Post # 1
My Future In-Laws have graciously offered us a timeshare on the Oregon coast for our honeymoon, about an hour’s drive west from Portland. A happy Midwest girl, I have never been farther West than Oklahoma and neither of us has been to Oregon – but we are super excited! A few friends and relatives have approached us privately and asked to contribute. I would like to ask for something specific – like a gift certificate to a nice restaurant or theater, admission to museum, etc. We big foodies, and history buffs and want to go to some local vineyards, but are overwhelemed by some of the websites and resources and don’t know where to begin! We are renting a car and looking to travel. Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
Not sure where you will be staying near at the coast. Never put your back to the beach here, as there are “sneaker waves” that are bigger than usual, and they are dangerous because they bring in great big logs. However, just be aware of them. I have lived here about 10 yrs and I have never had an incident with them, but it is just good to know about them. I would say that Cannon Beach is my favorite beach. Lots of great little shops and small art galleries to peruse and a wonderful beach. I wouldn’t say Dooger’s Seafood Grille is a fancy place, but their Clam Chowder is the absolute best that I have had on the Oregon Coast (I’m originally from New England, so that’s saying something!)
ALSO at Cannon Beach. -DO NOT MISS [email protected] it is a VERY LOVELY small place, but the ABSOLUTE BEST FOOD ON THE COAST!!!!- Definitely get a gift Certificate from there!!!
If you go to Lincoln City, (It’s the Kite Flying place to go), I would say a gift certificate for dinner at Kyllos would be great!
If you go to Newport Beach, there is an awesome Aquarium. I wouldn’t miss that either.
I’m sure that other (native Oregonians) will be able to tell you more. How much are you planning on traveling? Will you be planning on being in Portland? or further east to the Columbia River Gorge? Or will you plan on just going up and down the coastal area? I wish you a wonderful wedding day, a long and happy marriage, and a fabulous honeymoon! 🙂
Post # 4
Checked my email again, and apparently we are staying at Cannon Beach? Sounds beautiful and I will defintely look up that restaurant @[email protected] !We are looking to fly into Portland and then drive to Cannon Beach (but have not booked flights so if that is a bad idea tell me now!) stay there for a few days and maybe do one day of traveling at vineyard(s) and one or two days in Portland. Thanks so much for your suggestions and can’t wait to hear more!
Post # 5
Like they said Cannon beach is great, so is Lincoln city.
Bandon beach is awesome.
You should see the sealions, lighthouses, breweries.
Mo’s resturaunt in cannon beach and lincoln city is where I always go.
I’m going to think of other great places and edit.
In portland you should check out powells city of books of course.
The delta cafe has amazing southern food.
The saturday market.
Post # 6
I’ve never done it, but I’ve always wanted to take one of the cooking classes at EVOO in Cannon Beach. A certificate for that could be a lot of fun if you go there. Cannon Beach is definitely my favorite Oregon coast town.
How about a horseback ride on the beach? Bill’s Tavern is a nice place to get fish and chips and a beer for lunch.
Other than that, I would ask for generic things, like enough money for dinner for two, some wine to take home from your trip, money for a picnic lunch, etc. And then figure it out when you get there.
Post # 7
I am a fan of the fun cycles in Manzanita beach, which is very close to Cannon Beach. And I second the horseback riding idea — tons of fun.
In Portland, you could ask for a gift certificate to Portland City Grill, which has a great view of the city and is very romantic.
Post # 8
In Portland I second Powells! It is the mothership of awesome bookstores! We have a lot of awesome areas all over town with their own vibe and feel. Portland City Grill is our super nice and fancy restaurant, a bit pricy IMO (I’ve eaten there several times and the view IS to die for but the food wasn’t amazing, but it was several years ago). There is a fancy fondue restaurant called The Melting Pot that I have never been to but I hear rave reviews from everyone about it.
If you want to get a great feel for Portland culture then a trip downtown is in order to check out all the awesome shops. We have a big Chinatown, and AMAZING microbreweries EVERYWHERE (if your FH is a beer person he will be in heaven!)
SE Portland has a lot of cool coffee shops and hippy places if that’s your thing. The Pearl District in NW has Art Galleries, swanky lofts and spas. Downtown of course there is Saturday Market and all the awesome independent shops that line the streets. We have an arsenal of food carts that have some of the best street-vended food in the country-seriously, check it out. You can find everything you could imagine here and more. And Voodoo is the best-have you ever had a Maple Bar with bacon on it? It is an experience you will not soon forget!
Sorry I had nothing to say about the coast, but there will likely be lots more posts about that so I had to give props to my hometown!
Post # 9
I just got back from a trip to Portland. I stayed at Hotel50, which was great and right downtown (boutique, not generic, but not too much $). Go to Powells, Voodoo Doughnut, and the Saturday/Sunday market (as with all festivals food is overpriced – I’d walk a few blocks to a restaurant). I had lunch at Bijou Cafe twice it was so good (~$10). I wish we’d taken the arial tram, but it was rainy and cloudy so there didn’t seem to be much point. Don’t rent a car in Portland – take MAX (the light rail). You could also check out Mt St Helens and Mt Hood.
Post # 10
For your Portland adventures, I second Powells, Portland City Grill, VooDoo doughnuts, and the Saturday Market. They are kind of quintessential Portland things. There are lots of others, like the Japanese Gardens, Rose Garden, Zoo, and Mt. Hood.
In Cannon Beach, I second Bill’s Tavern (fantastic chili burgers and fish and chips and beer) and any kind of bike rental shop there. We were just at the coast this past weekend and rented a surrey bike for the day and it was wonderful!
I also wanted to add that you MUST go up to Ecola State Park right by Cannon Beach. The best views, it is amazing! Bring a picnic lunch up there and you will be set.
Post # 11
I agree a Picnic lunch at Ecola State Park would be awesome! 🙂
Post # 12
don’t forget about Seaside! just realized i didnt’ mention it. such a cute beach town 2 hours from portland.
in portland, lincoln restaurant is really good: http://www.lincolnpdx.com/
and thought of a couple of wineries too:
Territorial in Eugene is amazing.
King Estate is a big one (more Napa-like, vs many of the other small Oregon ones), but very nice and with a great terrace for some cute snacks and wine and great views.
Post # 13
Abacela is a great winery kind of as you go south towards Ashland
Post # 14
I would suggest a day trip to Newport, its probably a little over an hour south of beach, maybe less? The coastal highway is absolutely beautiful and fun to drive anyways 😉
We love to rent a boat and crabbing supplies and go out in the bay. There are small little boats with an electric motor and you just toss the baskets over with bait and real them in, hopefully with lots of crabs inside 🙂 You pay to have your crab steamed before you head back to your hotel if you want, or you can just toss them all back in.
Yoquina (I think thats how it is spelled) Lighthouse is also awesome! It’s just on the edge of Newport and is a state park that has a light house, a short hiking trail up a hill (with a beautiful view) and a rocky shore. If you like to go tide pooling, it is the perfect place. At low tide you can climb out on the rocks and see the sea life in the tide pools. There are things like starfish and sea anenomes. If you visit the aquarium first, you will probably be able to identify the wildlife!
I don’t know when you will be here, but also look into whale watching. There are a couple of great companies in Newport. I think they also do deep sea fishing trips too, if you won’t be there during the right season or if thats more your cup of tea.
If you like adventure, consider traveling farther south, near florence. They have huge sand dunes and you can rent dune buggies or go on guided rides. It is so much fun!
Most of all, take advantage of the beautiful Oregon Coast. There are very few other places like it in the world! You can walk and walk and walk on peaceful, beautiful beaches, without thousands of bodies everywhere. And don’t dismay if its raining when you wake up…wait 5 minutes and the weather is sure to change 😉
Post # 15
A few hours north of Cannon Beach you have Seaside (as mentioned) and Astoria. Astoria is the place the movie the Goonies was filmed.
Right across from Astoria on the WA side you have the Lewis and Clark national park which is fantastic.
From Astoria yoiu have the Fort Steven’s state park which is very cool.
And somewhere outside of Seaside you have Tillamock which has a dairy factory that makes the best Cheddar cheese and ice cream and you can watch it being made.
I do recommend Seaside since they have the best salt water taffy I’ve ever tasted and there’s one store there that lets you taste as you fill your bag with flavors. 😉
Post # 16
So my FH has made fun of my Bee boards obsession constantly since I joined, and I just wanted to say that the responses to this thread have him singing a different tune! We’ve added quite a few gift card requests to our registry – thanks so much! (and by all means keep the ideas coming!)