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Where to stay in Portland area

A group of 6 adults, we will be driving from the California Redwoods towards Seattle and need an overnighter on the way. Newport was suggested to us as was Portland but we want to see the Spruce Goose Museum on the way and I knnow it is a little south of Portland. Any suggestions woud be appreciated.

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1. Re: Where to stay in Portland area

The Spruce Goose is only a hour or so away from Portland. And an easy drive. I would recommend the Embassy Suites in Downtown Portland for the best value and most space.

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2. Re: Where to stay in Portland area

Thanks for the help _I'll check it out

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3. Re: Where to stay in Portland area

OUr favorite place to stay in Portland is the Riverplace Hotel. We stayed there again in March and really enjoyed it. It has recently been totally renovated and the property is very, very nice. We had a King Deluxe Riverview Room that was perfect. You will have acess to their athletic club down the street and there is also a private spa where we enjoyed a jacuzzi and dry sauna after a day of sight-seeing around Portland. Our room also included valet parking and a breakfast for two each morning. We love being down by the water and shops and restaurants are also down the riverfront. The Harborside and Newport Bay are both within walking distance from the Riverplace Hotel. www.riverplacehotel.com Cheers! :)

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4. Re: Where to stay in Portland area

If you want to stay near the Spruce Goose, then look at the McMenamins near there. The McMenamin brothers buy old, unique buildings and turn them into really interesting hotels/restaurants/wineries/brewpubs/theaters all in one location. The website to see these is www.mcmenamins.com.

If you plan on staying in downtown Portland I would recommend the 5th Avenue Suites. The location is wonderful and the entire downtown area is walkable from there. Even though I am a local, I stayed there a few weeks ago and it was truly a great place with a great staff. They have a restaurant there as well, the Red Star Tavern, which is very good and is wonderful to go for a late dinner and be right at your hotel.

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5. Re: Where to stay in Portland area

If you choose to stay nearest to the Spruce Goose Museum (aka Evergreen Aviation Museum, www.sprucegoose.org) you can stay in McMinnville at the Hotel Oregon as mentioned by Mtngrl.

We stayed at Hotel Oregon two nights last November. It's an old building (just turned 100 years old) and has alot of quirky "charm" (which may or may not be to everyone's liking...). Rooms are fairly spartan, with antique furnishings and bathroom fixtures; also no TV's. However, elaborate hand painted murals decorate the hallways and every room has a "theme", based on the local townsperson it's named for. Off the lobby is a bar which serves pub food and good beer (The McMenamin brothers have a chain of restaurants, pubs and hotels in Oregon & Washington). There's another bar on the rooftop, with a nice view of the area. Also next door to the hotel is the truly excellent Nick's Italian Cafe. I highly recommend eating there for dinner if you stay here.

Another option to consider (if you want to stay south of Portland) is Corvallis. Maybe someone from down there can post particular suggestions on where to stay. I'm just trying to think of places for you to stay that are near the Museum, so you won't need to backtrack if you want to start the day by seeing the planes before heading to Seattle.

Hope this helps you,

Brian

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6. Re: Where to stay in Portland area

Why not stay in Licoln City if you are thinking of going up the coast road? The Spruce Goose is 1 hour north of Lincoln City and on the way to Portland anyway. I wouldn't stay in Portland unless you were going to visit the museum on your way.

If you want to take I5 up instead of the coast highway, you could stay in Salem as well. It is about 35 minutes from Salem to the Evergreen Aviation center where the Spruce Goose is. I have made this drive many, many times. Pretty scenery.

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Since the museum is only open from 9 to 5, I would suggest just stopping on the way from California and staying in Portland. You will be driving through the heart of the Oregon Wine country. You can stop at the Oregon Wine Tasting Room in McMinneville for a sampler of some of the local wines. The tasting room specializes in wines from wineries that are too small to have their own tasting room.

Believe it or not you should pick up a bottle of Spruce Goose Pinot Noir. I find it in the grocery for 9.99. Its definately one of the best bargain Pinots you will find. I'd be happy to learn about more if anyone knows of a better find.

19690 SW Hwy. 18

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9 miles SW of McMinnville

Tasting hours 11am to 6PM

www.winesnw.com/oregonwinetastingroom.htm

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8. Re: Where to stay in Portland area

I would suggest Newport or Lincoln City. Coming from the redwoods in the summer up the coast highway can make you suicidal. It takes forever to get to your destination...plan on traveling about 40 mph the whole way on the average, with much of that being 25-30 with brief bursts of 55 mph, stuck behind RV's.

Also, there are places to stop along the coast yo uwill probably want to see.

So by the time you hit Newport, I think you will be DONE driving. Check out Chinook Winds casino's hotel if you are into that sort of thing.

As for the McMenamins chain, they are fun to see, but if you are Evangelical Christians you might not like the theme of the places, it might give you the willies. The McMenamin brothers are into occultic religion, and the artwork around the place reflects that. Some are worse than others, and I haven't been to the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville to speak of it directly, but I used to lead art tours of their other locations in the Portland area. Eating there is one thing, but some people really don't like sleeping in those places.

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9. Re: Where to stay in Portland area

We prefer Newport to the Lincoln City area. The Hallmark Resort is very nice and they have a great restaurant there, Georgie's Grill. There is a great aquarium, wax museum and working waterfront in Newport. It's a great place to spend some time. You may want to pick up a copy of Oregon Coast magazine to help you with your plans and decisions for the Oregon Coast. :)

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10. Re: Where to stay in Portland area

I've been around Portland for a while, sanmarco, and had my share of beers and wine in numerous McMenamin's. But until reading your post, I hadn't known that those guys were involved in the occult. Thanks for the info. I'd always thought the decor was sort of '60's - '70's weird, and now it all makes sense.