My husband Ben and I have never been to the Pacific Northwest and we've been itching to go. With our Florida temps topping 100 degrees daily and Oregon's Gold Coast barely making it into the 70's, we threw some jeans and sweaters into a suitcase and headed out.
We flew into Seattle and then headed east to the quaint, college town of Ellensburg for the Fourth of July. From there we made the short trip to Mount Rainier and then followed the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge into Oregon.
Through ABNB, we stayed in a beautiful Portland studio. It was the perfect place to call home for a few days while we checked out the area's amazing restaurants, art galleries and of course, Mount Hood.
After a few city days, we headed further south into Oregon to Coos Bay and the oceanfront town of Bandon. Bandon is famous for it's gigantic rock formations that jut out of the sand. They're nothing short of breathtaking.
After a night in a quaint little beachside motel and an incredibly delicious seafood dinner, we headed up the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Along the way, stopping to take pictures of seals, sails and some of the most beautiful scenery we've ever seen.
Heading north we linked back up with the Columbia River, stopping for dinner in the super cool, super quirky town of Astoria, Oregon. From there we drove way out to an old fish cannery, the Pillar Rock Cannery, where we rented the most amazing cottage, The Coho Cabin on the Columbia River. The the ABNB hosts hooked us up with everything for S'mores by the fire and even arranged for their dad to give us a tour of the cannery! A true gem of a find!
As much as we hated to leave, we turned our sites to the north and headed back through Washington State and up to their amazing San Juan Islands. A great piece of advise we got from our ABNB Host was to make sure we booked the Washington State Ferry booking in advance. Great advise if you're traveling that way.
On the island we rented a Carriage House in Friday Harbor through ABNB. It was the prefect place to call home for a few days while we explored everything the island and it's people had to offer. There is some amazing history (ask about the great Pig Battle) and the wildlife on the San Juans is abundant.
We celebrated my husband's birthday at a local favorite, The Downrigger, and was treated to one of the prettiest rainbows we've ever seen.
After a few days on the island, we headed back to Seattle. We stayed right across from the famous Public Market in the storied State Hotel, which offered plenty of local flavor. On our last night, Ben and I shared what must have been 10 lbs of fresh seafood at the famed, Crab Pot. It was the first day of the dungeness crab season.
Afterward, we climbed aboard Seattle's Great Wheel, which stands 175 feet high, as opposed to Orlando's Wheel which is much taller at 400 feet tall. We still loved it! And of course we couldn't leave Seattle without stopping off at the Space Needle.
Hats off to the Pacific Northwest! It was aesthetically stunning, the people could not have been more accommodating and the food, well I've already told you all about that!