Nick and I enjoyed a quick 4 day trip to Oregon. We started in Portland and visited the Gorge and then made our way towards the coast. This was one of my favorite vacations because it was so incredibly beautiful. The scenery in Oregon is unlike anything you will see anywhere else in the world.
We spent a full afternoon driving through the Columbia River Gorge and enjoying the natural beauty. The forests are vivid green and teaming with waterfalls. We just got lost and explored all of the scenic lookout points and parks it had to offer. There are a lot of signs that direct you to these areas, which makes it very easy to find your way around. But if you’re a planner, then this site on travelling in the Gorge is a great resource to help you plan your adventure.
The Oregon Coast
After our sightseeing adventure in the Gorge, we drove out to the coast. Even the drive from the Portland area out to the coastal towns is absolutely spectacular. We saw mountains and miles of picturesque farmland as we drove towards the Pacific Ocean.
Sand Lake Country Inn
We stayed at the Sand Lake Country Inn, which is a bed & breakfast located between Oceanside and Pacific City. It is easily my favorite B&B to date. The hosts were fantastic and breakfast was truly to die for every single day. Though, the best thing about staying here is the COFFEE! If you request it, they provide you with a french press every morning. Best way to start your day EVER!
Things To Do
This was a very short trip for us, but we made the most of the time we were there. We went horseback riding on the beach with Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides in Pacific City. We then spent the day in town and and enjoyed some delicious wine at Twist Wine Company’s local tasting room.
We also spent an afternoon and evening in Oceanside, walking on the beach and hiking through a small cave in the rocks. When dinner time came, we had a wonderful meal at Roseanna’s Cafe. The restaurant sits up on the dunes above the beach and the view is both romantic and completely serene.
On our last day there, we went on a short nature walk/hike and then visited Cape Meares Lighthouse in Tillamook. The forest was filled with massive trees and lush greenery. The picture of the fallen tree with the person in front of it is actually of me. I’m about 5’6″ and that photograph shows just how massive the tree’s root system is. Stunning, isn’t it?
This wasn’t my first trip to the coast, so I wanted to share a quick thought from my first visit. Further south along the coast near Florence, there are some pretty amazing sand dunes. They have dune buggy rides that are wild and crazy fun! So, if you have more time, it is definitely worth the day trip!
Oregon is a beautiful place to spend your vacation. It’s peaceful and relaxing, without the hustle and bustle of the city. We both loved this vacation and plan to head back that way sometime in the near future. We will definitely make sure we stay longer next time.