Over Valentine's Day weekend, Nicole and I took a road trip to Cannon Beach.
We took off on Friday afternoon early enough to beat most of the rush-hour traffic, but it was slow going for about half the drive, and overcast with occasional brief showers. We stopped for some snacks at a weird roadside store that included a little bakery, which featured some rather alarming day-old Valentine's Day goodies. We opted to pass.
Our room was great. I managed to reserve a room at The Courtyard, more or less based on the pics posted on the website ... which really don't do the place justice. The tub didn't fill from the ceiling, but it was huge and jetted. The room was pretty big, and also had a gas fireplace, a comfy chair and ottoman, a table and chairs, and a little deck. And it was quiet -- despite the town being booked solid that weekend, we didn't hear a peep from our neighbors, or anyone else at the property.
We grabbed some dinner at a place called The Lumberyard, which I really don't recommend unless you're hankering for generous portions of somewhat greasy food and slow service. I don't think anything could have put a damper on our spirits, though.
Nicole made a reservation for us that night at Gower St. Bistro, which, it turned out, was a 5-minute walk from our room. The meal was one of the most incredible I can remember. We started out with the cheese plate, which featured something called Humboldt Fog, which I swore was a bleu cheese, but turned out to be a goat cheese with a rich, buttery texture. For dinner, Nic ordered the filet and I had the pork chop, both of which were prepared perfectly and had an excellent combination and balance of tastes. The portions were sizable, too, and we had to turn down dessert.
We stopped at the Tillamook Dairy Visitor's Center, which you might have thought was Disneyland from the crowds that day. After waiting in a line for a burger, another line for ice cream, and yet another line to buy some cheese curd, we were a bit disappointed to find out that the factory floors were more or less shut down, so there was little activity to be seen from the observation areas. We did see a pretty cool machine that extruded 40-pound cheese cubes, though, which reminded me a little of the Play-Doh factory I had as a kid.
Turns out they ran out of cheese curd about 30 minutes after we bought it, but Nicole stopped me from trying to sell the bags we bought for Tori at a premium.
After the fun and excitement of the cheese factory, we headed home. All in all, an excellent Valentine's Day getaway. :)