The hubby and I spent most of last week in the amazing state of Oregon. We called Portland home base but we definitely explored several of the natural splendors in the surrounding area.

 

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One view of the gorgeous Columbia River

The trip was meant to mostly help us relax and focus. I lived in Seattle for two years and knew I definitely loved the Pacific Northwest. We were hoping that Portland would be entertaining, beautiful and allow for a bit of downtime as well.

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The view from Mount Hood

We were not disappointed. The two photos above were from the same road trip. We drove along the Columbia River and then swooped around and ended up at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. The views were stunning. My camera phone pics are a poor representation but I hate carrying an actual camera around with me. Stunning views greeted us everywhere we turned. I felt so charmed and alive on this trip.

Our second road trip took us to the coast. I have NEVER seen cliffs like this in real life. On TV, sure. The magnitude of the drop was astounding. The three pics above are three different views from capes along the coast. The only bad part about this road trip wasΒ that we took it the day before we left and I was battling a cold. Ugh. Who likes to sneeze into the wind? Not this girl.

But what about the city itself, you may be wondering? Portland is fabulous. There’s a vibrant and active downtown with cool neighborhoods spiraling off every which way. Each neighborhood has its own main street with funky little shops and tons of coffee houses and bookstores. If you’re a reader, Portland is a good place to visit/live. I told myself I wouldn’t buy any books, and of course I bought three. Still, for me, that was showing great restraint. Have you seen Powells Books? It’s a city block long. You try not buying anything there. πŸ™‚

Art abounds throughout the city. Whether it’s murals, sculptures, or cool little things like this:

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This is the tiny museum that was just chilling in a little neighborhood.

You’re bound to be visually delighted as you walk/ride/bike throughout the city.

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Portland’s street art is on point!

One thing I love about both Seattle and Portland is that each city contains a vast amount of nature. Parks are everywhere in both cities! Portland has several major parks but Washington Park is just minutes outside of downtown. Here, you can hike, look at the Japanese and Chinese Gardens, or visit the zoo.

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Just me and my new elephant friend. He’s the hard-to-get-to-know type.
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View of the city from Mount Tabor Park – so much nature within city limits!

There’s also the food. Here’s one thing I can tell you. I live in Raleigh and we are a people who love our food and drink. I was not disappointed in Portland. Just look at these crazy portion sizes:

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I mean, really? You could die eating this way. But die happy. πŸ™‚

Oh, and about those books I bought. Here they are:img_3621

Okay interwebs, where are you planning to visit next?

 

Don’t forget to check out the latest episode of Our Beloved Dictator. πŸ™‚

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