5 Summer Road Trips Around the Pacific Northwest

Hi friends! I hope our American readers had a lovely long weekend (and I hope everyone else had a lovely regular-length weekend). I was a little bummed that I didn’t get to travel anywhere over Memorial Day – last year Jules and I went to San Diego and it was awesome! – but now I’m extra motivated to plan a weekend getaway or two this summer. Here are five fun destinations within easy driving distance of Seattle that I have my eye on.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

5 Weekend Road Trips Around the Pacific Northwest // Cannon Beach, OR

Cannon Beach has a special place in my heart – it was my family’s favorite vacation spot when I was growing up. We’d come for a week every spring to frolic in the surf with our dog, explore the tide pools, and ride beach cruisers along the shore. I haven’t been in years, but I would love to go back.

Vancouver, British Columbia

5 Weekend Road Trips Around the Pacific Northwest // Vancouver BC, Canada

A weekend jaunt from Seattle to Vancouver, BC is perfect if you’re in the mood for an easy international excursion; you get to whip out your passport without needing to get on a plane or practice a foreign language on Duolingo. From shopping on Robson Street to taking a pulse-pounding stroll across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, there’s plenty to keep you occupied for a long weekend.

Ashland, Oregon

5 Weekend Road Trips Around the Pacific Northwest // Ashland, OR

Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson

 

A charming little town near the border of Oregon and California, Ashland is host to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, another time-honored tradition from my childhood. There’s nothing quite like watching a classic play in the beautiful, open-air Elizabethan Theatre. The festival offers much more than just Shakespeare, though – theater nerds of all persuasions will love it!

Portland, Oregon

5 Weekend Road Trips Around the Pacific Northwest // Portland, OR

Just three hours south of Seattle, Portland is always a safe bet for a fun weekend! My aunt and cousins live here, so I’m a somewhat regular visitor. If you go, you can’t miss Powell’s City of Books, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. It occupies an entire city block in the Pearl District; it’s so vast that they offer you a guide at the door. Seriously, it’s Disneyland for book lovers. Oh, and while you’re in Portland, don’t forget to pick me up some Voodoo Doughnuts.

Walla Walla, Washington

5 Weekend Road Trips Around the Pacific Northwest // Washington Wine Country

Dreaming of a trip to Napa but don’t want to splurge on a plane ticket? Washington wine country is a great alternative. The Walla Walla Valley is home to over a hundred wineries, beautiful scenery, and some of the cutest winery dogs you’ll ever meet. Admittedly, there’s not a ton to do in Walla Walla other than sip wine, but since when is that a bad thing?

What about you? Are you planning any trips this summer?

♥ Mil

 

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, everybody! How was your week? With the glory of the weekend upon us, I’m looking forward to a dinner party with some friends and, if the stars align, a long FaceTime session with Jules to hear all about her epic road trip. I also wouldn’t say no to a showing of Zoolander 2. What are your plans? Before you rush home to put on your party pants – or dive headfirst into bed – take a moment to enjoy a few of our fave links from the week.

Friday Favorites

1. My 30th birthday is on the horizon, so this list of things every woman should do before hitting that milestone seemed timely. From skinny dipping to starting a 401k, it covers a lot of important stuff. I’m happy to report I’ve done many of them, but taking a solo trip is still on my to-do list. (SMP Living)

2. For those of us living in fear of a world where Donald Trump might become president, our neighbors to the north are offering us sanctuary on this beautiful island. Thanks, Canada! (Cape Breton If Donald Trump Wins)

3. Looking for an excuse to have your friends over? A winter soup swap should rally the troops. (SMP Living)

4. Just in case you need any extra justification to visit Italy, it turns out the trip will make you a better person. Seems legit to me! (The Everygirl)

5. If you’ve ever wondered why American movie stars from the 30s and 40s spoke with that funny quasi-English accent, now you have an answer. (Messy Nessy Chic)

Have a fantastic weekend!

♥ Mil

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