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Old 05-12-2006, 06:11 AM   #1
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Going on vacation next month from San Diego to Florence, Oregon. Plan on cutting over to US 101 from I-5 on US 20 past Clear Lake. Will then head north on US 101.

Once on US 101, questions.....

Places to see, stay, eat at, etc. Unfortunately, will not be able to take toad.

Suggestions???

Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-12-2006, 06:11 AM   #2
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Going on vacation next month from San Diego to Florence, Oregon. Plan on cutting over to US 101 from I-5 on US 20 past Clear Lake. Will then head north on US 101.

Once on US 101, questions.....

Places to see, stay, eat at, etc. Unfortunately, will not be able to take toad.

Suggestions???

Thanks in advance.

David
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:46 AM   #3
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Enjoy the drive. 101 is beaut.

Specific places to eat, stay, will be hard to come by.

We like to question the locals when we get to an area. Plan your trip based on travel time and distence. Check with RV Park reviews and then question people you meet in the parks you spend time in.
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Old 05-16-2006, 02:27 PM   #4
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Hi David,
The coast starting at Cambria, CA (great art shops) north through Big Sur, Monterey, and up the coast is also not to be missed.
Places to stay
Salt Point State Park 28 miles north Jenner, CA stay in overflow lot over looking ocean. You do not need reservations
Riverwalk RV Park in Fortuna, CA is very nice
Mad River RV Park in Arcata, Ca is very nice
Mac Kericher State Park 3 miles north of Fort Bragg
Driftwood RV Park Brookings, OR
Marina RV Resort Winchester Bay, OR Every site features a view of the Bay or the Umpqua River
Places to Eat
Smoke House Restaurant (Fish & Chips) Sea Ranch golf course one mile south of Gualala. In the rear of the Pro Shop
Pangaea Restaurant in Point Arena, CA 30 miles S Fort Bragg250 Main Street, next to the post office
Spend some time in Mendocino, CA Art town and many restaurants. Heritage House is good
Katie Smokehouse Trinidad, CA Great smoked fish
Have a great trip
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Hey David,
You've a nice trip planned. Let me add these comments to Garth's terrific suggestions once you have arrived at 101 west of Clear Lake.
1. Try to time your trip through Eureka at a mealtime. The Samoa Cookhouse is a must. You'll see the signs as you approach Eureka. Former lumberjack cookhouse that serves excellent meals family-style and it won't let you go away hungry. Buy a loaf of their homemade bread to take with you, and enjoy sandwiches or french toast on your trip.
2. If you decide to stay in the Trinidad area, let me suggest Sounds of the Sea RV Park & Spa. Last year's rates: $18 to $35 & WiFi. TL RATING: Park: 8, Restrooms: 9, Visual: 8.5.
Patrick's Point is the state park at the same location, and is beautiful and restful, but no hookups.
3. Take a detour off 101 when you get to Prairie Creek. This is the "old 101" and it takes you to the Prairie Creek State Park which is a preserve for the Roosevelt Elk. Beautiful animals. Continue north on the old road and it will rejoin the "new" 101.

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Old 05-21-2006, 04:15 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the great suggestions. We are rarin ta go!!!
Gotta go to Tucaloto Springs, near Temecala, for Memorial Day. Then North. Yea!!!

Again thanks all.

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Don't miss Ferndale just north of Fortuna on Hwy. 101, it is the most beautiful victorian village.. quaint and not to be missed..
Riverwalk is indeed a great rv park..Eureka old town is nice to see, the Igomar Club at the end of 2nd. street going north is fabulous.. Have a great trip and enjoy the redwoods on the way up
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oops! to get to Ferndale you must turn off Hwy. 101 just north of Fortuna, it really is worth the 5 minute trip over..
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Where in FLorence are you planning to stay - and for how long?
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I agree with Paul. The Samoa Cookhouse is not to be missed! You will love the family-style meals and meet some great people. There are RV parks and State Beaches scatered all along your route.
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Let me "third" Paul and Gary on the Samoa cookhouse... its a must. Also Prarie Creek that Paul suggests is a great pass through. If you need to stop south of Crescent City, you might try any of the RV parks at the Klamath River (some are better than others... check availability during Salmon season) or stop at the KOA outside of Crescent City and be sure to take in Jedadiah Smith Redwoods.
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South of Eureka is the Lumbermill town of Scotia
they have ,at times, a free walk it yourself tour of a working lumbermill. You have to check in at the Pacific lumber musium in town to see if they still have that mill operating. Also another vote for the Samoa Cookhouse. It is a must do.
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We also recommend the Driftwood RV park in Brookings.

If you have time, stop in Gold Beach and take one of the Jet Boat trips up the river. Fabulous Fun! We took the trip that went half-way up the river and it was a great trip. Plan on getting wet.. the driver's make sure they do some spins just to get you wet. I managed to hold my blanket up to stay dry... but on the trip back to port, he made a point of catching me off guard and got me good!

If you take Hwy 1 from Cambria to Monterey, be sure to take it going north, not south.

Also, we drove that route two summers ago, and found that many of the RV parks along the southern Oregon coast were unable to fit a 39.5' MH. So suggest you call ahead.
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:51 PM   #14
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go to grants pass and take 199 to oregon 101. forget about hwy 20.
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