Summer Road Trip to Portland & the Oregon Coast!

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Heading to Portland, Oregon? Excellent choice! We love this PNW city full of amazing neighborhoods, breweries, and coffee shops, plus there's tons of great places to eat in Portland. Every time we take an Oregon road trip, we just have to stop somewhere along the coast too, and this time we found a super affordable (and adorable) hotel! 

Get inspired with these fun things to do in Portland and the Oregon Coast:

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Where to Stay in Portland: The Ace Hotel 

We love to stay at The Ace Hotel when we're travelling, every location is tailored to the city it's in and doesn't feel like a "chain" at all! The Ace Hotel Portland is walking distance to some of the best restaurants, bars, and shops in the city (not to mention Powell's bookstore!). We are obsessed with the happy hour at Clyde Common, the bar and restaurant attached to the Ace Hotel, and Stumptown Coffee is right next door. 

There's a ton of places to visit in downtown Portland, some of our favorites are Blue Star Donuts, Teardrop for cocktails, Multnomah Whiskey Library (for whiskey, obviously), and Tasty n Alder for dinner.   

If you want to chill, hanging out in the Ace Hotel's lobby is pretty great (as you can tell from everyone's Instagram feeds). 

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Where to Go in Portland

After exploring downtown Portland, we ventured over to the NE side on Alberta Street. There are so many good happy hours to choose from, and we really enjoyed our margaritas & tacos at Stella Taco!

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If you're looking for a relaxing weekend getaway to Portland, you have to visit the Loyly Sauna. There are two locations in Portland, and we really loved the Northeast location (near Coava Coffee!). They have co-ed sauna days, as well as Women Only & Men Only days. We loved the flower petals foot soak, as well as the option to drink kombucha on tap while getting a facemask! Literally heaven.

Wondering where to go shopping in Portland? Wildfang is one of our favorite stores! They have both a happy hour and an awesome selection of curated apparel and home goods. 

Union Way is a cool "arcade" full of artisanal vendors and lots of curated home goods, and we also love Woonwinkle Design Shop too! 

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If you're looking for chicken and waffles, head over to Irving St Kitchen in Portland's Pearl District or grab a delicious brunch just outside of downtown at Screen Door!

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Road Trip to the Oregon Coast

After a few days in the city it was time to hit the road and explore the Oregon Coast! Seriously, one of the most beautiful places in the world. We stayed at the Ashore Hotel, which is located right along the beach in Seaside, Oregon. 

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The Ashore Hotel is super affordable and recently renovated, they have a small cafe and a great lounge area, plus they have free bikes for you to ride around on! It's the perfect spot for some relaxing, and we visited nearby Canon Beach as well.

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Looking for more things to do in Oregon? Check out Top 5 Places to Visit on Your Oregon Road Trip

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6 Romantic Getaways for a Summer of Love

Looking for an easy romantic getaway with your boo? There's no better way to fall in love or rekindle that spark than by going on some romantic weekend getaways together! We teamed up with OkCupid to share some of our favorite places to visit with your honey this summer, and the best part is they are all easy, low-stress weekend getaways that you can turn into a longer trip if you want to. Nothing like summertime romantic getaways, right? 

Romantic Getaways #1: Soak Up the Sun in San Diego, California

Ready to soak in summer along the beach? Take a romantic weekend getaway to San Diego! Get ready to enjoy the delicious food scene in Little Italy (Ironside Oyster is our fave), indulge in a ton of fish tacos (happy hour at Tacos Perla is fantastic), and sip on beer from the city's over 100 craft breweries! Snuggle up on the beach under an umbrella with your boo at Coronado Beach, and if you want to treat yourself, rent a day bed for the day and keep the drinks coming.

Where to Stay: The Pearl Hotel, One Bunk Hotel, or this cute Airbnb (get $40 free credit here
How to Get There: lots of direct flights to SAN, or road trip from San Francisco or Los Angeles

Romantic Getaways #2: Cozy Up in Your Own Airstream in the Woods on Pender Island, BC

It doesn’t get more romantic than enjoying nature in your own Airstream! 🌲  Woods on Pender is located on gorgeous Pender Island in British Columbia, Canada, and it's an easy escape along the west coast. Whether you want to lay in your hammock all day, Netflix and chill in your airstream, or explore the hikes and lakes of the island, it doesn't get any better than a romantic getaway here. The best part? Your own hot tub in the woods! 

Where to Stay: Woods on Pender (Airstreams for rent, or a super affordable lodge)
How to Get There: Take a ferry from Tsawassen, BC (40 minutes past the border), an easy road trip from any PNW city

Romantic Weekend Getaways #3: Party it up in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas, anyone?  This easy-to-get to destination can be super affordable, and we love the local vibe off the strip in Downtown Las Vegas.  Fremont East is the "local" Vegas, full of hip taco shops, cocktail bars, gourmet coffee, and so much cool street art. Whether you want to enjoy a show or party it up with your babe, Vegas is bound to add a little excitement to your relationship.

Where to Stay: We love the Downtown Grand Las Vegas because of the prime location downtown, the rooftop pool, and the super cheap price tag (starting at $60/night!) 
How to Get There: lots of cheap flights on charter airlines, or road trip from LA

Romantic Weekend Getaways #4: Enjoy the Small Town Charm of Prince Edward County, Ontario

If you'd rather a more quiet and relaxing romantic getaway, explore the delicious wine country that lies between Toronto, Montreal, and  New York: Prince Edward County! This is a super romantic weekend getaway from the big city, full of hip wineries (get our top 5 here), small town charm, white sandy beaches, and a lot of time for rest and relaxation. We loved our stay at The Ferg, and you'll definitely get your quality time in, because not much is open after 10pm! 

Where to Stay: The Ferg, June Motel, or The Drake Devonshire
How to Get There: road trip! About a 3hr drive from Toronto or Ottawa

Romantic Getaways #5: Road Trip Along the Oregon Coast

A summer romantic getaway doesn’t get better than the sandy beaches along the Oregon Coast! Take a road trip to the PNW and soak in all the beauty and sand dunes that you can find at Cape Kiwanda, a prettier and less busy version of Cannon Beach. 

Where to. Stay: beach camping, or there's lots of yurts along the coast
How to Get There: fly to Portland or road trip from Seattle / Vancouver

Romantic Weekend Getaways #6: Go Wine Tasting in Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe

Want a Mexican vacation, without a high price tag? Make your way to Valle de Guadalupe, Baja’s wine country, which is only an hour from the San Diego and Mexico border! Stay in the romantic luxury yurts tucked in the hills and spend your days in the sun with wine, fresh coconuts, and tacos (of course). You must take in sunset at Cuatro Cuatros

Where to Stay: Encuentro Guadalupe
How to Get There: drive across the San Diego border, or walk across the border and hire a car or Uber for a day trip

Hopefully these romantic weekend getaways have inspired you to plan a fun summer trip! We're taking over Okcupid's new Instagram account, so follow along for more romantic inspo -> @okcupid

You can check out even more travel ideas for your next vacation in our other blog posts!

Sending Off Summer Along the Oregon Coast

"Would you like to go on a roadtrip?" has always been music to our ears, so when our good friend Jordan Dyck had a few days off, we decided to send off summer along the Oregon Coast.  Anytime you head to the Oregon Coast it's amazing, but there's something extra special about feeling the summer air get a little cooler as you head into fall on the beach. 

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We joined an amazing group of photographers + The Visual Collective in Seaside, Oregon where we stayed in this gorgeous Airbnb house along the ocean. It made for some seriously pretty walks to the beach!

Don't forget: if you sign up for Airbnb using our code here, you'll get $35 off your first stay! Even if you're not going anywhere now, you can save the credit for later.

We drove down the coast one day towards our favorite spot on the Oregon Coast, Cape Kiwanda. 

Oregon's Hidden Gem: Cape Kiwanda

We love Cape Kiwanda for it's sandy beaches, oceanside cliffs, and those stunning sand dunes! There used to be an incredible arch that was formed naturally over hundreds of years, but unfortunately a bunch of kids recently destroyed it. :( 

Even without the arch, Cape Kiwanda is still the perfect place to take in golden hour at sunset. 

  Photo by Jordan Dyck

Photo by Jordan Dyck

In order to view the "cape," you have to walk up the sand dunes and through some trees to get this breathtaking view. If you're planning a trip to the Oregon Coast, it's definitely worth driving a little extra to get here. 

Megan StokesSarah GudemanDavid SadofksyBrett BroonerBen RamosYoni Gill, and Matt Scheuller are just some of the amazing crew we got to explore and hang out with! Thanks for all the memories. You can check out our trip on Instagram at #allthefeelsoregon

Below are some photos from our friend Yoni Gill from Smuggler's Cove outside of Newport, Oregon, which is another great place to visit on the Oregon Coast! If you're heading to Oregon, don't forget to check out our Oregon Road Trips page which is filled with all our favorite spots! 

Top 5 Places to Visit on Your Oregon Road Trip

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Top 5 Places to Visit on Your Oregon Road Trip

When it comes to trying to find places to visit in Oregon, the options seem endless! To help make it easier for you to plan your road trip and discover new places to visit in Oregon, we put together a Places to Visit in Oregon guide full of our favorite spots, from the mountains to the beaches and everything gorgeous inbetween.

To sum up our trip around Western Oregon, here are five of our favorite places to visit in Oregon! We'll be adding more places soon...back to Eastern Oregon's Painted Hills, anyone?

1. Hiking the Rowena Crest

Take the 75-mile-long scenic drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway, and enjoy a pit stop at this classic Instagram-worthy locale. {More}

2. The Sandy Beaches of Cape Kiwanda

Sand dunes, cliffs, an arch in the ocean, and an expansive beach? Cape Kiwanda has it all, and it's one of the best kept secrets on the Oregon Coast . {More}

3. This Airstream Resort in Willamette Valley

Pair some Pinot Noir with a stay at The Vintages Trailer Resort for the ultimate Oregon wine country escape. {More}

4. Picnicking at Trillium Lake in Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood is a whole road trip in itself, but the best view of the mountain is at this peaceful escape from reality. {More}

5. Teepee Camping in the Columbia River Gorge

Glamping goes to a whole new level at this "campground" that's home to a modern fire pit, luxurious teepee, and an outdoor shower in the woods. {More}

Whether you're going on a road trip through the state or just a quick weekend away, you can find more places to visit in Oregon on our page here!  

Love these places to stay in Oregon? Take $20 off your first Airbnb stay with our code here!

Our Range Rover Sport was provided courtesy of Land Rover.

You Need to Stay in This Airstream Resort

We love staying in unique places when we're travelling, and our dream has always been to roadtrip with our very own Airsteam. But that requires a lot of gas (hello, gas prices), so instead we looked for a cool Airstream to stay in that we didn't have to lug around. Except instead of one, we found 14.

The Vintages Trailer Resort is located in Oregon's wine country of Willamette Valley, and it's home to all those tasty pinot noirs. When you think wine country, you probably don't think "trailer park," but this is a really cool take on the trailer park concept. The "resort" is filled with 14 Airstreams that are gorgeously renovated, and it comes with an outdoor pool too!

Each trailer also has a propane grill, which we fired up for a tasty lunch (thank you Trader Joe's!). Your trailer comes with all the essentials, like dishes, utensils, and a wine opener. How cute is this outdoor set up?!

It gets even cuter on the inside. We stayed in the Restored 1957 Airstream Sovereign and loved it! Nothing like waking up in an Airstream, putting on a comfy robe, and making yourself a gourmet pour-over coffee from Caravan Coffee. We wouldn't expect any less from Oregon.

The kitchen was surprisingly spacious, and it was so fun to create a family-style meal together. It kind of reminded us of our family road trips back in the day, except this time it was with our friends (and we could enjoy the wine). 

This really is glamping at it's finest, with air conditioning, fuzzy robes, and really nice linens all provided. Not to mention the hot tub onsite! 

They also provide you with cute cruiser bikes, which you can bike into town to explore some wineries. Just no drinking and driving, please! If you've never used Airbnb before, you can take $20 off your stay using our code here. Hurray! 

Our Range Rover Sport was provided free of charge to us courtesy of Land Rover

The Perfect Sunset at Trillium Lake, Oregon

We made it to Mt. Hood! And oh boy, is it huge. There's tons of different areas on the mountain, from skiing to breweries, but we found the best place to view the mountain: Trillium Lake. 

We set up a little picnic with our friends (and some duckies) and settled in for what turned out being an incredible sunset.

The lake is clean (and clearly so gorgeous!), so you can totally go swimming in it. Or kayaking, row boating, fishing...and you can even camp nearby too. 

The Trillium Lake Loop Trail runs around the lake, and it's great for an easy hike or trail run.

And then, it was time for sunset. Oregon is so amazing, we love how you can go from the mountains to the ocean and city in between, all in one weekend!

Thanks for reading! Our Range Rover Sport was provided to us free of charge from Land Rover.

Beach Camping on the Oregon Coast

When the rain comes, it's time to open the trunk and cuddle up! We set up "camp" along Cape Kiwanda Beach, which is a long, gorgeous, sandy beach that you can drive on! Yup, it's legal. What isn't legal though, is camping on the beach. But if you stay up all night by the fire and don't actually sleep, it's not really camping, right? ;) 

We invited a bunch of our friends from Portland out to the Oregon Coast, which is about a 2 hour drive away, and just hung out in the beautiful sunshine...until it got cold.

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Photo by Shayd Johnson

Once the night rolled in, it was time to cozy up by the fire with some whiskey, hot dogs, and tons of quality friend time. Thanks to our fire maker extraordinaire Shayd, and some friendly firewood neighbours, we were good to go all night. 

It was pretttttty cold and wet though, so we recommend staying in one of the nearby yurts instead! You can see more of Cape Kiwanda here. 

Thanks for reading! We were provided our Range Rover Sport free of charge from Land Rover.

Mojo Coffee in Lincoln City, Oregon

Coffee is essential for roadtrips, and we found the cutest little place in Lincoln City, Oregon on our way up the coast! The best part? You don't even need to get out of your car to "refuel" on espresso.

The drive-thru window at Mojo Coffee Co is so cute, and the baristas are super friendly. Grab a cup of Stumptown (or a cold brew!) and you'll be all set to drive the coast. There's also a small menu of breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and other snacks that are a way better alternative to fast food drive thru!

Cycles, runners, walkers....have no fear! There's also a "walk up window" for you to order from too. We love this spot! 

Our Range Rover Sport was provided to us free of charge by Land Rover USA for our trip. 

Oregon's Hidden Gem: Cape Kiwanda

Sand dunes, cliffs, an arch in the ocean, and an expansive beach? Cape Kiwanda has it all, and it's one of the best kept secrets when it comes to the Oregon Coast (sorry we're sharing it, locals!). Whether you're coming with your family, your friends, or even by yourself, the area is just full of beauty. The craft brewery on the beach doesn't hurt either...

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We first heard about Cape Kiwanda from our friend Alyssa almost two years ago, and we've been obsessed with it ever since. We set out for a little hike with our friends Alexis, Shayd, Bryan, and Alyssa! 

Cape Kiwanda has all the benefits of Cannon Beach, like sandy beaches and a cool arch, without all the tourist chaos. Have you ever tried to navigate Cannon Beach during the summer? It's outrageous! Cape Kiwanda is definitely the more chill, local beach to visit along the Oregon Coast. 

To get to the Cape, you just need to hike up the huge sand dunes, and then duck under a fence...it sounds more intimidating than it actually is. And it's soooo worth these views! But be careful on the cliffs and proceed at your own risk. The Oregon coast is truly one of the most peaceful places on earth. 

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more of our Oregon Coast adventures <3

TeePee Camping along the Columbia River Gorge

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Photo by Bryan Dale 

When you’re in the Pacific Northwest, everybody goes camping. But sometimes you want a bit of a break from the “roughing it” part, and that’s why we are such fans of glamping. We stayed in this awesome Airbnb along the Columbia River Gorge that came complete with modern fireplace, an outdoor shower, and an amazing teepee. 

There’s something so amazing about going to sleep in a comfortable queen size bed, but still breathing in the fresh air of the outdoors. This teepee gave us both, and it was the best feeling to wake up in the morning and see the beautiful woods and mountains around us through the opening in the teepee. So magical!

The “living quarters” are great too! With a hot plate, mini fridge, and stunning view, what else could you need with your morning coffee? If you’re thinking a rooftop patio, they have that too. Having a hot shower in the middle of woods was worth the stay alone!

We love staying in Airbnb's, so we're sharing some love with you guys! If you're inspired to find your own teepee oasis, use this link to get $20 off your first stay! Hurrah.

 Photo by Shayd Johnson

Photo by Shayd Johnson

Follow the rest of our Oregon trip with the #WellStoried tag on Instagram!

Swimming Holes + Huckleberries in Hood River

We love roadtrips because you never know what you're going to find. We stopped at Apple Valley Country Store because we wanted some fresh cherries, and next thing you knew we were taking an impromptu dive at a local watering hole! 

This little swimming hole (which comes complete with a rope swing!) is located across the street from the country store, and underneath the bridge. We made friends with some locals, escaped the heat, and took our turn on the rope swing.

And yes, we enjoyed the cherries too. We realized while writing this post that the river we were swimming in is actually Hood River, which is also the name of the city (not to get confused). Sunshine, please don't leave us! 

Thanks for reading! You can follow our roadtrip on Instagram too <3

Roadtrippin' to Rowena Crest, Oregon

We are SO excited to share our Oregon road trip with you guys! After starting out with some Good Coffee in Portland, we piled our stuff in the Range Rover Sport and set off for a road trip through the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, and the Oregon Coast! 

Meet the friends we brought with us: Shayd, Alyssa, and Alexis! You'll see more of them in our posts to come. As we were driving through somewhere on a highway in Oregon, we found a random wheat field...so clearly we had to stop for some photos. 

Did you know Oregon has 7 Wonders? And they're all, well, wonderful? The Columbia River Gorge is one of them, and on your way there you will pass Rowena Crest, which is this gorgeous spot that's definitely Instagram-worthy. You can hike this trail to reach the view point!

Rowena Crest is located along the Historic Columbia River Highway, which is a 75-mile-long scenic drive that makes it absolutely perfect for roadtrips (and rolling down the roof!). 

This was such a great start to our trip and we can't wait to share more with you guys. Make sure you're following along on Instagram too, as the adventure continues! 

All of these photos are by our awesome friend Bryan Dale! Our car was provided to us in exchange for this post.