PNW Road Trip

As I type this, I am watching waves crash against the shore from the porch of this little inn on the central coast of Oregon. What a weekend it's been. We started with a flight to Eugene and a hotel reservation. That was it. The following days were spontaneous and fun as my family zig zagged back home to California, with overnight stops in Portland and Yachats and countless stops along the way. In all, I think we drove over 18 hours, but taking the long way along the coast was absolutely worth it. Fog rolled down the mountains and collided with the sea spray, and we were caught right in the middle as we cruised along the 101. Here we're our favorite stops along the way: 

Marche Restaurant for a cozy French breakfast in the center of 5th St Market
Tailored Coffee Roasters for the best cup of sweet chai outside of India  
Valley River Inn for a homey stay and a pretty river view  
Board Restaurant for the perfect mix of comfort food and edgy recipes
University of Oregon for a peek into life on this legendary campus
Willamette River Trail for a brisk run or bike ride in the rain 

Hotel Lucia for a modern meets 1960s vibe right in the middle of downtown PDX! 
Powells City of Books for an endless maze of literature that will make any book lovers heart sing 
Bijou Cafe for a classic, truly delicious brunch (peep their $6 fresh squeezed OJ.. #worthit) 
Courier Coffee for pretty little lattes served in mason jars. I don't think it can any more Portland than that.  

Yachats Inn for a motel experience that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. Complete with actual room keys, a VHS library, and names for each little beach bungalow. Almost every room has an ocean view and is steps away from the shore. 
Ona Restaurant for excellent Asian fusion seafood

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