36 Hours in Oregon

I just got home after a successful 36 hour trip in Oregon. We lost a family member this fall, and because so many people in our family planned to travel to Oregon for Christmas festivities they hosted her memorial service after the holidays.

As some of you may know, I am from a small town in Oregon—and when I say small, I remember it being a big deal when we got our first traffic light. The nice part about the town is that while most small towns have withered and become decrepit since the 90’s, my hometown continues to flourish. And so far the hipster yuppies flocking to Portland (and ruining it—yes, you can probably tell I’m unhappy about it.) have not yet invaded it.


Salt & Straw

I got into Portland at 10:00pm, and when I called my mom to let her know I had landed, she said, “Why don’t you put Salt & Straw in the GPS. The one next to David and Jane’s is open until 11:00pm.” I was kind of hungry for some dinner, but as previously stated, my mom makes ice cream as part of her living and is a sugar addict. If sugar were alcohol, she would need a replacement liver. So naturally we rolled up at 10:40pm and after trying a couple different ice creams, we went with their Strawberry Balsamic.


Dutch Bros.

The next morning, I woke up, showered, and drove to Dutch Bros. to pick up some coffee. I had a LOVELY interaction with the wonderful people there (Seriously, is Dutch Bros. owned by Mormons? SO FRIENDLY.) who helped me pick out a Salted Caramel Mocha. It was great as always.

Hanging out with Grandma

I went on to pick up my grandma and we went to visit my brother’s new house. He and his wonderful girlfriend, Paige, have been taking care of and living with my grandmother who passed away for the past two years, and when my aunt and uncle decided to sell our family farm, my parents and brother bought a new farm together. It looks great, and I’m so excited for them to finally be able to settle in somewhere. (Hey, man, we’re not settling anywhere for at least another year and a half, so someone’s gotta do it.)


Gather with Jacob and Zahra

I also got to see my little brother and sister who recently moved to Silverton. We met at Gather, which is one of my favorite restaurants in town. My cousin, Melissa introduced me to Gather when I was in college and got me hooked on their lavender white chocolate mochas (still the best I’ve ever had.) I was so excited to be able to catch up with “Short-round” and “Snips” over delicious lunch. I don’t get to see them very often and we totally spaced taking photos when we visited this summer, so we made sure to take a lot of photos. (Hey, Jacob!)

Memorial Service

After lunch with Jacob and Zahra, I attended the memorial service, which was as nice as those kinds of things can be. I got to see my brother, Jake, and his girlfriend, Paige, for a bit after the service—both of them worked that day. One of these days we’ll be in the same room and be able to catch up.

Drinks at the Oregon Garden Restaurant

After the service, my parents and I caught up with my Aunt Sarah over drinks and appetizers at the Oregon Garden. I got the Huckleberry Mule and was not disappointed.


Willamette Valley Pie Co.

When I woke up the next morning, I packed up my things, and came down to be surprised by a peppermint mocha and hand pie my dad picked up from Willamette Valley Pie Co. (Fewer things bring me more joy than people surprising me with coffee and Oregon fruit pastries.) We hung out at the house for a bit before my aunt took me to the airport.


Something that has surprised me the past few times we traveled to Oregon is that the Burgerville at the airport is better than a couple of the restaurants we’ve stopped at on the way to and from the airport. I grabbed a Tillamook burger, threw it in my backpack while I looked around, and ate it cold on the plane and it was still delicious. Who knew cold burgers were a thing?


I Love it Here

So this is not a usual stop for me, but I found this adorable gift shop filled with items made by Oregon artists (kind of like Bloomington’s Gather.) I’m a card addict, so I picked up a couple cards and an Oregon pin before boarding my plane.

That was my 36 hours in Oregon! I didn’t get to see as many people as I would like (it’s impossible even in a week,) but I am so happy with all of the things I got to do. I hope everyone had a great holiday! I’m so excited for this upcoming year!

See you in 2019.