My sister-in-law and brother-in-law are going to Portland, Oregon and driving down to Sonoma, Ca. Don’t know their route but here are some greatest hits from our visit there two years ago. For more details, click on the “Portland” and “Oregon” categories on my blog:
We stayed at Cafe Deluxe (fun, funky, reasonably priced). Cafe Lucia is sister hotel, more centrally located, place where masseuse accused poor Al Gore of groping her awhile back. Or some such.
Columbia River Gorge: well worth the drive. Columbia River gorge, old observatory, Multnomah (sp?) Falls, crossing the bridge to Stevenson, WA.
Restaurants, starting with the best on down (all good): Pok Pok (strange Thai place – book way ahead); Kenny and Zuke’s deli; Clyde Commons, Portland Farmer’s Market.
Newport: Sylvia Beach Hotel (homage to writers, quirky place) and Saffron Salmon (probably our best meal in Oregon and we wouldn’t have found it without strong recommendation from locals) Check out nearby Salishan Lodge and Yakina Head Lighthouse
Manzanita: pretty beach; stayed at good place
Cannon Beach: too manicured
Astoria: didn’t get there. next time!
Jacksonville: Rouge River Valley wine tasting, beautiful area near Medford
Ashland: Again near Medford – excellent Shakespeare, shopping, restaurants.
Crater Lake: gorgeous