A Guide to the Pacific Northwest

I thought I would change things up a little and do a little #TBT posts this month. Up this week, my recap of the trip my husband and I took last summer to the Pacific Northwest. We drove the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to San Francisco and we had a blast! Everyone should see this neck of the world.

Lifestyle blogger, Lynn Winter, shares her tips to a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to San Francisco, Click her for her guide to the Pacific Northwest.

It has been a week since we returned from our trip down the 101 to explore the Pacific Northwest. Here is a quick and dirty recap, and lots of photos.  The trip was amazing and I recommend everyone see this part of the country.

Day 1:

We flew into Seattle and set out to see some sights.  We saw Pike Place Market, had dinner at How to Cook a Wolf and ended the evening with the Space Needle. We stayed at The Thompson Hotel, literally across from Pike Place Market.


How to Cook a Wolf pays homage to MFK Fisher and the philosophy of taking simple ingredients and transforming them into culinary splendor. The food is uncomplicated and rustic. It’s an ever-changing menu of Italian inspired small plates.


We took an evening tour of the Space Needle after our dinner at How To Cook A Wolf. The observation deck was being remodeled but the views were fantastic.


Day 2.

We were up early (thank you time change). I got in a quick workout and then we headed down for breakfast at the market. We ate at The Athenian and it was delicious.  The coffee was great and the lox and bagel the most amazing.  Then we walked the market and watched all the vendors set up.  We visited the first Starbuck's on Pike Place street. I could not get enough of the gorgeous flowers.  Rows and rows of peonies.


We loaded up the car and set out at 10:30 am.  We headed into Portland.  In Portland, we grabbed lunch as Deschutes and then we split up.  Hubs headed for beer and I headed out to Powell's City of Books and Vodoo Donuts.


About 4pm we loaded back up and headed into our B&B in the Willamette Valley.  We stayed right n the think of Dundee and the vineyards at Dundee Manor. It is owned by a cute couple who retired from California.  The estate and grounds were gorgeous and each morning was a fabulous breakfast.


Day 3. 

We woke up early for breakfast, see above, and then out for a tour of the region's wines.  The Willamette Valley is made up of 6 different AV regions and we hit 5 of them.  We went to Soter Vineyard, Winter's Hill, J. Christopher, and Lenne. Soter was by far our favorite for scenery and the pinot rose.  Winter's Hill was scenic (ok it was all scenic, but come on we had to go).

After a long day, we opted out of fancy dinner and had some yummy Cuban tacos in downtown.


Day 4.

We drove, and drove and drove along the 101.  We stopped at Rogue Public House (more beer) and a few scenic places.  We stayed at Carter House in Eureka.  It is owned by Mark Carter, a well-renown winemaker from Napa (Carter Envy wines).  It is a collection of 1920's style Victorian houses and just the gem of Eureka.


The sand dunes of Oregon


Day. 5

We drove some more!  We opted at this point to stay inland and not go the longer 101/1 route. They previous day was 10 hours in the car and as much as we loved the views, we just wanted to get to San Fran.  However, the drive was just as scenic staying on the 101.  We drove through the famed Redwoods and through a tree.  We also stopped in Petaluma for hubs' mothership of IPA--La Guinatas.  We then stopped at another local brewery and then headed into town.  We drove the Russian River Valley and just enjoyed the views.  We saw forest, ocean, trees, valleys, wildlife... it was just the most beautiful part of the country ever.  We arrived in San Fran and just stayed at a hotel close to the airport.  We had planned to do Sonoma, but the beer won out.


Would we do it again?  Parts of it.  We want to go back to Seattle and spend a couple days there and do all the things we did not do, like: Bainbridge Island, tour Puget Sound, tour Boeing, just to name a few.

All in all, we loved and it was relaxing and great to get away, just the two of us.  I suggest every couple do this.  It was important to connect and talk about more than work and our kiddo for once.  We often found ourselves in silence, but even then we just enjoyed it

Lifestyle blogger, Lynn Winter, shares her tips to a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to San Francisco, Click her for her guide to the Pacific Northwest.