Welcome! We’re Matt and Alysha.

We’re a Portland-based couple, and we want you to fall in love with Oregon like we have. We use our own experiences – what we like, what we don’t, what we wish we had done differently – to inform our detailed Oregon travel guides.

While neither of us grew up in Oregon (Matt is from Seattle, Alysha is from Marin County), 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. Oregon was just a little too close to home, often skipped over for “sexier” destinations like the Canadian Rockies or New Zealand (we’re mountain people, can you tell?).

Until 2020 threw a wrench in all of our plans, and we spent a full two months living in our converted Honda Odyssey on a road trip around Oregon.

From the Cascades, to hiking through 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.

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, big or small.

our favorites:


  • Secret Beach
  • Cannon Beach
  • Rialto Beach
  • Harris Beach

Places to Stay

  • The Jupiter NEXT (Portland)
  • Norblad Hotel (Astoria)
  • The Society Bingen (Hood River)
  • Bay Point Landing (Coos Bay)


  • Portland (duh)
  • Hood River
  • Mount Hood
  • The Oregon Coast
  • The Mckenzie River
  • Silver Falls State Park

Hiking Trails

  • Mcneil Point
  • Dog Mountain
  • Cascade Head
  • Mount Scott
  • Green Lakes