The Pacific Northwest is home to lush valleys, verdant hillsides, and cosmopolitan cities teaming with amazing foods and beverages; it’s almost impossible to pare a gourmet food and beverage road trip down into just one weekend! So, we chose two special destinations in which you’ll find amazing bites, delicious wines, and even better views. Taste your way around the Pacific Northwest and enjoy the ultimate Pacific Northwest foodie road trip!
Day 1-2: Oregon Coast
If you’re going to spend any time along the coast, you’ve got to be on the lookout for great seafood, and the Oregon Coast knows seafood. Whether you’re in the mood for salmon, oysters, geoducks, or crab, you can find it here, and you can even fish for it yourself.
Start your trip off in Newport, Oregon and spend the day on the water deep sea fishing. There are a number of charters that will take you trolling for salmon, halibut, and tuna, as well as crabbing along the coastline. You can also expect to find rockfish and a Pacific cod variety as well. Keep your catch and cook it up for a hearty Oregon Coast dinner.
The Oregon Coast is also known for its dairy products. Once you wake up on Day 2, drive north from Newport to Tillamook, Oregon, located due west of Portland. This coastal town is home to the Tillamook Creamery, an institution most famous for its cheddar cheese. The creamery was founded in 1909 as a farmer-owned co-op and has since evolved into one of the most recognizable brands in the country. During your visit, you can tour the creamery, taste their best products at the Tillamook Creamery Food Hall, and shop their famous cheese curds. Tillamook makes cheeses, ice cream, yogurt, sour cream, and butter, all perfect for your favorite recipes.
After your factory tour and a well-deserved helping of ice cream, head north again to Cannon Beach, Oregon, the final stop on the Oregon Coast leg of your foodie road trip. It’s here in Cannon Beach where you’ll find the EVOO Cooking School and Restaurant. Book an EVOO Dinner Show experience to watch chefs prepare entrees and wine pairings while you learn about the elements of the dishes. In a little over three hours, you’ll taste three different dishes and wines, and you’ll be ready to turn in for an early start the next morning.
Where to stay in your ROAMERICA Campervan: Drive about 25 minutes east to the Saddle Mountain State Nature Area. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, and camp for the night at the base of Saddle Mountain.
Day 3: Washington Wine Country
The final day of your long weekend is all about wine. Washington’s Wine Country is made up of three different destinations: Tri-Cities, Walla Walla Valley, and the Yakima Valley. More than 240 wineries dot the hills and valleys of this region, which is known to produce wines with bright fruit flavors and crisp acidity.
It’s a bit of a haul (4.5 hours) to Washington Wine Country, so enjoy the journey. This is a road trip, after all. Stop in Hood River, Oregon to stretch your legs and grab a cup of coffee and make your way eventually to the Yakima Valley to try some of the region’s best varietals. Take in as many tastings as you’d like, and then make a toast to a weekend well spent.
Please be responsible and have a designated driver. Safety first!