Greetings from the UK.
We are just starting to plan our trip this October to The Pacific North West. We fly into Seattle on Oct 4th (arrive 2.30pm) and have to be in Ashland to visit a friend by the evening of the 7th (long story).
Our first night is booked at a small town called Centralia in Washington state. This leaves 3 days (2 nights) to see the coast. After we leave Ashland we head back north and plan to stay somewhere in or around Portland for three nights so that we can visit The Columbia River Gorge and possibly Mount St Helens.
We like B&B's and would prefer to base ourselves in one place for those 2 nights. How practical is that or should we be looking to stay the 5th in somewhere like Newport and the 6th further south in Coos Bay or Bandon?
Also, rather than Portland are there any small towns that would make a good base for the 3 nights after we leave Ashland?
Many thanks in advance.