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Jul 13th, 2018, 09:13 AM
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Quaint seaside pac NW/Canada villages trip help

hi! My husband and I are planning to fly up to the pacific NW in late August for 7 days or so. Iím pregnant so we wonít want to do a ton of walking, of course some walking is good.
looking to spend some time in a cute seaside village or island (maybe two or three places depending if we will have a car)that is walkable and has GREAT restaurants. Basically just want to relax by the sea and get out of Arizona heat! Went last year to Montreal/Quebec and Vermont and loved all the villages on that side of Canada. Open to anywhere along Oregon, Washington and up to Canada options. Would probably fly Alaska air to Seattle. For reference on what kind of experience we are after, we spend a lot of time in Cayucos, Morro Bay and Encinitas in California. These towns suit our personalities well. But we want to see a new area rather than return to places we know and love.
will we need to rent a car? Or is it best to just take public transit and ferries? Can you take car on ferries?

thank you for any and all suggestions!!
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Jul 13th, 2018, 08:24 PM
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Sounds like fun but you may have a few problems with lodging at this late date, especially in any small coastal “villages”. Everyone seems to want to hit those spots. That being said, as a life long Washington resident, the places that may fit your desires are Gig Harbor, Pt. Townsend, Sequim, and Poulsbo. Possibly Long Beach and but that may be a stretch. Washington has MUCH les in the way of thriving villages on the coast than Oregon or California. By my list, you will see only Long Beach is anywhere near Oregon. Having spent a lot of time in Oregon-son lives there-your choices are wide ranging depending on your desire to cover ground. Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport are just a start of the choices you have easily driven from Portland. Many even further south if you choose to drive.
Going from Seattle, Pt Townsend, Sequim, and Poulsbo pretty much require a ferry ride. Meaning wait times and potential delays instead of enjoying your trip. Usually not bad but can be quite busy at times. North of Seattle, you could go to Anacortes, a decent coastal village, onto ferries into the San Juan Islands which would be more difficult on this short notice. Beautiful area though. Further north, Bellingham is a city, not a village, but a nice town close to the water. Crossing the border into BC, the only easily accessible spots I think meet your desires are White Rock and Richmond/Stevenson. You could do Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island but it again requires ferry travel from either Vancouver or Washington. More of a city but beautiful.
Your number one thing to do is get your air travel set based on your travel time and budget. Once done, narrow your travel area choice and get your places to stay booked ASAP. If you need help on those, check the usual suspects online or post again and you can get some more advice. Good luck.
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Jul 13th, 2018, 08:28 PM
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Read your initial post once more and yes you will almost certainly need a car for your full trip-pickup and return at arrival airport-and ferries mentioned all take cars. Some ferries mentioned need reservations.
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