{a mix of iPhone + digital photos from Portland + Seattle}

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Brendan and I had never been to the Pacific Northwest, and after we found roundtrip flights for only $250, we decided it was time to go.  It was also our first experience using airbnb, and we were so glad that we did!  Our hosts were wonderful and it saved us a ton of money.

We started our adventure in Portland…mostly eating, exploring, and shopping.  You really can’t go to a bad restaurant in Portland.  Our favorites were Salt & Straw, Toro Bravo, D0lve Vivi, and Ken’s Artisan Pizza.  We loved walking through the Alberta Arts District and driving around the west side of town.

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^^ The only touristy things we did:  Powell’s Bookstore + Voodoo Doughnuts.  keep portland weirdbest eats in portlandcaffe vita portland orportland alberta artsbrendan gielow

We drove a few hours to Seattle and walked around downtown.  This was probably the coldest and rainiest day.  We were blessed with sunshine or clouds the rest of the week :)  seattle seasiderain in seattlemegan gielowportland and seattle trip

We took the ferry and loved the views.seattle ferris wheelseattle wedding photographerpacific oceanseattle ferry photosseattle wedding on a ferryman sleeping on ferryseattle ferry viewmeganferry in seattle viewsferry seattle washingtonwashington state

We also enjoyed exploring Ballard + Freemont neighborhoods in Seattle.washington wedding photographer

We then drove back down to Oregon along the coastline.  I highly recommend this drive to anyone.  The nature is extraordinary.oregon coastlinewashington state coastlineportland wedding photographernature in portlandcannon beach oregon

Our last stop was at Cannon Beach.  Though a little touristy, the light at that time of day and reflection of the low tide was amazing.  oregon canon beachcannon beach in oregoncannon beachOverall, we throughly enjoyed the Northwest.  We hope to revisit sometime in the summer to take part in more outdoor activities.  And, we miss the food.  Seriously :)

  • Jen Gradisher - Come visit the San Juan Islands next time you’re in Washington! I’ll be guiding for this company http://www.sea-quest-kayak.com/ if you want an on the water adventure! Can’t miss it if you’re visiting the northwest in the summer time!ReplyCancel

  • Candice Lanning - oh man…these images make me want to go back. it’s been since 2009…and wow..i’m nostalgic for a ferry ride. for real.ReplyCancel

  • Carissa - Aw yay! I’ve been on one of those ferries before, I have family in Seattle. <3 Pacific NW. So glad you guys had such a blast!ReplyCancel

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