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Bend to Eureka

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Bend to Eureka

On our vacation in October of this year, we want to explore the Bend area for possible future relocation. Two questions we need help with. First: Does anyone know where the best and/or up and coming areas we should look at in the Bend Oregon area (we are looking at maybe buying either vacant land to build or an existing home with a view towards relocating in a few years)? Second: When we leave the Bend area, we will be travelling to the Coast to head south to Eureka California. We need a clean place to stay on the coast en-route to Eureka. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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1. Re: Bend to Eureka

What route are you taking from Bend to the coast?

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We want to head more or less west to the coast from bend and then down the coastal highway.

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I guess I should have asked you, where at, along the coast do you intend on meeting up with hwy 101? Depending on which route you take, you can end up in Newport, Florence, Reedsport or Coos Bay.

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We would like to see as much of the coast on our way to Eureka as possible. So I was thinking of taking the most direct route heading west and pick up the coastal highway and head south. If I have to go back North a little from Bend and then go west to get a nice direct route that would be OK.

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In my opinion, coming from an Oregon coast native, places to stay that are decent and clean, in Newport: The Whaler and The Hallmark Resort. Not sure about Florence hotels. Reedsport: The Best Western or the Salbasgeon Inn are decent. Coos Bay/North Bend: The Mill Casino Hotel or Edgewater Inn are good. Bandon: Sunset Motel or the Inn at Face Rock. Further south in Gold Beach there are a couple of decent motels on Hwy 101 and beyond that I'm not sure. I did notice in the other postings for Oregon, the recommendations for scenic travel are very good, you might want to read them if you haven't already. My personal favorite towns are Newport, Coos Bay/North Bend and Bandon.

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Thank you for the information. I really appreciate the help. I will also check the other posts you suggest.

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Hey stryder,

I wrote you an exstensive note the other day and found I was not signed in, so I lost it all. In summation, you can take hwy 20 west from bend to 126 through Corvallis which at some point turns into hwy 34 to the coast, Newport specifically. I agree with the previous post that Newport is a great place to stop, and the Hallmark is a nice little place right on the beach. If you head north 25 miles or so from NPT you will find Lincoln city and some nice beaches along the way and some little condos in the town itself. Newport I think is your best bet though as far as not backtracking and have centrality. Check out historic Nye beach area and the little wine shop nezt to the Village cafe )i thinks is the name) and the Village place itself for some great coffee and service. Wendy is very knowledgeable at the wine/gallery palce with all wines. As far as Bend goes, I would love to help you out with info here. My wife and I just bought our 2nd home here, so were are very well versed in the current market. if you want to talk more candidly about #'s etc., you can email me directly at cochranedan@hotmail.com. I have some great connections here in the realty and mortgage business. Let me know. BTW, there is a great little B & B in downtown Trinidad (Humbolt) that overlooks the ocean if you are interested.

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As you head into northern California, Crescent City has a wonderful little motel right on the beach (just south of town) called the Crescent Beach Motel. It is always incredibly clean, nicely maintained, and if you get an oceanview room, it will be fantastic. That is a very nice flat, easy beach to walk on, and if you try an early morning walk you are sure to find lots of sand dollars. You can also see the lighthouse from the motel, and the barbecue joint next door (only open about March-Nov.) is terrific (although we also like the Thai House, closer in to town). You are right on the edge of the redwood forests there, and can backtrack a mile or so toward Crescent City and take Elk Valley (?) road to the Stout Grove. The Stout Grove is the area where one of the Star Wars movies was filmed--although it is hard to imagine because it seems so unaltered--and just the drive is worth it, but there are also lots of great hikes along the way. Be prepared to see no one on the trails--once you get about 50 feet away from the parking areas, you're in your own redwood world. Going a bit south you might want to stop at Trees of Mystery--very touristy, but they have a cool "gondola" ride through the redwood treetops that we thought was so unique--the view from the top is great too. If you have enough time, drive in to Gold Bluffs Beach State Park (slightly farther south) and walk through Fern Canyon. I heard some of the Jurassic Park movie was filmed there--it is an incredible place, and easy hiking. Watch for Roosevelt elk along the way--there is a viewing area along the road to Gold Bluffs Beach. (Hopefully you will have enough time to stop and enjoy these areas--we've been going to the Oregon coast and redwoods for about 15 years now and still find new beach areas, trails and hikes on every trip. Welcome to Oregon--we hope you like Bend! P.S. As former Minnesotans, we predict you'll like a relocation to the West--winters are milder, less humidity in summer (at least on the Bend side of the Cascades), easy access to lots of different microclimates--wonderful mountain views--we're glad to be Oregonians now!

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I agree with everything that has been posted! We live in Southern Oregon but have spent years exploring our wonderful state and especially the coast. One thing I should mention though is on your way to Eureka, at the corner of the road where you will turn off to go to the Fern Canyon, is a restaurant by the name of Rolf's. This is totally a MUST stop at! Fantastic food and lots of it. If there are 2 of you to share, you must try the Farmers Breakfast. I guarantee you will not go away hungry. But then everything that is made at Rolf's is fantastic!!!

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10. Re: Bend to Eureka

I live in Bend and there are fewer and fewer lots to buy and build - making the prices go very high. From my perspective, if you have the money, the westside is the most interesting and has the most cozy feeling (there are exceptions of course). The nicer homes are mostly on the westside. If you are looking to spend over $150,000 for a lot, you might find one in town. I suggest looking into one of the Brooks Resource's developments such as Northwest Crossing or Awbrey Park, the lots are sold to builders but they will build a custom home for you. Watch out for some of the golf course developments because many of them are suffering from instability of ownership and lawsuits. If you are less interested in being in the "trendy" area, you might consider areas just out of the city. Sisters, Eagle Crest, etc. Beware, as you go south from Redmond, it gets colder and snowier in the winter!

I know that you asked for a clean place to stay but it depends on your route to the coast and how long you plan to take to get there. You have several great choices for senic drives from Bend. I love HWY 20 or the McKinzey Pass route both via Sisters Oregon. They are windy and beautiful. McKinzey Pass has the historic lava look out that is worth the stop too. If you are heading south on 97 take time to drive up to the Paulina look out when you get near La Pine. Faboulous views of the Newberry creater and surrounding obsidian flows.