portland, oregon : part two

I’m back with part two of our anniversary trip to Portland. In case you missed it, I shared about our first day here. Like our last visit, we spent one day in the city and one day in nature – because even though Portland is full of so many fun stops and great food, you just can’t ignore the beauty that surrounds it. Rent a car and hit some beautiful hikes and waterfalls just 30 minutes east along the Colombia River. The drive itself is breathtaking.

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Of course we didn’t intend on eating anything but donuts on our trip, so before we hit the road we stopped by this old school donut joint – Annie’s Donut Shop. The older man just hanging out? The pops of sunny yellow? Yes, please. Stop here if you want some no nonsense donuts on the cheap (try the Bismark).

Oh, and obviously we had to grab coffee too. Lately I’ve enjoyed just typing something into Yelp – brunch, coffee, ice cream – and picking a place nearby. It’s a fun way to try new spots, and I’ve yet to be disappointed (it’s how we found said morning coffee at Jim and Patty’s).

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We decided to hike Triple Falls – just a few miles past the famous Multnomah Falls. Honestly, I’d pick this trail over Multnomah -it’s insanely less crowded, you’re greeted by a giant waterfall at the bottom, and the deeper you get into the trail, the better it becomes – waterfall after waterfall and fall foliage – OMG IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL. We didn’t have time to hike the whole thing, but what we did (up to Oneonta Creek Bridge) was doable even by the most novice hiker. You’ll walk through a rock shelter behind a waterfall, see gentle water cascading toward the trail, and stumble upon a cute little bridge.

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To be honest, a huge reason I’ve picked Portland for our anniversary trip twice now is because I want to experience fall in all its glory. And to experience fall fully, you must go apple picking. So again, we left room in our suitcases to bring back loads of apples because why wouldn’t we?!

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If you drive about 40 minutes east of Triple Falls, you’ll encounter the “Fruit Loop”- an outrageously gorgeous loop of rolling hills, fruit orchards, wineries, and tasting rooms. We couldn’t remember the name of the orchard we last visited, but we serendipitously stumbled upon it anyway – Kiyokawa Family Orchards. We both love it and plan to always come back to this orchard. ❤

Oh, and don’t forget to grab barbecue at Apple Valley BBQ.

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Before heading back we stopped at Fox Tail Cider and ordered the sample flight of cider. They have ciders ranging from the most traditional to the sweetest – even blended with cherries or honey – and the menu is really fun. So good!

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Portland, I’m already having withdrawals. You and me are meant to be. ❤

-wonderland sam

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