Last year we took our first trip to Bend and during the Thanksgiving weekend we headed back. With dreams of a cabin getaway and time with family, we drove 4 and a half hours north to Bend. While many have begun to recognize Bend as a tourist destination, we must be honest, this trip was phenomenal and well worth it. The hype of this town is true every time we go back and gets better with age.
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Micro-breweries. Homemade kombucha. Fire pits. A stunning view of the Three Sisters mountains. These are a few of the staples of character-filled Bend, Oregon. Bend is a charming and well-rounded city, celebrating the arts as well as rugged adventure.
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Portland. Located 6 hours north, it’s the perfect weekend getaway. A few weekends ago we headed to Portland, part for play and part for work, completing photoshoots for a few clientts. Last time I was in Portland, it was 6 years ago on a road trip with a college roommate. At the time we stayed in a hostel and were living on a road trip budget. This time my visit to Portland surprised me in the best of ways. No longer a quirky city, Portland has grown and flourished with amazing spots past the downtown corridor. We decided to explore Portland like a local and found spots that are impressive and past keeping Portland weird. My second visit to Portland was lovely and I can’t wait to visit again soon.
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Located 2 hours north on the 5, Ashland, Oregon is a rad little town. With a creek that runs through the heart of the historic downtown corridor, it couples a quaint, cozy vibe with a bit of a boho and hippie flair. Whether it’s shopping, food, or great coffee you’re looking for, it’s the perfect day trip to escape NorCal for a bit of an adventure.
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A few weeks ago, I headed back on the road for another adventure. With a two night stay ahead, I drove the 3-hours to Crater Lake National Park. Every time I’ve been to Crater Lake, I’m reminded of the majesty and vastness of this place.