Creamy Chocolate Martini
1 Jigger Vanilla Vodka
Sandlake Country Inn Bed and Breakfast, Pacific City, Oregon is Voted "Most Romantic Hideaway" by Inn Traveler Magazine & "Simply Sublime" by Best Places to Kiss in the NW; we enjoyed a romantic getaway with double jacuzzi tubs, a gas fireplace viewed from both sides (the bedroom on one side and the sitting room on the other), a private deck & a 4-course breakfast delivered to our door both mornings. We stayed in the Starlight Room and had the whole upper floor to ourselves. The Pacific Ocean was less then 5 minutes from the front door.
Below is a photo of the living room open for all as we entered the house. The atmosphere was cozy and the shelves were lined with movies and music, ready to be borrowed and enjoyed.
Since our anniversary is several weeks ahead of Christmas, we were able to relax before the holiday rush for Christmas season really set in. The drive was long, about 6 hours but we left early on a Friday morning, ready to enjoy every part of our getaway. So many beautiful ice sculptures to look at and a raging river with large pools of ice was usually to one side or the other of our drive.
The Sandlake bed and breakfast, as mentioned earlier, is close to the middle part of Oregon's coastline. The raw beauty is amazing to take in. Washington has a maze of mansions along the waterfronts and yet Oregon's coastline has so many open areas where vehicles are welcome to drive onto the beaches, small fires to keep warm by on chilly afternoons, open quiet spaces (many times not seeing another person) are all part of the scenario.
Every restaurant we visited overlooked the ocean. Romantic, delicious and breathtaking scenery. I truly love what the great Northwest has to offer. The variety and beauty can feel beyond words, leaving a person mesmerized and in awe.
The first restaurant we found in Pacific city, Or was the Pelican Pub & Brewery. My pictures are so dark but I hope you can get the jist of the location and surrounding scenes.
Sitting in the restaurant, looking out a window, you get to look at the waves washing onto the beach and Haystack Rock (the air is chilly and no one was near the water at the time of this picture):
Pacific City, OR is tiny and recluse. Small sand dunes could be found across the street, in parking lots and driveways. The largest grocery store in Pacific City could be compared to a small Mom and Pop grocery store where I live in Port Orchard, WA.
We researched a few places before leaving and Barnacle Bill's Seafood Market kept coming up as the absolute must to try. The business is nothing to look at, in fact, we almost didn't stop as it appears to be nothing more than a tiny fish market. The reviews I read said they have been smoking salmon since the 40's or early 50's and offers the best smoked salmon people have ever tasted. Available in moist, medium and dry . . . we took the moist! You get the feeling they either catch it themselves or get it right off the boats each day. Definitely the best smoked salmon we have ever eaten! Here is the address and phone number: 2174 NE Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367
Another stop was at Wine 101. The wine shop is just across the street from the ocean front so you get a killer view plus Mary (the owner) was our server, offering artichoke dip and crackers, large wine selection to sample from, a small fireplace to sit by in overstuffed chairs. You are invited to relax and stay a while. Mary even gave us the must go to restaurants for our anniversary dinner Saturday night. Larry and I felt overwhelmed with Internet pictures and write-ups so Mary's suggestions were wonderful! She would know, the lady enjoys talking about food as much as we do.
Just a little shop but between the warm company and entertainment inside and the coastline view outside, definitely makes this a must-stop place anytime of the year. What a cold, rainy, windy day and all my pictures are so dark.
Mary suggested appetizers at Fathom's restaurant at the Inn at Spanish Head, located on the 10Th floor. Appetizers start at $1 to $2 and include seafood with a phenomenal view of the waterfront. Just Gorgeous! Unfortunately, winter time gets dark way to early and our view was hard to get a picture of too.
Mary said appetizers only here and for a romantic dinner, go to Tidal Rave Seafood Grill (279 U.S. 101, Depoe Bay, OR (541) 765-2995) and we would not be disappointed. You have no idea just how right she was! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous and the food was huge portions of melt in your mouth everything with a cocktail hostess with talents to match. The wine selection to match the menu - Perfect!
I took no food shots because we did not take my camera into the restaurant. Seafood fettuccine, seafood anything, looks and tastes delicious. The restaurant's food seems to get mixed reviews on the Internet but everything we had, including the seafood fettuccine and a fillet of salmon were perfectly cooked, over-sized portions and the dishes tasted delicious. If you can not quit thinking about how good the food was long after you have left the restaurant, then the restaurant is a keeper. Tidal Raves is just such a place.
Sandlake B&B caters to seclusion, romance, and comfort. A partial canopy bed, dark, soft colors and another partial picture (I know, I know):
Looking outside the bedroom is a full-sized dining room with a table large enough to seat 6 comfortably. We could not believe our eyes. A full, private dining room in your own suite! Unheard of. Every part of the suite was filled with lace and crocheted curtains, dining table clothe, decorations . . . romantic!
Another lovely partial picture, I kept forgetting to take pictures because of everything there was to take in. The house is a historical landmark, built out of timbers from a shipwrecked boat over 100 years ago. I believe our hostess said the timbers were over 6 inches thick and if a land owner could find a way to haul the wood back then, people were welcome to it. The whole house is built out of these timbers.
Okay, if I get nothing else right to share, showing the breakfast menus for Saturday and Sunday morning may make up for my lapse of pictures and you may even decide to go visit one day. Can you imagine going to a B&B and eating a multi-course breakfast privately in your own suite? Believe me when I say this is unheard of!
Brought in a basket both mornings to the doors was ~
Pineapple Orange Juice,
Fresh Fruit Romanoff,
Diane's Homemade Granola & Milk,
South of the Border Eggs
and Banana Muffins
Orange Strawberry Banana Juice,
Apple Oatmeal & Milk,
Sandlake Breakfast Pie
and Berry Bundles
Fresh coffee with real cream and sugar were also delivered on a seperate silver tray. We were so stuffed we could hardly squeak.
I had so much fun and everytime we see the coast of Oregon, we are mentally scheduling when we can come back. The ocean, slower pace of life, and natural beauty in nature forces us to appreciate the obvious around us.