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Monday, August 19, 2019

Pacific City Oregon

Beaches of Oregon -Pacific City

About and 1.5 hours from Portland is Pacific City, one of the go-to hot spots along the Oregon
Coast.  On a hot summer day, this beach feels very much like you are in a surfing town along a California coast.  The difference is the water is much cooler but you still get a ton of surfers and beachgoers.  Pacific City seems to be drawing more people each year and development has punched a bit of its quaintness.  One of the beaches most visible attractions is the enormous sand dune Cape Kiawanda Natural Area.   A popular area to climb to the top and see gorgeous views from the top. 
You will probably sweat a lot going up the steep dune, but your reward at the top will be worth it! 
The cape is also a great spot for Paraglider watching or if you want to pick up the sport yourself.

At the base of the dune, there are areas where you can bound around on rocks and boulders near the crashing waves, watch sea life and collect shells  Perfect for pictures and watching the waves, or maybe even a wedding!
One of the more unique things about Pacific City is the ability to drive right onto the beach.  This is because people launch their fishing boats from here.  I have to say it's a little strange always to be driving on the beach and seems so barbaric to nature, but even so, it's allowed.  Inevitably as the tide comes in you will find some struggling party screaming trying to get their car out of the sand while the wheels are turning and water is threatening to take over their vehicle. 

The biggest more popular place to eat is  The Pelican that sits steps from the sand overlooking the ocean and Haystack Rock.  This is 1 of 2 Haystack rocks on the Oregon coast, the most iconic at Cannon Beach.  I don't understand why they named a second one Haystack Rock when the naming of rocks meeting happened, but maybe it was one of those things where they didn't realize until it was too late and on a map.  Back in the day, they didn't have the internet to check things like this so an easy mistake I'm sure.  They both do look like Haystacks.  The Pelican has decent food, a little pricey, but sitting on the patio at sunset is one of my favorite things to do at Pacific City.
Nearby there are other things to do like floating down the Nestucca River!  Never done it but looks fun.  If you like Horses there is Horseback riding, fishing, hiking and kite flying of course! If it's too cold and windy outside and you still want to have some fun there is an indoor pool right behind the marketplace.  The Marketplace also has great souvenirs groceries and things you may have forgotten to pack, as well as great ice cream!


Stunning Views


Climbing the sand dune is hard but reward is great!

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Here are the best places to eat and drink in Pacific City.

The Pelican
Ben & Jeffs Burgers and Tacos
Doryland Pizza
Stimulus Coffee & Bakery
It can be quite windy at Pacific City!


Friday, August 9, 2019

The Allison Inn and Spa Review

Luxury In Yamhill County- The Allison Inn & Spa




The Allison Inn is a big player in Oregon Wine Country which apparently is home to over 500 wineries.   Otherwise known as Yamhill County situated in Newberg Oregon, the Allison is definitely a place to go for a special occasion.   It's on the pricier side of hotels.  Thanks to a healthy gift card we were able to stay one night and eat dinner with a little left over.   The staff is welcoming and friendly and once checked in will walk you to your room and show you all the details.  Details down to how to turn on the fancy lights and the ins and out of the fireplace and TV as well as where the spa and restaurant is.  A nice touch for sure.  The room was very nice and comfortable and we loved the balcony that overlooked the garden area.  There was even a basket of snacks included.  We always tread lightly with the snacks after a horrible mistake on our honeymoon where we didn't realize the basket of snacks provided, cost extra.  We ate about $50 worth of snacks in 5 minutes that honeymoon night.  We literally go in all search and recover mode trying to find the hidden cost list.  as our snack PTS is real! The Allison Inn truly gives free snacks, although I'm sure that is whey the room is so extra expensive.  The Allison has left no stone unturned when it comes to room comfort, cleanliness, amenities, and dining experience.   Our meal including wine and dessert and salads came to about $275.  It was glorious to say the least but again #giftcard.   The food and service were incredible.    We are not spa people but were hoping to take a dip in the spa's soaking mineral tub or pool.. and there was not a soul around every time we walked by.  When we finally went after dinner we were surprised to see it closed super early at around 9:00 which I think for a place that is really catered to Adults is way too early.  Most less expensive hotels close their pools at 10:30 or 11:00.  This was a huge disspaointment especially since we were not going to splurge on a spa treatment.  Hey, don't judge we are not really spa service kind of people.    All in all, it was a great experience but the prices charged seemed to be over the top in every way.  I imagine spa people going there for a weekend and throwing down 2-3k dollars for a weekend and honestly, I'd rather take that chance somewhere more tropical.

View From the Room



The Meals at The Allison Inn are delicious and beautifully displayed.  Please find everything you need here Jory

In house room service is very reasonable and delicious as well.  We did the charcuterie board full of delicious NW cheeses, crackers, and nuts.

Don't forget to let them know it's a special occasion, chances are you will find a welcome bottle of wine in your room!  

A side note:  Sometimes when they say it will be ready in 30 minutes they really mean someone will knock on the door in 10 minutes! So make sure you are dressed and ready.  Not that this happened or anything! Surprise!!


Things to do nearby: 
-Newberg is a nice little town with the main street of shops, coffee shops and restaurants.
-Wine Country is just minutes away!  My favorites are Stoller & Durant for their great atmosphere and good food.  Don't forget to try the olive oils at Durant.  
-Feeling like a Drive-in Movie?? Newberg has one of the only remaining Drive-Ins around. 
-Like Antiques?  Lafayette has some great options and further down about 30 minutes to Micminville you will find even more shops.
-McMinnville- Shops, Food, Air Museum, and Water Park

Pacific City Oregon

Beaches of Oregon -Pacific City About and 1.5 hours from Portland is Pacific City, one of the go-to hot spots along the Oregon Coast.  O...