Oregon: The Great Honeymoon Escape
Rustic and majestic, Oregon‘s overwhelmingly beautiful terrain doesn’t even hold a candle to the amount of romantic things to see and do on a honeymoon. From visiting craft breweries in the greater Portland area to tasting award-winning Pinot from the world famous Willamette Valley and cozying up in a coastal beach house on some of the most gorgeous West Coast beaches – Oregon isn’t shy about its offerings.
Whether you love the outdoors or the beauty of the indoors looking out, a honeymoon in Oregon isn’t just a destination, it’s a delicious diversion.
Greater Portland Area – Foodie and Fashionista Paradise
Often called America’s new food Eden, Portland is one of the most passionate cities about blending their own farm fresh organic food with their dining experience. The Cheese Bar or the Cool Moon Creamery in downtown Portland, are both prime examples of local business owners and food artisans finding their rhythm.
Most specialty cheese shops or creameries in the area offer cheese tastings as well as delicious hand-cranked ice cream direct from a classic wood barreled freezer. One of the last foodie frontiers in the States, you literally can stumble into any one of the restaurants in the downtown city center and find fresh, organic fare from local farmers.
If craft breweries are on the honeymoon itinerary, Portland won’t disappoint. With world-renowned brewmasters setting up shop here, couples can sip samples of famous ales from the likes of Deschutes, Widmer, and McMenamins. The best news about eating and drinking in Portland is that shopping between stops is incredible. With walk-able gems like the Pearl District and Pioneer Place, you can literally spend days in the labyrinth of easily navigable downtown blocks noshing, napping, and nabbing some of the best food and threads in the state.
Willamette Valley – Sip and Be Hip
Napa Valley rued the day when the Willamette Valley burst onto the wine scene with its 200 wineries to choose from. This lush, fertile slice of tannin heaven not only provides couples the opportunity to sip some of the best Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Pinot Noir in the country, but the rustic beauty of its covered bridges connect wine country to the vibrant pulse of college towns Eugene and Corvallis. With cafes, art shops, adorable B&B’s, and unique restaurants, the Willamette Valley is a wine taster’s paradise.
Oregon’s Coastal Region
Just when you thought you were sold on an Oregon honeymoon, you discover there is so much more 363 miles more to be exact. The coastal region of Oregon is unlike any other stretch of West Coast beach. Without the tropical flatness of Southern California and devoid of constant rain and clouds like Washington state, you truly get the best of both in Oregon.
Whether you want to try sandboarding across the Sahara-esque sand dunes in Florence or explore the water-meets-rock awesomeness of the Cape Arago Beach Loop, couples can literally frolic with sea lions one moment and stroll through fragrant botanical gardens the next.
With hundreds of beach cottages to choose from, this stretch of heaven isn’t nearly as costly as the East Coast or California which means you can sit back and stay awhile.