Wondering what things there are to do in Oregon?
Well how much TIME do you have and HOW CRAZY do you want to get??
Here is a trip that some girlfriends and I took this summer- IN 4 DAYS we were able to SURF, SKI, SPA, and BUNGEE Jump…
Such is the awesomeness of the Pacific NORTHWEST!
We took the Rainbow Van, of course, so this was a camping trip. You could easily do the same trip and stay in hotels- though it wouldn’t be as cool : )
About 15 minutes south on HWY 101 is short sands beach. It’s a little walk from the parking lot down to the beach, so you’ll want to take everything with you to avoid multiple trips, but it is a gorgeous secluded beach with great waves and stunning views. The SURFING was GREAT. We spent the day there and then headed back into Cannon Beach for the night.
If you haven’t been to Cannon Beach, give yourself at least half a day to explore the many shops and art galleries.
The next morning we headed east towards Portland and Mt Hood. We wouldn’t be skiing until the next day, so we looked on our phones to see if there were any events or shows to go to that night. What we found was INCREDIBLE.
A local organic farm in Hood River was putting on a dinner that night IN THE ORCHARD with live blue grass music and tastings from a local winery. We bought tickets ($80) and pulled over to change out of our sweats and into more appropriate clothes : )
Upon arriving we were offered champagne flutes of cider, another locally made treat. The Farm was picturesque and framed by mountainous skylines– Mt Hood to the north and Olallie Butte to the South. A short walk away from the farmhouse and through an orchard brought us to a long table set for 100 people and covered in white linens. Along the length of the table sat jars of wildflowers. A blue grass band perfomed on a stage. Just as everyone was finding their seats, the sky opened up and the rain fell down and we rushed to find what shelter we could under the trees in the orchard. It was a funny scene and served only add to the magic of the evening. We took our seats at the drenched table and wrang out our napkins. The music continued to play. The meal was artfully served and the accompanying wine flowed. It was a lovely event to have hap’d upon.
We left well after dark and made the drive up to the mountain.
We parked and slept outside of the Timberline Lodge, which is the mansion featured in Stephen King’s The Shining.
The sound of clattering ski boots on pavement served as our alarm clock that morning. We put on our ski clothes, grabbed our gear, and headed to the lodge to buy our lift tickets ($60).
You can ski year round at Mt Hood, and the t-shirt weather more than makes up for the lack of terrain. I definitely recommend checking it out. A handful of runs, bloody marys at the base, a couple more runs, a beer at the top, and we were ready to get out of our skis. To the envy of passersby, we put on swimsuits and laid out on the roof of the Rainbow Van.
Our next stop that day was at the Bonneville Spa, where for $30 you can soak in a claw foot tub of thermal water followed by a body wrap in scented linens. This was the perfect way to end a day of skiing.
We grabbed a couple of lattes from the cafe and hopped back in the van to find a place to camp for the night.
The drive through the forest was beautiful. We found a perfect camping spot just outside of the Ape Caves. That night we had a fire, roasted marshmallows and made “apple s’mores”- dark chocolate and mallows between slices of Granny Smith apples.
We woke up early to explore the Ape Cave which is a lave tube near Mt St Helens. It is very cool!!! Do take flashlights and wear tennis shoes!
The last stop on our adventure weekend was to Amboy for BUNGEE JUMPING! You do need to make reservations for this and you can do so at bungee.com. This is the highest bridge jump in North America. Over a River. Enough said.
Okay here is a recap of our adventure weekend:
Day 1: Cannon Beach and Short Sands Surfing
Day 2: Organic Orchard Dinner and Wine tasting
Day 3: Skiing and Spa Day
Day 4: Ape Caves and Bungee Jump
We started from Tacoma, WA and so our longest drive was 3 hours, but if you start this trip from Portland, OR, the most you can expect to drive in a day is a couple hours. Also, if you have an extra day you could go windsurfing in the Columbia River, visit a local brewery, or do some hiking. Hope this Itinerary is helpful– and I look forward to your comments after you check out some of these places.
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