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My husband and I are are planning a trip to Portland and the surrounding area during the first half of October. I am hoping the weather will still be good--that's the only time frame that works for us! We are in our 40s and active. We like museums, DH likes Chinese/Japanese Gardens, bookstores, and we want to do some wine tasting. We have reservations at the Hotel Vintage Plaza. We really like Kimpton Hotels and this price range fits our budget well.

Here is a rough itinerary. We are getting there on Sunday and leaving on Saturday. While I am planning on several trips outside of Portland, I would prefer not to stay in a different hotel each night--packing and unpacking is a pain if it isn't necessary. Plus, the places we want to see sort of radiate out from Portland like a star vs. making a loop so I think we will be ok--but I wanted to check here first! Most of the places we want to visit are open 10-6, which is great because DH is NOT a morning person. So that kind of limits how much we can see and do in a day, but that's ok. We will rent a car for the day trips, but otherwise we were just going to use mass transit/taxis.

Sunday--not sure
Monday-Japanese Garden in Washington Park; Lan Su Chinese Garden
Tuesday-Oregon Historical Society and Portland Art Museum
Powell's City of Books is a must. We could probably spend 2-4 hours in there! I would like to check out the Pendleton store and do some other shopping but I am flexible.

Wednesday: Tour Northern Willamette Valley wine country. I am thinking of the following loop: West to Forest Grove, South to Yamhill and McMinnville, and then NW back to Portland via Dundee/Newberg. Aside from wineries, we definitely want to see the Evergreen Aviation Museum with the Spruce Goose. Is this loop doable in one day?

These are the wineries that made the "short list". Obviously, we can't hit all of them!! Any thoughts/recommendations would be appreciated. We like pinot noires, sauv blanc, chardonnay, as well as big reds. DH likes reislings and other fruity whites (ugh!). We enjoy visiting fun tasting rooms--with a view, in unique location, etc.
Elk Cove
Montinore
Carlton Winemakers Studio
Scot Paul Tasting Room
Domaine Serene
Duckpond Cellars
Maresh Red Barn
Rex Hill
Adelsheim Vineyard

Thursday: Drive up the Columbia River Gorge to either Hood River or the Dalles. I would like to take the Historic Columbia River Highway and Multnomah Falls, Stevenson. Maybe stop at Hood River for lunch at the Full Sail Tasting Room/Pub. I would like to tour one dam and one Columbia Gorge History Center. (I would really love to see fish climbing the fish ladders but I assume we are too late in the season for that) So, should we stop at Bonneville Dam or Dalles Lock and Dam? And should we stop at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson or the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles? Is this drive doable in one day?

Saturday--I would love to go to the Portland Saturday market in the morning and then fly home in the afternoon (I think the flight isn't more than 2 hours).

That leaves Friday???? Maybe drive to Astoria? We are willing to drive 2 hours to get to something and come back. But that's the limit, really. Maybe see the Museum of Science and Industry in Portland?

Restaurants--this is the short list. We don't eat much for breakfast or lunch. Our big meal is at dinner. If there is a place that is good for salads and small sandwiches or a yummy breakfast bakery/coffee place, that is great. We really like seafood and restaurants that use local ingredients/farm to table. Asian "fusion" is also good. I would appreciate any thoughts/recommendations on these choices.
The Heathman
Higgins
Jakes Famous Crawfish
Southpark Seafood Grill and Wine Bar
Andina
Ten 01
Wildwood
Lemongrass
Salty's on the Columbia

Thanks so much for any recommendations you can give!

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