One of my favorite hobbies is traveling and when I think back, I did quite a lot of it in 2016. Usually my only resolution is to travel more and the same goes for this year. I went to the Dominican Republic; Seattle and the Washington coast; Michigan; Florida and down to the Keys; roadtripped through Colorado; Sawtooth National Forest, Boise, and an amazing hot spring in Idaho; Las Vegas; NYC and a wedding in upstate New York; coastal Rhode Island; back home to Pennsylvania; Moab, Canyonlands, and Arches National Park in Utah, and most recently, Portland and the Oregon Coast.
A few weeks ago I surprised my boyfriend with a trip up there and although the weather was freezing rain and hail on the beach, it was still beautiful. Portland was just what I imagined, with tons of great restaurants, small shops, and character. We spent most of our time braving the cold and walking around to see what some of the neighborhoods had to offer. One of my favorite parts was our stay at Ashore Hotel in Seaside, Oregon. It was probably one of the cutest places I have stayed and just so cozy feeling. All of the rooms were renovated with reclaimed wood and had a real modern, yet industrial feel to them. The location was perfect with the beach a block away and the main downtown area a block in the other direction. We road complimentary bicycles around, went in the saline pool, and hung out in the lobby where there was a small fresh made menu, drinks, and board games. It was a nice relaxing trip and I returned with so many ideas and inspiration from everything we visited. Although I did not find any sand dollars, the scenery was perfect – there is just something about those west coast beaches. The water looks so far away from the sand and it seems so much more powerful than the east coast. If you have not been, GO.
Here are a few photos, a mix from my phone and my camera: