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Organic Options near Mt Hood and Oregon Coastal areas?

Old Jun 27th, 2013, 07:55 PM
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A trip to the coast from Portland usually starts in Cannon Beach, which is near beautiful Ecola State Park and is the home of Haystack Rock.

Cannon Beach to Depoe Bay via Cannon Beach is about 175 miles about about 4 hours of driving. However, I wouldn't make the trip overnight.

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Old Jun 27th, 2013, 08:30 PM
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Hmmm we drove from Portland to the coast - Lincoln city- and I swear it was< 3 hours! We d d not go thru Cannon Beach. I remember going south, then thru McMinnville, and the turinng west...
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Old Jun 27th, 2013, 08:50 PM
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I am not sure what HTTY is talking about, but Cannon Beach down to Depoe Bay is only about 2 hours.

If you go from Portland down to Depoe Bay, most people take I-5 to hwy 99w to hwy 18 to 101, and it takes less than 2 1/2 hours. So yes, very easy to do for an overnight. We do it for day trips even since we live in the Portland area.
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I am not sure what HTTY is talking about, but Cannon Beach down to Depoe Bay is only about 2 hours.

I meant to say it is 4 hours between Portland and Depoe Bay via Cannon Beach.

The stretch of Highway 101 from Depoe Bay to Florence skirts the ocean in many places, and I urge you to check it out. Were I doing the coast as an overnight from Portland, I would stay in Yachats and before returning to Portland I would drive south to Cape Perpetua and, time permitting, as far as Florence.

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fishee--thanks for your thoughts. My youngest is now 12 but I remember the harassment about every aspect of baby rearing and it pained me to see it continuing.

I can't give you an organic restaurant rec for either place. We have family on the mountain and they have very few places they want to go out to eat at in the vicinity, as most have been quite a disappointment. Probably the best was Mallards in Welches, which had very fresh food but not organic.

I can suggest a few farms however:

On the way to the beach: Dinihanian's if you're going out the Sunset Highway (26W). It is barely 1 mile from the Cornell/Bethany off ramp.
http://www.yourcsa.com/

They will give you a farm tour if you call ahead. Their eggs are free range, and I think the things they grow are organic, but they do supplement with crops they don't grow from other farms. Ask specifics.

For on the way to Mount Hood: Thompson Farms is insecticide and herbicide free. Not certified. It is on Bohna Park Road on your way through Damascus and Boring going up to Mount Hood. If you are coming from Southeast Portland, this is only a slight diversion and is pretty country. You may not want to veer that far off course if coming from 84/Gresham.

On the way to the Columbia Gorge: the Klocks are the institution out in Corbett. Klock Farms are minimally invasive. Call and get the details on what that means--they're known for loving to interact with the public.

http://www.klockfarm.com
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 08:39 AM
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We could actually stay as long as two nights along the Coast, sounds like we would take 26 and drive South along the water.

Thanks for the great farm recs, 5alive! We could definitely stop at least one of these, the husband loves stuff like this.
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Start Me Up cafe in Banks, OR.
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Blue Scorcher Bakery in Astoria, oR
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Noodle Cafe, in Newport, serves excellent Asian food. Everything is good. My favorite is the plump oysters with green onions. There we stay at a newly refurbished room with ocean view at the Hallmark.

In Florence we like to eat at Waterfront Depot and stay at Best Western Pier Point Inn.

In Yachats we stay in an ocean front room at the Fireside or, if we want to splurge, at the Overleaf which is operated by the same company.

It is essential to book ahead.

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