Few places are more fun for a family getaway than the Oregon coast. The coast is majestic, ruggedly beautiful with vistas mixed with small towns along the way. There is so much the Oregon coast has to offer, but I’m going to focus on a family-friendly itinerary on the central part of the coast. Here is how my family would spend a weekend away to make the most of a coastal adventure.
We will start our adventure in Newport, one of the larger cities on the coast and a core tourist destination. Home of The Oregon Coast Aquarium, multiple lighthouses, Yaquina Bay, and Rogue Ales headquarters. From there we will head North and hit a few more highlights.
Looking for a change of scenery (even if it means traveling an hour north) we headed to the heart of Willamette Valley wine country for a quick getaway. Fall in the Willamette Valley is beautiful. The heat of Summer has left, but it’s not cold. The air is fresh and earthy and it’s the one time of year you get some contrast of color to all the green. Also for those who live here, the rain hasn’t fully set in. This is the time where you aren’t sure how you are going to make it through the months of grey skies ahead.
It was my Husband’s birthday so we decided to celebrate up in the Dundee area in the heart of Oregon wine country. We technically live in wine country, but this is where most of the action is if you are looking for a lot of wineries in a close proximity. Our day started by checking in to our hotel in Dundee at the Inn at Red Hills. We stayed here because it was central, and the spot for flexible pick up with the NW Wine Shuttle which I pre-booked online.
Next we hopped on the shuttle which had multiple stops in a hop on, hop off format every half an hour. We had our stops mapped and were ready for some pinot. The shuttle was great overall and I loved having an option that was flexible.
Our first stop was Domaine Serene. It sits on a hill and is a grand main building. I was not expecting something this fancy honestly since a lot of Oregon wine country is low-key, but it is a stunning property. The views from the bar are spectacular and although it was busy they have plenty of seating indoor and outdoor.