Let us help you discover the best of Oregon
We’re Matt & Alysha, a Portland-based couple who want you to fall in love with Oregon like we have. We use our own experiences – what we like, what we don’t, and what we wish we had done differently – to inform our detailed Oregon travel guides so that you can plan an amazing trip, big or small.
We’ve Seen Oregon as Travelers and as Residents.
We think that we have a unique perspective on Oregon.
We’ve seen the state through the eyes of a tourist – we’ve spent more than three months in total exploring Oregon – and now we’ve seen it as (new) residents.
We’re sharing our journey in Oregon to help you discover something new and plan your next adventure.
Hey hey! We’re Matt and Alysha.
While neither of us grew up in Oregon, we’ve fallen head over heels in love with the state over the past few years, and finally made the move to Portland after five years of saying things like “now’s not quite right, maybe in a few years.”
To be honest, until a few years ago, we had never really thought about exploring Oregon. Matt is from Seattle, Alysha from Northern California, and Oregon was just a little too close to home, often skipped over for “sexier” destinations.
Until 2020, when we spent a full two months living in our converted Honda Odyssey on a road trip around Oregon.
From the towering snow-capped peaks of the Cascades, to the never-ending evergreen forests that stretch as far as the eye can see, to the spectacular sunsets on the Oregon Coast, we are deeply in love with our new home state.
One of our favorite things about Portland is its green spaces, particularly the parks on the western edge of the city. There are not very many places where huge swaths of desirable land within city limits have been set aside and protected, and Portland has several of them in its western hills. These parks, which…
When we quit our corporate jobs in February 2020 to travel the world after years of talking about it, saving money, and spending hours planning our trip, Oregon barely made the list. We figured, sure, it looks nice, maybe we’ll spend a week in Oregon on our way up to Seattle. Well, things changed pretty…
Portland is one of the coolest cities in the country, we think, with a criminally underrated (though quickly moving into “rated” territory) food and drink scene, an incredible array of parks and green spaces within the city limits, and a thriving arts and culture scene for its size. But of course we think that –…