We are so excited: Oregon and Washington are virgin territory as far as DH and I are concerned, though we've been up the California coast and flown to Vancouver several times. I've tried searching this board, but most inquiries have been pretty focused on restaurants in specific towns or cities, or the hounds in question have had more time--or just enough time to grab a quick bite along I-5. We want to see (and eat) as much as possible of the Pacific Northwest in the couple of days we have to and from Vancouver.
We are hoping to arrive in the Medford area from SF late Friday night, and leave Saturday morning in time to arrive in Vancouver for dinner on Sunday. What is the best way to spend the time (and the meals!) between the those two places? We'd love to see the coast and eat some fresh seafood along the way--picturesque lighthouses serving freshly caught seafood would be ideal, though they probably only exist in my imagination. But we've loved the few wines we've tried from the Willamette Valley, too, and would enjoy seeing how it differs from Napa and the Anderson Valley.
Since we will be staying two days in Tofino in Vancouver Island, should we skip the Olympic National Park and spend the time exploring Seattle instead? Would Mt. St. Helens or Mt. Rainier be worth the detour from a food and scenery perspective?
Sorry if I sound giddy, but the prospect of interesting new food in a beautiful new region has that effect on me.