Dh and I will be going to Oregon in a few weeks. I am sharing our plans as when I searched, I didn't find much info, and maybe someone else will be interested.
We unfortunately had a variety of trips cancelled due to Covid (5, to be exact!). We decided to plan a summer trip, that would be easy to cancel if needed, that would avoid big metropolitan areas.
If anyone has any input based on your knowledge of these areas, I'd appreciate it!
Reno: We are driving here and staying with friends.
Reno to Bend: Spending the night at a McMenamins brewery property-the Old Saint Francis School. Basically just a travel day.
Bend to Mitchell: stopping at 2 units of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (The Painted Hills and the Clarno Units). Staying at the Oregon Hotel in Mitchell.
Mitchell to Baker City: visiting the last unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (the Sheep Rock Unit), which is home to the Paleontology Center. Staying at the Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City.
Baker City to Joseph: we are taking the "long way", following the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. We are spending 2 nights in Joseph, staying at Belle Pepper's Bed & Breakfast. Plans are not definite yet....may visit the Nez Perce National Historical Park (if it's open), Wallowa Lake (taking the Wallowa Lake Tramway ), maybe visiting a distillery and wandering around town (it's called "Little Switzerland"). There is a walking tour of the bronze sculptures around the town.
Joseph to Hood River: staying three nights here but I have finalized where yet. We'll drive the Historic Columbia River Highway, stop at lookouts, visit a museum or two and maybe just have a relaxing couple of hours, reading and enjoying the views.
Hood River to Amity: We will take the long route and drive the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, stopping at the lodge at Mount Hood for lunch and the views. We'll stop in McMinnville and visit the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum (the Spruce Goose is there....my husband was a long time Lockheed engineer) and have dinner in McMinnville. Stay in a B&B in Amity: Belle Colina, We are booking a private winery tour, so we can enjoy the views and the wine and not worry about driving. Staying two nights here.
Amity to Grants Pass: We'll drive to Corvallis and have lunch with friends and then have dinner with friends in Grants Pass. Staying at another B&B, the Fiery Manor. In Grants Pass we'll have coffee at Dutch Brothers and find a couple of bears (I love finding them) from Bearfest and then head home.
I will say that the when I called and booked lodging, many were grateful that I was booking. Multiple places I booked are charging their winter rates (not summer) and offering other discounts.
I hope this is beneficial to someone.