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habz007
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Oregon in July

For those who have been, any must do recommendations or other unique things? Or things you wish you did? We will be there 5 days.

Also what are some of your best and/or favorites wineries and vineyards? Would you recommend another valley to visit in addition to Willamette?

TIA


lilibet
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LINK

I've never been, but I have always wanted to see the Timberline Lodge (facade from The Shining) on Mount Hood and also hike the Trail of Ten Falls. Please see the link above.


ozktgr
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July is a good time to go rafting. The White Salmon is my favorite, it's in Washington across from Hood River. Can't go wrong renting a sxs or 4 wheeler on the dunes


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Where’s your home base going to be? Or are you staying somewhere different each day? Traveling west to Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park is a must. You can drive to Tillamook to visit the cheese factory. Astoria in the NW part of Oregon is unique town also. And of course you have the scenic drive to the east of Portland along the Columbia River. Waterfalls and amazing scenery all the way to the town of Hood River.


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I wish I had floated the Deschutes River. Staying at a McMenamin's is kinda fun.


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Where’s your home base going to be? Or are you staying somewhere different each day? Traveling west to Cannon Beach


We’ll be floating around a bit. The first night or two will be at some resort spa place at Cannon Beach. Then at least a night in Willamette valley area (we were recommended some bed and breakfast place).

Planning is still in its early phases, but we have the plane tickets booked. Final night will be in Portland before flying back. Planning for dinner at Multnomah Whiskey Library. It came highly recommended if anyone else has experience there.

I really like the idea of heading up to Columbia River gorge area and Hood River. And Trail of Ten Falls. I see they’re only couple hours away, not bad.

I will keep researching all the recs. Thanks again


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Multnomah Whiskey Library


Have only imbibed the whiskeys there. Let us know how the food is.


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Nole Man
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Have family in Oregon. Beautiful state. Guess it depends on where you want to stay.

Some things we've loved...

Bend OR, 3 hours away from Portland, is amazing. Nice Craft Beer and restaurant scene. We stayed 20 minutes away at the Sun River Resort. Great year round resort with miles of hiking, biking trails. Kayaking.

Opposite direction, but we stayed at the Timberline Lodge, about 1 1/2 hours from Portland. Beautiful country. Lots of hiking. Quirky historic hotel. Get your Shining groove on.

If you're targeting the Willamette Valley, there are hundreds of wineries. The fam recommends J. Christopher or Soter.

Stay in the Atticus Hotel in McMinnville and base there.

Tourism Board.

The small coastal town of Yachats is really neat to watch the ocean, hike, crab, fish.

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tadman
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Cannon Beach

Multnomah Falls

McMenamins Lodge in Troutdale.


LSUintheNW
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I wish I had floated the Deschutes River.


It's a blast!



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LSUintheNW
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Bend OR, 3 hours away from Portland, is amazing


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Opposite direction, but we stayed at the Timberline Lodge,


The fastest route to Bend from Portland is on 26 which takes you right next to Hood and you can check out the lodge on the way.

7 min up and you're there.

Stopping at Trillium lake is a must just for the view but they now charge at the entrance which is BS. But the view....5 buck for the photo op now.



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LSUintheNW
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also hike the Trail of Ten Falls.


I was wondering what that trail was and hit the link.

Duh....no one calls it by that name locally.

OP, if you're going to the valley stopping at Silver Falls is a must.

Even if you don't do the full hike.


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LSUintheNW
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I really like the idea of heading up to Columbia River gorge area and Hood River.


If not going to head to the high desert of the Bend area drive highway 26, from Portland, to Timberline Lodge. Then go see the view at Trillium lake. Then take highway 35 to Hood River.

Views are worth the drive. Or do it in reverse of what I said. Either way is pretty.



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Snoop Dawg
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Would you recommend another valley to visit in addition to Willamette?


The Willamette Valley is huge, a region within a valley. All the lowlands between the Cascades and the coastal hills from Eugene to Oregon City is the Willamette Valley. It’s huge. You will have to head east of the Cascade Range for other valley wine regions, and most of those are in Washington (Yakima, Walla Walla, etc.)

Oregon Coast (Cannon Beach or Pacific City), Crater Lake, Bend (Newberry Crater National Monument is a must see, should be a Natl. Park), and the Columbia Gorge (Multnomah Falls, Crown Point, etc.) are ultimate Oregon destinations. If the weather is clear, and probably will be in July, drive to the top of Larch Mtn. when visiting the gorge waterfalls for views of 5 of the Cascade volcanoes (Hood, St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, & Jefferson).


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I would recommend skipping the valley and heading to the other side of the Cascades.

Crater Lake would be at the top of the list. It's about 90 mins South of Bend. Smith Rock State Park is another incredible spot that's about 30 mins from Bend. If you're wanting to check out the Timberline Lodge, it's about 90 mins away.

In and around town are a lot of parks, waterfalls, Pilot Butte, Newberry National Volcano Monument, and the Deschutes River.

There are plenty of restaurants all over town but most of the places that I've tried here really suck. The food(even fast food chains) is the one thing that I miss the most about living in the South.


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Nole Man
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Echo some of the comments in the thread regarding Trillium Lake (near Mt. Hood / Timberline Lodge) and Crater Lake.

Crater Lake could be up to 5 1/2 hour drive from Portland. Probably the most spectacular scenery I've seen in the world. But you have to really want to go there and plan for it. We based near Bend (Sun River Resort) and did a day trip. About 1 1/2 hours or so. Keep in mind unless you stayed at the Lodge, there's virtually no accommodations near Crater Lake. To me, staying around Bend would be the way to go. So much to do!

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Germantiger001
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Carlton is about 45 minutes from Portland. Hit Sotor & Ken Wright. Sotor is up on a hill with amazing views & worth doing their tasting. KW has a tasting room in town & tons of amazing Pinots


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Enjoy the weather


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DeltaTigerDelta
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Cannon Beach


Hug Point


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AUFANATL
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Five days isn't enough time to see the entire state. You probably know that but some people get tempted by Crater Lake or some cool spot on the coast and create an unworkable itinerary.

Since you are flying in and out of PDX I would do:

1. Portland
2. Astoria / Ecola State Park / Cannon Beach
3. Willamette Valley Wineries
4. Silver Falls State Park / Oregon Garden in Silverton
5. Either Mt. Hood, Columbia River Gorge or Eugene if you've had enough outdoor activity.

That provides a pretty good mix without too much travel time.

Alternatively, you could spend three days driving down the entire coast to Crescent City, CA. See the Redwoods, then take I-5 back to Portland.

Or you could go to the western part of the state via Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, Smith Rock State Park, Bend, Mt Batchelor, Newberry Volcanic Monument, Crater Lake, Medford...

Just depends on what you like to do.


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