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I'm sorry I never posted a trip report after everyone's great advice. My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in Portland, Oregon, back in June. I just want to thank everyone for all their great advice. Here's a quick rundown of our trip:

We stayed at the Hotel Monaco, which was highly recommended on these boards, and liked it very much. The staff was very friendly, and it was very conveniently located. We arrived on Friday and walked over to “Fenouil” for lunch in the Pearl District. It was a beautiful day so we sat outside and watched the kids playing in Jamison Square. Great food! Fun neighborhood. Then we got our car and visited the Japanese Garden and the International Rose Garden – both were lovely. We dropped off our car back at the hotel and walked over to Powell Books. An amazing place. Then we had dinner at “Kenny & Zook”, a deli nearby.

On Saturday we walked over to the Farmers Market, which was a highlight for me. I love a good farmer’s market, and this is the best I’ve ever seen. After watching a cooking demonstration, gorging on delicious food, listening to music, and people watching we got the car and drove out to the Columbia Gorge. We stopped for coffee at Edgefield, one of the McMenamis properties just because it sounded so quirky I wanted to check it out. We passed up Multnomah Falls because there was no place to pull over, by parked over by Horsetail Falls, where we could sit on rocks with just a few other people and have the falls to ourselves. I’m sure it wasn’t as dramatic, but we enjoyed it. Then we drove on to Hood River where we sat and watched the wind surfers. Very fun. We returned back to Portland on the Washington side of the gorge, and the views of the river and Mt. Hood were just beautiful. We ate dinner that night at “The Farm Café”.

Sunday we drove to Cannon Beach, a beautiful drive. We checked out the tide pools at Haystack Rock – lots of star fish and anemones. They have docents there to answer questions. If you go, make sure you check what time is low tide. We ate lunch at “Lazy Susan,” which we really enjoyed. Then we drove out to Cape Meares, checking out the huge Tillamook Cheese Factory along with way. Great views from the Cape Meares lighthouse. Drove back on 6 – beautiful drive, tons of wildflowers.

It was a great trip!
Thanks again,
Laurie

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