I'm going to book a trip out to the beautiful NW as a surprise for my wife and could really use some help. I've already gleaned some great info from these boards. Lots of questions that are all over the board and hoping some of you kind souls can help fill in the gaps or provide guidance.
Age: mid 30s
Trip dates - 4-5 days in late June
Traveling from: Atlanta, GA
Budget – For this trip medium-high to high. It’s an anniversary.
What makes my wife happy and how I want to plan the trip (kind of in order) - Solid hikes/nature, pescatarian/vegan meals, lots of city walking/experiences, yoga, fancy-ish hotels (this is where I'm allotting most of my budget but not looking to spend for the sake of it), wine (pinor noir, mostly)
Day 1 - Arrive Seattle in the morning. Find a good place to do yoga (my wife is crazy into yoga and it makes her super happy so this will be a good start). Check out the EMP museum. She loves Nirvana and when I went to the EMP museum last year I kept thinking about how great it would be to bring her and just listen to all of the different music of the 90s. Walk around (Fish Market), good dinner.
-Any suggestions on good yoga in Seattle?
-Recommendations on best place for a great seafood dinner - maybe raw bar? Doesn't need to be overly fancy. Quaint or hole in the wall place with great beer works. I can check Yelp as I know I'm posting in Oregon.
-Decent place to stay around good walking area (Fish Market, EMP Museum) - Again, I can find this online but always welcome recommendations
-Maybe Chihuly Garden and Glass, maybe take in some views from Kerry Park?
Day 2 – Possibly another day in Seattle if I can come up with some things that are super great but think I’ll want to spend most of our short time in Orgeon. Likely chill in Seattle a bit in the morning but get a decent start toward Oregon for a bit of a road trip. Since our trip is short I don’t want to meander too far out of the way on this drive but if there is a great hike on the way or some spectacular scenery then we are happy to move off of I-5. Drive, hike, drive, chill at our nice hotel/B&B, find some good grub.
-Are there any good hikes that would provide us a scenic drive off of I-5 while also allowing us to break up the drive with an outdoor activity? Would be great if something was on the way and we could stop for a few hours to hike 4-8 miles or so, get back in the car and continue to our destination.
-Big question – where to stay to make our base in Oregon? Research points me to Willamette Valley where the Pinot Noir flows like wine. Open to other recommendations for sure. If in Willamette Valley I’ve come across the following places that seem to be recommended on these boards: Black Walnut Inn, Dundee Mansion B&B, Chehalem Ridge B&B, Youngberry Hill. Read about The Allison but seems the group here feels it’s a little overrated for the price –plus we’re not into the spa services. Our main criteria would be 1. Proximity to great hikes and outdoor activities 2. Views/atmosphere 3. Proximity to great wineries and restaurants. I’m assuming #3 is going to be the easiest requirement to meet since we’ll have a car.
Day 3 – Longer hike in the area. Maybe some wine related stuff after but likely hike most of the day. Relax, nice dinner.
-Another big question – What are some recommended hikes in the area? Again, we have a car so can drive but would want to keep it under an hour or so each way. We used to live in Colorado so used to longer (up to 12 miles or so) day hikes and fortunately my wife is a champ in this department. Some research points me to Trail of Ten Falls (8.7 mile hike), Eagle Creek Trail (12 miles) and a few others. Need to do more research here but hoping that if you all have recommendations on where to stay, you might have recommendations on nearby hikes.
Day 4 – Short hike in the morning (don’t want to start drinking wine at 9am) and then hit a few wineries followed by a chill dinner. I can do more winery research since there is already great info on this site. Figure it best to find a place to stay first but welcome suggestions for sure.
-Ideas on a shorter day hike in the area? Maybe 4-5 miles?
-Suggestions on wineries? Again, I can research more here but we’ll be looking for places with great views/environment/experience. We haven’t done this wine thing before and aren't super sophisticated but enjoy a nice glass on our deck or at dinner from time to time. Pinot noir is my wife’s favorite. Wish I had more guidance to give than that.
Day 5 - Fly home
Thank you so very much for any recommendations,