Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oregon: Vineyards and Beaches

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Over a week ago now, Robert and I took a short getaway to Oregon. We flew into Portland, saw the city with a friend, ate lunch at a brewery, and then drove to Eugene to stay at King's Estates Vineyard. It truly was stately with creamy yellow stuccoed buildings all tiled roofed and maticuloulsy well kept. There was a beautiful reception hall and gourmet restaurant surrounded with alfresco diners, herb gardens, and edible flowers. All this was set on a hill amidst acres of vineyards stretching up and down rolling hills and winding driveways flanked by those tall and skinny iconic Tuscan shrubs.

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Because of Robert's position, King Estate's made complimentary accomodations for us at their private guest house. I wish I would have taken more pictures because it was probably the most romantic place I have every seen. The little arts and crafts cottage was built into the base of a hill under the shade of a massive sequoia tree. It was stocked with all sorts of wine and micro brews and all organic snacks: bread, cheese, chocolates, etc. They had a gourmet dinner from their restaurant waiting for us. The entire back of the house was french doors that opened to the view of a mirror pond--truly stunning.
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During our travels, we went to Eugene's Saturday Market.
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Eugene Market had all sort of great local produce, artisan bread, great coffee, chocolate bouchon--yum.
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Eugene Market had more tye-dye than one person could possibly wear in a lifetime and lost of little handmade wares. I found these odd little tchotchkes particularly interesting.  
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We also visited Archery Summit winery and stayed there. They make only Pinot Noir, a grape growing in particular popularity because of the movie Side Ways. {It's a funny but unexpectedly depressing movie.}
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Robert--the master wine swirler.
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Roses are often planted as an indicator species on vineyards; they often signal a problem before it could become evident in the berries. Plus, it is in keeping with tradition and they are pretty.
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We also hiked Silver Falls which was lovely and peaceful. There are 9 waterfalls, and we could walk behind most of them.
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We concluded our trip at Cannon Beach. Robert and I spent our first 5 years of married life in Holland, Michigan; as newlyweds, we used to spend our free time walking the beach and talking about the future. Cannon Beach was beautiful simply to walk the beach like we had before, talk and dream about the future.
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This is "Hay Stack Rock" on Cannon Beach. I felt it was a misnomers. There is very little Hay Stack-ish about it to me.
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A beach comber took this picture for us. It was very underexposed, but still nice to capture a picture of Robert and I. Our thin Houston blood wasn't quite prepared for the midsty 60-degree weather that evening, but we made a fire and watched the sunset. The next day we flew home.
cannon beach

13 comments:

Rachel www.jackandcoledesigns.com said...

beautiful pictures!

it's so nice to see pictures of you! you are beautiful by the way! i love the last picture of you and your husband.. it's very romantic!

Jewllori by Lori said...

How absolutely fun and so romantic! *sigh*

We were going to also make a trek to Oregon this summer, but finances are keeping us home. Too bad, it looks like we would have been in for a treat! I love all those markets, they are so eclectic!

Glad you're back, missed you tons :)

Tamara said...

I love, love, love the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Ariana said...

As I was looking at your beautiful pictures, my 3 yr old was sitting at my side and kept saying, "ooo, I want that, I want to go there" Yes, even to the carrots and I agreed. It truely looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Motorcycle Clothing said...

Such a lovely scene i am mad about this kind of place such a nice natural beauty.i wish i would be there.

Jessica Haley said...

Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments on the photos. Lori, you really should go--it's beautiful there! Cannon beach was really lovely... actually all of it was.

Jenni said...

That is a great picture of you on the beach!

Jen from Windy Ridge said...

Beautiful photos!

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