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Trip Report What's Not to Love about Oregon

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Thanks too all of you who provided answers to the various questions I posted for our trip to Oregon. A special thanks to Tamara (Eurotraveller) for taking the time to give us a quickie tour of some of Portland's sites that we had never visited. We also shared a really nice lunch in a garden of a restaurant who's names I don't know'but it was good!

We started our trip with 3 days in Portland staying at the Hotel Monaco. We fall more in love in with the city with each visit. Spent most of our time just wandering the streets and sitting in outdoor cafes. Checked out the Arts Festival in the Pearl District which was fun and visited the Japanese gardens which we were a bit disappointed in as far as Japanese gardens go... Had fabulous dinners at Le Pigeon (http://www.lepigeon.com/), Fenouil (http://www.fenouilinthepearl.com/)-- lunch there also -- and Caprial's (http://tinyurl.com/2w9faa). Breakfast at Everett St. Bistro (http://www.everettstreetbistro.com/) was great as were the goodies we picked up at the Portland Farmers market at PSU for our breakfast on Saturday. Terrific Farmers Market (http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/). Had lots of snacks and drinks here and there ' memorable ones were at the Pearl Bakery, a dessert at Papa Haydn and drinks at the Vault.

We took off for the coast after stuffing ourselves in Portland. On our way to the coast the great food contiuned with lunch and pie at Otis Café on on Rte 18 not far from the coast...love their pies! Yachats still remains my favorite town on the coast. Once again our favorite place to stay there, the Ziggurat, is being sold, so hopefully it will remain a B&B. We had quite the time finding contact info for this visit as it was. Never had a meal at the Drift Inn as was recommended by a few fodorites. Did sit at the bar one evening and enjoyed their pie and the local atmosphere.

From Yachats we followed the suggestion given to us to go by way of Reedsport and view the elk. Lots of elk to be seen and an absolutely beautiful drive from there to Crater Lake. The route we followed was 101 to 38 to 138'highly recommend it.

Crater Lake is spectacular. Stayed at the Lodge (http://tinyurl.com/3y3l8a) which is good for its location and view. Missed the boat ride as they said it was cancelled a few days last week due to 'loss of personnel.' After a couple days driving and hiking about, we headed to Bend. Couldn't get over the change in Bend from when we were there ages ago. The old town is cute and the surrounding area is still just fabulous. Really wish we had more than 2 days there. Did spend a day at Smith Rock Park ' great place for hiking and fantastic scenery. One good meal we enjoyed in Bend was at Blacksmith's (http://tinyurl.com/36lx88)
Followed one of the the suggested routes to go from Bend to Sisters to Detroit and onto our last day and night in Portland'route 20 to 22. Again such a lovely drive.

Absolutely love Oregon and am so envious of all you lucky people who live there and get to visit all these places'and more'or a regular basis.

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