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The Glorious Pacific Northwest Coastline

A March 2008 trip to San Francisco by pabrams52

Hill House Inn of Mendocino Photo, Mendocino, California More Photos
Quote: Pity the poor person who has not driven the Pacific Northwest coast. This was my objective in my most recent journey to see the beautiful coastline from San Francisco, California north to Portland, Oregon. It didn’t let me down!

The Glorious Pacific Northwest Coastline

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The Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
Pacific Northwest Coastal DriveAnyone who has not driven up the northwest coast of our beautiful country has missed some scenic beauty beyond description. This country has untold quantities of breathtaking views but you have to get out there and appreciate them. This was our goal on our most recent domestic adventure.We rented a car and what grander way to begin our road trip than driving over the majestic Golden Gate Bridge! The road starts to wind and climb into lush hills with an abundance of green and foliage. Marin County is just plain beautiful. Our initial destination was Healdsburg, California, a qua...Read More

Country Retreat Bed & Breakfast

Hotel | "Country Retreat Bed & Breakfast"

Country Retreat Bed & Breakfast Photo,
Evelyn, the proprietor of this lovely home, works very hard not only to greet you as a visitor, but to make you truly feel welcome as a guest in her home. Her mountain side retreat is a lovely getaway from the hustle and bustle, and a picturesque one at that! The couple of rooms are themed and done in a cozy décor. Her home leaves nothing to be desired, as she has WiFi connection, DVD players (both in the lounge area as well as the bedrooms), pool table, hot tub on her back patio, pool and Jacuzzi and a breakfast like you don’t often get at B&Bs. She will cook you eggs, bisquits, bacon or sausage, fried potatoes and serve it with an assortment of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2008

Country Retreat Bed & Breakfast
16980 Coho Dr.
Brookings, Oregon
(541) 469-8884

Best Western Country Inn Photo, Fortuna, California
I’m not a frequent visitor to the Best Western chain but I did try this location while on our drive north up the California coast and was very pleasantly surprised.>The Best Western Country Inn in Fortuna, California is well-run, clean and a refreshing change from many of the higher-priced coastal properties. Once in a while, the wallet needs a break, and this is the perfect place to give it a rest. But, you’re not giving up comfort or service!The rooms are spacious and well-appointed. They have Wi-Fi connection, mini refrigerator, plenty of drawer space, nice shower, coffee-maker, and good lighting. A complimentar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2008

Best Western Country Inn
2025 Riverwalk Drive
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 725-6822

Hill House Inn of Mendocino

Hotel | "The Hill House Inn"

Hill House Inn of Mendocino Photo, Mendocino, California
A trip up the California coast simply isn’t complete without a stop at Hill House Inn in Mendocino, California. It is a charming destination and a lovely inn. Located approximately 3 hours north of San Francisco, it is reached either by the spectacular US 1, the more scenic coastal route, or Interstate 101 which is inland, and a little faster. Once there, you’ll fall in love with Mendocino’s particularly scenic coastline - a dream setting for photographers, amateur and professional alike!We were greeted by Mary Jo, with a warm welcome and a pleasant check-in experience. The inn has a cozy feel to it and offers some nice amenities, including select p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2008

Hill House Inn of Mendocino
10701 Palette Dr.
Mendocino, California 95460
(707) 937-0554

Heceta Beach Hideaway Photo, Florence, Oregon
Sometimes a road trip just begs for something different when it comes to accommodations. Hotels can become so "cookie-cutter" and predictable. Travelers sometimes want to break free of routine and try something different. So that is what I did when my husband and I made our drive up the California/Oregon coast.In preparing for our trip, I did a lot of searching on the web for acceptable B&Bs (bed & breakfasts) and through that process stumbled onto a fabulous opportunity for a rental vacation home. It happened to be in the area where we were going to be stopping for the night and I checked out the site: Heceta Beach Hideaway. Staying in a house v...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2008

Heceta Beach Hideaway
88598 6th Ave.
Florence, Oregon 97439
(925) 286-2970

Windsor House of Tea

Restaurant | "The Windsor House of Tea"

Windsor House of Tea Photo, Astoria, Oregon
What does one do when one is in Astoria and it’s raining cats and dogs? Well, you go to The Windsor House of Tea, of course! This delightful and serene tea house serves not only tea, in the sophisticated tradition, but also offers the customer a nice choice of lunch items as well.We stopped by their location on Marine Drive to wait out the rain and ended up having a most delightful respite and bite to eat. We each ordered our own flavor of tea along with some food. I had the delicious Harvest Chicken Salad sandwich and our friends ordered one of their heart-warming soups. You enjoy your tea and meal on a lovely table setting: tablecloth, d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 18, 2008

Windsor House of Tea
1044 Marine Drive
Astoria, Oregon 97103
(503) 338-6900