Those of us from California tend to specify which area of the state we’re from. We’re either from NorCal or SoCal, maybe even the Central Coast. Growing up in Santa Cruz, our location is always debatable as to whether we fit into Northern California or the Central Coast.
I have to admit, I hadn’t even heard of Bend before I moved to Oregon. Once I arrived in Portland; however, I kept hearing about a faraway mountainous outdoor-loving place that could arguably rival Portland’s craft beer scene.
The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland! No really though, it is. Just yesterday I was walking in the SE and saw a homeless dude with a pet ferret. Wasn’t that huge in the 90s!? I find Wellington, New Zealand and Portland, Oregon to be sister cities in that sense. Everything still exists in the 90s and craft beer is a big deal.
I think I’ve already raved enough about Ashland on this blog in the last week or so that you guys should know how much I enjoyed my time there.
I was only in town for a few days so I’m by no means an expert on the place, but I did want to share with you my top 7 experiences while I was there.
Exciting news! We’re all moved into our new place in downtown Portland. Bonus: it’s just down the street from the huge Portland Saturday Farmer’s Market. I haven’t been to a farmer’s market that has had that much variety in a long time.
As I left the Ashland Commons and the town behind, I wound through a couple of bends and suddenly felt like I was in the country again. There were golden hills on my left and farms on my right, before I knew it, I saw the large Ashland Hills Hotel sign beckoning me from the distance.
It has been such a relaxing and productive week in the countryside of Oregon. My mind is clear and inspired, and it has made me realize that even with how much I love city life, it’s nice to have a break from it now and then.
The Oregon Country Fair has become a staple in Oregon since its start in 1969. I had heard about it enough times before I even moved to Oregon – mainly from my hippie parents – and I knew I wanted to check it out for myself.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” – William Shakespeare
When I was abroad I forgot how unutilized hostels are in America. So when I first started looking at places to stay in California and Oregon on my recent road trip, I was astounded at the lack of choices there are for budget accommodations, with the exception of camping and couchsurfing.