I have been searching so much that I am overwhelmed! Thought I’d ask for help before my head starts spinning any faster.
We are planning to make our first trip to Oregon in about 2 and ½ weeks. The original purpose is for a wedding, but we will also be adding some vacation time to the trip. So we plan to arrive in Portland one night and stay near the Gorge, check out the next morning and explore the Gorge, and that evening head over to the Coast and stay there 3 nights. Then head to the wedding (about an hour and ½ from Portland) for a few days (during which time we’ll have the opportunity to make a trip with the wedding party over to Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge, so we’ll consider that area “covered” – at least covered as well as can be done with limited time, I suppose). Then probably in Portland for a couple of days before heading to Mt. Rainier. A few days there and then flying out of Seattle.
I’ve read on here about Cannon Beach being one of the most beautiful areas, so we chose that area to stay. However, I also understand that the area isn’t the most affordable, and the options become even more narrow on this short notice! We’d like to find something under $200 (I guess in Cannon Beach this is considered a good deal!). My husband is an avid photographer and is looking forward to seeing Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park. Here are some options I’ve come up with and would appreciate your input:
Inn at Haystack Rock -
seems to have good reviews on TA; website says newly replaced carpet/tile/paint. Looking at Room 6 Spa Cottage, or Rm 3 or 5.
not such great reviews here, but website indicates newly remodeled (which would be since the latest TA review) - http://haystacklodgings.com/remodel.php
Looking at Rm. 7 or 9. They have some nicer options as well, but they are a little over $200.
not right by the ocean, I think? But reviews here seem positive. Prices good. Can anyone give me an idea of what the view is at this location? A creek, I assume! But how close to the ocean, how close to the state park, etc?
has positive reviews here, though they are lowest on the list of 9 places in Cannon Beach, possibly because they aren’t as fancy and not right on the water?
Schooner’s Cove and Surfsand Resort seem highly recommended on TA, and I have seen comments about good rates, but what I found on their websites was considerably higher rates. I could call, I guess, but I’m not holding my breath on those (unless anyone knows of a special or something I missed).
Having read recommendations here about considering Manzanita as an alternative, I did so and here’s what I found:
The Getaway (vacation rental) –
can be seen here on TA; emailed but haven’t heard back yet; people rave about the view, which is this according to TA: “GETAWAY is a quaint cliffside studio, high above MANZANITA BEACH and is a perfect retreat for 1 or 2 adults who desire a quiet and private escape. With the breath-taking views, you can see the whole town of Manzanita and the Nehalem Bay.” Not sure about exact location or proximity to things.
Considered the Inn at Manzanita but found mixed reviews
Also considered Arch Cape but didn’t find much
Nehalem River Inn – this seems a bit out of the way, though; I’m sure it’s nice, but perhaps too far removed from the sites of interest
If there are other options I should consider, please let me know. However, I think I’ve considered them all at least twice. :) But I’d appreciate your feedback about these options, how they compare, pros/cons, things to consider, preferences…
Thanks so much!