** Skip this thread if you don’t like words ** Hey Northwest BA crew! I’ve been following your forum for a few months now… just counting down the days to my Oregon trip. I’ve done a ton of research already but I’m hoping you all can help steer me in the right direction for my upcoming visit if I’ve gone astray (beyond watching Portlandia). I’ve read the most recent “Visiting Portland”, “Visiting Tillamook”, and “Visiting Bend/Sunriver” threads. I’ve read the recent threads for the few local breweries that have recent threads. I’ve read about your epic bottle share and I really wish I had enough time to get to Fremont (been trading to land some bottles)! I’ve even hooked up a few NW BA’s with some great East Coast beer and suggestions while they were in my neck of the woods (looking at you @John_M and @DefenCorps ) I have always wanted to head out that way but my wife and I finally decided to pull the trigger after Extreme Beerfest where we struck up a great conversation with James from Great Notion (while in line for food of course). We started looking at all that Portland had to offer and then we decided that we didn’t want to limit our trip to “just” Portland. Instead, we have planned a week long road trip throughout the region that starts and ends in Portland. Our trip is finally coming up and I’m hoping the NW forum contributors can help us tweak our agenda to make sure we get the most out of it. And if it works out, we would love to grab a beer with some of you during our travels! Oh… and it is imperative that we keep the wife happy. If I want a fighting chance of ever making it back to the PNW, I need to treat this trip like our marriage is on the line. So, here’s what you need to know about her: Wild / Sour fan – I’m counting on you @deGardebrewing Oregon Pinot Noir fan – Accepting Willamette Valley recommendations. NEIPA fan – Very helpful “Juice Bomb” thread highlighting the #pnwneipa scene. You’re welcome for the new hash tag. We are hoping to hit the best drinkeries (beer / wine / coffee), to eat the best food (on a somewhat tight budget), and to visit some of the most quintessential places during our whirlwind tour. We love out of the ordinary and quirky places. We love classic and creative local food especially if we don’t have to use all of our beer money or wait hours for it. We don’t want to spend all of our time at bars or in breweries (except maybe while we’re in Bend) but we do want to break up our days with regular pit stops. Most importantly, we want to check out the scenery and watch the sunset with a beer in hand every night! If you can help us make that happen, that would be amazing. Since our agenda covers a bunch of different locations, I’m going to post a “reply” for each day of our trip. However, I’m only going to post one day of our agenda at a time and then I’ll wait a few days before posting the next day. The suspense will be killing you… and it will keep my thread alive as I will be regularly bumping it until just before my trip!!! I’m hoping that brilliant approach will allow you good people to reply back to any specific day with relevant suggestions… and it will keep it current. We are pretty “locked in” with regards to the actual start and end points for each day. However, the path from one location to the other is completely flexible… scenic routes are preferred but not necessarily at the expense of good food / beer / wine / destinations. We would like to have options for drinks and snacks (or easy meals) in each time slot even though we know we won’t be able to do it all. Obviously, we will end up lingering in some spots longer than others so we’ll just knock less exciting stops off the agenda. We have done several trips like this and now we do it to celebrate our anniversary every summer. I feel like I have a pretty decent idea of what we intend to do but it’s purely based on things that I’ve read while sitting behind a computer on the opposite side of the country. If you’ve been to any of these places and you have any insider tips, I would love to hear them... especially if there is anything notable happening while we’re in town. And if you happen to frequent (or work at) any of these places, we would love for you to say hi when we get there… even if you just want to share your thoughts on clam guns, grape lotion, and haiku. Look for the early 40ish year-old guy wearing an East Coast brewery t-shirt sitting next to the late 30ish year-old woman who looks like she is way too good for him (she is… tank top, great tattoos, etc.). With that said, constructive feedback (i.e. skip this place and add this place) is greatly appreciated. We just want to do this right and would love to meet some great people along the way. I may not have much to offer but I drink and I know things! Thanks, Patrick P.S. If any of you are willing to help me put together a small gift box of local specialties (like under $25) representing any of my destinations, I will gladly reimburse you in person. Sure, I could arrange to have flowers delivered (and I might still do that) to any of these places but I really want this to be memorable… and different. I would love to put together some type of gift box for each day (or stop) on the trip but I don’t want to be super touristy and spend a ton of time in gift shops. I want a local touch especially if I can surprise her with a “Welcome Packet” at a bunch of different destinations with local beverages (beer / wine / coffee / kombucha), local snacks, postcards, small souvenirs (especially if they’re slightly weird or even totally weird), etc. If you feeling like helping out a brother out, that would be amazing.