13 Things to Do Along the Central Oregon Coast

central oregon coastThe Central Oregon Coast consists of the 75 mile coastline from Florence to Lincoln City. This section of the coast has some of the famous Oregon Coast landmarks you’ve likely seen on Pinterest, such as, the Devil’s Punchbowl and Thor’s Well.

All 13 attractions can be done over two days. This gives you enough time to fully experience everything and not feel like you’re rushing. So, go grab a buddy (or you can go solo,which is what I did), turn up the radio and hit the road!  Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to the Eugene Ale Trail

eugene ale trail, eugene oregon. oregon, oregon beer, craft beer, craftbeerWhen one thinks of Oregon beer, they usually think of Portland. However, located just two hours south of Portland is the small college town of Eugene. Mostly known as home to the University of Oregon Ducks and many famous Willamette Valley wineries, Eugene is also home to the Eugene Ale Trail.

Today, the Eugene Ale Trail has over 14 breweries located throughout the city and the surrounding area. Some of the breweries on the ale trail include craft beer veterans such as Ninkasi. Then there are new comers, such as Cold Fire. But,  whatever your craft beer preferences are, there is certainly something for everyone! Continue reading

A Guide to the Southern Oregon Coast

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Growing up in California, I used to spend my summers driving up the coast through Big Sur,  Monterey and Carmel. So when I got the chance to explore the Southern Oregon Coast, I was super excited. I didn’t really know what to expect but ended up being very surprised at just how many different things one could do on the coast and just how beautiful it was. You could easily spend a week exploring the area. With its winding roads, lighthouses and beautiful ocean scenery, the Southern Oregon Coast is the perfect getaway for anyone who loves adventure.  Continue reading

How to Spend Two Days in Portland, Maine

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Last summer I had the chance to visit  Portland, Maine. It was exciting to see “the other Portland” after living in Oregon for a year.  I was really surprised at just how similar these two cities were, despite being on opposite sites of the country. Both cities have a kick ass food and brewery scene, and everyone in both cities are crazy nice.

That being said, I basically spent the two days I was there, taking pictures, drinking beer and stuffing my face with as much seafood as I could get! It sure made for one hell of a trip and I seriously can’t wait to go back again.

Below is my itinerary of everything I did in those glorious two days. Enjoy!
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A Weekend in the Wallowas

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The Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon are often referred to as America’s Little Switzerland. And after visiting this tiny oasis this past summer, I can see why. I seriously felt like I was in that famous scene in the Sound of Music where Maria is running around singing “the hills are alive!!” I may or may not have sung those lyrics a few times while I was running around taking photos.

I initially wanted to visit the Wallowas because it was the last wonder to check off on my Seven Wonders of Oregon list. I didn’t think there was much to do in the area there except some hiking and camping. I was extremely surprised to find out that there was so much more to do, especially in the neighboring towns of Baker City and Joseph. I instantly fell in love with those adorable towns.

And while there are definitely some famous hikes in the Wallowas, such as Ice Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness and Aneroid Lake, they are all more suited for backpacking rather than day hiking because of their long distances. So if you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the area or if you just prefer to day hike and explore the neighboring towns, here are a few things you can do during a weekend in the Wallowas. Continue reading

Santa Cruz Craft Beer Scene

Santa Cruz Breweries(feel free to pin this photo)

For spring break this year, A and I decided to head south and spend a few days camping in Santa Cruz. Once I knew where we would be going, I instantly started doing research on where the nearest sources of craft beer would be. I was surprised at how many breweries were located in the Santa Cruz area! Santa Cruz has its own, Beer Trail with 14 breweries spread throughout Santa Cruz area. Unfortunately, even after three days, we weren’t able to visit all of the breweries on the Santa Cruz Beer Trail. Guess it’s just another excuse to come back. Continue reading

A Year of Travel and Beer (Year Two)

year of travel and craft beerThese last few weeks have been extremely busy, but luckily it all ended with me finally turning in the paper about craft beer I had been working for the last six months. I was so busy, I forgot that it was my two year blogiversary! So, I thought I would celebrate by recapping my year of travel and beer, round two. Continue reading

Austin Bucket List (for first time visitors)

Austin Bucket List texas craft beer travelI love Austin. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world. There is so much to see, do, eat and drink. But all of that can be a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time visiting. That’s why I compiled this bucket list for first time visitors, so you can stop stressing out about what you to do when you visit and instead enjoy your time in the Live Music Capitol of the World.

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5 Things to Do on Your First Trip to Burlington, Vermont

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I’ll be honest, I never thought about visiting Vermont until last summer. Maybe it’s  because I’m from Southern California and Vermont is literally one of the furthest states from California, or maybe because before moving to Oregon I refused to acknowledge anywhere that didn’t have 70 degree weather year round. Regardless of why I never thought about visiting Vermont, I had the opportunity to spend a day in Burlington, Vermont last summer. I didn’t have high expectations for this town but by the end of the day I was blown away at how much there is to do! One day is not enough to get the full Burlington experience.  But if you every get the chance to visit, even if it’s only for a day, check out my list of 5 things you have to do on your first visit to Burlington, Vermont  Continue reading