I have a tattered map I carry with me when I visit Portland.
A few weekends ago, I was lucky enough to spend two nights and a few lovely days in Portland, Oregon. It was a deliberate destination, a targeted trip for a special weekend with four girls: my mom, her sister/my aunt and my cousin/their niece. If you are getting brain twitches: it just means we are all related, all girls and like spending time together. Every few years (though we have… [more]
I recently spent a weekend in Astoria, Oregon—a tiny town cascading down toward the mouth of the Columbia River. The first settlement west of the Rockies (1811 by fur trader John Jacob Astor), this quaint town is worth visiting and revisiting. I collected countless photos, met pillars of the community, talked beer and tasted food. It isn’t shocking to meet someone from Astoria only to learn this: “I took a… [more]
While there are a multitude of cool things to do, see and experience in this happening northwest corner of Oregon, I whittled it down to just 6—chosen on my last visit.*
I recently spent a weekend in Astoria, Oregon, a VERY quaint coastal town at the mouth of the Columbia River. This tiny piece of land boasts 2 long bridges that stretch across the Columbia. The Astoria-Megler Bridge is over… [more]
I always like to wait until February of a given year, to finalize my New Year resolutions. A bonafide procrastination technique: my excuse is that I begin THINKING about resolutions at the beginning of January. Then let them marinate. Until I finally come up with my deliberately crafted list of things to do/change/see/be.
Yes: I need to drink more water… [more] (and probably fewer Manhattans—certainly not this whole case of beer!).***
Day 3 of 3: soaking up Oregon. (actual date of event: Sept. 10).*
Little T American Baker and Coava Coffee helped us wake up and get ready: first stop was aptly named ‘Portland by the Cup.’ We visited Steven Smith Teamaker… [more]
This day was a biggie; while all attendees of this fabulous Travel Oregon weekend went 4 separate ways—to various adventures—we were certain ours was the most daring. Actually we tagged the word #docious (tweeted hashtag) to describe our never-ending fun. A handful of us signed up for the ‘Paddles and Pints’ with life-altering elements including a private flight down to the Rogue River, a visit to Wildlife Images… [more]near Grants Pass,
And by Day 1, I mean Day 1 of 3. (technically: it was Sept 8).
‘Full on Oregon’ was a food-centric, Oregon-forward weekend dotted by new foodie friends, exciting outings, brilliant food, cocktails and wine. Throw in a few gastronomic ‘classes’ and you have a rough idea of this unbelievable weekend.
Thank you Travel Oregon… [more]
We stayed at Hotel DeLuxe… which SO reminded me of the Tower of Terrors