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Wife’s Birthday...Weekend Trip to ?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by servingu, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. servingu

    servingu Vancouver (not BC) WA (not DC) Member

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    My Wife’s birthday is coming up and I want to surprise her with a weekend trip to somewhere. My questions is to where? The catch is we can only leave on Friday night and will have to be back Sunday night (we run our own business and have to be back)
    I would like to stay local where we can drive there in at least 4-5hrs so I can carry WA/OR but if any of you have any cool or great ideas I will fly. Please let me know

    Las Vegas (she has been and I have not)
    Hawaii (neither have been but not sure if that’s what she wants to go. Has made mention of not understanding the hype)
    L.A. (she has never said no but I never asked)
    S.F. (we went there and didn’t like it)
    Seattle (we go there often to see family and business)
    Leavenworth, WA (I heard was nice??)
     
  2. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Vancouver Island by way of the San Juan Islands. Take the ferry from Anacortes WA outside of Seattle with stops at Lopez Island, Shaw Island, Orcas Island, Friday Harbor then to Sidney B.C.
     
  3. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've always been curious of this area, but haven't looked into it much. What would it cost a couple for a weekend trip such as this? Probably excluding B.C. since Jenny doesn't have a passport.
     
  4. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Newport on the coast. Visit the Aquarium, hit the beach. Go a little further south and rent some quads and head out on the dunes. Take a half day charter and go bottom fishing.
     
  5. sailorman2010

    sailorman2010 Tri-Cities, WA Member

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    Leavenworth, its like a small German town in the Alps, but only in Washington. Lots of hiking and stuff to do and see there. I highly recommend it!
     
  6. servingu

    servingu Vancouver (not BC) WA (not DC) Member

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    The only problem with that is time we cant leave here untill 5:30ish and we are in Vancouver and we wouldnt get there till after 9:30 or 10ish i dont think ferrys run that late. We are thinkin about going that way on a 3day weekend.
     
  7. slyguy

    slyguy Eugene Member

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    I'd second Leavenworth - pretty area, great little town with good food and drink plus some great back stops for target practice!
     
  8. DinhRose

    DinhRose Austin, Texas (Ex-Pat of SE PDX) Active Member

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    Vegas is a solid choice but it is what it is. Tourist, booze, and good times. Not much in the way of a new experience.
    Hawaii-2 days is too short
    LA-Grew up in this city and never want to go back
    SF-it's a beatiful city from afar...
    Seattle-sounds like you been there often enough but a neat city with alot of things to discover
    Leavenworth?

    I just came back from Jackson hole national park. It's a nice park and there's plenty of hotels near it. Great for the outdoor experience. However, women always state that they like camping but this usually means they don't.
     
  9. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    I've done this trip at least 10 times in the last 20 years, the price is all in what you want to do and where you want to stay. There are plenty of camp grounds on the Islands if you want to do that. It's been few years but it used to be that once you leave Anacortes you don't pay any other costs to roam from island to island at will. A lot of people bring mountain bikes and travel around the islands once they have established a camp. August is the best time of the year to go.

    Anacortes Terminal
     
  10. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Leavenworth, WA is cool, but you might actually want to save a trip to Leavenworth for around Christmas time. They REALLY do the town up for Christmas.
     
  11. duginsky

    duginsky Tualatin Active Member

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    Yamhill County wine country - very nice B&B's, good food, and if you are so inclined, some very good wines. Relaxing, a relatively short drive, pretty country. Do a little reading, play some backgammon. Low key...
     
  12. bugeye

    bugeye Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Go visit urban Washington County, 2 days will pass by in air conditioned comfort as you sit in traffic jams and road construction, and don't worry about food, every block has 20 fast food joints, and three 7/11's. For fun you can turn off the main drag and get lost for years in the maze of endless housing developments.
     
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    husker portland Active Member

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    Events
     
  14. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    Timberline Lodge.
     
  15. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Yellowstone in Idaho? :thumbup:

    Too far...
     
  16. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    I second this motion. My mother's 2nd marriage was up there during the summer. Its beautiful scenery, nice hotel/lodge, great hiking, romantic atmosphere (so I'm told), and they have St. Bernards by the door...