A stop at the 5th Street Public Market, a restaurant and shopping complex in Eugene, Oregon that’s now home to the city’s first boutique hotel.
Eugene Oregon

This post continues my ongoing coverage of wine country travel. Once known primarily as a hippie haven, Eugene, Ore. is quickly becoming a city where clean living, along with local food and drink, flourish. After a night spent in Dundee, in the Willamette Valley, we meandered south toward this town, which is the home of the […]


Grape Expectations: Oregon Wine Country

by Chris on April 26, 2012

Touring Oregon wine country: The hillsides of the Willamette Valley that are home to the some of the country’s best pinot noir.
oregon wine country

This post continues my ongoing coverage of wine country travel. In the 18 months that I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon has emerged as one of my favorite states. It’s not just the food trucks of Portland, or the brewpub culture, or the beauty of the Columbia Gorge. It just seems that every time […]


A stop at Full Sail brewery in Hood River, Oregon – known as a kiteboarding and outdoor sports paradise.
Beer at Full Sail Brewery

Where: Full Sail Brewing, an employee owned micro-brewery in Hood River, a town that’s as sporty as it is scenic. Why we went:  We first tasted Full Sail’s highly regarded Session lager when beer lovers Austin Hill and Kelly Goodman of Travellious brought some to our Memorial Day #TravBBQ. While I’m not a huge beer […]


Oregon Road Trip: Multnomah Falls

by Chris on July 19, 2011

A stop at Multnomah Falls, Oregon’s most iconic – and photographed – waterfall
Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Where: Multnomah Falls, Oregon, located along the Columbia River Gorge. The falls were the main stop along our Oregon roadtrip along the Historic Columbia River Highway When: July 3-4 – which turned out to be one of the worst days to visit the falls. The crowds and traffic were about as bad it gets (although […]


Portlandia: Food Trucks

by Chris on July 13, 2011

Noshing our way through Portland food trucks on our recent Oregon road trip.
Portland food trucks

Where: No U.S. city does street food like Portland, where you’ll not only find food stalls bunched up downtown, you can visit “pods,” where food trucks clump together like a mini food court. On our last Oregon roadtrip, we  visited two pods on the south side of the city: Cartopia at SE 12th and Hawthorne […]


Scenes from an Oregon Road trip: checking out many of the state’s waterfalls, as we meander down the old Columbia River Highway.
Old Columbia River Highway

Where: Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, the first planned scenic highway built in the U.S. (back in 1922). You pick it up on the outskirts of Portland, at Troutdale and it goes all the way to The Dalles, about 75 miles east. We took it as far as Hood River. When: July 3-4. Despite it […]


Portlandia: Voodoo Doughnuts

by Chris on July 6, 2011

Gotta get some donuts: Our pilgrimage to Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland
Voodoo donuts, Portland

  Where: Voodoo Doughnuts has several locations in Portland, as well as one in Eugene. We lined up at the one downtown, on SW 3rd Avenue, which has recently undergone renovations. Why we went: A 24-hour punk rock donut house that offers a signature Voodoo Doll doughnut? What’s not to love? Plus, I love their […]


Portlandia: Chris Israel’s Grüner

by Chris on June 29, 2011

A visit to Grüner, an Alpine-themed restaurant from veteran chef Chris Israel in Portland.
Chris Israel, Gruner Portland

Where: Grüner, 527 SW 12th St., Portland. 503-241-7163 Why we went: After our amazing meal at Pok Pok, we thought we’d spend our last night in Portland eating at food trucks downtown. But many of them were closed and others were packed, in anticipation of the Rose Festival parade that was going on that night. […]


Portlandia: Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok

by Chris on June 22, 2011

A visit to Pok Pok in Portland, the restaurant by Andy Ricker – winner of the 2011 James Beard award for best Pacific Northwest chef.
Andy Ricker, Pok Pok Portland

Where: Pok Pok, 3226 E. Division St., Portland, OR, 503-232-1387 Why we went: I heard raves about Pok Pok from friends in Seattle and fellow Pacific Northwest travel bloggers. In fact, it seemed like a travel blogger rarely went to Portland without visiting Pok Pok. Then I did some research and found out that the […]


Portlandia: Powell’s City of Books

by Chris on June 21, 2011

A visit to Portland has to include a stop at Powell’s book store. Here’s why.
Powell Book Store Portland

Where: Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR. 503-228-4651 Claim to fame: A bibliophile’s wet dream, Powell’s City of Books is one of the country’s most celebrated bookstores, for good reason. It’s a block long. It has color coded room based on topics and interests. It allows new and gently used books to co-mingle, […]