7 Great Organic, Biodynamic, and Eco-Friendly Oregon Winemakers to Support

One of the best things about living in Oregon is that we are surrounded by abundant farms and vineyards. Since moving here more than a decade ago, supporting our local winemakers has been a part of life…

4 Family-Friendly Hikes With Marvelous Views Near Eugene

Over the years, we’ve traversed the popular scenic hikes near Eugene, Oregon with our kids many times, and recently we’ve also branched out to explore some lesser-trafficked trails slightly further afield with equally spectacular views…

Our Unforgettable Yurt Camping Trip on the Oregon Coast

Have you ever gone yurt camping? It’s a very popular thing to do in Oregon, but despite living here for more than a decade we had never tried it until recently…

Fall Foliage Hikes and Farm Fun in the Southern Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley is a lush 150-mile long valley in the heart of Oregon from Portland down to Cottage Grove. With fall foliage just nearing its peak and harvest season in full swing, now is a great time to visit for…

Great Family Excursions on the Oregon Coast

This past year has thrown a lot of curveballs to all of us, globally, and in the West. Catastrophic wildfires, a worldwide pandemic, and a megadrought have been part of the ‘new normal’ we are navigating while planning fun and safe experiences for our families. For us, one place has been a steady refuge throughout it all…

8 Spectacular Outdoor Excursions and Hikes in Central Oregon

We’re lucky to have family in Central Oregon, and have been visiting the Redmond/Bend area every year for more than 20 years. This post features our favorite hand-picked excursions and hikes…

Northwest Berry Guide: Growing, U-Pick and Foraging Tips in Oregon and Washington

Here in the Northwest, we have the perfect climate for growing a variety of berries, which begin to ripen as early as May with the first strawberries. Growing your own berries, visiting a U-pick farm, and foraging for wild berries are…

A Beautiful Spring Day Trip to My Brothers’ Farm in the Southern Willamette Valley

One idyllic spring day, with my nine-year-old son in tow, we headed out to My Brothers’ Farm in Creswell, Oregon to learn about organic hazelnut production. What we experienced was so much more: a bustling first-generation family farm realizing a beautiful vision of land stewardship, sustainability, partnership, and farm-to-table ethos…

7 Fun Things To Do in Family-Friendly Newport, Oregon This Spring (or Anytime)

In my recent post about Cannon Beach, I shared a few of our favorite things to do in this beautiful town along the Oregon coast, and Newport is another much-loved coastal destination that we have enjoyed every season of the year…

Take a Mini-Vacation in Stunning Cannon Beach, Oregon

I’m a big fan of the mini vacation. Getting away for three or four nights by car is just enough time to recharge and explore an area, but not so long that you will be derailed from bigger travel savings goals. We have taken many trips like this along the West Coast, including two to Cannon Beach, and…