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AWineGeek

I'm just mad

by AWineGeek »

Saymoi,

You mentioned on the other thread that you were driving down the coast from Washington.  I would suggest stopping in Astoria, OR.  It is a very interesting spot, even if you just stop long enough to climb the Astoria column for the view of the very unique geography of the area. http://www.astoriacolumn.org/

The town also has an interesting history, founded by wealthy New Yorker, John Jacob Astor. Soon after Lewis and Clark came back with reports from the Oregon Trail he set up the first permanent outpost on the Pacific coast as a fur trading company. Now the town has a bit of a Bohemian atmosphere contrasting with the large Victorian homes built on the high hills of town.

This is a nice place for a coffee or quick lunch http://www.bluescorcher.com/Scorcher/Home.html

We had some great lentil soup and bread and good coffee here and soaked up all of the casual “Bohemian” atmosphere cool

If you are really in to the history/geography of the place there is a small Maritime Museum at the riverfront in town with exhibits about the Columbia Bar. This is known as the graveyard of the Pacific because of the amazing wall of water and currents that occur due to the collision of fresh water from the Columbia meeting the tides of the Pacific here.

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mushroom

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(Grand Canyon: Don’t bother stopping it is just a big hole in the ground)

I once came across a description of Positano on a message board saying: "In essence, it's a big hill."

 

Don't know if Saymoi is still going or has already gone, but I have relatives in Oregon and have been to most of the state's tourist attractions that are not in Portland.  The only one that appealed to me was the wineries of the Umpqua Valley because the rural area has charm.  In my experience, the coastal areas can be remarkably windy when they are not remarkably foggy.

I have spent time in Portland, but not in its tourists attractions.  In general, I don't do well in places that are not sunny unless they are filled with Belgian chocolates, Belgian waffles, Belgian moules, Belgian beer, and Belgian genever. I sort of hate drizzle, and during all my trips to Portland, it has been drizzly. It has generally been sunnier further south and east.  

I have been frightened by the size of baked goods and pastries in Oregon. Once you get beyond Portland, it is hard to find good food, although there is good fruit and cheese.

Wasn't there a poster named engred who lived in Oregon? Has she never returned post the google debacle?

Maybe we should petition the NSA to restore the Frommer's threads! enlightened

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AWineGeek

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by AWineGeek »

I really enjoyed my trip to the North Oregon coast, but poor weather can definitely change the vibe there.  In summer it is likely to find lots of mist and fog.  (In September when I was there we had a few perfectly sunny days and 2 misty cloudy days. Saymoi I know you mentioned you are coming from southern Arizona so maybe cool and damp will be a welcome escape form the triple digit heat at your home right now. The hotter it gets in Portland, the foggier it gets on the coast due to that strange heat pump thing, similar to San Francisco in summer. But if you can get there for a clear sunset it is spectacular. And I did find some good food too.

Cannon beach is the spot most people flock to and for good reason.  It is a really nice beach and Haystack Rock is fun to look at.  Probably the most photographed spot in Oregon. (Or as my friend would say: “Don’t bother stopping: just a big rock”).

It is a great beach for walking but the real attraction is to go at low tide.  Definitely consult a tide chart and try to time it right if you can. At high tide Haystack Rock is way out in the water, just a scenic rock, but at low tide you can walk right up to it and the tide pools left behind are awesome.  Stuck to the rocks you will see colorful starfish and dozens of other interesting sea creatures clinging to life waiting for the tide to return. Exploring these tide pools is a very cool experience, if you enjoy nature, that is.

Ecola State Park is just north of Cannon beach.  There are some very scenic trails along the coast (very easy hiking) that are worth visiting for great views of the coastline.

A little further south: If you can get there at low tide Hug Point is a great spot to explore http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug_Point_State_Recreation_Site  You must time you visit just right or the roadbed will be under water on your way back out. More fun tide pools found here.

Further south Oswald Beach has an easy hike through old growth forest to a small alcove of a beach popular with surfers.

If the mist and fog remind you a bit of Ireland, or even if it doesn’t, The Irish Table is a very good restaurant in Cannon Beach. http://theirishtablerestaurant.com/The_Irish_Table/Home.html

 I had dinner there twice and everything was fantastic including seafood and gourmet interpretations of Irish classics. Not pub food, but casual unpretentious fine dining. Only bad thing is they don’t take reservations.  We joined many people lined up outside when they open at 5:30 for first seating, after that you might have a wait. (By day the same space is a coffee shop called Sleeping Monks)

 

In an earlier post Wally mentioned Southwest Oregon and the fun town of Ashland.  I was there a few years ago and enjoyed it quite a bit.  The Shakespeare theme of the town might seem a bit over the top touristy to some, but the performances of the Shakespeare festival are top notch and seeing a play in the spectacular Elizabethan open air theater is a wonderful experience.  Lots of restaurants in town, but we really enjoyed this wine bar : http://liquidassetswinebar.com/ It is also a bottle shop with many lesser known Oregon wines and you can purchase a retail bottle there and have it served to you for a  very modest corkage fee (compared to restaurant prices for wine). I also love the name ‘Liquid Assets’ and will steal it if I ever open a wine shop in my next life.

If we are continuing on our foodie tour in the southwest of Oregon and if you follow some of Wally’s suggested route passing near Medford you can make a quick stop in Jacksonville Oregon for some really good jerky (or other picnic provisions) at Gary West http://www.garywest.com/products.asp?dept=1021 (I like the black pepper best).

Another cool local food treat is found at Rogue Creamery. They specialize in blue cheeses. I like the mild and fun named Oregonzola cheese. They have a cheese tasting room in nearby Central Point OR. http://www.roguecreamery.com/store/

And how can I forget Ashland’s best local product: Dagoba Chocolate. http://www.dagobachocolate.com/ Look for it everywhere.

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AWineGeek

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by AWineGeek »

Back to the Portland Farmers Market, I was just looking through my photos and have to post this one.  It is SO Portlandia!

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oregoncoastal

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by oregoncoastal »

The Oregon Coast has so much to offer, just head to hwy 101 and go, there are so many viewpoints and places to view seals and sea lions, whales and more. Check out http://www.oregoncoastal.com for some beautiful photos and idea on hotels and motels, there are widgets and webcams and live video pages. The central coast is a good place to start.

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ohno9999

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by ohno9999 »

I have been off Frommers' forum boards for about a year and am so excited to see familar names, especially from Italy trip planning days.  I am now thinking about a trip to Oregon.  I went for a week in Oct, mostly to visit friends, flying into Portland and renting a car and driving to Grants Pass, stopping in Eugene on the way down and in Salem on the way back.  There was so much I would have liked to see but I mostly saw I-5 so now I'm thinking of going back.  My initial idea was to rent an apt for a month but I really don't know where I want to be.  Now a friend might go one way with me and my original intent to hit a lot of antique stores is changing somewhat.  (I never had a strong interest in antiques but after visiting my friends in Grants Pass I got the bug).  Today I concentrated on looking at places along the coast.  I don't mind drizzle for part of the time and I'm thinking end of April, beginning of May.  I would be driving from central California.  My friend would be going to Portland to visit family and friends and not particularly staying with me on the coast (or maybe for part of the time she would).  Now I'm thinking of renting an apt for 5 days on the coast and maybe a similar amount of time somewhere totally different, then filling in with 1 or 2 night stays inbetween and on my way back to California for a total of about 3 weeks.

When I was there in Oct I really wanted to spend my last night along the Columbia Gorge but it was raining a lot and I decided not to for the few hours I would be there, so I am thinking of fitting that into this trip.  After getting to Oregon I prefer not to drive more then 2-3 hrs a day and I am at the stage of life where I like lots of leisure; no hurrying here and there.  Any suggestions of places you enjoyed would be appreciated and any information on antiquing would be good too, but not the fancy, high priced antique stores.

Mushroom, Winegeek and Dr. Fumblefingers - so nice to see your names again.

 

 

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