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First, thanks to the Fodorites who made suggestions for this impromptu (for me anyway) trip.

Itinerary - 4 nts Manzanita; 3 nts Yachats; 2 nts Yamhill

Southwest RT, SLC to Portland = good airfare 3 wks in advance $235 non-stop (yeah!)

Enterprise economy car - 10 days = $142 pretty good deal

Oregon gas prices - about the same as UT. Just can't get used to people popping up out of nowhere and pumping your gas FOR you....

vrbo home in Manzanita - perfect, perfect town and lovely, comfy, charming home 1 blk from the main street - $150/ nt (pre-Mem Day weekend rates), 2 BR 2 BA, hot tub & deck, remodeled beach craftsman. Let me know if you want the listing number, I would go back in a heartbeat. Owner wonderful to deal with.

vrbo home in Yachats - another complete winner! A Zen house - sit in the Japanese soaking tub in the master bath and watch the whales in the cover below. $140 / nt (pre-mem day weekend rate), 2 BR, 2 BA, small deck, wall of glass in the great room. Also recommend. Property Manager very helpful, let me borrow a hairdryer and delivered it to the door.

Cannon Beach - nice beach, town too big and too touristy. Shops full of cheap tourist junk imports. One very nice gallery - Firedragon.

Astoria - interesting, fun to see the Victorians.

Newport - nice, small aquarium. Very scary giant Japanese crabs. Grow to 13 foot leg span, like a horror movie!

Luna Sea, Yachats - amazing fish tacos, great fresh salmon for dinner grilling, hole in the wall type place, friendly owners

Bridgewater Grill, Florence - wonderful crab cakes in a fun historic bldg w/ great atmosphere

Bread and Ocean, Manzanita - excellent, only open for dinner Fri, Sat and Sun. Res required, very tiny place w/ few tables, excellent service too.

Hideaway Hill B&B, Yamhill (Willamette Valley) - below my average experience, very remote, a bit dusty. One couple who were multiple return guests were a bit odd. Did not enjoy.

Mem Weekend Wine Tasting in the Dundee Hills area - fun, very busy, some big winners discovered = Brick House; Ayers; Ken Wright. Loosers too, but we won't talk about those.

I hope this helps anyone planning. If anyone wants more details, just ask.

Ciao, Dayle

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