and to clarify this will be at the end of august. thanks!
If you go back up I-5 Ashland, Oregon, where the Shakespeare Festival is. It's a cute little town even if you don't see a play (though you should).
I've driven this section of I-5 several times, and my priority has never been a "nice spot to stay" but rather a convenient spot to stay. There are many many decent traveler motels along this route. Find one with a pool for an evening swim (August will be hot in Northern California.)
The entire drive is something like 10.5 hours. Stopping in Redding is only a seven hour drive from Portland. Williams is a nice little town. Maybe you can make it all the way to Vacaville. How long can you sit in a car, knowing that every mile you drive gets you closer to your desired destination?
The Riverside Inn is in Grant's Pass. We have stayed there many, many times. As much as I like the place, you can do better since it is a honeymoon getaway. I would check out the Weasku Inn in Grant's Pass. We have stayed twice in the river cabins, there. This is a very nice property with alot of charm and history. The cabins have river rock fireplaces, very nice bathrooms and there are spacious grounds for relaxing in Adirondack chairs, and you can walk down to the Rogue River, also.
Ashland is another consideration, we like the Plaza Inn & Suites, there, try to book a spa suite, they are very nice. You can walk to all the restaurants and plays from this property. Another place we love in Ashland is the Ashland Springs Hotel, a historic property right in downtown Ashland.
Chateaulin, Peerless, Winchester Inn, Lark's and Amuse are all great places to dine in this area. Enjoy your trip! :)
Since Portland to Napa is less than a 10-hour drive, I'd be tempted to do the whole thing in one day. We've done it many times. Seems a little silly to overnight in Ashland (sillier yet in Grants Pass), which is only 4.5 hours from Portland, unless you get a late start. And there's really nothing honeymoon nice between Ashland and Napa.
So, if you do decide to break it up into two days, consider doing a coastal route, especially if you've not seen Oregon's southern coast and/or the giant redwoods. Another thought would be to take I-5, but do a detour up to, and take a spin around Crater Lake, in which case Ashland would make better sense. So would Crater Lake Lodge, if you were lucky enough to get a reservation.Edited: 05 August 2010, 22:48
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