We're taking a trip this summer to the OR coast and have gotten some great advice about the marjority of our time in the SW (Ashland, Crater Lake, Rogue River/Tu Tu Tun Lodge) on these boards.
Hoping to get some expert input on one final part. And, promise in advance, will report back in late summer with a detailed western Oregon report!
After we leave TTT Lodge, we'll have just a couple of days to spend on the central OR coast before we head into Portland for our last few days (and where we're pretty set with restaurant plan--know that city much better than the coastal areas). Also important background, we love wine almost as much as food (but not quite) and have been through the Willamette Valley before. Not opposed to doing that again but not sure.
The question: what would people recommend for a 2-3 day stopover (or can be 2-3 single night stopovers) for the best/most interesting food options? We're totally flexible on type of food as long as its very high quality/interesting, etc. Can be any price range so more about value whether roadside stand, five star restaurant or anything inbetween.
Q1: Would you recommend we spend the time heading up the coast (which we've never seen) or head inland through the wine country(which we've seen only a bit--McMinnville & Carlton mostly)?
Q2: For the coastal route in particular, what are your reccs for stopovers and places for great food?
Have gotten some limited but pretty mixed reviews on the coast. All seem to agree it's beautiful and breathtaking at points but totally unclear to us whether there are very good/great food options anywhere between Gold Beach and Cannon Beach in the north.