Shortly after leaving the Redwood Forest, we also left Highway 1 to embark on Highway 101 for Oregon.
Before leaving California, we stopped at the very touristy drive-through tree near Leggett. We drove through the tree. It cost us $5 and almost as much in gas as we waited in line.
Next, we made it to Newport, Oregon, my favorite stop on the Pacific Coastal Highway. Earlier this year, I discovered my very favorite beer of all is a hazelnut ale made by Rogue Brewery. This is a brown ale that could be confused for a not-too-sweet dessert. Newport is where it all began. I was very excited to go to the source of my favorite beer.
We did not tour the brewery because, just as I am glad my computer works and I do not need to understand every details about how that happens, it is not necessary for me to see how my favorite beer comes together in a bottle. I am just glad it does.
What I did discover at Rogue Brewery was a splash of chocolate stout added to my hazelnut ale does the unthinkable: it makes it even yummier!
We also ate at a fantastic restaurant called Georgio’s, as well as enjoyed a spectacular view of the ocean from our room at the Shilo Inn. In Newport we did everything we wanted to do on this vacation: enjoyed the coast, enjoyed great food and beer, and slept in. The perfect trinity.