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5 days mid September

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5 days mid September

2 adults, early 50's with 5 days to drive. We plan to fly into and leave from Portland in mid September. Our plan in Portland is to wander the main parts of the city and enjoy an evening meal.

Can we fit the following into our trip?

1. Drive along the coast beginning at Cannon Beach with stops to see views/beaches/towns. How far south should we anticipate to travel in 1 day (beginning at 8am and ending around 6pm) ?

2.We would like to spend a day in wine country and would appreciate suggestions for 2 or 3 specific wineries to visit that have unique settings/styles or good wines in the $20 - $40/bottle price range.

3. Mount Hood.

4. Can we fit in the towns of Sisters & Bend?

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1. Re: 5 days mid September

We loved our time at Domaine Serene and Stoller Vineyards. We purchased a bottle of very nice Pinot Noir at Domaine Serene. Sokkol Blosser and Torii Mor are other favorites of ours. Jory @ the Allison Inn & Spa would be a great place for a meal. We stayed there several weeks ago, it is a beautiful property, they also have a nice patio area where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a flight with appetizers. Enjoy your trip! :)

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2. Re: 5 days mid September

You want to see Mt. Hood, but are you interested in the Columbia Gorge as well? Multnomah Falls is so pretty. You can make a loop, after you see Multnomah Falls, you can take 35 up to 26 and take the Timberline Lodge exit near Government camp.

If you just want to go to Mt. Hood, what do you want to see there? Timberline Ski Lodge? It's a WWII lodge. A WPA project and very interesting. To go into Mt. Hood alone, take I-84 to Gresham or Troutdale, then get off and go up the hill, it will be a numbered street like 257th or 282nd. When you get to Powell Blvd, take a left (you will be on highway 26.) YOu will pass Sandy, Welches, ZigZag, and Government Camp, and on the left, just before you merge with 35 you will see the sign.

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3. Re: 5 days mid September

Coast - You're starting your drive in Portland? Depending upon where you start -- and how *fast* you drive! -- it's about 1.5 to 2 hours to Cannon Beach. Allow at least an hour to see Cannon Beach, maybe more if you plan to walk around a bit at Ecola State Park.

Cannon Beach to Tillamook is about 1 hour driving time. Add maybe 2 hours for sightseeing stops here and there plus lunch. From Tillamook back to Portland is roughly 1.5 hours +/-.

Or, continue south on 101 to Lincoln City, another hour south (plus say 1 hour for stops), then it's about 2.5 to 3 hours back to Portland, depending upon your route.

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4. Re: 5 days mid September

If you have 5 full days you could probalby make it to Sisters/Bend for a long day trip from portland.

1 day at the beach

1 day in wine country

You could visit mt hood on your way to Bend and then loop back to Hwy 22 and Sisters-and over to Salem/Portland. It may be more enjoyable to spend the night in Bend/Sisters, but could be done in a long day.

If you spend the night in Bend/Sisters on your way home you could visit Silver Falls State Park between Salem and Sisters.

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5. Re: 5 days mid September

Thanks, we will begin and end our trip in Portland. A plan with a circular driving route to include coast, wine, Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood ,so continuing on south to Lincoln City sounds perfect. I need to research the location of the wineries that were suggested and then I will probably have more questions.

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The wineries syrahgirl suggested are all in the hills west of Dundee, off hwy 99W; wine country's most beaten path. Except for Torii Mor, which has a nice hilltop Japanese garden-like setting, I don't know that they're what you're looking for. For example, the lowest price bottle of pinot noir at Domaine Serene is over $40. Stoller and Sokol Blosser both have bottles priced in the $20 - $40 range, but there's certainly nothing unique about their settings.

My favorite wine country route is to visit some of the wineries off of North Valley Road, west of Newberg. Arbor Brook makes some very nice wines, all reasonably priced. Ayres, nearby, has a similar story: small, family run, good wines sold at reasonable prices. Then Trisaetum, where the Riesling is one of the best I've had anywhere (the pinot is very good too, but on the expensive side). Penner Ash also makes nice wines, and has one of the best of any views from its hilltop setting. And if you're looking for some of the best valued pinot noir around, check out Seven of Hearts, in downtown Carlton. Yeah.... hard to get excited about a downtown tasting room, but the bonus is that the wife of the owner/winemaker sells her chocolates in the same space, some of which are made from, and paired with the wine. First time I ever really "got" the popular wine with chocolate craze...

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You will find some wineries in the Gorge. They are Pinot Grigio and high country wines. I like them. If you stop at Multnomah Falls visitor information center, they have a wine guide for the Columbia Gorge. In the Willamette Valley, they have mostly pinot noirs. Beautiful areas.

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Thanks for the suggestions, these sound great!

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