Known best as “Oregon’s Wine Country” the Willamette Valley is a 150-mile valley in central Oregon that is home to much more than just wine. It also happens to be where I spent 4 days back in September with a group of Seattle bloggers, Kate of All Things Kate, Emma of Emma’s Edition, Adria of Emerald Palate, and Marissa of Postcards to Seattle. As it was my first time visiting, I was grateful to have some more experienced travelers (Adria had previously visited last year) and the help of the Willamette Valley Visitor’s Association and Travel Oregon who put together an amazing itinerary of things to do in Willamette Valley for us!
Of course, we discovered some other gems along the way, too, and today I want to share more about this whirlwind of a trip. It was such a busy trip that I had people ask me if I even slept! Surprisingly, I did, and despite one 5 am wake up call for our hot air balloon ride, I felt refreshed and rejuvenated at the end of our excursion! Or maybe that was the facial… ;)
Either way, if you’re itching for a long weekend vacation read on for why the Willamette Valley should be your next destination!
At the beginning of June, I set off on an adventure to San Francisco. If you can believe it, I had never been before! With family in SoCal, I had yet to make the adventure up to the Bay Area. With Pinterest hosting the in the making conference for creators, it was the perfect opportunity to visit San Francisco!
San Francisco is a beautiful city bordering California’s bay and the Pacific Ocean. With wine country, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, and the iconic sights of the city like the Victoria houses and cable cars, there is plenty to do and see in the city, no matter what your interest may be. Shopping, food, drink, sports, arts, and culture can be found in nearly any neighborhood, and we were thrilled to stay at the Hyatt Regency in Embarcadero, which is in one of the most exciting and interesting neighborhoods.
Last week, my mom and I were invited for a midweek getaway to the Alderbrook Resort, about two hours or so outside of the city. Located in a small coastal town called Union, the Alderbrook is situated right on the water and amongst the trees. It’s quiet, a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life and the perfect getaway for two ladies who were desperately seeking a little R&R.
Disclosure: Thanks so much to the Alderbrook Resort and Spa for hosting my mom and I for a fun overnight trip! All opinions are our own.
We actually have spent a lot of the time on the Peninsula, as we have family in the area. Often, we travel there and don’t get to really explore or get to know the area. It was nice to play tourist and visit some of the hidden gems and spots recommended by the hotel! After all, it’s always best to ask the locals where to go, right?!
With about 24 hours from arrival to departure, what were two girls hanging out on the Olympic Peninsula to do?! Read on to find out what we did at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa!
It’s the home of our state Capitol. It’s also only about an hour outside of Seattle. Yet for some reason, when thinking about traveling within my state, I haven’t yet stayed more than just a few hours in Olympia. It’s the place we stop when going to Portland, and it’s a place I occasionally adventure to for estate sale winnings. But, there are so many more things to do in Olympia WA!
With its historic downtown district, plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and fishing and water activities nearby, and the Capitol Building, there’s no shortage of things to do. Plus, Olympia also has a bustling coffee, brewpub, and wine scene too. We also ate some incredible food, so all in all, Olympia is the whole package.
Disclosure: Thanks to Experience Olympia for providing accommodations and gift certificates to some of the places recommended here. All opinions are my own!
10+ Great Things to Do in Olympia WA
With 24 hours in Olympia, what’s a girl and her guy to do?! Well, plenty actually! Here’s what we did, and I’ve also noted a few things on our to-do list for next time!
If you haven’t been to Seattle yet, I’m sorry, but we just can’t be friends.
But really, you should come visit my favorite city. I’ve been to a lot of great places, but there’s nothing like coming home to Seattle. It’s not all doom and gloom and rain, I promise. And when the sky lights up and the sun comes out, it’s pretty much the most incredible place to be.
And beyond our beautiful weather during the spring, summer, and fall, we also have some amazing things to do here. If you love being outdoors, you’ll love the multitude of hiking trails, parks, and beaches. If you’re into shopping, we have lots of that too. And if you haven’t heard about Pike Place Market, or are curious to learn more, then read on, because this post is for you!
A stop at Pike Place Market can be as short as 15 minutes, or an all-day affair. The choice is yours, so I’ve broken this post into the top 15 things, and maybe a few extra, things you can eat, see, and try around Pike Place Market and the new Market Front. And before you go: the first rule of Pike Place Market is that it is just that. Not Pike’s Place, or Pike’s Market. Pike is a street name, not a person. ;)