Should we book a hotel in Portland and travel out each day--or are there hotels along the way--should we book ahead or take our chances in June?
There are many towns and cities throughout the Willamette Valley where you can stay without the drive to and from Portland each day. I hope you will consider taking the Woodburn Exit off the Interstate and travel through Mt. Angel and Silverton. You'll find beautiful fields of flowers as well as many small shops to visit. While passing through Silverton, you may wish to continue onto Silver Falls State Park. The drive itself is very special and the parks lush greenery, tall trees and waterfalls are absolutely wonderful. You'll also want to visit the Iris gardens on the road between Silverton and Salem. Enjoy your visit and above all else, have fun taking lots of pictures to show everyone back home.
We went on a day trip from Portland to the coast and returned through the Willamette Valley. There were places along the way that we could have stopped, and a number of B&B's. I like having plans, so I would definitely check out Airbnb or vrbo if I wasn't lookiig for a specific hotel chain.
the nicest thing about Portland it's the proximity of attractions. my hood, the coast, Mt St Helens...all make great day trips
Hello for the month of June I would plan your stops and book ahead as it is high season to ensure hotel/bed breakfast. Of course you may camp again pre book is necessary , or may be hard or costly..
Use Portland as a base. I loved my hotel ( River’s Edge Hotel and Spa) because I was able to enjoy my down time or go into the downtown. The sauna and steam room were great after walking and exploring.
You don't have to stay in Portland. You can save a little money by staying outside the city. But if you are also wanting to see attractions in the city stay walking distance from the train. It gets packed during rush hours. Parking in Portland city is AWFUL. Oregon is popular. If you're picky about your hotel you might want to book in advance
We always book ahead so ensure we have a nice hotel. We stayed in downtown Portland and traveled via light rail/Blue Line each day. We met our tour guide at the Orenco station and he took us to the Valley wineries for tours/tastings. It was about 30+ minutes from the station we used in downtown Portland to Orenco....not a bad trip at all. We liked staying in downtown Portland so we could take advantage of the awesome restaurants, shopping and attractions without the hassle (and expense) of renting a car ($50 day hotel parking for self parking).
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