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Best of the West Coast: Hotels, Restaurants & More

Best of the West Coast: Hotels, Restaurants & More Photo

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Posted on August 20, 2009 in Trip Ideas

From the islands of the Puget Sound to the beaches of San Diego, the West Coast’s natural beauty is a big draw for travelers. But it’s the little wonders of the West--that charming B&B, that unforgettable oyster stew--that make a trip truly special, and summer has seen IgoUgo travelers celebrating just these secrets. Here’s a handful of members with insider tips you’ll want to remember when the Pacific calls.

New member OR_Native clues us in to the charming Celilo Inn in The Dalles, Oregon, saying, “If you're looking for something in The Dalles with a little more class than your average roadside motel, Celilo Inn is the perfect place. I'll be back again soon.”

Another West Coaster new to IgoUgo, ginsmith2002, is on the right track with her Nice, California, recommendation: the Featherbed Railroad B&B, where “rooms are converted railroad cabooses with different themed decor.”

Prolific hotel reviewer moviegal226 has new reviews from Berkeley, Santa Rosa, Napa, Fairfield, Bakersfield, and Irvine that dispense advice for where to stay and where to steer clear in CA. The Homewood Suites Fairfield/Napa Valley scores top marks with a room that “felt like a home” and “was actually nicer than” moviegal226’s first apartment.

Valley local Lilly Anderson recommends that visitors make a pit stop at CornerStone Sonoma for “playful” displays in an “outdoor garden gallery,” plus “three different tasting rooms, six unique shops, a wine country visitors bureau, and a café.”

Wisconsinite cmeekins03 is sharing her Jam-Packed Family Trip to San Diego, during which her kids (but mostly her husband) particularly enjoyed LEGOLAND. Her most important tip for a visit? “Be a kid--have a blast!”

IgoUgo foodie sopranolynn is back with an enticing San Francisco restaurant pick, the Swan Oyster Depot. “Go to the Swan for the oyster stew,” she says. “On a cool, misty morning, it really hit the spot.” She goes so far as to say that the “neighborhood seafood market” was “definitely one of the highlights” of her visit to the City by the Bay.

Finally, longtime member ak1 found Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle a “magnificent place to find beauty in nature and to feel relaxed while out exploring.” And nature and relaxation are just what a West Coast trip should bring.

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