The second part of my Pacific Northwest adventure was a trip to the Willamette Valley for a vineyard tour and a quick visit to Portland.    

Willamette valley1The Willamette Valley was beautiful.  We visited ten (yes ten!) vineyards, tasted a bunch of pinot noir and ate a ton of good food.  We stayed at the Allison Inn, which was one of the nicest hotels I've experienced.  We had a fireplace in our room which was a perfect antidote to the chilly weather.  I didn't want to leave.

Portland cargo1

On the way back to Seattle, we stopped in Portland for lunch and a walk around the Pearl District.  I fell in love with this fantastic store named Cargo.  It was chock full of the coolest stuff:  lanterns, door knobs, furniture, clothes…it was the best store ever.  Then we ate at Pok Pok (which just opened a wings place in NYC), a phenomenal Thai place.  It was delicious and if you're ever in Portland, go.  

Overall, the Pacific Northwest was an incredible trip despite the weather.  It's a majestic place with incredible scenery, the food is local and fresh and the vino is unbelievable.  It's my kind of place.       

willamette photos from left to right: brick house vineyard, swine wine from eieio, vineyard at penner~ash, wine barrels at penner~ash.

portland photos from Cargo left to right:  lanterns, door knobs, lingerie drawers, pom poms.

all photos via instagram.


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