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Old 03-04-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Sounds like you've done well in picking activities to get a flavor of Portland. As far as the beach trip, Cannon Beach would be the easiest and perhaps most enjoyable. Plus Oswald West State Park/Short Sands Beach and Ecola State Park are both very close to Cannon Beach and beautiful if you want to be more outdoors and in nature rather than wandering in tourist shops. You might even see surfers out on the waves.

I would also recommend a drive out the Gorge or up to Mt Hood. You can even make an easy loop of Mt Hood in a day by drive US 26 to 35 to I-84 back to Portland.
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR / Las Vegas, NV
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According to Google maps, Cannon Beach is 80 miles and Lincoln City is 90 miles. However the drive time to Lincoln City is about 30 minutes more.
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Old 03-04-2010, 06:49 PM
 
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According to Google maps, Cannon Beach is 80 miles and Lincoln City is 90 miles. However the drive time to Lincoln City is about 30 minutes more.
Tillamook looks like it's about equidistant too, is there stuff to do there? Can you tour where they make the cheese or something cool like that? Is there a "stuff made from cheese" lunch spot? We like cheese!
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:46 AM
 
Location: PNW
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There is a tour that allows you to watch them package and make the cheese. They have a gift shop with all kinds of Tillamook cheese, spreads, crackers, fudge, and locally produced smoked meats, fish, and shellfish. There is also an ice cream parlor and cafe in the factory, and last but not least, free samples. The fresh cheese curds are the best (who doesn't love squeaky cheese?). Obviously I'm a fan.
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Old 03-06-2010, 07:41 AM
 
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There is a tour that allows you to watch them package and make the cheese. They have a gift shop with all kinds of Tillamook cheese, spreads, crackers, fudge, and locally produced smoked meats, fish, and shellfish. There is also an ice cream parlor and cafe in the factory, and last but not least, free samples. The fresh cheese curds are the best (who doesn't love squeaky cheese?). Obviously I'm a fan.
Sounds like a good time! So is there somewhere near Tillamook with actual beach access? I think after coming so far that we'd really want to you know, walk on some sand a little bit and dip our feet in the "other" ocean at least ceremonially (we realize it'll be cold). Looking at Google Maps, it's not immediately obvious if there's someplace on either side of the bay to park, get out, and wander around a little on the ocean side?

ETA - here is a Google Map itinerary (http://tinyurl.com/ykfhw44 - broken link) for a possible Tillamook shore trip, what do folks think?

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Old 03-06-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Oregon has some really wonderful places to see. But I notice in your original post you said you were researching a potential move. Are you also interested in information on places to live? Are you looking for something specific?
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Old 03-06-2010, 09:44 AM
 
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In my opinion Lincoln City is not very attractive--too many junky shops, and tourist junk in general. Ditto Seaside. Cannon Beach is too crowded and touristy. Best bets on the Oregon Coast near Portland are Manzanita and Oceanside --charming, fairly rustic (especially Oceanside) and untrammeled by tourists. The drive through the Wilson River Valley on Hwy 6 to Oceanside is also pleasant.
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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Oregon has some really wonderful places to see. But I notice in your original post you said you were researching a potential move. Are you also interested in information on places to live? Are you looking for something specific?
We are primarily interested in the Portland/Vancouver metro area, and would ideally like to live right in the middle of Portland itself (we're not big fans of suburban...anything). However with the realities of employment competition out there, we're aware that we might need to "do some time" in the 'burbs if that's where we initially find opportunity.
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Old 03-06-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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We are primarily interested in the Portland/Vancouver metro area, and would ideally like to live right in the middle of Portland itself (we're not big fans of suburban...anything). However with the realities of employment competition out there, we're aware that we might need to "do some time" in the 'burbs if that's where we initially find opportunity.
You are smart in being cautious about the employment situation. Meantime enjoy your visit. Any of these suggestions of places to visit are great.
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: PNW
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Sounds like a good time! So is there somewhere near Tillamook with actual beach access? I think after coming so far that we'd really want to you know, walk on some sand a little bit and dip our feet in the "other" ocean at least ceremonially (we realize it'll be cold). Looking at Google Maps, it's not immediately obvious if there's someplace on either side of the bay to park, get out, and wander around a little on the ocean side?

ETA - here is a Google Map itinerary (http://tinyurl.com/ykfhw44 - broken link) for a possible Tillamook shore trip, what do folks think?
I would go to Cape Lookout, it's not that far and there is both day use and overnight camping available.
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