Pacific Northwest lodging & food
Posted on Jul 02, 2013 by
My wife and I are visiting Portland, Oregon and vicinity (wineries, Mt. Hood, northwest coast), Seattle, the Olympic peninsula, and probably the San Juan islands in May and June 2008. We`re in our mid-50s, love good food and wine (good, not expensive), reasonably fit, love the outdoors, and are interested in a wide variety of things but definitely not into clubbing or the late-night scene. Our budget is high-economy to moderate, with an occasional splurge. I`d love any information you could provide about restaurants, markets, wineries, lodging, sights, etc. I also have some specific questions:
Any recommendations for Seattle hotels, or should I say $eattle hotel$? Of course, we`re looking for a nice place near or within a reasonably long walk to downtown without the four to five star prices I`ve been finding. We don`t need a lot of amenities and frills, but do want a very clean, safe, well-located place. So far, interesting options are the Gaslight Inn, the MarQueen, the Mediterranean, Silver Cloud Inn-Lake Union and the Mayflower Park. Any comments on these? Any others?
We`re very interested in local, PNW food and wines. We live in the D.C. area and can get great and expensive meals anytime. We want the real PNW, the places the locals love and the food that reflects the local ingredients. Any recommendations?
And last, any recommendations for lodgings in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, the Olympic Peninsula, or the San Juan Islands? Have any stayed at the Juniper Lane Guest House?
I know this is a broad request, but I`d appreciate any insights you could provide. Thanks!