I'm hoping you can help me. My husband and I are flying into Portland on Saturday, 8/24/13 and will be flying back on Sunday, 9/1/13. We will rent a car in Portland. Our main goal is have a relaxing, romantic vacation and at the same time see some gorgeous scenery. We enjoy day hikes in the mountains, waterfalls, huge trees, and wildlife - especially whales, bears, elk, moose, etc. I reviewed a lot of the forum posts and didn't find exactly what I was looking for - so I'd welcome your suggestions.
We also like red wine (not sweet red wine), beer, and good food (not art on a plate that costs a ton of money).
Here is the plan I laid out so far for locations that I'd like to spend the night in (I wanted to spend a little time on the coast but not too many nights as my husband is not a beach person - he would rather be on the go than reading a book on the beach) and also wanted to see Bend/Smith Rock State Park as well as Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge. At this point, I don't have any reservations that I can't cancel.
Saturday, August 24th - Portland, OR (arrive at about 11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 25th and Monday, August 26th - Yachats, OR
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (August 27th - 29th): Bend, OR
Friday, August 30th: Mt Hood area???
Saturday, August 31st: Portland, OR
Sunday: September 1st - depart 1:00 PM
One of our best vacations ever was in Washington State where we went from Seattle to Olympic National Park, down the coast, then to Mt. Ranier (Stormking Spa was the best place to stay very close to the mountain), Mt. St. Helens, and then back to Seattle in a week. We're looking for a similar experience in a new city - we don't want to go back to places we've seen before. I know that OR is a beautiful state. I'm looking forward to the trip. Just need some advice to make this as relaxing as possible. .
Thank you so much for your assistance!!!