Bend Oregon – Central Oregon’s Recreation Playground

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Located in Deschutes County, Bend is the fifth largest city in the State of Oregon and it’s easy to see why because its location makes it an ideal place for anyone to live who loves hiking, biking, paddle boarding and staying active all year long.

Image Credit – The Bend Tour Company

Originally named “farewell bend” by early pioneers who became aware that the future destination of Bend would make an ideal spot for a town, the name was shortened to Bend by the United States Postal service.

Over the years the city has gone from being a small logging town that was mostly inhabited by residents who worked for the Pilot Butte Development Company, to a major town in Oregon with an estimated population of close to 100,000 residents.

An Ideal City for Relocation

In the last 10 years more, people have relocated to Bend Oregon to escape the high cost of housing in other major cities in the United States but they’ve also chosen this city because Bend offers excellent weather, unrivaled beauty and an easy commute to Portland Oregon or other cities in the United States thanks great airports in Bend and Redmond.

Les Schwab Smphitheater – Bend Oregon

Bend has also developed into great art and culture city as well where you can enjoy live music at venues like the Les Schwab Amphitheater or excellent art in town thanks to Bend’s First Friday’s art walks.

If you love craft brewing, Bend is also one of the top cities in the United States (like Portland Oregon) where craft brewing has thrived.

Here you can find tons of great local breweries like Deschutes Brewery. If you come to Bend Oregon over the weekend don’t miss your chance to take the Bend Ale Trail Tour because it’s a great way to sample locally brewed beer without having to stress about driving because you can sit back and enjoy yourself while you’re being shuttled from one distillery to the next.

Work-Life Balance

People who live in Bend Oregon are generally more “chill” or relaxed than other cities in Oregon because they’ve managed to achieve a work-life balance and you can catch them on weekends either spending time on local trails or surfing at Bend’s wave park.

Another great reason to come to Bend is that the city has been named as one of the “Dog Friendliest” cities in the United States.

The city earned the distinction thanks to its many off-leash dog areas, as well as pet-friendly businesses and establishments. Those who love dining alongside their neighbor’s dachshunds will get a kick out of the perpetual presence of pets.

What’s your favorite thing about Bend Oregon? Leave us a comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waldport Oregon – Where the Forest Meets the Sea

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If you’re visiting Oregon, or you live here, and are in the mood for a weekend getaway you should drive to Waldport Oregon, where the forest meets the sea.

Waldport is a quiet city on the Oregon Coast. It’s frequently passed up for other cities like Seaside but residents here wouldn’t have it any other way because they like to keep Waldport a small family friendly town like it’s always been.

What makes Waldport unique is that they have miles of private beaches and lush forests that stretch as far as the eyes can see combined with a small-town charm that makes this community ideal for people who are looking for an escape from a busy city.

Alsea Bay Bridge
Alsea Bay Bridge – Image credit Flickr

Waldport Oregon History

Founded in the 1870’s, Waldport means “forest port” in German because the first settlers here were German and decided to name the town after the first thing that they saw which was the forest.

If you come to Waldport there is a wonderful interpretive center with great displays and photographs of the history of Waldport and the Alsea Bay Bridge.

The interpretive center also has a really nice timeline going back to the very early 1800s, the display includes opportunities for visitors to answer questions about travel times over the 200-year period from Northern to Southern Oregon border.

You will even see the wheels that would have been used on vehicles at various intervals as well as the surface of roadway those vehicles would have encountered.

When the original 1936 bridge was replaced in 1991, they were even able to salvage a short piece of the side railing and it is displayed in the center as well. It is a very nice place to spend an hour or two learning about Waldport’s history.

Things to Do in Waldport

Like many towns along the Oregon Coast, there’s a wide variety of things to do in Waldport including kayaking, hiking, biking, beach combing and generally enjoying the peace and solitude that only the Oregon Coast can offer you.

When you visit the area, you should also visit Canal Creek and visit the many sea lions that also call this area home as well.

To learn more about Waldport visit their website at http://www.waldport.org.

Moon over Mt Hood

Moon over Mt HoodMt Hood – Photo by @justinjlamb

Mount Hood, called Wy’east by the Multnomah tribe, is a potentially active stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of northern Oregon. It was formed by a subduction zone on the Pacific coast and rests in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located about 50 miles (80 km) east-southeast of Portland, on the border between Clackamas and Hood River counties. In addition to being Oregon’s highest mountain, it is one of the loftiest mountains in the nation based on its prominence.

Salem – Oregon’s Cherry City

Founded in 1842, Salem is also known as “Cherry City” because a large portion of the cherries that we consume in the United States are grown right here in Salem.

Besides being known as “Cherry City”, Salem was also originally known as the “resting place” by Indians who used to live in the area and that name still is relevant today because when you’re driving on Highway through Oregon it’s not easy to drive past Salem without resting or stopping here for a while.

What Makes Salem Unique?

Besides being the State Capital and a city that’s so rich in history, there are so many wonderful things that make Salem a unique part of Oregon including.

Did you know?

This City Is Basically the Center of The Universe

Most PDX people or Oregonians don’t know that Salem sits on the 45th Parallel. This means it’s the center point between the North Pole and the equator! You’ll have to brave the Interstate-5 median if you want to take a picture of yourself with the sign that announces this distinction.

Salem Has the Best Enchilada on Earth

If you love or enjoy Mexican food, you don’t want to miss Salem and La Margarita’s signature dish-a mesquite-grilled Enchilada Suiza. It’s made with a Mexican cream sauce and handmade tortillas. And they boast more than 40 different tequilas which they use in their really, really strong margaritas.

When You’re in Salem You Are Closer to The Pacific Ocean Than You Think!

Do you think that Salem is too far from the coast? Think again! Just head west from Salem and wind through scenic farmland, then jump on the Van Dozer Corridor twisting through the forest. You will get to the coast in about one hour! It’s the perfect day trip if you want to escape the city and get away from it all!

Salem Is The Birthplace Of Kettle Chips

Kettle Chips are awesome, right? They started in Salem in the early 1980s by a couple of guys in acid-washed jeans working out of a van. Today there are so many flavors and brands of kettle chips but the same guys are still around innovating and making kettle chips as they once did.

Don’t Miss Salem Oregon

To learn more about Salem Oregon! Visit the state capital website at https://www.cityofsalem.net/

Lost Lake

Lost LakePhoto by @jake.pnw

Lost Lake is a lake in Mount Hood National Forest 16.2 kilometres northwest of Mount Hood in Hood River County in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is 34.4 kilometres southwest of Hood River, a 26.4-mile drive.

Portland Oregon – The City of Roses

Portland Oregon has always been one of the most well-known cities in Oregon because it was here that settlers from across the United States to trade and start their lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Founded in 1845, the land that would become known as Portland was always known to traders from Canada, Britain, and the United States but it wasn’t until businessmen Asa Lovejoy and William Overton laid claim to the area that a city actually started to form here.

City of Roses

The real origin of the nickname “City of Roses” is hard to pin down but there are two theories that historians have stuck with for over the years.

Many people feel that the “City of Roses” nickname comes from 1888 when a local church held a convention in Portland and attendees of that festival left calling Portland the “city of roses”.

Legend has it that after the nickname “City of Roses” was coined, an annual festival was created that was dedicated to roses.

Another commonly held belief about the City of Roses nickname is that it originated from well-known businessman Leo Samuel who is responsible for founding the Oregon Life Insurance Company.

Mr. Samuel was an avid gardener who also enjoyed growing roses on his property. His yard supposedly became a place that people flocked to so he is said to have left a pair of pruning shears out front of his house for people to cut a rose and take it with them.

Following the example, Leo Samuel, other businesses in the Portland Oregon area are said to have started growing roses too in front of their shops and many people feel that this is what led to Portland being known as the City of Roses.

Come Visit Portland Oregon

Have you visited Portland lately? The city is constantly changing and has an upbeat vibe that’s especially loved by artists and writers who have also pledged to “Keep Portland Weird”.

If you’re planning on flying here from out of state or driving to the PDX area from other cities in Oregon the best times of year to visit Portland are June and August because during these months it’s not too hot and there’s plenty of fun things to do outdoors into the night.

To learn more about Portland Oregon visit https://www.travelportland.com/ or leave us a comment below!

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Astoria Oregon – The Gateway to the Coast

Astoria Oregon – The Gateway to the CoastPhoto by @jonshoe

 

One the way to Seaside or other coastal towns in Oregon, one of the most iconic cities that you will probably drive through is Astoria Oregon, the “Gateway to the Coast”.

Founded in 1811, Astoria is one of the first permanent settlements on the Pacific Coast and it has everything that you could want in a bay area town including Victorian-era homes, great restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, parks and more.

The Norris Staples House (built 1910), in Astoria, Oregon, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Come and Stay A While

Once you step foot in Astoria you just might find yourself looking at homes for sale in the area because it’s a city where you could find yourself staying a while.

Living in Astoria means that you’re about 2 hours from Portland, 30 minutes from Seaside and since you’re also minutes from the Oregon-Washington border as well.

The city has been the backdrop for many things over the years including Hollywood films like Kindergarten Cop, The Goonies and a wide variety of other television shows that have been produced over the last 20 years.

History Around Every Corner

Astoria is rich in history, everywhere you turn there’s a reminder of the city’s past and its deep connection to the coast.

There’s always something to do in Astoria all year long, especially during the summer months when you can find a concert, art show or outdoor event that will let you enjoy the beauty of the area that many Oregonians have called home for generations.

To learn more about Astoria Oregon visit their website at www.travelastoria.com.

What’s your favorite thing about the Astoria Oregon area? Feel free to leave us a comment below!