An Oregon Honeymoon

If you’re thinking about honeymooning in Oregon, you probably already know that this beautiful and underrated state has a lot to offer. Some people call it an outdoor playground and they’re definitely right. Rugged coastlines that stretch for 363 miles, scenic mountains, sandy deserts, hot springs, waterfalls and old forests that feel like you’ve stepped back in time are all waiting for you in Oregon. Another great thing about the state is that it doesn’t take an entire day’s drive to make it from rough coastlines to pretty mountains. This means you can do it all in a reasonable amount of time. That’s on the honeymoon checklist for sure.

When to visit:

Oregon’s part of the country, the Pacific Northwest often gets a bad rep when it comes to weather. What most don’t know is that Oregon’s climate varies depending on season and location. In summer, there are plenty of tourists because of the warm weather. If you’re not so worried about your tan and would rather explore the mountains, fall is the best time to visit. The leaves are changing and the crisp air make for the perfect hiking conditions.

As for winter, most of the state gets pretty cold and snow isn’t uncommon. Experts say that September is the best month to visit. With the combination of warm weather, not very much rain, and thinner crowds, you’ll have your pick of outdoor activities and scenic views. If you can’t make it in September, any other season will be just as adventurous in Oregon. Just remember to come prepared!

What Type of Couple Would Enjoy a Honeymoon Here?

Because of Oregon’s outstanding outdoor views, most people living here are pretty earth conscious and forward thinking. Marijuana is legal here, which isn’t a big deal to the locals. There are also certain cities that ban plastic bags. The people in Oregon are kind, sustainability friendly, avid outdoorsman. What kind of couple would enjoy an Oregonian honeymoon? Anyone who is down to interact with friendly locals and experience one of the most underrated states in the nation.

Portland:

The infamous city is well known for it’s weird vibe and dedication to staying cool. It’s Oregon’s largest city and is full of fun things to do. Art and culture are a big deal in Portland. Along with an awesome beer scene and plenty of rivers, parks and mountains, you won’t be bored in Portland.

What to do:

Check out Powell’s City of Books: This independent bookstore is famous for being the largest in the world. The sheer number of books in this store is mind boggling and you’ll totally want to see it.

Sauvie Island: If the weather permits, make a day trip down to Sauvie Island for a picnic. It’s only ten miles from downtown and is one of the largest river islands in the United States. Great way to kick off a honeymoon!

Where to Stay:

  • Staypineapple at Hotel Rose: This boutique hotel location is located in the middle of downtown Portland. If you want to be close to everything, enjoy an on-site bistro and bar, fully stocked bar in your room and free bike rentals this is the place. Plus you’re walking distance from Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
  • The Benson: This hotel is in the old chinatown part of Portland and has an international restaurant, a 24 hour gym and is decorated in a beautiful and historic way. If you’re looking to go luxury for your honeymoon, this hotel is a great choice.

Seaside

This beautiful town is well named and any time spent in Seaside should be spent in or beside the Sea. There are plenty of rental companies in town that provide travelers with access to bikes, boards, kayaks and canoes if they’re looking to venture out into the water.

What to Do and Where to Stay

Walk the Prom: The Prom is Seaside’s infamous boardwalk and you should definitely spend some time on it.

Inn at Seaside: This hotel has complimentary bike rentals, an indoor heated pool and freshly baked cookies upon arrival? You had me at cookies. And then again at bikes. Honeymooners can also spring for the romance package which includes a bottle of wine, single long stemmed rose, delicious premium chocolates, late checkout and rose petals on the bed.

Ashore Hotel: This hip former motel has undergone serious renovations. They only opened last July and rooms have metal barn doors, wood paneling, fireplaces in the room and is a short two minute walk from the beach.

Cannon Beach

What to do:

Haystack Rock: This huge rock formation was formed millions of years ago from lava. It’s part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and definitely a local landmark. You won’t believe how big it is, and how small it makes you feel, especially once you’re right up on it. Go hang at Haystack Rock, you won’t regret it.

Cannon Beach shopping: There is great, weird shopping at Cannon Beach. Much of it is handmade and from the locals. Go explore and you’ll head home with some cool souvenirs and trinkets.

Where to Stay:

  • Surfsand Resort: Chic and Cozy, earth-toned rooms have nice tv’s, free wifi and some have ocean views. The surfsand also offers free ice cream socials and hot dog roasts. This property is in the middle of downtown Cannon Beach and is an easy walk to everything entertaining.
  • The Ocean Lodge: This hotel is situated on a beach just south of Haystack Rock. It’s also close to Haystack Hill park and Tillamook Rock Light. The warm undertones throughout the hotel coupled with private balconies and patios will make sure honeymooners relax. They also have a library with an open fire- which would be the perfect place to curl up with a book on a cold night. And they’re pet friendly!

Willamette Valley

Oregon Wine Tour Package: Southern Willamette Valley wine region is a really romantic area for honeymooners. The Oregon Wine Tour Package is a perfect combination of where to go and what to do. The package from the Inn at the 5th in Eugene includes a bottle of red or white Sweet Cheeks wine, a wine tote, a wine opener, and a half day wine tour.

5th street public market: Here you’ll find Oregon-grown retailers like Will Leather goods, plus a wine bar, coffee shop, and plenty of exploring to do.

Marche: this beautiful French restaurant is close to Inn at the 5th so you can walk to dinner. The food and wine is supposed to be amazing!

Sunriver

This scenic town set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains will make sure that every honeymooner gets plenty of relaxation and adventure.

Where to stay:

  • Meredith Lodging: Many people don’t consider vacation rentals when traveling- but they should. Most houses are only 20 miles from Mt. Bachelor and they’re even close to golf courses, swimming areas, spas, and restaurants. This private lodging is a great option for honeymooners. They have 18 Sunriver houses to choose from.
  • Sunriver Resort: This resort is only minutes from the town of Bend and is a prime destination for honeymooners. There is plenty of natural beauty on the property. The resort also boasts a world-class spa, horseback riding, paddle-boarding, canoeing and 40+ miles of hiking and biking trails

What to do:

Sunriver Observatory: This is a great place for a romantic date. Sunriver’s elevation and location make it the perfect place to stargaze. This observatory has the largest collection of public telescopes in the country. Get ready to see some beautiful stars.

Ski Mt. Bachelor: This mountain has the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington. If you’re an avid skier or just looking to get out of the room and enjoy the slopes, Mt. Bachelor is a great option. During the summer, the mountain offers biking, disc golf and hiking too.

Newport

Newport can be found on Oregon’s central coastline and is brimming with fun and adventurous things to do while on your honeymoon. Plus the town of Newport is cute and romantic. You’ll love it.

What to do:

The Oregon Coast Aquarium: the best place to find out what’s in the water! They have local marine life with underwater walkways and a seabird aviary.

Yaquina Bay State Park: This is where you can find the 1871 historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. Surrounded by a beautiful basalt rock beach, this is the perfect place for honeymooners to settle in for a romantic picnic on the shoreline.

Where to stay:

  • Whale Cove Inn: This elegant property is right off the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. Whale Cove Inn has balconies with ocean-view hot tubs, an upscale restaurant, beautiful gardens on property that lead down to the ocean. They don’t have AC, so bring a box fan if you need to, although Oregon’s weather is usually pretty mild.
  • Hallmark Resort Hotel: This classic seaside hotel does it up right. Many of the oceanfront rooms have fireplaces, kitchenettes and 2-person whirlpool tubs. If you don’t feel like going to the beach that is just over a mile and a half away, they have an indoor saltwater pool a sauna, gym, and a casual restaurant. This is a great place for honeymooners to get back and spend some time in beautiful Newport.

Hood River

This beautiful Oregon town is the go-to spot for foodies, hikers, and adrenaline junkies. It’s called the windsurfing capital of the world and is at the crossroads between the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountain Range.

What to do:

Windsurfing: Ever thought about windsurfing? This is the place to do it. The Columbia River can often be found with adventure enthusiasts hitting the water. Some are windsurfing while others are kiteboarding or sailing. Take your pick! But remember to pack asprin, because you’ll probably be sore the next day.

Hood River County Fruit Loop/Hood River Lavender Farms: Hood River is famous for its fruit trees. Some well seasoned bikers like to bike the 30 miles of rolling scenic hillsides. You can buy local strawberries, blueberries and pears if they’re in season, too. If you’re not interested in going that hard, The Hood River Lavender Farms is beautiful. You can see the fields in bloom and also shop for essential oils, soaps and honey. Great honeymoon activity.

Where to stay:

  • Westcliff Lodge: This property is located directly above the Columbia River. It’s one of the best places for watersports, skiing, mountain biking and wine tasting while exploring the Gorge. The lodge is set on five acres of pine trees, wild flowers and scenery. Their well known for the weddings they throw and also  have picnic table meals available. Plus, almost everyone raves about their beautiful sunset trail. This romantic getaway is a perfect spot to unwind for your honeymoon.
  • Columbia Cliff Villas: Columbia Cliff Villas Hotel offers euro-style lodging in Hood River. Looking over the edge of a 210 foot cliff, honeymooners will never forget the breathtaking views they see in Hood River. This property is one of the Northwest’s top rated destinations. Their boutique lodging is popular for weddings, ski retreats and romantic honeymoons that they help orchestrate.

Crater Lake

The south-central Oregon lake is the main attraction of Crater Lake National Park and is famous for its rich blue color and crystal clear water.  

What to do:

Drive the Rim Drive: This 33 mile road is one of the top national park roads in the US. From here, you can see the lake at every possible angle. The road has plenty of trails that jet off the main Rim Drive so you can get out and hike whenever you’d like. There are breathtaking views waiting up at RIm Drive.

Boat to Wizard Island: This is one of the rare places on earth you can see a volcano INSIDE a volcano. Wizard island is just the tip of an underwater volcano that sits in Crater Lake. Kayaking and Canoeing isn’t allowed on the lake to prevent invasive species from destroying the habitat, but you can hop on a boat and get up close to the beautiful volcano. It’s weird, cool and definitely one of the strange abnormalities on the lake.

Where to stay:

Crater Lake Lodge: This property has been operational since 1915 and puts guests right in the middle of all the lake’s beauty. The rooms do have free wifi, although there are no tv’s or ac. The lobby has a beautiful fireplace and plenty of activities to keep honeymooners busy like boating, hiking, and rock climbing.

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