Post # 1
Hey ladies! My FI and I are looking to honeymoon along the coast of Oregon, go up into Washington and then hit up Vancouver at the end of September this year. I was wondering—-what are some great places we should see? I’d love to see the ocean since I’ve never seen it before—Kansas girl born and raised and currently live in Colorado. I’d LOVE for some tips 🙂 Can you help this girl out?
Post # 3
Ooh! I want to hear this too! We were hoping to go to the Portland area for our honeymoon but wound up pushing it back. Now we’re thinking of going for our anniversary (and also to Pendleton for the rodeo) and I would LOVE to hear some suggestions. I am so stuck!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
You should go to cannon beach! (oregon)
Mr. BC and I rented a tree-house there one christmas. It was such a wonderful getaway!
Also, i haven’t blogged about it yet, but we honeymooned in the gulf islands (between vancouver island and mainland BC). Lasqueti island was secluded, had a cute little cottage B&B, and oyster beds prime for harvesting!
If that’s too far north, I also highly recommend Orcas Island. When we were thinking of getting married there, we stayed in a cottage at Beach Haven.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
btw, although a little chilly, september is a beautiful season to visit the NW 🙂
Post # 6
I went to Oregon several years ago and LOVED it. I spent several days in Astoria (where Goonies was filmed) and stayed in the Hotel Elliott. After that I stayed several days in a cabin near Mt. Hood, which is so nice. There is an adventure park w/ go-carts, alpine slides, bungee jumping, etc. near Mt. Hood. Another must see is Canon Beach. There were sooooo many sand dollars there. So cool!!!
I personally avoided Portland like the plague because I am TERRIFIED and when I say, terrified, I mean TERRIFIED of bridges. We had to go through Portland to get to Astoria and it was panic attack city for this girl. Thankfully, we found a route on that way back that avoided scary bridges. lol
Post # 7
OMG I am so xcited to tell you all my favorite parts of Oregon. Yahats and Newport and Florence are all cute little seaside towns along the coast. There is a nice little hotel called the Elizabeth street inn where all the rooms face the ocean and have fireplaces in Newport. There is also the Adobe resort just north of there and it is nice and romantic. Salishan Lodge in Lincoln City is really nice with golf etc and it is on the beach. The drive along the 101 from florence to Newport is awesome. It takes us FOREVER because I make my husband stop so we can take pictures! Heceta Head lighthouse is beautiful and it is on that drive! There is a cute clam chowder restaurant in Florence called Mo’s and it is decent for normal food but my husband LOVES their chowder (I am a vegetarian lol)
There is also the Rogue brewery where you can do tours in Newport, they have a beautiful view from their dining room. And the Beer is SO good.
If you come in from the coast and like to hike there is “the trail of 10 falls” near silverton. The silver falls as they are called are amazing. you can drive to 3 of them but all 10 are gorgeous and worth the trip!
My favorite part of oregon is the columbia river gorge. There is a historic highway you can drive past the most amazing scenery. I recomend the Viewpoint inn, mcmenamin’s edgefield or the colombia gorge hotel as places to stay in that area that are romantic and cool. The historic highway is a nice day trip from portlkand too and it takes you out to multnomah falls, the highest waterfall in oregon. I could go on for DAYS.
The city of portland is very cool with tons to do, there is a nice zoo, a cool science museum awesome (tax free) shopping and good food!
Ashland has the shakespeare festival and really good theatre plus the landscape is pretty and its a cute litle town. PM me for any questions or tips on where to eat/ stay!!!
Post # 8
@JsDragonfly: Your comment on my previous post about feeling clueless where to go for our honeymoon sparked this post!!! Thanks so much! I’m so excited to find some great stuff 🙂
@vistagirl: Wow what info! I will comb through that and I’ll probably PM you here soon!
Thanks everyone for the tips and ideas! New posters, please keep the ideas and tips coming!! 🙂
Post # 9
If you can, I’d suggest making a stop in Ashland. We did this on our way to San Fran and it’s such a charming town. It’s very small and is studded with B&B’s and a really nice and old hotel in the center of town. They also have a Shakespeare festival every summer, although I think it’s in August.
Post # 10
Lucky girl!! My FI and I take a trip to Oregon every year!! We’ll be there in October, and it will turn out to be our “mini-moon” next year.
I know you said coast, but if you can get to Bend, it is beautiful!!! It’s a quaint town, with lots of cute shops. I haven’t been in a couple years, but I just remember loving it!!
Vistagirl, I’m taking all your ideas for when we come back!!! We plan on retiring in Oregon (I’m orginally from Vancouver, BC) so Oregon feels like home too.
We stayed at the Spanish Head Inn (Inn at Spanish Head?) in Lincoln City. The accomodations were not bad, but it was right on the beach, and every room has an unobstructed ocean view.
We also go to Bandon Dunes which is a golf resort. It’s a little pricey, but my FI is an obssessive golfer, and some of the courses at Bandon are at the top of the US Golf course list (I don’t know the official name lol.) Not only that, but it’s beautiful.
OREGON IS BEAUTIFUL anyway, I’m so jealous of you guys that get to spend your lives there!!!!!
Post # 11
If you’re going to be on the coast, my favorite little beach town is called Neskowin, which is halfway between Lincoln City and Pacific City. So quaint and with a beach nestled between cliffs so there’s never any of that cold wind and it’s very private.
Also, if you like to hike, you HAVE to hike at Cascade Head, which is really close to Neskowin. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful it is. You can check out more details about it here: http://web.oregon.com/hiking/cascade_head.cfm
Mrs. Bear Cub had her wedding at Camp Westwind, which is right next to Cascade Head. Check out her wedding recaps for photos of where she stayed – it would be so fun for you guys to stay there! I’ve stayed there and it’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. It’s got everything – beach, river, hiking, cabins nestled in the side of the mountain and gorgeous, peaceful solitude.
Post # 12
Cannon Beach is awesome, but it can get really rainy/windy. The weather is sparatic… sometimes its rainy all week with a day of sun or sometimes you’ll get a random sunny week. There’s quite a few little shops there, there’s a glass-blowing place & you can watch them make glass. Its really cool! I lived there for about 10 months & moved there in Sept. I think its not too bad in Sept thou.
Also, the Oregon/WA coast is usually cold. Just in case you’re thinking its kinda like the warm/hot CA coast… its nothing like that. However, it is cleaner in Oregon :).
Portland is awesome, but its a big city. At least to me it is, & I occastionally get lost because there’s so many intersections. So make sure you have a good map or GPS. I STRONGLY recommend the columbia george, there’s tons & tons of waterfalls all within 10 miles (I think).
The opposite side of Oregon is Ashland & its like a mini Portland. If you like more of a small city feel, than Ashland is the place to go! Southern Oregon is less prone to rain than the Portland area also. There’s Lithia Park which is a big, beautiful park & there’s also (like vistagirl said) the shakesphere festival. Its about a 5 or 6 hour drive to WA from there.
Post # 13
Wow! You girls are fantastic! Thanks so much! Off to google maps….
Post # 14
Hi from Oregon!!! Oh you will LOVE the Oregon Coast.Vistagirl gave you lots of great ideas for your visit. I am not native here, but I’ve lived here 10 years now, and am originally from Massachusetts and I LOVE it here. I love Astoria-if you like to hike, you can go up the column, and then there is a path that takes you to the “Cathedral Tree” in the rainforest. Gorgeous! There are many B&B’s in Astoria too. (By the way, if you like NE style clam chowder-Mo’s is okay, and there are many of the local chain in the different coastal towns, but Doogers Seafood Grill in Cannon Beach is more authentic NE “chowda” and MUCH better IMO!! I also love Pig N Pancake for breakfast. If you can make it to the Columbia River Gorge it is beautiful, but it is quite a bit inland. I think that Vistagirl got married there. Cannon Beach is a favorite of mine. It has wonderful shops to browse. Newport has a fabulous aquarium. If you want to explore sealife that is an awesome place to visit. Ecola State Park and Oswald State Park along the coast near Cannon Beach-you’ll need to pull off the road for photos-it is totally breath-taking! I haven’t been to Florence bc I have seen sooo many sand dune areas from the Atlantic Ocean areas-and I love when the evergreen forests comes down to the coast. Lincoln City is very windy, and so a little bit more chilly-I wear a hooded sweatshirt when I go there. It is awesome for kite-flying, and the Seafood Lasagna at lunchtime at Kyllo’s Seafood Grill is awesome! (less expensive than dinnertime). If you want a quick burger and fries type of lunch, check out BurgerVille, based out of Washington State, I think. They have awesome local food, local beef, cheese, and even serve veggie burgers and use other local ingredients, and are very “green choice” -for great “fast food”. Feel free to PM me too! 🙂 Rhonda
Post # 15
Holy cow girls!! Wealth of info here for sure! I’m looking forward to the cool weather actually—heat is not my friend and my hair, well, it expands to a fuz ball. I’ve received so many great ideas/tips that I need to start just writing everything down because there’s so much to sort through 🙂
We are looking to make the trip about a week and a half or so and just rent a car starting in Oregon and then going north to Canada—which from Astoria it looks like a six hour drive or so–not far at all!
Love this! Thanks!
Post # 16
Hood River OR is one of my favorite places! It’s about an hour from Portland, and it’s an adorable place with several breweries and wineries. You can get there on the senic highway (takes a little longer) and go through areas by waterfalls and things-gorgeous! The Columbia Gorge Hotel there is amazing, and I’ve stayed in a couple b&bs there too-we love it!
The coast is fun too-we like seaside, which is totally touristy and kitchy, Cannon Beach is fun and more upscale…
I live in Portland, so let me know if you want ideas of things around town here!