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Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

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Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

My fiancé and I are thinking that the best use of our money for our honeymoon is traveling within driving distance ( from the San Francisco Bay Area.)We're considering the California and Oregon coasts.

Ideally, we would love to find a small town with great food, and close to/walking distance to the beach. We especially love areas with farmstands or good farmer's markets. We're major foodies, although foodies on a budget. We'd be coming for about a week in mid August, and looking hopefully to stay in a place with a kitchen.

Our budget will be about 120-150 a night for rooms. We're looking more for small towns than bigger cities. Any suggestions of places we should look at? I'm a tad overwhelmed by the number of coastal towns in Ca and Or. Thank you.

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1. Re: Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

It doesn't look like I can edit my previous post, but I wanted to add, we're mostly interested in spending time on the beach, swimming ( I know the water is exceedingly cold, my fiancé really doesn't care at all, he swims comfortably in the ocean without a wetsuit in January when the water is about 50-55 degrees.), maybe kayaking, hiking, exploring places of natural beauty or historic interest, and eating lots. We love u-picks, and farmstands, and farm tours, and exploring little towns.

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2. Re: Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

Look no farther than Newport on the Oregon Coast. It has several motels on or near the beach in your budget range. Several fine restaurants in town -- Saffron Salmon, Local Ocean Seafoods, Panaches, April's -- and nearby -- Beck and Tidal Raves in Depoe Bay about 15 miles north, and Blackfish Café, Bay House and Beach Dog Café (B&L) in Lincoln City another 10 miles north. There is the esteemed Oregon Coast Aquarium, interesting shops in the historic Bayfront and Nye Beach area, outlet mall in Lincoln City, lots of walkable beaches, natural attractions (Devil's Punchbowl, Cape Foulweather and more), lighthouses; casinos with top-name entertainment in Lincoln City and 30 minutes inland from there at Grand Ronde. Newport is also a good central base to explore the northern half of Oregon's Coastline -- from the sand dunes south of Florence to the historic Lewis & Clark sites in the Astoria area. And if you enjoy wine, the Willamette Valley's prime wine country of Yamhill, Polk and Benton Counties are also within a drive of 1 to 2 hours.

Way to much to see and do to detail it all here, but that should give you a start. If you have specific questions about various topics and interests, let us know. The Oregon Coast would be a terrific, romantic place to begin your married life together!

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3. Re: Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

I neglected to mention that Newport has a nice farmer's market on Sundays in the summer. And you'd find lots of roadside produce and berry stands all over Oregon during the summer.

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4. Re: Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

I would also consider Cannon Beach on the northern Oregon Coast. www.cannon-beach.net This is a beautiful coastal town with some excellent restaurants including Newman's @ 988, Stephanie Inn, Irish Table and Castaway's Tini Tiki Hut.

In nearby Seaside, there is Yummy Wine Bar where you can sample some very good food and wine in a cozy ambiance. Have fun! :

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Thanks!

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6. Re: Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

I don't know. Honeymoon? Driving two long days to get somewhere?

I would think the Mendocino coast would fit the romantic bill and it's a lot closer to home.

Check on the northern California Forum for tips on place that fit your budget and romantic desires. If you want to go farther, think about the redwoods, maybe the Benbow Inn or something in Ferndale.

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7. Re: Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

Hi Caroline T - do you ever watch that TV show called "House Hunters"? Folks are looking for a house to buy or rent and start by making their "wish list" ... and sometimes they have to compromise. I'm kind of getting the same feel here, LOL ;-)

Yes, there are lots of small towns along the N Calif and Oregon coasts. In fact there aren't any big cities unless you consider - as many of us coastal residents do - that any town over about 10,000 is "big"!

Newport is not a bad idea, but in mid August it is not going to be a quiet place. It is also one of the larger towns at about 10,000 and is congested and trafficky all summer long. August is the worst.

You might look at the teeny town of Trinidad, Calif (near Eureka) in the redwoods or perhaps Crescent City. Another idea might be Bandon.

Have you thought about renting a house? That way you'd get more room plus a kitchen. Take a look at www.vrbo.com to get some ideas and prices.

There is hiking just about anywhere along the coast, some kayaking here and there, and several towns have farmers markets. Eureka is well known for its excellent organic produce including the very large co-op there.

I tend to agree with oregonpoppa that maybe driving less distance might be more enjoyable? With just a week, if you take two full days to get somewhere, then two days to get back home, you'll actually have only three days at your location, unless you have a total of 10-12 days?

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8. Re: Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

I would agree with some of the others that the Oregon coast is spending a lot of time in the car driving. If you go to the Eureka/ arcata area it isn't a long drive and you could take your time driving up the coast, which is beautiful. I think a foodie would love eating at the local restaurants in the eureka area. I would suggest staying at a bed and breakfast there are quite a few around arcata bay which would give you a short walk down to the coastline and are usually very enjoyable. Eureka has a nice downtown area if you want to spend some time looking a cute shops or stopping at a local coffee shop.

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9. Re: Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

If you're not looking for an overnight trip to your honeymoon destination, I'll amend my Newport recommendation. Instead, I concur that the Eureka area is an excellent choice -- its "old town" area includes many cute shops, good dining and a romantic feel. Same for nearby historic Ferndale with its turn-of-the-century style downtown shops and old Victorian houses.

Actually, our honeymoon trip 42 years ago was in your backyard. We drove from the LA area (stayed the first night at Century Plaza Hotel) to SF for 3 nights at the Palace Hotel, then spent 2 to 3 nights in Napa, Carmel and San Simeon, before heading home. That might also work for you -- lots of beautiful scenery, romantic lodgings, shopping, exceptional dining, winetasting, etc.

Whatever you choose, my best wishes for a wonderful time together.

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10. Re: Honeymoon on the Oregon Coast?

Since I've had family in the Eureka area and have been there countless times over many years, IMO Eureka itself does have some drawbacks, however. It has a fairly large and visible homeless/bum population that hangs around oldtown, and the town itself is noisy and congested.

To me, either Ferndale or Trinidad is much more romantic :-)

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