When you live in or visit a big city like Portland, Oregon, the number of exciting things to do, places to dine, and neighborhoods to explore seem almost endless. From farmers’ markets and the famed Voodoo Doughnut to the International Rose Test Garden and Oregon Zoo, there are tons of attractions in Portland. However, sometimes you might want a change of pace and scenery. After settling into your Portland vacation rental, you can effortlessly embark on romantic adventures in the surrounding cities and towns. Check out the seven most romantic weekend getaway spots from Portland.

1. Hood River

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Imagine a weekend where you and your sweetie while away the days together alone on a boat, fishing and soaking up the sun. Hood River is located where the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River meet. Plan to cook a romantic meal together at your vacation rental, and take advantage of the Hood River County Fruit Loop. In the warmer months, this loop includes stops at all the best farms and orchards in the area to pick up fresh fruits and veggies to create your meal. Spend an afternoon touring the Mt. Hood Winery to learn more about the art of winemaking and then discuss your dreams together during a romantic wine sampling.

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2. Cannon Beach

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If a beach town with soaring cliffs and unusual rock formations sounds appealing, head to Cannon Beach. Walk on the beach in the afternoon and bring a kite to see if you can get it up in the air. Encourage each other to enjoy a thrilling adventure at High Life Adventures with its zipline course that has you zooming high above the trees with amazing views. In town, learn more about the history of the nursing profession at Lost Art of Nursing Museum. Keep your energy levels up each day when you start with breakfast at the Pig ‘N Pancake.

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3. Eugene

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Eugene is a moderately sized city that has a lot to offer a couple looking to explore new things. Stop by the Oregon Air and Space Museum to learn more about the state’s rich history with the space program, or learn more about the natural world at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail and the Skinner Butte Park are perfect for getting out and exploring nature together. McKenzie River National Recreation Trail offers hiking trails for all levels of physical activity, and Skinner Butte Park is a haven for rock climbers. For a romantic dinner, indulge in some French food at Marche.

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4. Klamath Falls

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Klamath Falls offers a vibrant history dating back to the pioneering days when this town was a stop on the famous Oregon Trail and home to a large Native American population. Explore the town’s history with tours of the Favell Museum and the Klamath County Museum. These two museums offer exhibits, artifacts, and documents from the past. The Link River Trail is a great place for an afternoon hike where the two of you can enjoy some coveted alone time. Indulge in a laid-back afternoon on the golf course when you book a tee time at the Running Y Ranch Golf Course.

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5. Astoria

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As one of the first towns settled west of the Rocky Mountains as Europeans began moving westward, Astoria has a lot of historical significance. When you arrive in town, hop aboard the Astoria Trolley and choose a seat together. The trolley winds its way through town, including the historic district, the waterfront, and other local sites. It’s a great way to acclimate to the city and decide what to do next. Take a tour of the Bumble Bee Cannery Museum to learn more about this industry, or visit the old city jail for a tour of the Oregon Film Museum with its details on the evolution of movies and television.

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6. Yachats

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Breathe in the fresh ocean air with a beach cottage in the small community of Yachats. Spend your days walking on the beach and exploring the tide pools during low tide. Hiking is another popular activity in the area, and the two of you can catch glimpses of the beaches and a few local lighthouses as you make your way through the trees and along the path. Stroll through the downtown area and stop by The Village Bean for a cup of Joe. In the mornings, check out Bread and Roses Bakery for a scone or croissant.

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7. Brownsville

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Brownsville’s claim to fame is that the popular movie, Stand by Me, was filmed in this town. They’re so proud of that fact that they have a yearly celebration on July 23rd. Explore the town and backroads on foot to see some of the spots you might recognize from the film. If the weather turns cold or rainy, visit the Moyer House for a tour and a little local history from the knowledgeable guide. In the late afternoon, stroll around the downtown area with its eclectic variety of shops, and stop by the Yankee Dutch Quilting and Living Rock Studios to pick out something together to take home, or opt to sweeten your relationship with a cone from Divine Coffee and Ice Cream.

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