Best Portland Breweries

travel portland breweries“I’m coming to Portland. What  breweries would you recommend?”. This has to be the question I get asked the most. And while I do love your questions and giving ya’ll my recommendations, it can be a little redundant typing out the same answers all the time.  And with the summer and bar prep just around the corner, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to answer every message and thus, I figured why not just make a guide to the best Portland breweries and have all of my recommendations in one place? Continue reading

Exploring Oregon Wine Country

oregon wine travel In the last few decades, Oregon wine county has really taken off.  Today, just within the Willamette Valley alone, there are over 500 wineries! So you may be asking yourself, Oregon and wine? I thought Oregon was just know for its beer? I know, I had the exact same question when I first moved here. Well, the answer is in the soil. The soil in the Willamette Valley makes for some great Pinot Noir.  Continue reading

The Hood River Fruit Loop

hood river fruit loop, fruit loop, oregon, columbia river gorgeWhen you live in the Pacific Northwest, you quickly learn to take advantage of the sunny days and make every effort to get outside. That’s why one sunny afternoon a few weeks ago, I decided to drop everything and go on an adventure to the Hood River Fruit Loop before the cold weather and snow arrived.

The Hood River Fruit Loop is a wonderful little oasis located an hour east of Portland that is filled with cider houses, fruit farms and magnificent mountain views. This adventure is the perfect place for someone who wants to escape the craziness of the city for a bit. Here’s a list of what I managed to fit in, in just one afternoon. 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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Santa Cruz Craft Beer Scene

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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

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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The Best Day Trips from D.C.

Best Day Trips from D.CWhen I was living in D.C., most of my weekends were spent visiting all of the monuments and museums in the city. After seeing everything on my D.C. bucket list, I decided to expand and explore other cities along the east coast. All of these trips were day trips since I was working during the week and couldn’t afford to to stay at a hotel.

The great thing about living on the east coast is being able to visit a different state, even if it’s just for a day. That rarely happens in SoCal! Most of these day trips are accessible by bus such as Greyhound and Megabus, which is great because it alleviates you from having to deal with the traffic leaving the city and a ticket is usually much cheaper than gas. Taking a bus allows you to kick back and read a book, listen to music or even watch TV on your phone and allows you to sleep on the day home after a long day of exploring!

I had a lot of fun living on the east coast and visiting new cities. It allowed me to see  much of our country’s history up close and personal and see many new places that I would’ve never thought to visit if I hadn’t been living in D.C. While I was able to visit many new places, here are some of my favorite, and some of the best, day trips from D.C. (in no particular order). Continue reading

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

How to Spend a Weekend in Memphis

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Memphis. Home of the Blues and The Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll. This city located near the Tennessee/Mississippi state line is perfect for music and history lovers alike. With multiple museums dedicated to its musical and cultural history, great southern food and a kick ass live music scene, Memphis makes for a perfect Southern weekend getaway.  Continue reading