Why I love Oregon: Bites & Sights
About the same time last year, we took a little road trip to Oregon and Washington. Yes, another road trip! Isn’t it obvious by now how much we enjoy road trips? Anyway, can I just say how much I love the Pacific Northwest? I love it so much that at one point, my husband and I were talking about moving to either Washington or Oregon. Maybe in the future we’ll discuss it again. Who knows? But in the mean time, let me reminisce through this blog post. Although our visit was short, I consider it as one of my most memorable trips thus far. We only spent 36 hours in this beautiful state and that’s barely scratching the surface. Maybe sometime next year we can come back and explore the other parts of the state. So why do I love Oregon? Keep reading..
*Per usual, I enjoy making travel guides and I try my best to be as precise & truthful as I can when I make these. But please also remember to take in this information thoughtfully. It’s always best to form your own opinion about the place you’re visiting. So let’s get to it, shall we?
Amazing! We visited late October so the weather was already in the low 50’s. Living in Vegas made me dread summer months so now, I’m all for the gloomy, 50-percent-chance-of-rain type of weather. Right when we crossed the state line, a crisp 40 degree weather greeted us. If you’re planning to visit during the ‘ber’ months make sure you bundle up!
Tip: Don’t be afraid to travel during the colder months. I know some people are turned off by the idea of traveling during fall or winter and understandably so because of the potentially awful weather. But let me tell you, there’s so many good things about traveling this time of the year as long as you’re willing to overlook the bipolar weather. Cheap accomodations, less crowds, beautiful scenery (fall foliage & winter wonderland) and did I mention less crowds?
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t visit during spring or summer. Travel is travel. As long as you’re having a blast, it doesn’t really matter which month you go.
We had to try Pok Pok of course. Pok Pok is the wildly popular thai restaurant, located in the residential neighborhood of Southeast Portland. For the price, I wish the portions were larger but other than that I thought it was pretty good and unique. The wait wasn’t too bad. The place was full even on a Tuesday night and we had to wait for 20 minutes. The food was yummy! The most popular dish in the menu is the Fish Sauce Spicy Wings ($15). It was disappointing because it was really salty. Good but salty.
We ordered two more dishes-Muu Paa Kham Waan/Boar Collar Meat ($15.50) & Kaeng Hang Le/Pork Belly and Shoulder ($15.50). Both were perfectly cooked and seasoned well but my favorite was the boar collar meat. The meat was tender and had tons of flavor and spices.
Pros: Unique and Authenic Thai food.
Cons: Portions were a bit small for the price & there’s still a long wait even if you make reservations.
Portland is well known for their coffee and donuts. So we had to try at least one of their popular joints. We were set to try Voodoo Donuts but made a sudden turn to try Blue Star Donuts instead. A lot of people said that Voodoo was all hype but the quality was lacking. Maybe next time we visit we’ll try it just to see for ourselves. Blue Star has a lot of yummy options to choose from. I’m glad we visited early in the day because I was told that they sell out around noon time. There’s so much flavors to choose from that by the time I reached the counter, I still couldn’t decide if I should get the Chocolate Almond Ganache or the Valrhona Chocolate Crunch. Well, if you can’t choose then why not get both, right?
Pros: Great quality of donuts & they have a lot of flavors to choose from.
Cons: The price was a bit steep-$3.50 for one donut & they sell out pretty quickly.
Yes, no matter how many times TLC told us not to chase waterfalls, we did! And we did some more. And we tried to chase all of them but unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time. Our first stop was Latourell Falls. We had the whole place to ourselves. It was freezing that day and some parts were icy so we had to be extra careful when we approached the falls.
Next stop was Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon. I believe it’s the most popular among the falls in the Columbia River Gorge area. It is easily accessible and it has a visitor’s center where you can get information and also buy souvenirs. A neat feature of the falls is a footbridge that allows visitors to cross 105 feet above the lower cascade but it was closed at that time. 🙁
Horsetail Falls is another waterfall that is easily accessed as it is right next to the Historic Columbia River Highway. Can you tell that it resembles a horsetail?
Our last stop was Wahclella Falls. We walked for almost an hour, stopping in between to take pictures. It was so beautiful. The blanket of snow was truly a sight to behold and the stillness of winter was prevalent. Like Latourell Falls, we had the whole place to ourselves. But sadly, because of the icy trail we couldn’t finish the trail to the falls.
Where to go next:
- Wahclella Falls
- Sahalie Falls
- Triple Falls
- Toketee Falls
- Proxy Falls
- Abiqua Falls
- Salt Creek Falls
- Mount Hood
- Oneonta Gorge
- The Oregon Coast
- Painted Hills
- Smith Rock
- Crater Lake
- Rowena Crest
- Fort Stevens State Park
- Cape Kiwanda
- Cannon Beach
- Hells Canyon
What to try next:
- Pine State Biscuits
- Salt & Straw
- Tasty n Sons
- Stumptown Coffee Roasters
- Screen Door
Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm, 7 days a week
Address: 3226 SE Division Street, Portland Oregon
Phone Number: (503) 232-1387
Blue Star Donuts-
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Hours: M-F 7 am till out, Sat-Sun 8 am till out
Address: 1237 SW Washington Street, Portland Oregon
Phone Number: (503) 265-8410
This website is very helpful: Oregon Hikers