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An Eastern Oregon Travel Adventure: The Painted Hills, John Day, and Joseph

Eastern Oregon Road Trip

It feels as if Eastern Oregon is having a moment lately.

The Gold Room is set to open next month in Joseph, courtesy of two former Ava Gene’s chefs, there’s plenty of artisan pottery and vinyl LPs at M. Crow in the tiny town of Lostine, and the muted reds of the Painted Hills continue to pop up in Instagram feeds. And let’s face it–planning an Eastern Oregon road trip is always a good idea!

Located about a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Portland, Joseph is a small, artsy and outdoorsy community at the base . . . → Read More: An Eastern Oregon Travel Adventure: The Painted Hills, John Day, and Joseph

Exploring Washington’s Lopez Island and Ursa Minor

Lopez Island, Washington

Last month, we traveled to Lopez Island, Washington which involves a ferry ride from Anacortes and a sense of adventure. Or at least a willingness to wait in a line of cars, drive onto a Washington State Ferry, and then enjoy the breezes off the Salish Sea as the ferry makes fairly good speed on its way to the sleepiest island in the San Juans.

Lopez Island may have earned its nickname (Slowpez Island) by being a little too laid-back and relaxed, but if you are on vacation, isn’t that what you want? . . . → Read More: Exploring Washington’s Lopez Island and Ursa Minor

Three Days in Montana: Roadtripping, Eating, and Drinking in Big Sky Country

Three Days in Montana

I think if I had to live somewhere other than Oregon, I could maybe live in Montana. Maybe. And while I would miss the ocean and the desert of my adopted home state, I would cherish the big blue skies and the quirky mountain towns of the Treasure State.

During a roadtrip to our eventual destination of Fargo, North Dakota we spent a few days in Big Sky Country—it’s an incredibly long state to drive through. Missoula in the western region is almost 350 miles from Billings in the east and once you . . . → Read More: Three Days in Montana: Roadtripping, Eating, and Drinking in Big Sky Country

A Weekend in Astoria Featuring Tasty Food, Oregon State Parks, and the Voodoo Room

Astoria, Oregon

Recently, I spent a whole weekend in Astoria, Oregon taking in the sites, eating the food, and just generally enjoying this quirky northern Oregon Coast town. We stayed at the Commodore Hotel, ate and drank at Buoy Beer and the Blue Scorcher Bakery, wandered Fort Stevens State Park, and spent a couple of nights at the Voodoo Room.

An excellent weekend trip, even if the weather didn’t cooperate until the day we left.

Commodore Hotel The rooms here have private and shared bathrooms. We had a deluxe cabin (private bathroom). Pros: Great location, . . . → Read More: A Weekend in Astoria Featuring Tasty Food, Oregon State Parks, and the Voodoo Room

Central Oregon Travel: Bend & Crater Lake National Park

Central Oregon Travel: Bend & Crater Lake National Park

Ah, Bend, Oregon–land of microbrews, the Deschutes River, and stunning Central Oregon views. On this excursion, we also swung by Crater Lake National Park, a spectacular site that should be on everyone’s national park bucket list.

Bend offers an enviable mix of outdoorsy activities, along with a cosmopolitan flair in its downtown area with galleries and restaurants galore. Charming. This mountain town is very charming. I could definitely spend an afternoon or two (or more) wandering galleries until requiring a snack, a problem that’s easily solved . . . → Read More: Central Oregon Travel: Bend & Crater Lake National Park