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

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