Portland to SF in 10 nights

Old Jun 8th, 2021, 01:31 PM
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First a clarification. Price was actually $168.67 at Pacific Reef, but that doesn't make our room any less terrible. I read the great reviews on TA today, which truly astounds me. The negative ones pretty much summed up our experience. We had lower floor rooms that faced toward the movie screen and the ocean. Our feet virtually stuck to the floor. Hopefully, your upper floor room/condo will be better, and the person who cleans it doesn't take the day off like it seemed they did on our visit.

On a more positive Oregon coast note, we very much enjoyed dinner at Spinner's (5-minute-walk from Pacific Reef). Gas up at the 76 station across the street from the hotel before heading to CA and save $1 a gallon (or more)

Yes, the traffic in Cannon Beach is substantial, but we loved our two nights there. We had a very good lunch and dinner at Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge in town. Be sure to walk out to Haystack Rock (below). In low tide, you can actually walk out to the rock.

In Yachats (1/2 hour south of Newport), we stayed at the Overleaf Lodge & Spa. It was everything the Pacific Reef was not. Spacious, clean (large) room, with a fireplace and a picture window (Whale Watcher Q/Q Picture Window room ... $220)) that looked out over the Pacific Ocean. Spectacular. It was less than $60 more expensive than Pacific Reef, and infinitely better. We made our own charcuterie platter that night with our friends, and drank wine we bought in central Oregon on the way up. There's also a hiking path in front that offers other great vistas to view as you walk the cliffs above the beach.

The Oregon coast is wonderful, and heading south you'll have dozens of cool viewpoints to get some really cool photos along the way. Have fun!

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Just a note regarding the Botanical Garden- Advanced ticket purchase is required and tickets have a timed entry. Also, Janisj is spot on with Little River Inn.

In Florence, we had some great Mexican food at Los Compadres Taqueria.

Have a great trip.
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Old Jun 9th, 2021, 12:18 AM
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Good choice to stay at the Overleaf. Less expensive but just south ( walking distance) is the Fireside Motel and also the Adobe. The Adobe has a restaurant with great views.
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