks. I’d stick to the I-5 corridor. And definitely take a boat from Seattle to Victoria. The scenery is amaaaazing and it will save you driving.
Definitely skip the Sky Cafe, but do get to the observation deck of the Space Needle.
I will chime back in once you tell me how long!
Post # 11
@the boss of you: we’ll be around for 16 days (though really 14 worth of sight seeing and a day on either side for driving to/from home state).
We’ll hit the columbia river gorge on the way in and walla walla on the way home.
Post # 12
@Miss Gamer: Sky City is really expensive and surprisingly good for a touristy spot — there are better restaurants in Seattle for the price, but you can’t beat the view. We took our international guests there for our wedding, and they LOVED it. My opinion is that, if you’re going up the Needle, you may as well eat at the restaurant — I think they charge like $30 just to go up to the observation deck, so why not spend that on dinner??
My favorite place for drinks in Seattle is Knee High Stocking Company in Capitol Hill. It’s a tiny little speakeasy that looks like nothing from the outside — but it’s incredible! Plan ahead because you have to make reservations: http://www.kneehighstocking.com/
My favorite restaurant in Seattle is called Perche No — it’s an amazing Italian restaurant that is owned and operated by a Chinese family. It’s the best Italian food I’ve ever had, no joke: http://www.perchenopastaandvino.com/percheno/Welcome.html.
If you’re planning on eating at the Market (Pike Place), I’d recommend Matt’s in the Market (http://www.mattsinthemarket.com/) or Pink Door (http://thepinkdoor.net/)
If you want to hit up a beach, both Golden Gardens and Alki are gorgeous.
My husband and I made a very extensive “things to do” list for Seattle for our wedding — if you’d like it, feel free to message me!
Post # 13
I’m from Portland originally. There are a lot of excellent restaurants and food carts in PDX, so I’d recommend using Urban Spoon. The Pearl District in particular has some fantastic places, but North Portland has also got some unique spots. The city is getting some fantastic publicity for its food at the moment.
Through the Gorge there are some brilliant places for hiking that are just off the highway. I would also suggest a stop in Hood River. Full Sail Ale has a fantastic view of the windsurfers, but the food at Double Mountain Brewery is better and the beer is great. The Naked Winery is in Hood River as well and is a lot of fun.
If you’re into wines, Dundee, OR is wine country and has some of the best Pinot Noirs you’ll ever try. I recommend Sokol Blosser, Argyle and Ardirie (sp?), but it’s actually tough to go wrong around there.
There are also some great hikes around the Clackamas River or, if you want to stay closer to Portland, just explore Forest Park.
For a romantic meal I really like Portland City Grill, which isn’t as trendy as some of Portland’s other restaurants but has great food and fantastic views.
Can you tell I love Portland? I was just there a week ago and I’m working on convincing my fiancé to move back.
Post # 14
I have never eaten in the space needle restaurant but heard it’s sub par as far as food goes, people do it for the experience. If I was you I would spend the money to go up to the observation deck and check that out, then save your money for one of the MANY fab restaurants we have around Seattle. Get some fresh seafood down at Elliotts by the pier or something on Lake Union such as Joey’s, Rays Boathouse, Daniels Broiler if you can afford the high price, etc…
For going to Victoria, I would take the black ball ferry if you have a car which you obviously will. You don’t NEED a car in victoria, but Butchart gardens are not far at all from downtown Victoria but far enough that you need a ride and we paid a bundle to take a tour bus out there. The clipper is “cool” but really, it’s just a faster way to get up there, and the boat really isn’t THAt nice. It’s up to you regarding how much time you have but the blackball is cheaper and allows you to take your car with. Check out a map of Victoria as well because if you are in the bay you can’t tell but you are very close to the sound and we were told it’s easy enough to head out to the beach and have a picnic etc…
The weather in the northwest in September can be gorgeous so have a GREAT time and I hope you get some nice days!
Post # 15
All of this sounds great! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I think we have our work cut out for us eating and drinking in Portland and Seattle.
One more question:
We bike commute everyday in our home city (until the weather gets really crappy) and I was wondering if you think we could/should try renting bikes for a day to go sight seeing. I love seeing our city via bike, but we know the safe roads to ride and where all the bike infrastructure is (lanes, lockups, etc). If we went sight seeing via bike would traveling at a casual pace be fine, or would we be hazzards in traffic?
Is there a bike sharing in either portland or seattle?
Please recommend places to rent bikes and/or good bike lanes/trails for sight seeing. 😀
Post # 16
Portland doesn’t have a bike share program yet, but they’re working on it. Howeverit cycling is incredibly popular and very easy. You could almost certainly hire bikes and get around easily. You’ll be one of hundreds! Portland also has MAX, which is the light rail transit system in which. Ikes are very welcome, so you could use that to get to different parts of the city that are further afield.