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Yaquina Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast
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9 Days In Oregon – Ask an Innkeeper

9 Days In Oregon will be a great adventure for sure

Waves and Wines, Cascade Peaks and Waterfalls

Lyn from Louisiana asks:

I am planning a trip to Oregon in September for about 9 days. We’re looking to spend a couple days on the Oregon Coast. We really only want 2 days of our trip to traveling time, so I prefer something not too far apart that all my time will be on the road. Any must sees? I generally prefer small towns with charm and not so much big city life.I would also like to know more about tours, so my husband can enjoy the trip too. It sounds as though we have two airport options, I’m leaning towards Eugene, again prefer not too big of a city. ANY help is appreciated.

First, we’ll  tackle the easy question:

Yes, Eugene airport is an option. Eugene might be a bit more expensive, but not too bad. The Portland Airport is actually relatively small and you skirt the city on freeways to get out of the area. It might work to fly into Eugene and out of Portland to avoid extra driving?

Next: Oregon is a big state. This itinerary will lead you to Waves and Wines, Cascade Peaks and Waterfalls. 

Map of Waves and Wines, Cascade Peaks and Waterfalls itinerary

Day 1-3 – From Eugene head toward the Oregon Coast via Newport Oregon, Depoe Bay and on up the coast to Lincoln City and either Baywood Shores or Brey House B&B (3 hours driving)

  • Yaquina Head Lighthouse and the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The tallest lighthouse you can find along the Oregon Coast. Featured photo
  • Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center
  • Lincoln City revels in kite festivals and glass blowing, saltwater taffy and music festivals. Be on the lookout for the colorful glimmer of hand-blown glass floats when exploring our Oregon Coast beaches
  • Support local artists with Tax free shopping

Head back into the heart of Oregon’s Wine County only about an hours drive.

Day 4-6 -Pair your exploration of Oregon’s wine country with a stay in one of our member Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfasts. I’ve pinned Youngberg Hill Inn for reference as they are in the heart of Oregon’s Wine country, and to also mention they produce awared winning wines. Oregon Bed and Breakfast inns combine uniquely styled accommodations with locations that are close to the valley’s many attractions, many of which go far beyond award-winning wine, including:

  • A world famous wine country that offers 440 wineries, producing award-winning Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling using the grapes from 647 vineyards in the region
  • Organic farms providing livestock and produce for fine dining at area restaurants and selling at their own farmers markets
  • Several craft breweries, cideries, meaderies & distilleries
  • Culinary events that pair the food and drink of the valley with its wonderful sights
  • Urban attractions in the college towns of Eugene and Corvallis
  • An active arts culture & museums can be found throughout the region
  • Scenic drives & biking routes that connect it all on back roads and through covered bridges
  • Silverfalls State Park
  • Salem State Capital Mall
  • Support local artists with Tax free shopping

Mt Hood and the Columbia River Gorge

Day 7-8: 2.5 hours Northeast from Monmouth to the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast near Mount Hood.

A spectacular view of Mt Hood, pear orchards and a red barn

A spectacular view from the Solera Brewery Beer Garden – photo credit Old Parkdale Inn

Back to Portland through the Columbia River Gorge

Day 9Explore the Columbia River Gorge

View of the Columbia River Gorge from Crown Point

The innkeepers with the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are certainly the best resource to ask what to see, what to do, and where to eat near them.

Flying in and out of Portland would only be adding a few extra miles, same number of days, and you’d certainly see a bit more of our diverse state. Might even consider staying a day or two at the Fulton House B&B, a Portland bed and breakfast

  • Portland to Lincoln City
  • Lincoln City to Newport to the Willamette Valley
  • Willamette Valley to the Old Parkdale Inn
  • Old Parkdale Inn through the Columbia River Gorge and back to Portland.

Hope this has stirred the adventurous traveler in you. And we look forward to welcoming to Oregon. Do tell our innkeepers OBBG referred you and we’d love to see photos of your adventures.

Where to Stay. What to Do. Where to Eat. Where to Play

The Oregon Trail of Waterfalls Map from the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will inspire you. Download the map and start the new year right with some Oregon inspiration. We’ve included where to stay, things to do in Oregon, where to eat. You’ll find a mountain of epic trip ideas for your next outdoor, cultural or culinary adventure in every corner of the state. Now more than two dozen inns are ready to help you plan your most EPIC Oregon road trip!


Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

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