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In Pictures: Portland, Oregon

These were the moments we captured while traveling throughout northwest Oregon, the Pacific Wonderland.

We landed on mid-day Wednesday at PDX and drove down to Eugene, OR where we Airbnb’d a small and secluded cabin. Throughout our drive south we stopped at several points of interest we had mapped out, our first stop being the Swan Island Dahlia Farm, where you can wander throughout their plantings and even grab a quick bite to eat.

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Our next stop from here on out was Drift Creek Falls Trailhead, just be careful to not get confused with Drift Creek Falls, as this will send you a bit out East. This trailhead was deep in the Siuslaw National Forest and there are some single-lane unpaved roads to take to get there. Once there we hiked about 3 miles making it to the waterfall. Note there’s a $5 parking fee which you place in an envelope and drop off at the drop-box.

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We left around 5:30PM and headed down south (about 2 hours) to Eugene where our cabin awaited for us. We arrived just past 7:30PM at the Fox Hollow Lodge, as Kirk and family call it. It was exactly the experience we were looking for with enough solitude you could literally hear ants crawling. The days were warm (high 80s) and the evenings were cool (high 50s), the mornings were stunning with the sunrise arriving around 5:30AM

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We had two full days in beautiful Eugene where we went hiking, visited nearby downtown, the University of Oregon, and nearby attractions such as Sweet Cheeks Winery, a beautiful vineyard overlooking the valley. This was only about 20 minutes away from the cabin we stayed at and the route takes you thru winding roads alongside Oregon mountains. PS: for breakfast make sure to visit Off The Waffle for some damn good waffles.

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We left Eugene Friday morning around 6AM and headed west for Florence, OR so we could make our drive up the pacific coast. Weather here hovers in the mid 50s and 60s even in the middle of summer. To say the least, these beaches were not made for swimming.

After a nearly 6 hour drive we finally made it to Portland, OR. A city that does not care who you are or who you want to be, it welcomes you the same way it’s welcomed folks over time. Portland, eclectic, unique, indifferent, and liberal capital of the United States. You’ll find independent boutiques and coffee shops in almost every corner of the city, friendly folks and eccentric styles throughout.

We visited several spots but here are just a few that you should stop at whenever visiting (ranked in no particular order):

  1. Pistils Nursery
  2. Solabee Flowers & Botanicals
  3. Pearl District
  4. NW 23rd
  5. Mississippi Ave
  6. Powell’s Books
  7. Blue Star Donuts
  8. International Rose Test Garden
  9. Portland Japanese Garden
  10. Grassa
  11. Morehouse Barbers
  12. Albina Press
  13. Bridge City Comics
  14. Etc……

We closed out our week with several must visit popular spots such as Oneonta Falls, Multnomah Falls, Mitchell’s Point, and Mount Hood. Be sure to arrive early at Multnomah Falls (around 8ish AM) and you’ll beat the late birds, you can then make the 3 minute drive to Oneonta Falls to finish the morning (FYI, you’ll get soaking wet as you’ll have to cross bodies of water and climb logs).

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