Thanks to everyone who guided us to great food in BEAUTIFUL Oregon! We enjoyed outstanding food and service at Wildwood and Red Hills Provincial Dining, and I took myself to Higgins one day for one of the best lunches of my life. (Lunching in solitary splendor, attended by their skilled and friendly staff, I felt like the 19th-century gourmet who, when asked the ideal size for a dinner party, replied, "Myself and the headwaiter.") 3 Doors Down was good too (love that Tuscan white bean pate) but they were a little chintzy with the wine (you can fill my glass about two-thirds full, please, not a little less than halfway...). Best dessert: the peach-blackberry walnut crisp at Wildwood, not sugary, I could actually taste the different fruits. Favorite wine: 2000 St. Innocent Shea Vineyards pinot noir, a little lighter in style than some others (all good) we had. Second favorite:2001 Cameroni pinot bianco, widely available. Took home some pinots from Domaine Drouhin and Erath, sure to be awesome.
Down the coast, we had very good Japanese food at Yuzen in Seal Rock. I think there's one in Lincoln City, too. I'm not a raw fish person, but my husband enjoyed his sushi, and it was beautifully presented.
I have to say, I was dumbfounded by the agricultural bounty. I've had great peaches before, but none to beat the Harmony peaches we got at a stand somewhere west of McMinnville. And the huge blackberries available everywhere were the best ever.
For unsurpassed hospitality and GREAT FOOD, I strongly recommend the Avellan Inn outside Dundee, and Georgian House in the Irvington neighborhood of Portland. Both were among the best B and B's we've ever stayed in.
Thanks again, hounds! What a wonderful trip--can't wait to return!