Oregon hosts a treasure trove of small towns and secluded getaway spots perfect for a romantic weekend. From wine country villas to crystal-clear lakefront cabins tucked away in the mountain wilderness, Oregon vacation rentals serve as ideal romantic hideaways. Here are a few of the state’s most scenic destinations.

1. Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach

An easy two hours from Portland by car, Cannon Beach is a laid-back beach town where you can spend a few days lying on the sand overlooking Haystack Rock. Couples can also explore tide pools and browse the downtown galleries and gift shops including Haystack Gallery. For a unique date, try yoga sessions on the beach, or see a performance at Coaster Theatre. When the sun sets, enjoy a drink at Cannon Beach Distillery before enjoying a romantic seafood dinner at Driftwood Restaurant and Lounge or another oceanfront restaurant.

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2. Carlton

Carlton

Driving less than an hour from Portland, you reach this small town in Oregon wine country ideal for a few days of wine-tasting and relaxation. You have just short of 50 wineries to sample with your loved one, including Soter Vineyards and Lemelson Vineyards. Be sure to also stroll through downtown Carlton to stop by wine bars such as The Horse Radish, which features live music on the weekend alongside wine and cheese pairings.

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3. Astoria

Astoria

The historic city of Astoria lies just under two hours from Portland, boasting enough museums and attractions to fill up your romantic weekend. Take your significant other on a Willamette River cruise, or soak in the sights of historic ships at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. For a romantic dinner, feast at a bistro overlooking the Astoria-Megler Bridge. For more laid-back fare, head to Reach Break Brewery and other low-key establishments to sip on craft beer. Other favorite activities include riding the Astoria Riverfront Trolley and walking under the stately columns of the Garden of Surging Waves.

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4. Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

Couples with a passion for the outdoors can’t go wrong with secluded cabins and rustic vacation rentals around Oregon’s famous snow-covered peak. Head into Government Camp to enjoy some skiing with your sweetheart at Timberline Lodge, or paddle a canoe along peaceful Trillium Lake in the warmer months. After taking a ride on the Mt. Hood Railroad, see the blooms at Swan Island Dahlias or take a hike to Willamette Falls before heading back to the city on Monday.

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5. Jacksonville

Jacksonville
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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a romantic weekend in Jacksonville, a southern Oregon town whose downtown area boasts an old-fashioned charm amidst nostalgic eateries such as C Street Bistro. Couples with a love for wine should check out Valley View Winery, LongSword Vineyard, and other local wineries. For a truly romantic experience, snap some photos at Lavender Fields Forever, or steal a kiss while riding a horse-drawn carriage. Jacksonville also boasts numerous spas and galleries, Including The Creators Gallery, a local favorite. If you’re up for a hike, you can’t beat the sunset from nearby Table Rocks.

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6. Joseph

Joseph
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If you’re really feeling adventurous, spend a long weekend enjoying the rustic beauty of the Eagle Cap Wilderness near Joseph. Couples can also hike around or canoe Wallowa Lake, whose surrounding mountains are perfect for spotting mountain goats and elk. Ride the Wallowa Lake Tramway for a romantic moment any time of year, or take your loved one on a hot air balloon ride. While in Joseph, pick up some handmade candies at Arrowhead Chocolates, or enjoy a peaceful dinner at Vali’s Alpine Restaurant and Delicatessen.

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7. La Grande

Joseph
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Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Oregon, a four-hour drive from Portland, La Grande is famous for Hot Lake Springs, a luxury bathhouse where lovers can soak in the warm waters of the natural springs. You can also ride along the Wallowa Lake Scenic Biking Trail to enjoy breathtaking mountain views, have a date night at Elgin Opera House, or even watch a flick at the drive-in movie theater built in 1953. For dinner, stop by creative eateries such as Side A Brewing, a rustic brewpub where you can order craft beers after a day of hiking with your loved one.

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8. Hood River

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Nestled on the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Hood River is an easy-access getaway at just an hour from Portland by car. While the town may not boast enough activities for a week-long vacation, a weekend getaway with your significant other offers plenty of time to hike to Horsetail Falls or Mirror Lake. Couples can also sample from 30 area wineries, more than 10 nearby cideries, and a host of craft breweries in the downtown area. Headed to Hood River in the fall? Pick apples and pears from the orchards along the Hood River County Fruit Loop, or enjoy a sternwheeler cruise along the Columbia River. For a nice date night, choose from fine dining establishments such as Riverside, which offers unbeatable views of the gorge.

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