Last week my in-laws arrived from Maine. My mother-in-law has been to Oregon once before, but this was the first time for her husband. They only had five full days to spend with us, so my husband was determined to show them the beauty of our state. I’ve lived here most of my life, but I’ve only visited one of the spots we took my in-laws to. Do I take for granted what’s around me? I’ve decided to share some of the Pacific Northwest with you.
White Rose Estate Winery. My mother-in-law cried at the sights of this beautiful winery. This is twenty minutes from my home. Why have I never visited?? Mount Hood would usually be visible in this shot if not for all the clouds. So I added a picture of Mount Hood at the bottom of the blog.
Also from White Rose. See the villa at the top of the hill? Anyone else want to live here?
Vista Hills Winery People were taking horseback rides through the vineyards. It reminded me of the scene in Letters to Juliet when the hero rides up on horseback. This place had a gorgeous wood deck to enjoy the views and wine.
Anne Amie Vineyards I bought two bottles of dessert wine. I like ’em sweet. The only problem is that they’re tiny and hold about 2.5 glasses. Once again, it’s minutes from my home.
This day we headed up the Columbia River Gorge to the Sternwheeler Cruises. This drive took about an hour, and we had a nice two hour cruise with a Sunday brunch. The Columbia River separates Oregon and Washington and offers stunning views. The river carved a channel through the Cascade Mountain range, leaving steep slopes of firs and rock.
The Bridge of the Gods.
A view from Vista House at Crown Point looking east up the Columbia Gorge. We are on the Oregon side of the Columbia River looking at Washington State.
Mount Hood. The beautiful view from the top of our hill.
A couple of rose pictures from Portland’s Rose Garden. Yes, this one is LAVENDER colored!
So why don’t I enjoy the what my state has to offer when I don’t have company? Does anyone else have the same problem? My husband and I definitely plan to return to the vineyards and enjoy sitting on their patios with a glass of wine.
What is the special area near your home that you always take company to see? But rarely go on your own?