When I told my esthetician that G and I were heading to Oregon for a family vacation she was shocked I had never seen the show Portlandia. She proceeded to go into hilarious detail about her favorite clips(see video below). This was the perfect way to get in the mood for our She Said G Said Oregon Tour 2012!
Favorite stops along the She Said G Said Oregon Tour 2012 (be sure to click the links to learn more):
-Salt and Straw A fresh made ice cream shop that changed our limited grocery store flavor views of ice cream and made our taste buds explode! Strawberry balsamic with black pepper… yes please! Cough cough. The black pepper did cause my sinuses to briefly stuff up but the delicious ice cream was well worth the sniffles.
-Obsidian Flow Trail was an easy hike with spectacular views.
-Horseback riding at Sunriver stables
She and G pub crawl favorites:
-Deschutes Brewery was a must stop for G while in Bend.
- 10 Barrel outdoor seating, great food, better beer
Oregon Wine Tasting Favorites (I was in Pinot Heaven):
-Panther Creek Cellars
-On this blog we have mentioned Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg, CA many times! Well, we have officially found a Oakville Grocery twin in Dundee, Oregon! Dare I say we may like this place even more. Be sure to check out Red Hills Market if you are ever in Dundee wine tasting. G and I shared the Hill Farms smoked ham with spiced honey butter and gruyere cheese, roasted in the wood fired oven. OHMYWORD! We also split a wood fired pizza. After lots of silence, and devouring every last bite of our delicious lunch, we walked over to the bocce ball court where G kicked my bocce ball butt!
-Willamette Valley Cheese After a day of wine tasting, we stumbled upon Willamette Valley Cheese on the way to Salem. At Willamette Valley Cheese a large black board behind the counter lists the cheeses to sample that day. Flavors include: blueberry, horseradish, gouda, smoked, dill, you name it they have it! G bought TONS of cheese. In fact, we made a stop at Walgreens in Salem to purchase a cooler so we could haul our cheese treasures back to California. Yesterday, G made an omelet with aged sharp cheddar and we briefly relived our delicious Oregon vacation memories.