My 10 Favorite Things About the Pacific Northwest

I spent 8 wonderful days with my husband in the Pacific Northwest in the beginning of June. I’m finally caught up on housework, family, work, pointless online news, etc., so I can tell you all about my ten favorite things about Portland, Seattle and the Oregon coast.

1. BEER.

Oh my goodness, the beer. It was so yummy. Here’s an overview of all of the breweries I got to visit:

Pacific Northwest Pike Place Brewery

Pike Place Brewery – Seattle, WA


Basecamp Brewery - Portland, OR

Basecamp Brewery – Portland, OR

Buckman Botanical Brewery

Buckman Botanical Brewery

Lucky Labrador Brewery - Portland, OR

Lucky Labrador Brewery – Portland, OR

2. Family

My husband’s mother, step-father, little sister, grandparents, aunt, uncle, cousin – you get the picture – live in Oregon and Washington. Because they live 2,000 miles away, we don’t get to see each other often, and they were the best part of my trip!


3. Food

Oh, the food. Delicious! So, so, good. If you’re ever on the Oregon Coast, go to Tidal Raves and get the Dungeness Crab Casserole. If you’re ever in Portland, you must visit Voodoo Donuts. Get a donut, any donut.

Tidal Wave

Tidal Wave

Voodoo Donuts

Voodoo Donuts

 4. Public Transportation

You can take it everywhere. Everywhere! Yes, most people still have cars, but many bike to as many local places as they can. Others take the trains. It’s awesome.


5. Hikes/Views

The pictures speak for themselves.




6. Environmentalism

Everyone recycles. It’s not even a question. It’s the best.


7. Architecture

Breathtaking. The outside is even better.

King Street Station

King Street Station

8. Everyone is athletic.

Nike is there. Adidas is there. Everyone is in shape. They made me feel so lazy in such a wonderful way.

Nike World Headquarters, Portland, Oregon

NIke World Headquarters

9. Dogs!

Dogs are everywhere. Everyone has dogs, and they’re allowed everywhere.


10. Two hours from the beach

Two hours! From sand, waves, sea lions. And it’s so nice out there, that it’s not too hot or too cold in the water. Perfect beach nap weather.


If you’ve never been, you should to the PNW. It’s worth the 2,000-mile trip, I promise!

1 Comment
  • Ryan Arthur
    June 27, 2013

    Love it!!! Great job those are my top ten but maybe the dog friendly would be in my top five

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