Willamette Valley Oregon Restaurants and Hotel

We love revisiting favorite restaurants and exploring new ones when we travel. On our 2018 trip to Willamette Valley Oregon, we had time to check out several restaurants: Tina’s (Dundee) a popular restaurant with a fun wine list that has one, or possibly two wines apiece from a large number of the valley’s wineries. We [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Wine 2018

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We generally love the wonderful wines that come from Willamette Valley. This Oregon valley is protected from the east by the Cascade Mountains, from the west by the Coast Range mountains and from the north by hills, all of which makes it perfect for cool climate grapes. It is Oregon’s largest grape growing region and [Read more …]

Bend Oregon

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Bend Oregon is a reasonably small (76,000 people) city at the edge of the Oregon Cascade range. This young, active community, located on a plain between the mountains and the dessert, is the heart of one of Oregon’s premier outdoor sports areas with hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, golf [Read more …]

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

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Multnomah Falls is the second tallest waterfall in the U.S. It is located in the Columbia Gorge area in Oregon. It consists of two spans, a 542-foot upper span and a shorter, 59-foot lower span connected by a small rapids. The river, whose source has been traced to an underground stream draining a high-elevation lake, [Read more …]

Columbia River Gorge

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The Columbia River Gorge is the largest national scenic area in the United States and has the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America. Formed by the powerful Columbia River, the gorge goes along the Oregon/Washington border. It is both a rugged, scenic wonderland and home to one of one of the region’s many wine [Read more …]

Crater Lake National Park Oregon

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Crater Lake, located in Oregon, is the deepest lake in the nation. This beautiful lake has sapphire-colored, clear blue water, dramatic cliffs and the scenic Wizard Island. Crater Lake Formation Our visit was brief, beginning with a stop at the visitor center where we got a refresher on the origin and details of the 1,932-foot [Read more …]

Ashland Oregon

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Ashland Oregon When we are driving in Oregon, we like to stop in Ashland Oregon. It is a pretty little city whose streets are lined with interesting boutiques and art galleries (especially the large, multi-floor Ashland Art Center which houses numerous studios in addition to galleries), pretty B&Bs within walking distance of the town and [Read more …]

International Pinot Noir Celebration, Willamette Valley

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For Pinot Noir fans, there is no better event then the International Pinot Noir Celebration or IPNC. IPNC is an annual celebration that is probably the premier global pinot-focused event in the city. Although roughly 60 percent of the hundreds of participating vendors in 2018 were from Oregon, it also has a number of representative [Read more …]

Portland Oregon Restaurants

Although we certainly want to see the primary sights and explore the more interesting neighborhoods of the cities we visit, we are practically obsessed with experiencing some of their best and most interesting local restaurants. While we did get to, and absolutely enjoyed, three of our top priorities, could not make it to all the [Read more …]

Exploring a New and Different Portland Oregon

Portland was the last leg of our trip to the Willamette Valley’s International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC). Although we have enjoyed previous visits to the city, our last visit consisted primarily of long walks rough two of Washington Park’s beautiful gardens–the renowned Rose Test Garden and the wonderfully tranquil Japanese garden. We spent so much [Read more …]