Our Pacific Northwest trip started with an overnight RV (recreational vehicle or relaxing vacation, you choose) stay with our friends Brooke and Sam in Hood River, Oregon. The Fleetwood Prowler is the cutest little RV you’ve ever seen! Brooke did it up right – it’s painted light blue with hardwood floor and touches of the ocean (just like Brooke) and filled with lots of love. We woke up to the feeling of cold fresh air, the sound of acorns falling and birds chirping. Luckily for Zach and I, Brooke and Sam had extra hiking backpacks, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and a double tent for us to borrow so we didn’t have to purchase or travel with gear. I’d never been legit camping (only in a camper trailer on a camp site in Myrtle Beach), and I was so looking forward to doing it with my bestie! We fueled our bodies at White Salmon Baking Co. (Zach literally bought out the bakery) and headed to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to our trail head.
Brooke and Sam planned out a perfect three day, two night excursion for us newbies. It was so refreshing to be in nature and to disconnect. We saw mountain goats, pikas, marmots, and hawks! Brookey taught me all about the different types of plants & flowers (my favorite was the Indian Paint Brush which grows in a variety of different colors depending on the terrain and proximity to water). We hiked anywhere from 4 to 7 miles a day depending on the elevation climb and did some “day hikes” on the shorter days to summit other mountains without our packs (I feel SO proud as I type this….I summited a mountain!!). We packed light on the clothes and heavy on the food and drink. Never did I imagine we would eat so well hiking! We had a double propane burner and Master Chef Brooke planned some killer meals and snacks for us (favorite snacks were jerky, goldfish, & peanut M&Ms). Another thing I loved about hiking, was the more you ate the lighter your pack got 🙂
- Annie’s Mac & Cheese with Sausage
- Cheesy Grits with Bacon Jerky and Hard Boiled Eggs
- Bagel Thin Sandwiches with Hummus
- Oatmeal with Granola, Brown Sugar, Pumpkin Seeds, and Cinnamon
- The Famous Ramen Bomb (Ramen Noodles with Mashed Potatoes) = GENIUS
- Filtered our own water (drink local)
- Pendleton Whisky (drink local)
- Bagged wine travels well
After we got our fill of hiking we retired to the comforts of our Airbnb. It was one of the nicest we’ve ever stayed in! The location was amazing – walking distance to so many restaurants, bars, and shops, washer & dryer included (it was so nice to not go home with suitcases full of dirty clothes), super cute & clean, and of course I’m a sucker for thoughtful details like a bowl full of chocolate.
There were too many places to choose from to eat & drink, but here are a few of the stand outs:
Peaks Coffee – My favorite coffee spot in the history of ever. Nutella latte, sweetest owner, plant haven, hand died coffee cups, don’t miss it!
Tasty n Sons – Holy smokes this place is award winning and there is no doubt in my mind why. Everything we had was outstanding!
Blue Star Donuts – We heard you should pass Voodoo and go to Blue Star. Still I give it a 4/5. Not an all time favorite but they were yummy!
Pine State Biscuits – Crushed these biscuits and they were HUGE!
¿Por Qué No? – Mexican is my favorite. Tacos are my favorite. Margaritas are my favorite. So quite literally WHY NOT?!?!
Olympia Provisions – If you are into meats, cheeses, and outstanding cocktails this is the spot for you! Also at a great location to walk and catch the sunset.
Guero No. 1 Tortas – Amazing food, super cute inside, and the bartenders were so friendly & sweet! This was our last stop before the airport and I’m so glad we were able to fit it in!
Salt and Straw – Yes, yes, and yes to this creamy ice cream!
Liberty Glass Bar – The best local spot. I want to move in. So cozy, so quaint, so hip.
Others on the radar: Deschutes Brewery Portland, Labrewatory, Upright Brewing
Cute Shops: In God We Trust, Made Here PDX, Tanner Goods Flagship Store, Pistils Nursery, Solace Flowers & Botanicals, Bridge & Burn, Tender Loving Empire, Star Flower, Powell’s Books, and so many more!
Now go on and get to planning your trip to the Pacific Northwest!