We make a point of doing a yearly trip to Bend, Oregon so we can get some sunshine, and hikes in before the weather turns cooler. This year we were able to add some new places along the way that we just loved! So here are 5 new places from our most recent trip.
Romantic Airbnb Stays
It is the month of love so . . .and who doesn’t want to getaway?
20 years ago I had no idea that there was a town in Eastern Oregon called Joseph. I had no idea that there was this hidden gem that could reconnect you with nature and make you feel “off the grid”. Fast forward 20 years and Joseph is now something very special to me.
I am not going to lie . . . sometimes I don’t want to share with the world some of my secrets. I don’t want too many people to know about Joseph because I don’t want it to grow and become Jackson Hole. I want it to stay small–quaint, and closed off from the world that is around it.
As you travel I-84 to La Grande, Oregon–you have the option to veer off the highway and travel 80 miles to the middle of no where. The drive alone is worth the trip with its scenic mountains, prairies, rivers and lakes. It is a photographers candy shop and a nomads home.
There really isn’t much in the town of Joseph, including a stoplight but what it does offer is outstanding. There are cute shops to roam, restaurants and art galore. But all of this pales in comparison to what you see outside of main street.
While I am providing a link to the town’s website . . . all I really want to do is show you pictures from my last trip. Enjoy!
New Portland Favorites
I have a lot of people visiting me or the last couple of months and all of them have been to Portland before with me so naturally they have all experienced my tried & true favorites. Now I have 5 more food and places to add to the ever-growing list.
- La Provence: Small plates and small desserts. A great place to have a conversation with friends.
- Koi Fusion: Can we say Korean tacos?!
- Toadstool Cupcakes: The little cupcakes are soooo cute and pretty tasty as well.
- HK Café: The place to go for a plethora of Asian food options including the ones that you only get when in those countries.
- The Fireside: A great cozy place that you can chat with friends at and watch all the foot traffic on 23rd Avenue.
- Collage: This is the greatest little store of craft and art supplies I have ever seen!
- Roloff Pumpkin Patch: I think this is a great place to look for a pumpkin and entertain little children
- Monticello Antique Marketplace: This place is huge and what I love the most about them; they have a ton of furniture and other big items to pick through.
- The Iron Gate Cottage: A great little place to just peruse on a rainy afternoon.
- Lee Farms: This is right by my house and is a great place for a last-minute gift, produce, pumpkins, activities and of course, apple cider donuts!