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Seattle to Lake Crescent and Portland to Seattle

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Seattle to Lake Crescent and Portland to Seattle

Spending two nights at Lake Crescent Lodge, then driving down to Portland. I need suggestions on the night between Seattle and Lake Crescent, and a place to spend the night somewhere between Portland and Seattle on the way back. I was thinking of the Resort at Ludlow Bay for the former, and perhaps something near Mt. Ranier or Mt. St. Helena for the latter. Looking for natural beauty, wonderful atmosphere. Can be rustic or luxury. Just read the reviews for the Resort at Ludlow and afraid it sounds a little too sanitized, too golfy. This is for August. I don't want to do an inordinate amount of driving but don't want to be with the crowds either. Thanks for the help.

Longview, Washington
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1. Re: Seattle to Lake Crescent and Portland to Seattle

You might try the Blue Heron Inn Bed and Breakfast at Castle Rock for your night between Portland and Seattle. www.blueheroninn.com. It is on the Mt. St. Helens highway near Silver Lake, about 10 miles from I-5. Not sure why you want to stop between Portland and Seattle, it is less than a 4 hour drive from Portland to Seattle.

Anything near Mt. Rainier would be at least an hour drive from I-5. I would suspect that the few accomodations that are available on the road to Mt. St. Helens are already booked, but you might try posting to the Mt. St. Helens or Castle Rock forums.

Try posting to the Olympic National Park forum for ideas on places to stay there.

Green Valley...
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2. Re: Seattle to Lake Crescent and Portland to Seattle

I am unclear, also, about why lodging between Seattle and Lake Crescent, much less Portland and Seattle. The distances are not that much.

If you posted your entire itinerary, it would help us respond; most of us know the entire Pacific NW.

A side note; don't expect east coast crowds if that is what concerns you.

new york
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3. Re: Seattle to Lake Crescent and Portland to Seattle

It has mostly to do with when I could get a room at Lake Crescent Lodge.

Sunday: Arrive early on ship from Alaska cruise with extended family. Picking up car early and wanting to get out of the city for a day trip with family. My sister wants to go to Bainbridge Island but I'm not sure. Have to return relatives to Seattle that night. Open to suggestions.

Monday: ??

Tuesday and Wednesday: Lake Crescent Lodge

Thursday and Friday: with friends in Portland

Saturday: will be leaving early, ready for anything, ??

Sunday: want to get back to Seattle mid afternoon before flight home early the next day.

So the question is how best to utilize the undecided days. We live in NYC and want to really experience the most of the incredible pacific northwest natural beauty that I remember from a trip many many years ago. Need city detox. Thanks for the help.

Green Valley...
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4. Re: Seattle to Lake Crescent and Portland to Seattle

"Need city detox." As an ex-pat Bostonian, understood. LOL

Here is the URL for some Inside Pages, which provide ideas for your travels. I'd focus on Whidbey Island as an excellent and diverse one day trip, whenever you fit it in, perhaps Monday.

See also "Washington: Itinerary Ideas" Inside Page.

www.tripadvisor.com/members-inside/voyaging

Green Valley...
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5. Re: Seattle to Lake Crescent and Portland to Seattle

Also...

If you have not seen the OR coast, I'd try to do so. More beautiful, and certainly different from, the east coast. Where on the coast depends, of course, on how much driving you wish to do. At least see Cannon Beach with Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park. You could then go north via Astoria to Seattle, rather than return to Portland. Lodging folks usually require two nights, but you might find something in the Cannon Beach/Seaside area for one night.

Or, drive from Portland north on I-5, and see either Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument or Mt. Rainier. The former can be part of your drive to Seattle, allow 3 hours RT from I-5. Mt. Rainier is longer. You might Google these and then ask us questions.

Vancouver, WA
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6. Re: Seattle to Lake Crescent and Portland to Seattle

I lived in Port Ludlow and the area is great. The lodging does try to be a little fancy, but not over the top. It's right next to the marina and water front. There's a great beach for walking and usually not many people around. There's an on-site restaurant and at the small shopping place a good pizza place. Across the street there's also a small cafe with good burgers.

The drive from Ludlow to Portland should be about 3 1/2 hour. We've done it many, many times. If you're looking for something more senic I would suggest driving from Lake Cresent along 101 through the Hood Canal and back to I-5 in Olympia to Portland. It's a great drive and would take at least 4 hours from Lake Cresent to Portland.

Port Townsend...
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7. Re: Seattle to Lake Crescent and Portland to Seattle

I like 0513's suggestion.

I would add that instead of heading to Olympia, you could cut over to US-101 on the coast via HWY 12 at Shelton (the casino after Shelton actually).

Cross the Columbia R. on a phenomenal bridge. Visit Astoria (say hi to the goonies). See a bit of the OR coast as you head south and when you're ready, head to P-town on HWY-26.

Or try the opposite on your way back to Seattle (you seem to have some flex-time here in your itinerary) if you haven't had a chance to see the coast yet.

Port Ludlow has a bit of a "someone built a suburb in this forest" feel to it. Not my first choice for experiencing the NW.

Enjoy,

chuck.

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