Definitely check out the Oregon Coast! It is stunning rugged beauty. Lincoln City has probably the biggest and nicest beach and it's the fastest coastal town driving from Portland. The seafood is excellent and whales can be seen seasonally. Lincoln City also has the Chinook Winds Casino which is a lot of fun. The Inn at Wecoma is my favorite hotel. It is conveniently located and includes a great breakfast, a heated pool, hot tub, and sauna, but amazingly has some of the best rates in town http://www.innatwecoma.com/.
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Free breakfast, heated pool, hot tub, sauna, small fitness center, free hot breakfast, partial ocean views, and convenient location.
During our last stay at the Oregon Coast we stayed in a condo in Lincoln City for a whole week. We stayed in a condo in the former Sea Gypsy motel. All the rooms have been bought out privately by people who transformed the suite they bought into a nice condo. Some owners live there and others rent it as a vacation rental. We rented one of these from a wonderful couple that was so helpful in every single way possible.
The condo was a ground level unit with one bedroom, a full kitchen, a living room, 2 full bathrooms with shower and bathtub. All linens and towels were provided as well. Within the building there was a pool for all guests that stay in this building.
The condo was very neat, very clean and beautifully maintained. The location was perfect as you just had to walk a few steps outside the condo to be on the beach. The view and the sound of the waves rolling in while sitting at the table or on the sofa was so wonderful. Our daughter (2 years old at the time) enjoyed all the beach toys available to her while we enjoyed sitting in the beach chairs provided. There were also beach towels, kites and other toys/games for us to use.
Everything in this condo was perfect and all the little touches and details made it feel like a real home away from home. The bedroom was big with a TV, beautiful furniture and the bed was very comfortable. The living room area was great too with a big sofa and chair as well as a big TV and WiFi for the laptop we brought. There were 2 full bathrooms which was handy at times too. The kitchen had everything one would need. There was also a swimming pool near the building which was great. We had an amazing time and the owners kept in close contact to make sure we had everything we needed at all times. If we travel to Lincoln City again we will definitely stay at this condo again. I would recommend this condo to anybody interested in staying at a condo by the beach in Lincoln City...you really can't go wrong here!
We loved that it was ground level and only steps away from the beach with beautiful views. Shopping was very close too and there was a swimming pool in the building. Otherwise the condo was beautifully decorated and has just everything you needed just like you have at home and more. The owners were in touch frequently to make sure we had everything we needed. The price was very good for the summer time and most of the time there were very few people on the beach.
We have used VRBO a few times now, and are sold on using a house instead of a hotel room for a base to see the area. VRBO #365943 is a little studio above the owner's house across from the beach, very easy to get to down a little path. Nice beach, near good restaurants in Newport, and close to lots of state parks along the coast for visiting during the day. The kitchen shared space with the toilet and shower and had laundry units as well. Not much of a view, but for $75 a night, we were not disappointed. Recommended for a couple or single, maybe a couple with a small child. There are 2 beds in the room.
across from the beach, close to restaurants
Our friends picked this place out ands the rooms certainly are nice, welldecorated and extremely comforable... loved those double headedhot showers.
the best part of this place is the grounds and the back patio which overlooks the river.
We have stayed at the Ester Lee several times and never been disappointed. They have two sections. I haven't stayed in the new section so I can't offer any opinion. My preference is an upstairs unit with a full kitchen, 1 bedroom and wood-burning fireplace. All come with killer sunset ocean views. We scarcely venture out; this is a place for relaxing, reading and reconnecting. Very quiet and romantic. I highly recommend it.
Super ocean views and quiet.
I was expecting sand dunes and got a forest. This wonderful campground hidden in the trees just west of the sand dunes was a surprise. The campsites were spaced far enough apart to be private, there were campfires galore as everyone roasted marshmallows and talked over the day. If you didn't bring your own wood there was some to buy from the campground hosts. There are lakes to play on as well so there is plenty to do here. It might have been here where we took the walk to the dunes overlook trail.
There is direct access to the dunes for vehicles from one section of the campground. I took a short hike up and over one tree covered dune to where the ocean was visible a couple miles away.
We had come into this campground late on a Saturday night in Sept. and had no trouble finding a spot.
We drove without advance reservations since we had no idea how far we would get on our trip down the coast. I was hoping to get further, but the coast is just so dang amazing that it was getting dark when we arrived at Newport. It didn't look like we would make it to Beachside. So we went to South Beach. The entrance on the highway said the campground was full. There was another sign saying the campground was full. We still went in and asked if there was room for a tent. Apparently he still had one small site left where we could fit our tent.
Considering that we didn't have a reservation, that we were coming in late in the day, considering that we got the last place left, considering if we didn't camp here we really didn't have a back up plan, I should not have had any complaints about the campground. But I would not willingly come back to this campground. Maybe if I was coming with a group and I could reserve an end or a bend where we could be together then it wouldn't seem as crowded. But I felt like the sites were very close together with little room to move. I'm sure it didn't help that we were on the corner of the children's play area. Some sites here are definitely better than others. Get the ones on the outside of the far bend.
The walk out to the beach was nice. It would be a fun place to stay with kids and play on the beach etc.
This hotel is pretty darn swanky. But it was actually too swanky. The parking was something like $30 a day. And the restaurant food very pricey as well. Although I could afford the day rate, it was the meals and parking that made it a bit over the top. It was gorgeous designs, I must say, but not really practical for a business trip.
In the old Meier and Frank Building from 1910 I think. Beautiful design. Part of the starwood collection.
Trillium Lake Campground was another real find on our trip to the Mount Hood area. Located at 3600 feet, it offers a cool respite from the heat of Portland in summer. This large well-developed campground has well spaced spots that offer a lot of privacy and are surrounded by trees. While the campground is generally full and is very popular with families it did not seem noisy in the least the night we stayed there.
There are vault toilets though well kept and modern for the style. Sites away from the lake were quite scenic. Those on the lake offer better views but are most likely less private as everyone goes to the lake and there are numerous paths in the area including the very popular one around the lake. The view of Mt. Hood is amazing and worth going to the park for in itself.
We paid $17 for one night in a non-premium spot (away from the lake). Lakeside spots are best reserved and only a few dollars more but keep in mind they may not be as serene as those away from the lake.
Much like the park itself, Silver Falls Campground is a bit of a local's secret. Set in a lush temperate rain forest, this gorgeous campground is a real pleasure to pitch a tent. Thoughtfully, one loop is for RV sites and offer electric and the other is strictly for tent camping. This makes for a more serene atmosphere for tenters. The better spots are on the outside of the loop and in particular down the end furthest from the RV loop.
We saw one spot down the end of the tent loop that was one of the nicest of the whole six month trip we were doing around the US. Unfortunately, they assign you a spot and we got one on the inside of the loop. These are a bit more cramped and there is a trail that runs through the middle of the loop to the restrooms which is quite busy, especially with kids using it as a recreational area. Luckily, the little tykes head to bed early. Aside from that, it's a real paradise and we wound up staying two nights rather than one. Rates depend on the season, but we paid a very reasonable $16 per night for tent camping. It's obviously more for an RV site with electric but it's one of the best priced campgrounds in Oregon from our experience.
Tahkenitch Campground was our first stab at camping on the Oregon Coast. Our experience in California just prior to here was a mixed bag. The campgrounds were great but it was hard getting spots without a reservation. We were hoping that Oregon would be a bit easier. We didn't have a lot of printed information but stopped at the closed visitor center for Reedsport, OR. Luckily, they had a lot of brochures out for those in our position. Our original idea was to camp in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area but it seemed more the domain of Off Road Vehicles than a place for quiet campers like ourselves.
Tahkenitch Campground did not look like much from the highway and in fact was a bit closer to the highway than we would have liked but once in the campground, our fears dissipated quickly. It was a very lush setting and the sites were very well spaced. It was also not particularly crowded so we had quite a few spots to choose from. Ours was very secluded and surrounded by vegetation which offered complete privacy. It was a bit of a walk to the rest room but there was running water right between our spot and the next. The campground has 34 sites and modern restrooms. It was self-pay and the price was $20 per night. There was a campground host right on the premises and he came over to collect the fee and explain the amenities of the facility. It was a great place to camp and there was conveniently a nice trail leading through the forest to the dunes at the far end of the campground which we did early the next morning.
I know this response is quite delayed but hopefully it will still serve it's purpose. A beautiful little Gem in Bend, Oregon is the Riverhouse. You will definately be one with nature with so many walking/hiking trails and the hotel sits right on the banks of the Deschutes River. Literally you can keep your sliding door open and hear the river run all night long. But you are still within walking distance of Downtown Bend with Shopping and Restaurants. You wou't be disappointed.
Crater Lake Lodge is one of- if not the most- beautiful National Park Lodges in the country. It was closed while being renovated from 1991 to May 20, 1995 but has kept the charm since its initial construction in 1915 (see pictures). So you have the rustic feel with up-to-date amenities. It has 71 rooms and is open from mid-May to mid-October. As most National Parks, there are no telephones, televisions, or radios in the rooms. No one at the lodge was anything short of spectacular and helpful.
We started by checking in early- something I was told would not be allowed. We spent a couple of hours in the room before sitting down for our 6:30 dinner reservation, again, early. We asked for a window seat, but had to settle for one table over. As soon as that table left, I asked if we could move over to that table and there was not a hesitation with the waiter- he helped us move over and was pleased to help. We eventually started a conversation with the people that replaced us at our old table until we were both done eating. The four of us moved out into The Great Hall and talked for over an hour about our traveling experiences. They went on to bed and we moved over to the 2 rocking chairs directly in front of the fireplace and read for the next hour or two. Before going to our room, we spent 20 minutes looking at the renovation display down the hall from the front desk. We then walked up the log lined stairs to our room where we didn't even bother closing the curtains because we were so far from any light it was unnecessary. Besides- imagine how beautiful the sunrise would be here! We had to imagine it as the cloud cover was too thick to see it. We left early as we were continuing on our trip down to the Redwood National Park that day. As we knew we were exited about the day ahead, we were also sad that we may never be able to come back and spend even one more night in one of the most beautiful places in the world. You MUST go.
Every quality about this lodge is unique- the location, the view, the people, the construction, the history, etc. The restaurant has a somewhat limited and pricey menu that changes often, but- of course- it is worth it.
You can pay more to stay in a room with a partial view (windows may be covered by snow and other partial view rooms may have a tree in front of the window) or lake view with no obstructions. We stayed in the lake view and it was worth it.
CAUTION: Be prepared for snow/rain in the off season- October through May. The rim drive, boat trips, and swimming will be closed during these times and you will only be allowed in the areas surrounding the lodge, gift shop, and visitors center.
If you are in a position to want or need accommodations in Portland, don't forget Embassy Suites, by the airport. Our room was a suite with two double beds, living room with sofa sleeper and kitchenette. The lobby is gorgeous with a stream with Koi and waterfalls rambling all though it. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the price? Let me put it this way, two rooms at Holiday Inn Express with two double beds ran us over $100 more, and Embassy has a breakfast buffet that is complimentary and is not the "continental breakfast (ie: cereal & doughnuts) but eggs, bacon, waffles, anything you could desire! For our family of 5, that alone saved us upwards of $60!
You may have heard from the mentions in the NYT, Elle decor, Travel & Leisure...that Ace is the place to be - a surprisingly affordable and ultra-hip hotel bordering the Pearl District in the city-of-the-moment, Portland. The room I had was small, but comfortable, with all the basics and just a little bit funky. The staff was friendly and helpful.
The restaurant on premises, Clyde Common, is pretty tasty as well. Portland has taken local, sustainable eating to the extreme and this restaurant is no exception. The menu is completely a la carte (meaning you must order and pay for side dishes separately), and can get a little pricey, but the food is divine. (NB that although you can still have ketchup for your fries, you must ask for it).
While there I developed a serious addiction to Stumptown Coffee...they make each cup (yes, even the drip stuff) to order. It's caffeinated heaven.
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