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Planning trip from Carmel through Oregon to Seattle

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Planning trip from Carmel through Oregon to Seattle

We are arriving in Carmel in early Sept. Planning a drive up the coast through Oregon to ultimately arrive in Seattle to visit our son. We have 5 days to get to Seattle so want to make the most of all our days. We would like to visit wineries in Cal and Oregon. Any recommendations for wineries, lodging, sites and/or restaurants along the way? Our itinerary need a lot of help!

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1. Re: Planning trip from Carmel through Oregon to Seattle

Five days is a very short amount of time to travel the distance between Carmel and Seattle. You will need to stop over at least one night before you even get to the Oregon border!

The wineries in CA that you are thinking about are north of San Francisco, and the wineries in OR are in the Willamette Valley and SW of the Portland metro area, not on the coast.

It's about 3-4 hours from Portland to Seattle driving straight through on I-5, so that is doable in an afternoon.

If you want to see the coast . . . rough idea here . . . north on Hwy 101 -- first night in Napa area; second in Eureka area; third in Yachats; fourth near Cannon Beach; fifth around Mc Minnville (wine country). Then up to Seattle. Your first three days are long, about 6 hours driving each day.

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2. Re: Planning trip from Carmel through Oregon to Seattle

Most of the wineries are inland in CA around Sonoma and Napa Valley and in OR in the Willamette Valley area between Portland and Eugene.

It will help to know how far you want to come up the coast and what sort of lodging you prefer, B&B, inns, hotels.

Suggest you post to the Portland forum with questions re: wineries. Also the CA forums.

It is about a 3 day drive up the coast from Carmel to Seattle, so you need to plan your stops accordingly.

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You need to consider how much time you "need" to spend at wineries. Each visit cuts considerably into your travel time. If an oenophile, understood. If just interested, and if you want the "pizazz", a few CA wineries might do it for you. If you want sights, then you might consider heading for, and focusing on, the N. CA (redwoods) and the OR coast, unlike anything on the east coast. As always, it depends on your interests.

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4. Re: Planning trip from Carmel through Oregon to Seattle

In Eugene, don't miss the King Estate Winery, very good wines, gorgeous tasting room and an excellent restaurant here. We have enjoyed 2 fantastic lunches at the winery, one out on the patio with gorgeous views of the vineyards and one inside by the fireplace when the weather was chilly this past March. Have fun! :)

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5. Re: Planning trip from Carmel through Oregon to Seattle

>> "Planning a drive up the coast ..." <<

Most of us do not consider Eugene to be located on the Oregon coast, as it is about 60 miles inland . . .

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