hoops777 wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Thanks for all the suggestions.
Here is what I know.
1-We are going to drive 60 miles to Hood River and back to Portland for one day.
2-We are going to drive the coast from Florence to Seaside and will be going through Salem and Eugene.Since we will be probably doing this on the weekend not sure if we should go down the coast and back up through Eugene/Salem or vice versa.
3-My wife wants to spend time in Portland.
I guess we could just stay in Portland day one on Friday with 1:00 arrival and do the Hood River on Saturday or we could do the Hood River on Tuesday,our last day.Any suggestions traffic wise and crowd wise?
Hotels at the coast tend to fill on summer weekends, and most of the good ones have 2-3 night minimums.
-head to hood river right from Pdx. You can stay in hood river fri night or return to Portland. Should be plenty of availability downtown Portland Fri night. You can choose what to hit along the way--vista house has decent views, mulnomah falls, angels rest are good but different hikes. Hood river is a neat little town.
-Saturday: drive to Eugene and stay there Saturday night. You can spend the day in portland prior to driving down, or hit something like silver falls state park on the way down. Hotels should be easy in Eugene on a Saturday. Inn at the fifth if you're looking for upscale boutique, but there are plenty of chain hotels.
-Eugene to Florence and up the coast sun-tues. Manzanita and Cannon Beach are neat coastal towns; Lincoln City is larger and may have more hotel availability. Seaside is not our favorite--too honky tonk. I'd be inclined to try to get 2 nights in Cannon Beach and make that home base. Stephanie inn, waves motel, schooners cove, hallmark inn are ocean front and good.
-return to Portland via 26 Tues evening or Wednesday morning. (Tues if you want more time in the city). If you are wine people you could drive back through McMinnville and hit wine country, which is also a beautiful drive. But 26 is great and quick.
You could do the beach loop the opposite direction if you can find hotel availability sat night.
ETA: try to avoid driving into or out of downtown from 3-7. Its not awful but better to plan around. That's why heading to hood river directly from Pdx is a good bet.