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First Trip to Oregon

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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First Trip to Oregon

We will flying in to Portland ,renting a car, in mid August and travelling the coast, Columbia R Gorge, Mt Hood, , and anywhere else that is a must see in the area. We are not really interested in spending time in Portland. Couple, mid 60's, no kids. Need ideas for where to stay, raft trip, great sightseeing.

Oregon
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11. Re: First Trip to Oregon

Here are the places we tend to stay [in order north to south]:

Stephanie Inn at Cannon Beach. It has been awhile since we stayed here, but, it was lovely.

http://www.stephanie-inn.com/

Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. Pacific City is quite small; not many restaurants; quiet. We like to walk up the bluffs. We seem to see amazing sunsets here. The Inn is across the street from the beach but you can see the ocean:

http://www.yourlittlebeachtown.com/inn

Hallmark Inn in Newport. Big sprawling motel; clean; comfy; not fancy nor particularly interesting but it's right on the beach -- we stay here a LOT.

www.hallmarkinns.com/index.asp…

Are you book people? The Sylvia Beach Hotel [Newport] has an author/book theme and is a change of pace from regular hotels. Heads up: no televisions or wi-fi [which could be a plus or a minus!].

http://www.sylviabeachhotel.com/

Elizabeth Street Inn [Newport]: We have never actually stayed here because it tends to be booked, but it looks nice.

http://www.elizabethstreetinn.com/index.html

Fireside Inn in Yachats. Great view; on a rocky beach; adjacent to a path that goes directly to town. If you stay here, be sure and get an ocean front room. It's adjacent to its fancier, pricier sibling, the Overleaf. We stayed here for a few nights recently, and we walked everywhere in town.

http://www.firesidemotel.com/

Troutdale, Oregon
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for Hood River, Troutdale, Cascade Locks, The Dalles, Portland, Oregon
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12. Re: First Trip to Oregon

The Float Trip, do you mean tube floating or white water rafting or jet boat or kayaking?

They are all available all over Oregon.

Several are available in the Colombia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Check at:

www.bestgorge.com

for information on this area. It starts east of Portland in Troutdale and goes east to The Dalles. It's on both sides of the river, Washington and Oregon. There are many more waterfalls at street level on the Oregon side.

Best,

MrsO

Oregon/Washington
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for Portland, Sunriver
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13. Re: First Trip to Oregon

I can vouch for Elizabeth Street Inn in Newport. We have had great stays there and highly recommend it. There is a reason it fills up;)

Oregon Coast
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for Crescent City, Oregon Coast, Oregon, Redwood National Park
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14. Re: First Trip to Oregon

CRTravellers, are you familiar with the reviews list here on TripAdvisor? The hotel suggestions given here have a wide range (price, type and amenities) and the best way to determine if an accommodation will fit your own needs is to take the time to read some reviews of each property.

There is *much* more lodging than is listed here on the forums!

I live here on the coast :-)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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15. Re: First Trip to Oregon

We are booked for lodging almost every night now except for McMinnvile area and Gorge area. How many days to stay in and see the Gorge? We have one night booked @Timberline Lodge.

Troutdale, Oregon
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for Hood River, Troutdale, Cascade Locks, The Dalles, Portland, Oregon
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16. Re: First Trip to Oregon

Hi Crt-

Stays in the Gorge would depend on how much you want to do there. White water rafting would take up a lot of your time (at least half day) The Sternwheeler likewise, and the steam train and the drives for the beautiful waterfalls. You could stay an overnight or two in Hood River or Stevenson WA. Maybe hike a little. There is a nice AVA or wine group in the Gorge that has some great varietals (and Pinots) in Hood River, The Dalles, Lyle WA, and more. there is a Fruit Loop which is beautiful. Sunsets and sunrises are amplified by the basalt cliffs and water. the windsurfing and kite-boarding is fun to watch near Hood River. It has an amazing history which can be seen in the many visitor information or interpretive centers there.

There visitors who come into Multnomah Falls and say they regret not planning even more time there, or that they stay there two weeks every year. there are locals who know the area who think a day is enough. Most first time visitors spend a couple or three days.

You have to decide. Have fun.

MrsO

Edited: 11:53 am, June 29, 2013
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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17. Re: First Trip to Oregon

Thanks for the advice. I'd forgotten about the Fruit Loop. We still might raft but have abandoned the train and boat and will drive, stop and hike the Gorge Loop.

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