6 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…

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…

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

One idyllic spring day, with my nine-year-old son in tow, we headed out to My Brother’s 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…

Tips for a Successful and Fun Snowshoe Excursion Near Willamette Pass, Oregon

My dad and my in-laws are hardcore ski bums. You know, the type of avid skiers that get up at the crack of dawn in frigid weather to make sure their day at the slopes is as long and value-packed as possible, and they do not under any circumstance hang out in the lodge partaking in any apres-ski activities…

A Hands-on Hazelnut Weekend in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

If you’ve ever taken a drive through the Oregon countryside, odds are, you’ve happened upon a hazelnut orchard. Recently, though, it has felt like hazelnut trees are everywhere…