Oregon Recap

September 15, 2016

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There is nothing better than a quick, spontaneous trip in my opinion! A few weeks ago I decided to book a plane ticket and fly to Oregon to visit my family. I’m literally never this spontaneous. I normally plan everything out so far in advance so this was super new and exciting for me (and it was the first time I have ever flown alone!) I’m so excited to be writing this Oregon recap because Oregon has a very special place in my heart.

My grandparents live in a beautiful little city called West Linn about 13 miles outside of Portland. Growing up, I visited almost every summer but as I got older and my summers got busier, I visited less and less. Last year, I talked about my trip in a post here, celebrating my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. It was such a magical night in the middle of the woods on this gorgeous piece of land. I knew I had to visit again soon! And now I want to keep going back all the time!

This visit, I knew I wanted to do things in Oregon I’ve never done. I didn’t do much research since it was a last minute trip and I thought I’ll kind of go with the flow and see what my family wants to do. The first day of my trip we went wine tasting. I’ve never been wine tasting before (SO SAD…I know!) and I heard the Willamette Valley was the perfect place in Oregon to go. They are known for their Pinot Noir wines and although I don’t often drink reds, I bought 3 bottles because of how good all the wines were. The views were stunning and the day was perfect. I am now officially a wine tasting lover and I can’t wait to go again! I mean, sitting around in beautiful vineyards, sipping some vino all day. There is no better life than that!

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The next day we decided to drive to the Oregon coast. I’ve been there before when I was younger but I have the WORST memory like ever so I was excited to experience it again. There is nothing like the Oregon coast. Growing up with SoCal beaches, I think every beach is like that. But Oregon beaches are surrounded with beautiful trees and gorgeous rock formations and hills. I could’ve sat all day and listened to the waves crash (possibly with a glass of wine in my hand?! Of course!). The best part about the beach…the CUTEST little beach town ever. Cannon Beach. It was everything you can imagine in a beach town. Cute shops, cute restaurants, cute street. Just all around CUTE. We had the most amazing brunch at this little restaurant that looked and felt like we were eating in someone’s house, called Lazy Susan! I loved it! Afterwards, we strolled the shops where I found the most gorgeous vintage vase in an antique shop. I’m not one for souvenirs when I travel, but this piece will remind me of Oregon every time I look at it. That’s my kind of memory!

The final day of my trip my Grandma and I had a girls day in Portland, shopping down the cutest little street: NW 23rd Avenue. I’ve been shopping on many different streets including my favorite retro row: Hawthorne. But this is by far my favorite. It’s a little tree lined street with unique boutiques and consignment shops. All the little boutiques are in houses and I thought that was just adorable! I spent a little too much I must admit, but I couldn’t pass up the rare finds! I love shopping when I travel, especially at local boutiques, because I think there is something so special about finding unique pieces only available in that area. I cherish these pieces even more and will always remember where I bought them.

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It was a short and quick trip and although we didn’t do the typical Oregon things, I had an amazing time! It was one of my favorite trips to Oregon ever and I can’t wait to go back already.

Thanks so much for reading & following along my Oregon adventure! Anyone going on a trip anytime soon?! I’d love to hear details!

Stay chic!
XX-Samantha

21 comments so far.

21 responses to “Oregon Recap”

  1. Ashley says:

    Oregon is the best!! I want to go back and visit soon!!

  2. Ashley says:

    Oregon is the best!! I can’t wait to go back!

  3. Maggie says:

    I haven’t been to Oregon but would love to go!! I’ve heard there’s so much to do!

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  4. Nicole says:

    I love Willamette Valley wines–so I need to visit Oregon! Your photos are stunning & that’s so cute how you got to spend some girl time shopping with your grandma. xo, Nicole

  5. Mariam says:

    Oregon is on my travel list! It looks so lovely! I enjoyed these photos and this post! Makes me want to go ever more!

    xo Mariam | http://www.thepetitebijou.com

  6. Shelby Back says:

    Spontaneous trips are the best! So fun! I’ve never been to Oregon, but it looks beautiful!

    xoxo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

  7. Kathy says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip ? I love all your descriptions of everything and seeing it through your eyes ?? I’m glad you had so much fun wish I could’ve gone maybe next time ?

  8. Emily says:

    This is gorgeous! I’ve never been to Oregon!

    xox E
    http://thestylehuntblog.com

  9. Maria says:

    I have been wanting to go to Oregon and now this makes me want to go even more!

  10. Maria says:

    Oregon is on my bucket list, this makes me want to go even more! You look great!

  11. I’m ready to book a trip asap! What a beautiful time you had.

  12. Looks like a really fun trip! And I’m with you: spontaneous trips are the best. I haven’t been to Oregon, but I need to make it up there.

  13. OMG. It looks like something my hubby and I would totally do. It looks like you had a lot of fun!

  14. bella says:

    Looks like you had such a great time, I need to Oregon again its been such a long time since I’ve been!!

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  15. Greta says:

    Spontaneous trips are the best! It looks like you had such a great time!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  16. I visited the Portland area about a year and half ago & loved the area! I was only there for like 2 1/2 days, so I definitely need to plan a return trip soon. I spent a day in Willamette Valley- so gorgeous there! 🙂

  17. Ruthie says:

    This looked like the best time!! Loved your outfit is amazing as well!! xo

  18. Rachel Lynn says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Oregon! I love seeing new places and experiencing what they have to offer. I’m such a wine & cute shoppe girl, so this trip sounds perfect to me! The insignia on that wine glass looks stunning, too.

  19. Renata says:

    It looks awesome!! I need that glass!!!!!

  20. Emily says:

    What a FUN trip! Love the first outfit! 🙂

    xo,
    Emily | http://www.lifewithemilyblog.com

  21. Lauren says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. I’ve never gone to Oregon! So many places I need to go to. Love the first outfit so much!
    xo
    Lauren

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