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Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

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Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

We'll be travelling up the coast of Oregon this summer and I'd like some advice .... Would it be better to stay in Crescent City or in one of the first towns along the coast in Oregon (maybe Brookings)I'm looking for a nice city with good restaurants etc. Thanks everybody!!!

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1. Re: Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

My relatives lived in Crescent City....and its "family" food but not one that you would think of as "good restaurants". Its major attractions are a lighthouse that is there and its also site of one of the prisons.

It is a pretty coast when its not too foggy.

The alternative cities in California are:

1) Mendocino - pretty coastal area, by wineries, small town,

some nice restaurants.

2) Eureka - Closer to Redwood National Park and Klamath River, bigger city, some good restaurants

In Oregon, there are several nice towns along the coast that have the attractions that you want.

I would choose either 1 or 2 or somewhere in Oregon.

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2. Re: Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

Trinidad is another stop that has some nice lodging and good food, north of Eureka, not as far as crescent city.

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3. Re: Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

Crescent City has some OK beaches but no truly good restaurants - your best bet would be Bistro Gardens on 9th street or Northwoods restaurant next to the Best Western on 101. Brookings is a

nicer community with a cute port/harbor area but

it doesn't have any three/four star restaurants

either. Your best bet there would be The Great American Smokehouse or Smuggler's Cove. I agree

that Mendocino/Fort Bragg is a better destination - Menocino has several three/four star restaurants - Fort Bragg has Mendo Bistro and The Restaurant - both excellent. Trinidad is also a beautiful destination. In Oregon, Bandon (about 3 hours south of CA) is the first coastal town that has good restaurants.

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We have traveled the Coast from Crescent City to Astoria 2 times since 2003 and are planning to return in May 2006. Crescent City is an okay place to stay. The restuarant by the Best Western Northwoods Inn is the best for a good meal but I have to admit I haven't tried them all. We have never had a problem getting a room here and we never reserve ahead of time. While there, Trees of Mystery is a great stop. It's all breathtaking, especially the coast. As far as the Oregon Coast Bandon is a must stop. Coquille Point and the beach there are fantastic, especially if you are lucky enough to be there at low tide. Good places to eat there and lots of little shops. Coos Bay and North Bend are the busiest cities on this stretch of coast. Have stayed in Coos Bay once, but prefer to be in the quiet little towns. Florence is another stop I would suggest. If you like riding ATV's next to the ocean you will be in heaven. Newport is another place we like to stop. We usually rent an apartment there for the same price as a room. Moolack Beach is our favorite for agate hunting. The shops there have great stuff too. Lot's of places to eat here and it's close to some major attractions. Depoe Bay is a stop we always make and take a bizillion pictures. The place is on lava cliffs, and there are several touristy things to see here. You have a real good chance of spotting whales here too. Lincoln City is another place we always stay 1 night. There are some great restuarants here and the Chinook Winds Casino is always hoppin'. Lots of great shopping here too. Rockaway Beach and Cannon Beach are 2 places we have mixed feelings on. While both are beautiful, there are not a lot of choices as far as food and lodging and what there is is pricey. I don't mind pricey if it's worth it. We usually go on north and stay in Seaside. While it's a noisey place compared to Cannon Beach or Rockaway Beach, the rooms are priced right and there is a great choice of food, shopping and activities. Would avoid it at Spring Break though. Have only stayed in Astoria once and that was just to get up and drive home the next day. We usually just go check out Astoria when staying in Seaside as it's not very far. Astoria is a real must see. Very unique and interesting place. Just know that the Northern half of the coast is usually rainy and foggy or windy at some point. The southern half seems to have more sunny clear days. Hope you enjoy your trip.

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5. Re: Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

All very helpful. I am planning a trip with the kids from San Francisco to Seattle. I am trying to figure out how to break it up.

Thinking of going from SF to Ft Bragg day 1 then into Oregan. Only have 4 days. Any ideas?

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6. Re: Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

Crescent City is in California not to

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7. Re: Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

sorry about that...as I was saying it is not too far from the Oregon border. I have read that some people think that we have no good places to eat here which is completely untrue! Actually most of the best places are a little hidden so it helps to know locals, or be willing to look around a bit. We have a wonderful Tai place (can't recall the name, but it is right next to a fairly good pizza place called Pizza King). Also a cute little 50s coffeeshop/bakery called Glenn's (try the clam chowder and lemon-flips), and one of my favorite places is The Coffeehouse on The Corner (across from Denny's), they serve all kinds of great food and are very homey. Also if you like Mexican food most of the place are fairly good, although not wonderful, however, if you prefer Chinese you should try Wing Wu's over by Crescent Cinema.

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8. Re: Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

TwoStep - Ft Bragg/Mendo is beautiful and don't miss the drive thru tree when you head over north to 101 at Leggatt - your kids will like it I'm sure. 101 north from here is one of the prettiest drive I've done.

Some places to check out - Eureka Old Town, Arcata Plaza (great little lunch spots), Trinidad, and of course the Redwood Parks. As you continue north at Requa Rd. -Klammath River emptying into the ocean, take the ewton B. Drury Scenic Parkway (15-30 minutes one way), it won't take long and it is beautiful.

Just before Crecent City Trees of Mystery for the kids (I haven't taken the ride, but the OX is fun), and catch your breath in Crecent City or Brookings. Brookings is adorable and picturesque, unless you choose to cut over to 5 via 199, which is nothing short of spectacular. The Smith River is so beautiFULL right now, I was there last week. Its curvy so be careful.

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9. Re: Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

There are good restaurants in Crescent City, like foxfairy says, just not fancy or pricey. Perla's, on 101 south of town and north of Northwoods has the best fish tacos I've ever tasted. The brewery on front street is good - I think it is called surfside bar and grill now. There is also a really good Thai food place in Smith River. For breakfast, the chart room in the harbor is great, and the fish and chips at the little restaurant on the harbor side of 101 are also good.

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10. Re: Crescent City or somewhere in Oregon?

I don't know how the others folks at this posting missed the GOOD HARVEST CAFE at the north end of town on hwy 101 at the first traffic light from the north. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best restaurant on the north coast. We asked the owner what there was to see in the area and he had us busy for 3 days with the most spectacular sights that we would have totally missed had he not been so helpful. We ate there twice a day for 3 days, breakfast and lunch, they close at 2 pm. It's so hard to find decent food on the road. These guys know what they're doing and actually care about what we eat.