We celebrated our 2nd anniversary with a trip to Grand Rapids, and just got back! I’ll be posting pictures of that soon 🙂 In honor of all that, I thought I’d share photos from our honeymoon to Oregon.
We chose to travel to Oregon because it’s a perfect combination of what Alex and I are each drawn to—him, the forest and me, the water. We looked at cabins for hours several nights, and found the perfect one in Yachats, Oregon (pronounced yah-hots). And we definitely got lucky with the town of Yachats; it was along the coast, amongst other coastal towns that we ended up taking day trips to. Also, they had the best brunch place called the Green Salmon.
(Alex took more pictures, which you can see here.)
So, this cabin was the cutest. It was a block from the shore and “downtown:”
…That’s pretty much downtown Yachats! You can see the Green Salmon there by the left telephone pole.
The beach was right next to downtown, and was full of rocks to climb on and watch the water break.
We drove around Yachats a bit and went up one of two big mountains? hills? that were on either side of the town. Here’s Alex up at the top!
One of the first days we went up to Newport. There was some sort of forest or beach pretty much the whole way there. Isn’t this beach huge?!
I just thought these signs were the cutest.
In Newport we had an amazing lunch at Local Ocean.
We were getting coffee and I started hearing sea lions barking from the dock! Sea lions are probably my favorite aquatic animal, so I was so excited. They kept getting so mad when one would move or try to climb up on their dock.
More grand coastal views 😌
Another day we went to Florence, which I honestly didn’t enjoy very much… but we met someone who went to Kent and had this cute little cobbler at Homegrown Public House.
Real excited about my new initials (and moving up in the alphabet 💃).
We took a day trip to Crater Lake National Park, which was the most beautiful drive I’ve ever experienced. It took us 5 hours to get there and it was just constantly gorgeous. The landscape changed so much—I especially like the contrast of the above photos with this one Alex took.
And there it is, Crater Lake!! It didn’t feel real. It felt like we were just looking at a picture.
We learned that Crater Lake gets 40 feet(!) of snow each year—this was May and there was still so much left! The parking lot for the visitor’s center was plowed into piles about a story high. Also, they use the melted ice for the water supply up there! I was really excited to drink Crater Lake water out of my new Crater Lake water bottle 😁.
We still had 5 hours of driving to get home, so we didn’t stay long. I’d really, really like to go back sometime.
Another hike along the coast.
Our flight left around 3 on our last day, so we decided to make the drive to Portland (about 3 hours) early and hang out there for the day. I’m not sure if we just caught it at a bad time, but we did not like it… at least the city part (we don’t typically enjoy cities, anyway). We tried Voodoo Donuts and Stumptown coffee, but then we just had to get out of there.
We went to the International Rose Test Gardens for most of the day.
We ate lunch at Canteen and it was so good 😭 I’d go back to Portland just for that Southern Bowl. We also stumbled upon Oblique Coffee down the street, which we didn’t realize was on Portlandia until later. 😂
We ended our trip with an overnight flight home, which was as bad as it sounds. 😅 But we had such a great trip overall. I’d love to go back, for sure—probably sticking around the Portland area this time, since I’m sure there’s more to see around there.
Thanks for reading! I enjoyed reminiscing about this trip. 💖