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Our Travels to Oregon & Seattle

Feb 9, 2017

Happy Friday, friends!  This post is a little unusual because it’s not about photography.  It’s actually a recap on how Dustin and I spent the holidays in the Pacific Northwest.

So today I’m sharing some highlights and photos videos from our trip to Oregon and Seattle.

On Christmas Eve, Dustin and I spent the morning with my family in Southern California and then in the evening, we flew up to Grants Pass, Oregon to spend Christmas with his family.  Grants Pass is a cute little town nestled in the mountains of Southern Oregon.

Since we had the week off from work, we also decided to take the opportunity to visit Seattle (my first time!) while we were up in the “neighborhood”.  I’m usually the “planner” between the two of us, but it was just so crazy towards the end of the year that I did the unthinkable and only “planned” flights and hotels.

So here was our “plan” and some highlights from the trip —

  • Grants Pass, OR (3 days) – Christmas with the Rineharts!!
  • Portland, OR (1 day)
  • Seattle, WA (4 days) – New Years with our good friend, Bob!!

Highlights —

  • Winning Phase 10 on Christmas! The Rinehart’s are big on card games, and it’s rare that I win, so this was BIG!
  • Christmas Day in the mountains, by the fire, surrounded by family, was pretty amazing. <3
  • The drive from Grants Pass to Portland is gorgeous – it’s nice to be surrounded by TREES on the highway.  Also, DUTCH BROS – I’m obsessed with these coffee shops.  Everyone is always incredibly friendly, and the coffee is yummy too!
  • Our hotel in Portland was bomb!  We opted to stay at the Inn at Northrup Station near the charming 23rd Street area.  Our room was HUGE – it had a patio, kitchen, living room, king bed.
  • Pike Place Chowder – I have to give a shout out to our friends, Francisco and Alex, who told us about this gem.  BEST. CHOWDER. EVER.  I’m not a chowder person, but I am now!  We ate there twice in four days.
  • Pike Place – I know it’s so touristy, but I’m a tourist.  I’ve never seen anything like it, everything was so fresh from the fruits to the fish to the flowers.  I loved it!
  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room – This is a must do for coffee lovers!  I’m talking to you, every-photographer-out-there!
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass – Right in the heart of the Seattle Center is Dale Chihuly’s exhibition of glass blown art. There are eight galleries, a garden filled with glass pieces, and the centerpiece glasshouse with a serpent-like ceiling display.  It’s pretty incredible, and absolutely worth a visit!
  • Scout at The Thompson – Seattle has some incredible places to eat, and we could’ve stayed so much longer just trying all the restaurants that were recommended to us. Scout was our New Years Day breakfast and it was perfect.  If you go for breakfast, definitely get the cinnamon roll – it was DELICIOUS!
  • New Years Eve with a view of the Space Needle.  We stayed at the Westin, which is central to all the good touristy hot spots in Seattle.  So when it came to watching the fireworks, we just strolled down 6th Street and stood at a street corner for the perfect view of the Needle.
  • SNOW!  When the clock struck midnight, it started SNOWING!!  Awesome.

I like to dabble in video, though I am NO professional.  But when I’m on vacation, it’s nice to capture the memories in a different format other than .cr2.  I also wanted to surprise my in-laws with something super special to commemorate our first Christmas in Oregon.  Enjoy!!

Christmas in Oregon

New Years in Seattle

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Here are a couple other videos too for fun!  I tried to make my family singalong in 2012, but it didn’t work.  2013 was a success though!

Maui 2013 (dear family, please don’t kill me for making this public)

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