Romantic Getaways in Oregon

Located on the northeastern part of the country, the state of Oregon is famous for diverse landscape from windswept coastlines on the west, to high mountain ranges, evergreen forests and even miles of rocky desert. Besides it has a rich history of art and culture, which is patronized by its lively outgoing people. The state thus makes an excellent starting point if you are looking forward for a romantic vacation and here are some destinations to choose from.

Willamette Valley Wine Trail

Oregon is known as one of the best wine-producing regions in the country. In fact due to regional similarities in climate and soil, the grapes planted in Oregon are often the same varieties found in the French regions of Alsace and Burgundy. It enjoys worldwide recognition for it Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris amongst other varieties. The three main wine producing regions are Columbia Gorge, North Willamette and Central Willamette. Stretching south from Portland, the Willamette Valley is home to some 200 winemakers, and most feature a tasting room. Many have well-designed outdoor spaces with views almost intoxicating at their wines. In Willamette Valley, you can choose from nine wine trails, including the Salem Wine Trail which winds throughout the capital city of Salem and is home to 12 wineries and vineyards as well as the Eugene Wine Trail, on the outskirts of Eugene which features scenic roads, two restaurants and six wineries. Winery tours range from chauffeured driving tours to full-service tour companies and self-guided wine trails and many offer scenic lodging options as well.

Mount Hood

Located 50 miles east-southeast of the city of Portland is the majestic Mt. Hood, a favorite destination of vacationing couples. home to twelve named glaciers and six ski areas, Mount Hood hosts the only year round ski-season in the continent and is dotted with fashionable resorts any of which can excellent romantic getaways for you. Mount Hood is also a National Historic Landmark; with its amazing pristine waterfalls, miles of hiking and biking trials, camping, windsurfing and awe-inspiring views, Mt. Hood has something to offer to couples of every taste, especially those interested in outdoors and adventure. Mount Hood National Forest boasts of more than a million acres of Nature's best including numerous cross-country trail systems, more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails, dozens of crystal-clear alpine lakes and 80-plus campgrounds. In June, a romantic highlight is the profusion of the area's wild rhododendrons in the lower elevations; apart from flower gazing, mushroom collecting and berry-picking are also popular forest  pastimes for couples. You can spend a day taking a scenic drive on one of the Mount Hood area's beautiful byways, back-ways, or historical routes exploring the diverse wildlife and scenery. Don’t miss the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum which is situated on a 54-acre point of land adjacent to the Columbia River and the Historic Columbia River Highway. The site provides walking trails, a pond, and scenic overlooks.  Among recreational attractions in the area is the Mt. Hood Skibowl Action Park which apart from the usual winter sports also sees action in the summer, what with vacationers swooping down the dual alpine slide, playing a game of frisbee,  golf or taking the day off to do some serious mountain biking. Mount Hood offers various kinds of lodging options, ranging from Hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts to camping sites and RV parks.



Portland

With scenic surroundings and cultural attractions, Portland will appeal to couples on a romantic holiday who want the conveniences of a city plus the pleasures of the outdoors. Portland has as many as three exquisite gardens which means that you will not lack a place to court your sweetheart. The International Rose Test Garden contains more than 10,000 plants, and the best time to view them is between June and mid-October. The serene, 5.5-acre Japanese Rose Garden enchants with its five distinct garden styles, each designed to instill a feeling of peace and tranquility. Lan Su Yan, Portland's classical Chinese Garden, occupies a square block in the city center and features an enchanting teahouse for you and your beloved to unwind after you are done with your romantic strolls. If you don’t mind going a bit further from the city, a great place to visit with your partner is Mount Tabor which used to be an extinct volcano but is now a park that provides a perspective on the city. Hiking trails lead to the summit, and romantic couples can bond with each other in the delicious solitude. Portland also boasts of historic sites which can give you and your beloved a taste of the romance of the past. A sprawling, French Renaissance-style ch√Ęteau dating back to 1914, Pittock Mansion stands 1,000 feet above Portland in the West Hills, offering another picturesque aerie for landscape lovers. As the cultural capital of the state, Portland also offers a vast range of entertainment options. You can indulge your beloved with a romantic dinner at classy restaurants like Lucere and Oba , and later head for some action at upscale bars and nightclubs like Mint/820 and Purple Tooth.

Ashland

Located at the south end of the Rogue Valley, Ashland is as much a destination of culture aficionados as couples looking for a romantic getaway. the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is of course the highpoint of the cultural calendar of the state and attracts discriminating audience as well as popular crowds. Located in charming downtown Ashland, each season of the Festival presents 11 classic and contemporary plays on three unique stages in rotating repertory from February through October. If you are planning to stay for a while, the gorgeously-restored 1925 Ashland Springs is perfectly situated for a weekend at the theater. If the outdoors are your ideal setting for romance , take a walk along Ashland Creek running down from the hills along Lithia Park, along Calle Guanajuato, running behind the Plaza restaurants and storefonts, and through the center of town. There are plenty of picnic benches and sitting benches for contemplation and conversation in the woods, as well as duck ponds, playgrounds, two large greens and a skating rink in the winter. Yet another scenic place in Ashland is the North Mountain Park which apart from a nature center, demonstration gardens, playing fields has several acres of wildlife-friendly open space and trails. Other favorite activities for couples here are rafting on the Rogue and Upper Klamath Rivers as well as skiing or hiking on Mt. Ashland.
Art lovers too can find a great deal to do in Ashville. First Friday Artwalk is a free event held the first Friday evening of every month in which the galleries and wineries come together to indulge its romantic visitors. Here you can browse through Ashland's many galleries to meet the artists, see demonstrations and enjoy free refreshments and entertainment. Finally Ashland's status as a theater and tourist destination means it has a wide variety of dining and lodging options to suit the tastes and resources of its vacationing couples.

Cannon Beach

Among Oregon Coast's most popular destinations is Cannon Beach where high quality art galleries, luxury hotels, and superb restaurants appeal to couples looking for a romantic getaway. A great place to begin is the Ecola State Park where couples can take advantage of two sandy beaches, over 10 miles of hiking trails, picnicking, camping, and incredible Oregon Coast views. The 2.5-mile Clatsop Loop Interpretive Trail takes you along an old road and through steep forest trails. Here the Indian Beach is a popular spot for Oregon Coast surfers. Within Ecola State Park you can enjoy fabulous views both of and from Tillamook Head, as well as a view of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Haystack Rock, said to be the world's third largest monolith is another popular draw at the Cannon Beach. When here, don’t forget to visit the Cannon Beach Museum where you can see the actual cannon that gave the town its name. art lovers would find it worth their while to explore Cannon Beach's art galleries too which carry works in a variety of mediums, from expensive fine art to affordable crafts. Many of the works are by local artists and craftsman. Finally Cannon Beach offers a variety of lodging options and you can choose to enjoy the views from an oceanfront lodge or indulge yourselves in a charming New England style inn.