We have lived in Portland for 17 years now; our first 5 were spent wandering the"southern end of the northern coast" (we never got further north than Seaside) and the following 10 were spent at our beach house south of Newport, falling in love with the central coast.
For a romantic weekend away, my husband and I are spending the weekend in Astoria, at the Cannery Pier Hotel. I've seen all the restaurant recommendations, but for the one special dinner (my birthday; I've learned loooong ago that if I don't want to end up at Burgerville, I've got to tell him where to make the ressies. But I'm always happy, so then is he....)what would be your first choice? We love seafood and a view is always nice, but we'll be there for 8 meals altogether, so we can get that at breakfast or lunch (in the daylight).
Also, any beaches on the Northern coast good for agate hunting?