My FI and I are planning on taking a honeymoon to Washington/Oregon in late September/early October 2012. I figured you all might be the best source of information, so I decided to ask (if you don't mind too terribly much!)
We are major travelers and have been all over the world, but for this trip, our budget is low (a wedding and FI finishing school) and we don't have much time (he's in the military, and will just be going active duty, so we won't be able to guarantee dates until a few weeks before maximum). So we decided staying in the US made the most sense, and we've always wanted to see the Pacific Northwest, so I think it will be the perfect honeymoon destination for us!
We are looking for a trip for approximately 2 weeks - we can fly into and out of either Portland or Seattle. We want to spend a minimum of 2 nights in each location, and an absolute maximum of 4-5 nights. We don't mind long drives as long as there isn't too much traffic (beautiful scenery is a plus) and we don't mind driving around a lot during the trip.
We like cute B&Bs, not too expensive (under $200/night) and with amazing breakfasts. We want to basically drive around, stay in B&Bs, go wine tasting & beer tasting, eat delicious food, go hiking, horseback riding, and maybe another adventure - hang gliding, hot air balloon, etc.
Any suggestions? Must hit sights? Great B&Bs? A suggested itinerary? Tourist traps to avoid? What are the best wineries and breweries to visit, in your experience and opinion?
Thanks in advance!!! I've cross-posted to the Washington-Seattle, Washington, & Oregon local boards, so I apologize if you frequent more than one of those!