In August 2014 we will be spending 10 days between Seattle and the Redwoods in Northern CA. We will be traveling from Alberta with our teenage boys who also share my interest in beach combing and watching the sunset. I am interested in where to stop to spend an overnight or two vs driving through for with a quick stop. Which towns have interesting shops to visit and farmers markets? On the way home we want to go through Portland and the Columbia River Gorge. Any advise would be appreciated.