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Recommedations for Hood River, Willamette Valley, Portland

dinwiddie | Oct 7, 2011 08:36 AM

I'm going to spend about 8 days in Oregon beginning next week and would really appreciate suggestions for places to dine that are good representations of the area. We are celebrating an anniversary so some of the meals will be fancy, others won't.

What I'm looking for is fresh ingredients, innovative cooking, good wine, quirky places, etc. Any or all of the above. I wont' say that price is no object, but I'm used to paying DC fine dining prices, so I probably won't go into sticker shock, besides it is our anniversary week.

Suggestions for lunches and dinners are especially appreciated. We will be staying in Hood River proper, in/near McMinnville while in the Valley, and downtown while in Portland. But we will have a car and do plan to drive to the coast for at least a day (winery visits between of course) and would like suggestions for that too.

Thanks so much.

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