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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

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

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

Oregon Roadtrip: The Balch Hotel and Maryhill Museum of Art

The Balch Hotel, Durfur, Oregon

Balch Hotel 40 S. Heimrich Street Dufur, Oregon 97021

In late October we found ourselves in Dufur, Oregon for the monthly Supper Club at the Historic Balch Hotel. This wasn’t unexpected or anything – I had planned it and we’d even been to a couple of these dinners before, but it had been a few years since we had gone back. I’m not sure why, as I am totally in love with this hotel and all of our Supper Club experiences have been very, very tasty. I think we . . . → Read More: Oregon Roadtrip: The Balch Hotel and Maryhill Museum of Art

End of 2012 Photos: Seattle

Seattle

I am taking these last few, precious days of 2012 to post things that I should have posted much, much earlier. This trip to Seattle for instance, happened way back in September but unfortunately, time got away from me. Hopefully, I can do a much better job in 2013. That’s the goal anyway.

But back to September — we headed up to Seattle to see the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center (hey! the exhibit is there until 1/6/13! But you can no longer take photos), we ate a lovely dinner at Lecosho . . . → Read More: End of 2012 Photos: Seattle