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Oregon wine/food/beer road trip

pedro32 | Apr 10, 2008 01:56 PM

Hi everyone - long time reader, first time poster here. I'm looking for any input on restaurants, wineries, microbreweries, scenic little towns, hotels, etc. that I should experience on a road trip from Northern California all the way up through Oregon wine country. I am from Cleveland so I really have no knowledge of this area besides what I've researched.

The vacation starts in Northern Sonoma Co. where my family and I will spend six full days experiencing the wonderful food and wine of Sonoma and Napa, and hopefully make it down to the Central Coast. I'm pretty familiar with this area because I spent a week there 2 years ago, but any input would be appreciated.

From there, my girlfriend and I are going on a road trip through Northern Cali and up through Oregon wine country. The plan is to leave from San Francisco (where we're picking up the rental car) and hit some of the Mendocino Co. wineries, then stay in Eureka or Trinidad that first night. We will hopefully have time to visit the redwoods and other cool coastal towns. The second day, we will go to the Rogue River Valley area in Oregon and visit some wineries and hang out in that area for the day. We will then drive from the Rogue River area all the way up through Oregon and out to the coast, ending up in Astoria. I have reserved a room at the Cannery Pier Hotel which looks pretty amazing. The final two nights will be in the Northern Willamette Valley at a bed and breakfast so we can focus on the wineries, food, etc. in that area. I'm hoping to make it to Portland as well and have a nice dinner downtown one of those two nights.

I have the following questions:

1) Again, suggestions on restaurants (seafood especially), wineries, microbreweries, and any other attractions we should make an effort to see.

2) Am I trying to jam too much into this road trip? We are leaving San Francisco on Friday morning and flying out of Portland the following Wed. at noon. I'm just worried I'm trying to do too much.

3) If I am planning too much, what part of the trip should I eliminate? Should I skip spending time in Eureka/Trinidad/redwoods area and go straight up to Oregon? Should I skip the Rogue River Valley and drive all the way up the coast to Astoria? Should I keep the current itinerary and leave Sonoma a day earlier?

I really appreciate any input. It's not too often a teacher from Cleveland gets to experience the Pacific NW and I want to make sure I so as much as I can.

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