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Judy from Boise
03-01-2008, 12:25 AM
I am going to switch our 20th anniversary trip this May from Kauai , to the oregon coast. (in the mood to save some $$$)
We will drive from Boise to Bend and spend the night, then I know stay a few nights in Depoe Bay to whale watch. We can stay a few nights somewhere else too.....maybe Seaside, maybe Newport, or maybe instead we should spend some time in the mountains.....? I don't want too much driving out of the way of to and from Boise. On lodging I would like to stay in the 200/night range.

TIA :)

Dobie
03-01-2008, 12:52 AM
Try this place. It's wonderful.

www.proposalrockneskowin.com

victorandbellasmom
03-01-2008, 01:05 AM
My husband grew up doing annual 4th of july trips to Seaside. Since we've been together 10+ years, we join his dad, stepmom and family each summer. We absolutely enjoy this annual trek and its a fun, family oriented town. There's a beautiful, sandy coastline where you can rent a beach bike, fly a kite, or just play in the sand. My kids love renting the 4 seater bikes and riding around town. There's an aquarium, an arcade, a mini golf course and bumper cars. My inlaws have a time share with Worldmark/Trendwest and we stay at their timeshare. It's right between the promenade and the main drag, Broadway. It has a beautiful, heated pool facing the ocean.

I can't tell you much else about the Oregon coast as that's all we've ever stayed at. We do day trips to Tillamook cheese factory, but that's it.

noryglory
03-01-2008, 04:55 PM
I know there are proponents and detractors to Seaside...I happen to be one of those detractors. I find it to be a bit seedy and carnivalesque. Especially if you're talking anniversary versus a family trip with the kiddies. For romance I'd go with Cannon Beach, hands down, just a 20 minute drive up the coast from Seaside. I was just there with my family last weekend.

There are spendy places to stay, the tops for adults and romantic weekends is Stephanie Inn but out of my price range so never stayed there! Lots of affordable options too. The Bistro is a great restaurant, I've had a birthday and anniversary dinner there, you can't beat it. Lots of cute shops and a gorgeous beach with stunning Haystack Rock.

No offense to those Seaside lovers, just another opinion!

Judy from Boise
03-01-2008, 11:17 PM
was looking at Cannon beach too....

victorandbellasmom
03-02-2008, 12:01 AM
I know there are proponents and detractors to Seaside...I happen to be one of those detractors. I find it to be a bit seedy and carnivalesque. Especially if you're talking anniversary versus a family trip with the kiddies. For romance I'd go with Cannon Beach, hands down, just a 20 minute drive up the coast from Seaside. I was just there with my family last weekend.

There are spendy places to stay, the tops for adults and romantic weekends is Stephanie Inn but out of my price range so never stayed there! Lots of affordable options too. The Bistro is a great restaurant, I've had a birthday and anniversary dinner there, you can't beat it. Lots of cute shops and a gorgeous beach with stunning Haystack Rock.

No offense to those Seaside lovers, just another opinion!

I totally see where you are coming from. Dh and I don't go to seaside for romance, we go for the carnivalesque, beachy feel. I don't know if I'd describe it as seedy, though. I never feel uncomfortable walking around with the kids at night. I do agree, from what I hear from friends that Cannon Beach would be a lot more romanatic that Seaside though.

BillyFan
03-03-2008, 12:59 AM
OMG! That sounds like something I'd do! Have a great time. We were there last year for our anniversary, and it was fabulous!

cirquelovers
03-03-2008, 01:10 PM
Well, I was coming to give you advice on the beautiful Oregon coast but it doesn't look like you need it anymore!! Maybe you can come some other time to check out the coast.

Have a great time at WDW, great price for flights, congratulations:goodvibes

minniebeth
03-06-2008, 08:01 AM
I would LOVE for this thread to go on...My DH does a lot of busiess on the west coast and goes to Portland often. We've talked about doing either a family trip or a trip with just the two of us to Oregon and we have no idea of what to plan to maximize our Oregon experience. All I know is that I googled Cannon Beach off the info from this thread and I was AWE struck! It is SO beautiful! #1 on my list of things to do. Anything else?

mamacatnv
03-06-2008, 02:41 PM
I was in Portland, Seaside and Canon Beach just this past weekend. We stayed at a private condo in Gearhart that was right on the beach across the street from the new McMenamins Sand Trap (which was scheduled to open on Tuesday, we left Sunday morning:sad1: I love McMenamins!)

Seaside was nice although I thought most of the shops were cheesy touristy junk. The Promendade area of the beach was quite nice with lots of hotels and we enjoyed breakfast at the Pig in a Pancake restaurant. We picked up fresh whole crab at Bell Buoy in Seaside (Sooo good!) for dinner.

Canon Beach reminded me of Carmel, CA. It was very artsy with lots of galleries, cafe's and upscale shops. The overall atmosphere was up scale in comparison to SeaSide. I also thought the location was prettier.

Diznotyzed
03-15-2008, 04:24 PM
When staying/passing through Cannon Beach be sure to take the drive up the hill north of town to Ecola State Park. Stunning views and a nice place to picnic.

noryglory
03-17-2008, 10:48 PM
Hey Judy, have you made any further progress on your trip plans? Curious to know what you are thinking now!

Grumpy'sWife4Ever
03-18-2008, 02:05 AM
If you are looking for a polished, touristy kind of experience, then Cannon Beach or Seaside would be good choices. If you would like a little more rustic and authentic coastal vibe, then you could look at Rockaway Beach, Pacific City, or Lincoln City. Depot Bay is a very good choice, it is one of my favorite little towns. If you do venture as far north as Tillamook, make sure to stop in the Cheese Factory, and pay close attention to the guys making the cheese.....one of them is my husband! :cool2:

noryglory
03-25-2008, 03:57 PM
GET OUT!! I always (and I mean ALWAYS) have a 2 pound block of Tilly cheese in my fridge. What is his job title, Cheese Maker?!? Wow, that is cool.

But, we've lived in Oregon 14 years and I have never been on the tour!! My kids love cheese and ice cream, so it would probably be worth it sometime eh?

mamacatnv
03-25-2008, 04:43 PM
GET OUT!! I always (and I mean ALWAYS) have a 2 pound block of Tilly cheese in my fridge. What is his job title, Cheese Maker?!? Wow, that is cool.

But, we've lived in Oregon 14 years and I have never been on the tour!! My kids love cheese and ice cream, so it would probably be worth it sometime eh?
I remember going to the Tillamook Factory when I was a kid. We used to go to church camp at Wi-Ne-Ma which is in the vacinity somewhere between Tillamook and Lincoln City in Cloverdale. I too only buy Tillamook and I am in Nevada where it is somewhat of a delicacy:goodvibes

Judy from Boise
03-29-2008, 03:10 PM
we only eat Tillamook cheese, ice cream, and butter in our house !
My parents are both oregonians.....so I was raised on it too !

Judy from Boise
03-29-2008, 03:12 PM
Hey Judy, have you made any further progress on your trip plans? Curious to know what you are thinking now!

I deletd the post where I confessed that after finding $198 RT Delta airfare to Orlando, I booked 6 nights at the Swan, and bought annual passes for our presents to ourselves!

But, we really want this thread to go on.....so don't tell !:rotfl:

disykat
03-30-2008, 11:30 PM
We enjoy Canon Beach and Seaside, but our favorite is further south - Bandon.

tiki23
03-31-2008, 01:34 AM
Love the Oregon Coast! I grew up in OR and my family made it to the coast at least every other month.

Staying in Depot Bay? Make sure you eat at the Sea Hag! Skip the Friday night buffet unless you like mostly deep-fried seafood.

Like Oysters? Stop in Bay City and you can buy them fresh, packed in the jar and ready to go.

Looking for a quiet, lovely retreat? Rent a small beach house in Manzanita.

Camping? Bar View Jetty County Park north of Tillamook is the BEST place to camp on the Oregon Coast. We spent 10 years taking our own kids camping at Bar View at least once a year before we moved up here. They've begged us enough to go back that we're making the trip this year.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is lovely. Lots of little shops around the Newport area; try Moe's on the waterfront for excellent seafood.

So-o many places to stop and spend a few moments soaking in the beautiful scenery - you really can't go wrong spending time on the Oregon Coast. :)

noryglory
04-07-2008, 07:11 PM
Ha Judy, I would do the same! :thumbsup2 The Oregon coast is beautiful and all, but...

auntiegem
04-07-2008, 11:37 PM
Pacific City on the Three Capes Scenic route is a great little town to stay in. Smallish and off the beaten path, but they have a great place to stay within a $200 (or less) budget -- The Inn at Cape Kiwanda. It's half an hour from Tillamook (to the north) and half an hour from Lincoln city (to the south).

If anyone is looking for good place to eat in Lincoln City, we love the Blackfish Cafe and the Wildflower Grill.

sbakersub
04-20-2008, 03:02 AM
For just "beach" time without a lot of crowds, Neskowin is our favorite. We also love Newport, although that's a little more south -- and I second the suggestion for the Oregon Coast Aquarium! If you head even further south, the southern Oregon coast has the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, which has some off-road vehicle areas for dune buggies and such. And remember, Oregon has no sales tax, so your vacation dollars go further here:thumbsup2

Judy from Boise
06-10-2008, 11:10 PM
Bumping this since i see some OR coast intrest.....
BTW had a great time at WDW :)

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queenrollog
06-11-2008, 01:34 AM
We are also thinking of vacationing on the Oregon coast, since we have family in the area. Any good recommendations of specific places to stay? We would need some place with at least a couple of bedrooms.

BramsKT
06-11-2008, 11:33 AM
We Yurt "camp" every year at the Umpquah lighthouse (just south of Winchester Bay)- a blast and all the comforts of home but the atmosphere of camping.

We drove down to Gold Beach and did Jerrys Jet Boats up the Rogue River - it was an awesome day. Tim, our boat captain and guide was great - full of information and had an awesome sense of humor!

We also do the Dunes at Sand Dunes Frontier (i think it's just south of Florence) - where the professional driver takes you out on the dunes in a dunebuggy - the kids love it! (I don't go on the dunes anymore after a bad ATV accident resulting in 2 surgeries- ouch!)

mamacatnv
06-17-2008, 03:12 PM
We Yurt "camp" every year at the Umpquah lighthouse (just south of Winchester Bay)- a blast and all the comforts of home but the atmosphere of camping.

We drove down to Gold Beach and did Jerrys Jet Boats up the Rogue River - it was an awesome day. Tim, our boat captain and guide was great - full of information and had an awesome sense of humor!
We also do the Dunes at Sand Dunes Frontier (i think it's just south of Florence) - where the professional driver takes you out on the dunes in a dunebuggy - the kids love it! (I don't go on the dunes anymore after a bad ATV accident resulting in 2 surgeries- ouch!)We stayed in Crescent City, CA last week and drove up to Gold Beach, what a beautiful area. We too went on Jerry's Jet Boats and had Captain Tim and his dog Puppy! It was awesome, we loved every minute of that experience

tiki23
06-18-2008, 01:42 AM
We are also thinking of vacationing on the Oregon coast, since we have family in the area. Any good recommendations of specific places to stay? We would need some place with at least a couple of bedrooms.

Here's a link to the little town where my husband and I used to stay while we were still dating:

http://www.virtual-oceanside.com/vacation_rentals.asp

We used to stay at the Ocean Front Cabins (formerly Kirk's Cottages) in Oceanside. We go for quaint more than fancy, but there are quite a few places to choose from and many rental vacation homes. We loved Oceanside, so quiet and peaceful but there was a nice restaurant, a coffeeshop, a bar and the beach within walking distance of the Cabins.

50 years Too!
06-19-2008, 05:33 PM
I know there are proponents and detractors to Seaside...I happen to be one of those detractors. I find it to be a bit seedy and carnivalesque. Especially if you're talking anniversary versus a family trip with the kiddies. For romance I'd go with Cannon Beach, hands down, just a 20 minute drive up the coast from Seaside. I was just there with my family last weekend.

There are spendy places to stay, the tops for adults and romantic weekends is Stephanie Inn but out of my price range so never stayed there! Lots of affordable options too. The Bistro is a great restaurant, I've had a birthday and anniversary dinner there, you can't beat it. Lots of cute shops and a gorgeous beach with stunning Haystack Rock.

No offense to those Seaside lovers, just another opinion!

I second this. Seaside is great for kids.
For a more upscale adult experience Cannon Beach at Stephanie Inn.

You can always go check out Seaside from Cannon Beach (about 13 miles).

Judy from Boise
07-13-2008, 01:09 PM
Bumping this to keep it on the first page !

bennyb98
07-14-2008, 01:32 AM
If you head to Newport be sure to check out the Wax Works and Ripley's there. Wax Works is a great wax museum that is very high quality the last time I visited and you can buy a pass to go to Ripley's and an underwater aquarium as well.