#1 Cannon Beach
Oregon is without question most famous for its coastline and Bed and Breakfast patrons have a wealth of options to choose from. Of all the areas one can visit up and down the coast, Cannon Beach must be the most spectacular section of coast in the “Beaver State”.
Haystack Rock, the largest of all the jagged coastal rocks in the state, is impressive, immense and iconic along the four miles of sand and rock. There are several Bed & Breakfasts to choose from in the town of Cannon Beach, which has a population of 1700 and hosts 750,000 tourists per year. As one might imagine there are plenty of great restaurants with excellent Pacific Ocean seafood and several less formal eateries for burgers, sandwiches and soups.
In addition to the actual coastline in Cannon Beach, there is a multitude of hiking trails that can be found throughout the area. Yet another attraction the area has for Bed & Breakfast enthusiasts is its history. The state has been home to a long list of indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Explorers, traders and settlers came to Oregon as early as the 16th century, most of which hailed from Spain. As far as American history is concerned, the many Lewis and Clark points of interest are well worth visiting. Whether you prefer to learn about the history of the area, or you prefer to simply go for a stroll on the beach, staying at a Bed and Breakfast in Cannon Beach will certainly not disappoint.
#2 Crater Lake
Nestled in the Cascade Mountains of southwestern Oregon you’ll find one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the western United States, Crater Lake. Contrary to its name, Crater Lake is not a crater, but rather an ancient caldera of an extinct volcano, Mount Mazama.
For people looking to stay at a B & B while vacationing in Oregon, few places are as awe-inspiring as Crater Lake. It’s known for the stunning blue clarity of its water and its depth of just under 2,000 feet, which makes it the deepest lake in America. Visitors can take a boat tour, wander around on the ninety miles of trails or take advantage of the historic 33-mile Rim Drive that boasts views from 30 overlooks. Crater Lake National Park surrounds the lake and during the winter there are a number of activities for tourists willing to brave the elements. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are just three examples of the many outdoor winter attractions. The Lake is just three short hours south of Portland by car and after a great night sleep and a big breakfast you’re sure to be well equipped to take advantage of all Crater Lake has to offer.
#3 Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River stretches over 1200 miles from the Rockies of British Columbia to the border between Oregon and Washington, and then into the Pacific Ocean. There are Bed and Breakfasts in nearly every town along the river and plenty to choose from on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge.
The gorge is over 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet in depth. It is very unique in that it transitions from temperate rainforest to dry grasslands in only eighty miles. What’s more, the Columbia River Gorge offers visitors literally anything and everything you can imagine regarding water activities with saltwater fishing being the only exception. Unlike Cannon Beach and Crater Lake, both of which have a limited number of B & B’s due to their limited size and scope, the Columbia River Gorge has several smaller towns along its route, each with a handful of Bed & Breakfasts to choose from.
Whether you’re after an extreme experience like kitesurfing or a more mellow trip such as hiking to some of the area’s waterfalls, the gorge has you covered. Cannon Beach, Crater Lake and the Columbia River Gorge all have plenty to offer those that choose the comfort and quaintness of staying at a Bed and Breakfast. They are just three great examples of why the state of Oregon is considered one of the most beautiful places in the country.
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