Here’s the deal: You’ve been dying to get away for a few days but time hasn’t been your friend. Life can hold you down sometimes, but not this time. You’ve got a long weekend ahead of you and the best coast, I mean, the west coast, is at your finger tips . Whether by plane or by car, you’re headed to the great Pacific NW for some R&R.
Where are you staying? Where are you eating? Libations? Attractions? We want it all. Share your experiences in the NW with us, and we’ll collate your submissions into a post all about the region and the best of the best, as shared by you, the community!
Obviously, since I wrote this and I am from the Northwest. I’ll bat leadoff:
Places to go:
The best beer in the country (come at me, beer experts! https://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/message/159131#159131 ), some of the best food in the country, and you’re within an hour of the Ocean, Mt. Hood, The Columbia River gorge, and a slew of hikes and trails to blaze (see what I did there?). Now, don't get me wrong, it's going to be a rebuilding year with the Trailblazers, but we'll be okay.
More beer. More outdoor wonders (Mt. Bachelor, the Deschutes River), and a gorgeous backdrop of central Oregon.
You guessed it, more beer. The Oregon coast is beautiful, and viewpoints of the Ocean dot the entire coastal highway. Great local seafood. IAHFLYR created a wonderful album that showcases the Oregon Coast! https://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/photoAlbums/1486#comment-18795
The deepest lake in the world. ‘Nuff said. It’s a sight to see, with camping and lodging all around!
Pike Place Market, fresh seafood, the Puget Sound. Seattle reminds me a great deal of home (Portland) but with more water! dth61 made a great post that mentions Seattle and more: https://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/message/124419#124419
This is just the tip of the iceberg that is the Pacific Northwest. razorbackfan knows what I’m talkin’ about:
Great insight, joshm!!
Say there was only enough time to visit one brewery, which would it be? Which beer would we have to try?
New story in The New York Times on Portland! What do you think of these recs, joshm?
Awesome list joshm! I think we need to add some stuff to this list:
kharada46, yes, the Museum of Flight is excellent! Been there, done that. Highly recommend. We also visited the Capitol in Olympia which is fun to tour, and the grounds and conservatory are beautiful. We went to a wedding in Ocean Shores and visited the beach and had some amazing oysters. We also enjoyed Bellingham which is a nice little college town. And we went to Vancouver and did the Aquarium, Stanley Park, Gastown, etc. Also drove PCH from Washington to SoCal one year which was quite a road trip.
kharada46, as a PS to the above, not sure how much time you spend in Florida, but the TPA airport has a mini-museum of aviation history that I found fascinating. There's a model of the airport and miniatures of various planes, etc. Tampa-Clearwater claims to be the birthplace of commercial aviation. Also, the airport in Naples, FL has a large collection of aviation memorabilia that is worth a visit even if you aren't flying in or out of there (no commercial flights there - only charters - I ended up there by accident when forced to return a faulty rental car to Alamo and that was the nearest Alamo location). And of course we did the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills, NC, which I'd highly recommend.
Thanks for the shout out joshm.
I just saw Potato Champion on "Triple D" a couple of weeks back, ever visited the joint and if so what is your favorite?
Another Portland and Seattle spot is Salty's Waterfront Seafood Grills - Hours. They have great Happy Hours and Sunday Brunch to go along with gorgeous views of downtown Seattle from the Alki location.
IAHFLYR, I second your recommendation of Salty's. We took the water taxi which worked great. I got fish tacos and a spicy margarita. We sat on the deck and had a great view. Good times.