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Trip Report Trip report from fabulous Washington/Oregon

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After much changing of my itinerary we just returned from one of our best trips ever. Heres a brief summary.
Flew into Seattle from JFK good flight on Jet Blue. Got picked up from Cedarbrook Lodge. I have to say this hotel was definetely a hidden gem. The grounds and building are so lovely and are set in a quiet residential area. The staff is so warm and friendly it does not even feel like you are staying in a hotel. I decided to rent our car from downtown Seattle to save the extra 30 percent for renting directly from airport. Cedarbrook offers rides to light rail which is very easy to handle to get in and out of Seattle. First night did Pikes Market and caught a beautiful sunset along the pier next to it. Next day did Space Needle and Sculpture garden before picking up rental car from Hilton downtown. The bell captain there gave us great advice on places to visit along the rest of our journey. That night we did Savor Seattle Food tour which was alot of fun and gave us a great feel for the wonderful restaurants there. Ended that night with cocktails outside by the fireplace at Cedarbrook. They offer a lovely breakfast which we enjoyed before heading over to Port Angeles. We took the ferry from Bainbridge to Whidbey Island getting to experience a Washington ferry ride. Visited the island and walked along the water there. Found our way to Collette's Bed And Breakfast in Port Angeles, another excellent experience. We visited Working Girl winerey while waiting to check in. Collettes was one of the nicest B@B we ever stayed at. Our room (lavender room) had a fireplace that was open on both sides including the bathroom that had a jacuzzi for two. The grounds were superbly gardened with a great few of ocean. Innkeepers Karen and Richard were unbelieveable. Visited Dungeness Spit that night than great dinner at Michaels. Before dinner Collettes offers a fabulous wine sort of happy hour with excellent food and great company. Next day drove to Hoh rainforest and hiked the shorter trails on way back hiked to waterfall.
Crescent Lake on the way was also a nice stop. Our next destination was Youngberg Hill B@B in Mcminnville. Although a 5 hour drive we stopped in Portland and relaxed at rose garden and japenese garden. Youngberg was atop a hill overlooking the vineyard. Attempted bike ride but hills got the better of us so surrendered to drinking wine while overlooking the valley. Dinner that night at Joe Roses, an old house with a mushroom menu. Even had a mushroom martini. Next day toured 3 vineyards then all the wine starting tasting the same so returned to B@B with our wine cheese and bread and enjoyed a lovely sunset overlooking the vineyard. Our next stop was Cannon Beach had reservation at Sea Sprite at Haystack Rock (suite 1A) when we got there asked if they had any upgrades available we were given a room at their other hotel at the Estuary for that first night because it was booked for Sat. What a great room and fantastic view over the estuary and ocean with a lovely gas fireplace. Walked through town that night but earlier went to Ecola State Park and saw one of the most beautiful acts of nature of I ever seen. The view of the ocean from there is hard to describe. My husband and I love the ocean but to see it in the raw form that the Pacific ocean provides was awesome. Next day got our first rain of the whole trip but it was cool seeing the storm brew in the ocean. My husband who loves to fish bought a fishing pole from a little gas station and gave a go at catching a salmon by the hatchery. By this time the rain was coming down pretty hard although he didn't actually catch one he did get to see a guy hook a salmon right next to him. Last night in Cannon Beach we went back to the Haystack Rock Sea Sprite and stayed in a what was actually a lovely room although not the size of the Estuary still painted very brightly with a little bay window that you could get a glimpse of the ocean. Very clean. Sadly headed back to Seattle to stay our last night at Cedarbrook Lodge and one last visit to Pike Market and sushi in Seattle before heading back to New Jersey next morning. Although it was a hard trip to plan because there was so many places we wanted to see, we far exceeded our expectations. Not only is this a beautiful part of the country but we met so many nice people who welcomed us. We got to see everything we enjoy and each place offered a different experience. Got some great pictures but most of memories that will stay forever.

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