Okay, this page in progress, but I have been meaning to do it for a while. I love the Northwest; here is a brief guide of the short tour to see the best of my home state... I love my home and have all these favorite places and trips I love to make. This is my way of getting to share!
Anywhere if you find a farmer's market, stop. The produce is as appealing to the eyes as the pallet.
Day trip 1 - from
the falls (about 8 waterfalls, the tallest at 680ft., Multnomah Falls,
has a lodge with good food, a snack stand and a short walk to a iconic
bridge half way up, and a viewing platform at the top). Get off I-84 at
Corbett and take the
old highway until Horsetails falls. The falls loop has a beautiful road,
the old senic Hwy. made for model Ts!
This website lists this favorite tour, but I just drive it myself at my own pace; http://www.mthoodcolumbiagorge.com/ - it has good information about the sights so no point in re-writing it! Same with http://www.ecotours-of-oregon.com/gorge.htm
Then drive to Hood River for amazing orchard fruit (spring and fall are best) on the so-called fruit-loop drive , food, views and watching the wind surfers. This is the site of internationally famous windsurfing. I love stopping at
Now I plan my rout this way to time dinner and sunset at my beloved Timberline Lodge. Even though I love heights, that 6-7 mile road off the highway is not my favorite - but it's worth it. Especially when the Indian paintbrush is in bloom. We usually bypass the admittedly fine restaurant in favor of soup and sandwiches in the Ram's Head bar overlooking the old fireplace. A game of chess or cards works out well if you want to linger here.... I don't recommend overnight stays, though, there are better places.
Day trip #2: For another loop, I suggest a day at the beach, and Cannon Beach is my favorite. It offers
tide pools, nicer shops for browsing and a lot of food options. Camp 18 is a
great breakfast or lunch stop on your way with solid food, beautiful setting
and fun logging memorabilia. Seaside has a more
touristy or spring break feel with lots of gadget shops, arcade and boardwalk
but it is also home to my favorite restaurant, the Vista Sea Cafe. I highly recommend the beer bread, clam
chowder (lots of potatoes, very creamy) and salad, which has made me love red
onions and its superlative creamy subtle ranch dressing. So dinner at
you are spending the night, then I recommend Depot Bay for whale
watching and charm,
Oregon's wine loop
- another easy day's trip from
Day trip #4,
Moonstruck Chocolate. it's got to be the original 608 SW Alder St., it's charm, petite size (about like a large bathroom), and great people watching while you nibble your chocolate and maybe sip a coffee are unmatched by the more commercial outlets of the other locations. Moonstruck Chocolate is inernationally famous and even this non-chocoholic loves to stop here.
waterfront promenade: A beautiful stroll and some wonderful food: my
The Meadow Gourmet chocolate, sea salts anad flavored salts, wine and fresh flowers (If you're in BattleGround, WA, stop by Blue Castle Coffee , too!)
Or Stanford’s for chocolate milkshakes as a pick-me-up.
Bamboo Grove Hawaiian grille - a unique and outstanding lunch or dinner stop (I favor Kalua Pork, VERY generous servings of tasty addictive Hawaiian food), we're regulars there.
The Garden at Elk Rock and Military lane - outstanding quiet garden now owned by the Episcopalian Diocese, and a replica Manor built in the 20's. The surrounding neighborhood is of lovely old houses when architecture was really art, not butter stamps.
Obliation Papers and the Pearl District. Obliation is a beautiful store that is a experince I treasure. Hand crafted papers, letter-pressed items, cards and stationer's goods, just to enter and stand there is a pleasure. The Pearl has been getting a major facelift and it's so far got a good atmospere. Hopefully they don't ruin it. Also home to Bridgeport Brewery and Rogue Ale. I don't like beer unless it's in bread or batter but I'm still proud of our breweries. They makea fun atmosphere. And you can tell by the Pearl's resturaunts the ethnic diversity we have here in Portland.
you want to go further, the Oregon
High Desert Museum, and Sisters and
to come (notes for myself):
favorite restaurants, snack stops and gourmand's happiness
Jon and I are frusterated food critics! <G>