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Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
Thu Jul 5, 2012, 08:51 PM Jul 2012

Visiting Oregon mid August

Hi Oregon Group,
My eldest daughter moved to Seattle a while back and my husband used to live in Eugene a quarter century ago.

We decided to fly into Seattle, pick up my eldest daughter and have a short trip down to visit your lovely state. Any ideas on what we should see or do? We don't have a lot of time. Getting in early on the 18th of Aug and have some commitments in Olympia, Washington that following Thursday before flying back home to Texas.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Visiting Oregon mid August (Original Post) Melissa G Jul 2012 OP
Rent bikes Eugene is very bike friendly gopiscrap Jul 2012 #1
Thanks! Any suggestions for the coast or northern Oregon are welcome. Melissa G Jul 2012 #2
Multnomah falls NWmomma Jul 2012 #3
Thanks! I'll get them on the list. Melissa G Jul 2012 #4
Some suggestions for you - Nostradammit Jul 2012 #7
Thank you! Spouse probably knows these areas. Melissa G Jul 2012 #8
We might have some of the same friends! Nostradammit Jul 2012 #11
Is the communal friends Melissa G Jul 2012 #12
Both! Nostradammit Jul 2012 #13
Newport Aquariam, Ripleys Believe it or Not gopiscrap Jul 2012 #5
I love OMSI. Melissa G Jul 2012 #9
which art museum? Melissa G Jul 2012 #14
Portland Art Museum gopiscrap Jul 2012 #15
Thanks! Melissa G Jul 2012 #16
Sure I love Portland gopiscrap Jul 2012 #17
Oregon Coast neeksgeek Jul 2012 #6
Husband loves that area also Melissa G Jul 2012 #10
the end of the Oregon Trail, of course grasswire Aug 2012 #18
Will do. Thanks! Melissa G Aug 2012 #19
If you want to support and meet Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, he has a barbecue on the 18th at 5 PM cascadiance Aug 2012 #20
Thanks for the invite! Melissa G Aug 2012 #21
Thank you so much Oregon DU ers! Melissa G Aug 2012 #22


(23,615 posts)
1. Rent bikes Eugene is very bike friendly
Thu Jul 5, 2012, 09:09 PM
Jul 2012

go to the U of O take a tour, stop in Portland on the way, thee's lots to do and between Eugene and Portland there's Salem, the State Capitol

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
2. Thanks! Any suggestions for the coast or northern Oregon are welcome.
Thu Jul 5, 2012, 09:25 PM
Jul 2012

We may or may not make it back to Eugene. We like nature and parks more than cities I think, but we are open to any ideas.


(22 posts)
3. Multnomah falls
Thu Jul 5, 2012, 10:01 PM
Jul 2012

You must visit Multnomah falls, not too far into Oregon near Portland...if you have the time Hood River is a lovely town with good eats and the scenery along the Columbia is spectacular.


Hope your visit is terrific!

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
4. Thanks! I'll get them on the list.
Thu Jul 5, 2012, 10:39 PM
Jul 2012

Thanks for the link. It looks gorgeous. I love a good waterfall!

Husband is researching various hot springs at this moment. I am such a water baby!

I'm sure it will be the best vacation ever!


(2,921 posts)
7. Some suggestions for you -
Fri Jul 6, 2012, 02:22 PM
Jul 2012

Silver Falls State Park if you love a good waterfall.


Our favorite town on the Oregon Coast. It's a little south but the drive down the coast is spectacular and Yachats is in the heart of the most dramatic scenery. The area between Yachats and Florence is one of my favorite places on Earth.


Manzanita is a cute little coastal town that's closer to Portland but is not overrun like Cannon Beach and Seaside are.

Let us know what you end up doing, would love to get your impressions of this great state.

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
8. Thank you! Spouse probably knows these areas.
Fri Jul 6, 2012, 04:33 PM
Jul 2012

I am passing everyone's good ideas over to him and letting him be the trip planner.

Apparently there will be at least one night in Eugene for a Jazz jam session with some of his old musician friends. Husband got his undergrad degree in music in Eugene.

I will report back to you wonderful, helpful folks after our trip!

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
12. Is the communal friends
Fri Jul 6, 2012, 07:40 PM
Jul 2012

because you live in Eugene or are a jazz musician or yet another category? Husband graduated in the early 80's. You can PM me if you prefer.


(2,921 posts)
13. Both!
Fri Jul 6, 2012, 11:58 PM
Jul 2012

But I've only been here for ten years. It's a pretty small town, though for a town this size there are a lot of great musicians, for sure.

Hope he gets to jam while he's here and I hope you all have a great time on your trip!


(23,615 posts)
5. Newport Aquariam, Ripleys Believe it or Not
Fri Jul 6, 2012, 10:09 AM
Jul 2012

In Tillamook: The Cheese Factory, McMinville: the Air and Flight Museum, Portland OMSI, If you're interested in religion: The Grotto, The Art Museum

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
9. I love OMSI.
Fri Jul 6, 2012, 04:36 PM
Jul 2012

I was once on a planning committee for a Science and Technology museum. The folks there were super helpful. Our group was given a behind the scenes tour. It was great! Wonderful place and people!


(23,615 posts)
15. Portland Art Museum
Mon Jul 9, 2012, 06:37 PM
Jul 2012

it's downtown, I think on 5th Street. The Grotto is at 83rd and NE Sandy BLvd. if you go take the elevator to the chapel on the cliff..it is well worth the view specially on a sunny day. Another thing to do when the sun is out is to drive to the Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) and take the Gondola over south of downtown..it's really fun!!!

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
16. Thanks!
Mon Jul 9, 2012, 09:08 PM
Jul 2012

We were not going to spend too much time in Portland this time around I think. My elder daughter insists on a pilgrimage to Powell's Bookstore with at least some of what time we have.

If we don't make all your excellent suggestions on this trip, I'll try them on a follow up excursion with just my elder daughter when there are less folks to get on board for any given location.

The Gondola sounds fun!


(23,615 posts)
17. Sure I love Portland
Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:03 PM
Jul 2012

it's one of my favorite places to visit. I spent a summer there working at 3 Portland Lutheran Churches and fell in love with the place!!!


(1,214 posts)
6. Oregon Coast
Fri Jul 6, 2012, 02:20 PM
Jul 2012

I'm not in the Oregon group but the Oregon Coast is just about my favorite place in the world.

My short list - Newport, Agate Beach, Seal Rock, Cape Perpetua!

All of the places I listed are on the Pacific Coast Highway a couple hours from Portland, and well worth the drive.

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
10. Husband loves that area also
Fri Jul 6, 2012, 04:44 PM
Jul 2012

He is lobbying hard for staying on the coast. I still remember some restaurant we ate at 18 years ago. (last time we were there) where the waves were crashing around us as we ate our lunch. Gorgeous!


(50,130 posts)
18. the end of the Oregon Trail, of course
Mon Aug 13, 2012, 02:22 PM
Aug 2012

Oregon City. There are some museums and historic houses to tour, with a free trolley between. It isn't a WOW thing, but interesting to Western history buffs.

The Columbia River Gorge is a must-see, and will include Multnomah Falls and Hood River. If you take the historic highway, you will see many beautiful waterfalls and vistas. You can also visit Bonneville Dam along the way.

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
19. Will do. Thanks!
Mon Aug 13, 2012, 04:01 PM
Aug 2012

We are leaving Friday night for Seattle and will be in Oregon by Sunday morning.
Thanks for the information.



(19,537 posts)
20. If you want to support and meet Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, he has a barbecue on the 18th at 5 PM
Tue Aug 14, 2012, 01:45 PM
Aug 2012

Only a few miles from where I live here in Portland right next to the zoo, so I think I'm going to try and make it. He's done a lot of great work for Oregon and our country since being voted in in 2008. Hoping he will lead us to reforming the filibuster rules (like he's been trying to during his time in the Senate) if we can get back the House and retain the presidency and the Senate in November.


Perhaps some other Portland area DUers might want to go too and we can have in effect a "meetup" there.

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
21. Thanks for the invite!
Tue Aug 14, 2012, 03:36 PM
Aug 2012

Unfortunately, between my husband's old friends and the many incredible sites of your beautiful state, we got pretty tied up already. Another time when it's just my daughter and I would be great though!

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
22. Thank you so much Oregon DU ers!
Sat Aug 25, 2012, 06:38 PM
Aug 2012

My family and I had a wonderful visit to your gorgeous state. Your excellent advice was invaluable!
We had a day in Seattle then then a night with friends in Vancouver WA.

Then came the Oregon part of the trip. Lovely day driving the Columbia River Gorge visiting waterfalls along the way. Ended up at Manzanita that night. Great recommendation! My husband lived in Oregon for 8 years, but had never made it that far up the coast. Stopped at the cheese factory in Tillamook.

Saw whales and sea lions on the way to second night at Yachats which was also fabulous! The coast drive to Florence was divine We shopped the Alphabits farm store on the way into Eugene. Visited with Eugene friends at a fabulous dessert store.

Spent night in the mountains in friends' lovely home outside of Brownsville.

Daughters wanted shopping in Portland and Seattle the next two nights and then back home to Texas. I did a little bit of work here and there on our trip.

Thanks again for your help in making such a nice excursion for us!

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