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

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 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

5 Instagramable LA Murals

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Don’t you just love it when you are walking down the street and suddenly come across a mural that stops you dead on your tracks and makes you think “I totally have to Instagram this”. C’mon I can’t be the only one who thinks that!

Well, if you are like me and love a good mural, Los Angeles is probably one of the best places for Instagram worthy murals. There are probably hundreds of murals throughout the city, but here are 5 of my favorite Instagramable LA murals that are guaranteed to make your friends jealous!

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