Originally Posted by treasurecoast
It is , breath takingly georgeous
That microclime you mentioned is only one of several in the state. For an example yesterday fog came through the gorge from East of the Cascades all day.
Nothing unusual there but much of the fog spent the day over McMinnville which kept that town 15 degrees chillier than nearby Portland.
If you do come over the mountains you will find camping areas at 5 or more elevations as you descend the West face. That's 5 choices of weather depending on what you prefer.
A popular winter event is watching winter storms from beach hotels in Florence, Newport and Lincoln City. Summer is wind surfing at Hood River and snow surfing continues late on Mt. Hood.
Tom McCall gave the Oregon beaches to us rather than the motels so bring your bike. Kite flying is BIG around Newport. Kayaks are BIG everywhere there is water.
Elk are not like deer. Hit one and die looks fairly probable. Young cougar are apt to mistake movement for food but most near cities are more interested in pets for dinner.