I was born and raised in oregon. When I met my husband, it was an instant adventure. Since then, I've lived and explored the whole east coast and currently reside in sunny san diego. Since its been over 3 years since ive lived in my home state, when I go home I like to play tourist as much as I can. Portland is my favorite place to have breakfast, drink coffee, and enjoy a beer.
This May, my mother's birthday and mother's day fell on the same week and I was able to take a week long trip to celebrate her. Since my husband couldnt take off work, it was just me. Although it felt weird without him there, especially because most of the time I was wishing he could share the experience, it was a good time for me to dedicate solely to my family. My parents have always been home-bodies. They've now lived in portland for 3 years, but never make trips to the actual city. So I took it upon myself to put them on the max, drag them through the rain, and experience the city of portland for what's its truly known for-- food, beer, coffee, and rain. To my surprise, they loved it! Since then, my mom has sent me photos of them exploring downtown by themselves, and revisiting the places I introduced them to. This was one of my most favorite times spent with them.
Did I mention the coffee in portland? ;) Im starting to believe almost every coffee shop offers a good man bun... but seriously. When I first moved to portland at 18, I lived downtown and hadnt met many friends yet. I spent the majority of my free time in cozy coffee shops, head phones in and notebook out. I cant help but feel a little nostalgia when I go back and revisit those same cozy nooks.
Thankfully, I eventually did make friends that I still keep and visit whenever im back home. These two special ladies are always a must.
I love visiting Oregon. It has a special place in my heart. If you ever need recommendations, feel free to ask me! I would love to give you a long list of all my favorite to-dos.