|Tide pools! And a wider view of the rocks that hide them.|
|A panorama shot of the magnificent view hidden on the other side of the dunes.|
|The view from our hotel room, more pictures from behind the dunes, |
Eric finds a brewery, and a behind the scenes look at Eric's bunny photo shoot!
Day three started with a hearty breakfast at our hotel (we stayed at McMenamins Kennedy School, Eric talks much more about this unique hotel over on his blog HERE) and some exploration around the grounds. The main event of the day was a fun (and filling!) food tour of the Alphabet District and NW 23rd Avenue with Forktown Food Tours but we fit in some breweries and such too. I can't speak highly enough of our tour and tour guide (the company's owner Heidi!)... it was fun, delicious, and informative. Just as we hoped, it was a great way to kick off our vacation. Beyond the tour itself, Heidi gave us some great recommendations for hiking spots and more. I can assure you that we did not leave the tour hungry or thirsty! Next time we find ourselves in Portland we will definitely take one of their other tours.
|A few shots from our fabulous food tour!|
|The lovely Wahclella Falls!|
Over the course of our week in Oregon, we hit up many fine eating and drinking establishments. In fact, I counted 20 breweries or taprooms, 3 distilleries, 1 meadery, 1 winery, and 1 cider maker. (My liver may need a vacation now!!) I won't bother going into great detail on all of them since I know Eric will be doing that on his blog, but I'll give you my highlights and a photo collage! Some of my favorite breweries were places we went to on our last trip: Hair of the Dog, Cascade Barrel House, and Pfriem. New to us this trip I really enjoyed Breakside, Commons, and Logsdon. Another happy accident was stumbling upon a little meadery called Stung and getting an impromptu tour!
|Pelican, Commons, Pfriem, ABV, Olympia Provisions, Logsdon, Hair of the Dog|
I'm so thankful that we could take the time out of our busy lives to connect with our friends on such a fun vacation. Like many of you out there, our friends are spread far and wide... making it difficult to see them as often as we would like. As long as this post is, it really just scratches the surface of our journeys. Good food & drink, great friends, plenty of belly laughs, gorgeous scenery, and much more! I think it's fair to say we all had a great time exploring in Oregon!!