please help fine tune oregon itinerary

Old Nov 19th, 2007, 09:24 PM
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My only suggestion is that you try and stay at the Tu Tu Tun Lodge..
It won all the travel accolades and it is stunning and pretty cheap!

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Old Nov 20th, 2007, 08:42 AM
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I'm late to this party, but wondering why you'e planning so little time on the coast. And it's shortened even further in that the better part of a day will be spent on the golf course (well worth it, by the way).

Without doing the research, I'd guess that Oregon's top three attractions are its coastline, Columbia River Gorge, and Crater Lake, probably in that order. Most visitors are satisfied with one day each in the Gorge and at Crater Lake, but I've never heard anyone say they spent too much time on the coast. You could spice up the trip with stops at points of interest - wineries or whatever - along the way, but I'd suggest building your itinerary around those three major attractions.
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Old Nov 20th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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I like the suggestion for Ashland, it's a great place full of culture and charm. We like the Ashland Springs Hotel or the Plaza Inns & Suites there for lodging, last month on our grape picking trip in the wine country,we did an overnight at the Stratford Inn which was nice. Great enclosed pool and very spacious breakfast room with lots of goodies at the buffet.

Ashalnd is full of fantastic places to eat, also. Peerless, Amuse, Chateaulin, Lark's, Beasey's on the Creek and the Liquid Assets Wine Bar are a few of our favorites. Last month was our first visit to Liquid Assets, love their Tenderloin there and the service was fantastic. ***kim***
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Old Nov 20th, 2007, 10:45 AM
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Don't you just use Ashland as an overnight stop between your home in California and the northern Oregon coast, kimamom? Or, are you suggesting cathee go out of her way to stay there?
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Old Nov 20th, 2007, 12:04 PM
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How can something be out of the way when they are on Vacation to see Oregon? I know all you Portlanders think no one should venture outside a 100 mile radius of Stumptown, but the rest of the state is quite spectacular. Some of you should come see it some time.
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Old Nov 20th, 2007, 01:13 PM
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bbqboy--I think you are way off base. Many of us that live in the Portland are DO visit other areas of the state. We thoroughly enjoyed backpacking in the Wallowas and will be going back this summer for a week long road trip all throughout the eastern half of our state.
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Old Nov 20th, 2007, 01:14 PM
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You must have missed my prior post, bbqboy. You're preachin to the choir here.
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Old Nov 20th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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I am coming even later to this party and as an ex-Portlander ( weeping)...but....as newbies there, we were like tourists every day, so we did do a lot of sightseeing for the time we lived there ...

Sat & sun- no Portland is not just another "big city"..It actually feels like a small town..the people are very friendly, it is not a hustle and bustle cold type of atmosphere and one of the charming aspects of the city/downtown is that back when- someone said we will have to grow and make new offices and hotels and apt bldgs but we will gut the old buildings and put the new stuff inside..giving the look of the city an old fashioned and gentle look.

Then there are the neighborhoods with their individual characters and plenty of charm.

We were there 2 weeks on vacation then moved there..we did not see everything in those 2 weeks..

We did go to the Gorge ( 30-45 minutes from downtown) for the day- back in town for dinner and an evening out in the city.
If you take the Historic Highway, past the falls etc..it will take longer to get there but you can take 84 back to the city- about a 30 min drive.

We went to the Coast on another day (90 minutes from downtown) , back in time for dinner in town and a concert.

So you can base yourself in town and do it all in day trips or you can break it up into City days and nights, 4 at least then driving through "wine country" ( this is so not what anyone expects when they think Wine Country..you are on a 2 lane highway going past small towns and in traffic and there are the vineyards on the side ( blue signs for the tourists) and you can wander off road and find the others but this will be more complicated and we found it to be not as great as we expected.

Stay a while at the Coast..Cannon Beach is beautiful, plenty to do and see there..plenty of places to eat.. nice and funky too.

Look into Manzanita and the Inn at Arch Cape.
10 miles south on 101.. fabulous views, very nice Inn with fireplaces in the rooms and a short walk from your door to the beach.
Drive back to the city from there..

I am clueless about Crater Lake..I would definitely stay at Timberline although it reminds me of the Shining lol.

Ashland would be nice if you wanted to see a play .. otherwise, isn't it a bit out of the way? far south? Unless you are headed to California..

I have heard Bandon compared to golf in Scotland

bbqboy, where do you live? I thought you lived in Portland too
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Old Nov 22nd, 2007, 05:24 AM
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A question about the Oregon coast--I have planned 2-3 nights on the coast--but in doing more research I discovered that the coast is often VERY windy, and in July highs only reach upper 60's--doesn't sound too inviting. We have been to Carmel hwy 1 and also Olympic Nat. Park beaches--beautiful---What makes Oregon coast unique? Also, I read something saying that the "best" part of the coast was Central on down past Bandon---will I be missing anything if I don't go as far north as Seaside or Cannon?
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Old Nov 22nd, 2007, 11:25 AM
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Hmmm, I think I have heard people ( locals who know these things) say that the Central Coast is amazing. We were never that far south but I bet they are right

I would not go north of Cannon Beach myself.. the coast line south just to Manzanita was breathtaking.

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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 12:13 AM
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Cathee, both the Central and northern coasts are great. Haven't been to Bandon. Newport has a great acquarium if you like that sort of thing.
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 07:46 AM
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In my opinion the most beautiful part of the coast is the drive between Florence and Newport. Dont just drive it though...use the stops along the way to explore!
My second favorite area is Cape Arago Highway actually near Bandon but off 101. Shore Acres, Cape Arago, Sunset Bay and Bastendorff Beach Parks are along the hwy and are the coasts best kept secret. You will see pull offs along the road with trails...there are no signs telling you what is there but trust me as a former local ( 12 years on the coast now in the Rogue Valley)....take one!!!
As far as the winds...yes it does get windy but the coast is worth the trip and July is a GREAT time to go!
Look forward to hearing the trip reports!
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 08:17 AM
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Thanks fof the Cape Arago suggestion--I'll have to check that out, as I have read something in my travel books about that, too. We will be driving from CRater Lake Lodge to Bandon. What is the best route from there, and are there any particular stops we should make?
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 08:19 AM
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Also re Bandon lodging--I'm researching places to stay--My husband will be golfing at Bandon--should we stay at the lodge--spending 2 nights in bandon--or go down to the beach--bandon inn? windmere inn?
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 08:44 AM
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The route you will want to take depends on time...personally I would take I-5 North to Hwy 42 and cut across there. It is a nice drive but doesnt have to many places to stop. There is an old covered bridge that is interesting for a quick stop. The road follows the Coquille River for a while and has some nice views. Mainly it is fast and not unpleasant. On I-5 you could stop in Grants Pass (my new hometown) for a Rogue River mailboat trip. Or just stop in the Rogue River recreational area for a quick break to see the sites.
If you want more scenic you could go through Crescent City and up the coast through Gold Beach and Brookings. This would add quite a bit of time to the drive and considering how much area you are covering I would stick to fast.
For lodging in Bandon the places you mention are nice but if you dont mind a bed and breakfast I love this one...
http://www.lighthouselodging.com/
If you like a little more excitement (I dont!!) The Mill Casino in Coos Bay is offering a free shuttle to Bandon Dunes and has rooms overlooking the bay. I owuld opt for BAndon.
Also do visit oldtown Bandon (walkable from the Bed and Breakfast) it a neat little area for shopping etc.
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Has your husband checked with the Bandon Dunes yet, cathee? If he wants to book a tee time more than a week or two in advance, you may have to stay in accommodations on site. At least, that's been my experience in the last five years.
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 05:04 PM
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Thanks for the heads up, beachbum--that WOULD have been a huge disappointment to drive all of the way there, and not get to play.
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Old Nov 25th, 2007, 06:30 PM
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Absolutely book in advance...and be prepared the greens fees during the busy season are high! Off season you will pay a fraction...
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 02:41 PM
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Now my husband isn't sure if he wants to go to Bandon--might want to save it for a guys golf trip--if that happens, and I have to choose 1 town to spend a couple of days to experience the coast from Crater Lake back to Portland--which would be the best for us? newport? cannon beach?--a town where we could walk the beach--,some good hiking--nothing that would make our trip back to Portland too much longer--i'm trying to cut down on all of the driving a bit--so it will have to be a town north of Bandon.
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Old Nov 26th, 2007, 03:05 PM
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Tell your husband Bandon Dunes is perfect for a guys golf trip. And you won't be lying!

I'd suggest Yachats as the place to spend a couple nights. It's in the middle of arguably the most beautiful section of the coast, and near other attractions and activities of interest. And I'd recommend Overleaf Lodge as the place to stay. Just a spectacular setting.

To get to Yachats from Crater Lake, take hwy 138 to 38 (includes a short section on I-5), then north on 101 at Reedsport. The drive along the Umpqua River is another of Oregon's more scenic ones.
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