Friday, October 21, 2016

Brooks Vineyard in Amity, Oregon

The second winery we visited, Brooks Vineyard, was another hit for us.  Their Pinot Blanc was absolutely delightful, another white wine for a favorite!  I also enjoyed several of the red wines, but the Blanc definitely stood out, much to my surprise.  I might have to start buying white wine more often.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cristom Vineyards, Willamette Valley

Venturing outside of Portland, we visited two wineries, including Cristom Vineyards in Salem.  Wandering the vineyard, we sampled some of the grapes left over from harvest.  The pinot noir grapes were so good!  Why can't we buy those at the grocery store?!  The wine tasting was an education on Oregon wines and we learned a lot.  We also enjoyed a variety of wines. While I usually prefer red wines, their Pinot Gris ended up being my favorite.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Brewery Stops in Portland, Oregon

After walking along the river and exploring the rose garden, it was time for a bite to eat and something to quench our thirst.  Portland has several breweries, but we only had time for one or two.  We chose Deschutes and Fat Heads.

At Deschutes, we enjoyed their Obsidian Stout, and at Fat Heads, their Belgian Chocolate Stout Nitro.  Both delicious.

Both places also had a nice selection of appetizers and we indulged.

After the food and beer, we walked south, intrigued by all the food carts on SW 10th Ave and SW Alder St, but too full to eat another bite, unfortunately.

Friday, October 14, 2016

International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park

After leaving the river walkway, we visited the rose garden in Washington Park.  Roses aren't my favorite flower, but I was incredibly impressed by the variety and beauty of these flowers. My photos in no way do this garden justice.  Highly recommend visiting this treasure.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

South Waterfront Park Garden in Portland, Oregon

Another good place to stop on the river walk, the South Waterfront Park Garden offers benches for resting and enjoying the flowers and plants.  I especially liked the ornamental grasses.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Little River Café in Portland, Oregon


During our walk along the river, we stopped in at the Little River Café for a late breakfast. A great location, and wonderful food. We had the Willamette Scramble (seasoned potatoes sautéed with fresh veggie hash, topped with scrambled eggs and smothered with cheese) and the Buttermilk Pancakes. I was in heaven. It all tasted so good!  The vegetables in the scramble were perfect. I'm craving it all again as I write this.  Yum.

Outdoor seating perfect for enjoying the weather and the views.

Not a bad view from inside, either!

Friday, October 7, 2016

River Walk in Portland, Oregon

In Oregon for a business trip and during some free time in Portland, we wandered down by the Willamette River. It was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed the views.

Hawthorne Bridge

Tilikum Crossing

I would love to go back some day and spend more time exploring the city.