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The Path To Hood River And The Columbia Gorge

Heading east from Portland, one travels along the lush green treelined landscape of the Columbia Gorge. The beauty that engulfs is filled with waterfalls and Mount Hood looming in the background. This journey takes you to the Hood River, a city that abounds with days of yore. Nestled along the Columbia River in the heart … Read more

McMinnville (C) Valerie Estelle Rogers

McMinnville, Oregon: 15 Best Things To Do

McMinnville, Oregon, lies in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Yamhill County, halfway between Portland and Salem. As a wine lover, the town is in the heart of wine country, so the area boasts excellent wine, especially Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Although Pinot Geeks love to visit, there are many other things to do. … Read more

Sandes of Time Bed and Breakfast

Sandes Of Time Bed and Breakfast: Fusing the Past and Present

Perched upon a knoll, nestled among trees, beckoning you to come to stay, sits the Sandes of Time Bed & Breakfast in Milwaukie, a suburb of Portland, Oregon. If you are looking for accommodations with quaint charm and old-world style, this Oregon Bed and Breakfast is ideally located near Portland, Lake Oswego Oregon City, Canby, … Read more

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Oregon’s Rogue Valley AVA Wine Country

Discover Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley AVA, an area rich in culture and offering diversity in the wines produced in this region.  You will fall in love with the area and, like me, want to come back to discover more of its secrets. The Rogue Valley is located in southern Oregon. Three main towns, Medford, Ashland, … Read more

Lake Oswego Sculpture with Cori Solomon

Mt. Hood Territory: Uncover Its Hidden Secrets

When people imagine the Willamette Valley, they usually think of the area between Salem and Portland. This location covers the mid-portion of Oregon because it encompasses most of the Willamette Valley AVA and its sub-appellations. Mt. Hood Territory is another area offering travelers numerous options of activities to discover. Cities in the Mt. Hood Territory … Read more

Kyra's Gluten-Free Bakery

Kyra’s Bake Shop: A Gluten-free Bakery At Its Sweetest

Baked goods for the gluten-free diet can be daunting.  Add in the dairy-free diet, and bread and desserts are almost non-existent unless you are a connoisseur of sorbets.  Recently on a trip to Oregon, I discovered to my delight Kyra’s Bake Shop, a gluten-free bakery haven with an array of delicious pastries, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, … Read more

Rogue Valley Dancin Vineyards

Dancin Vineyards: The Delights of the Rogue Valley

Autumn is the ideal time of the year to visit Dancin Vineyards in the Rogue Valley AVA. Not only does the wine dance, but the fall colors of the foliage create an exquisite performance as if they are dancing in the wind. All this makes visiting this winery spectacular. The story of Dancin is a … Read more

Perfect Winter Wines

Discover Perfect Winter Wines

Winter solstice has come and gone making it time to think about those winter wines to serve during this season. As we move forward into 2019, these wines will bring enjoyment to throughout the year. Here is a selection of winter wines I recently sampled. White Winter Wines During the winter when I have hearty … Read more

Visiting Portland The Waterfront

Visiting Portland: A Weekend Excursion

Visiting Portland, the scenic town that lies along the Willamette River, I found the lushness in the landscape very appealing, whether strolling in Portland’s many parks, walking along the waterfront viewing the bridges or nearby on a drive up the Columbia River Gorge. Recently after finishing a wine tour of the Tualatin Valley my husband … Read more

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