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Where We Wander: Oregon

Living here in Oregon for almost 2 years, I’ve been lucky enough to visit and see a lot of different areas so far. Chris and I have been to many brunch spots, wineries, coffee shops, and picturesque hiking places. And what inspired this post was I had lots of friends message me when they were planning a trip out to the West Coast, and they’d ask for all my favorite, must-see places in Oregon. Instead of creating the same content over and over again, I figured let’s create a post that will continually be updated and a central location for all things Oregon.

So, here we are! I’ve tried to only add places I have been to personally or plan to visit in the near future, with my favorite menu items, drink orders, and our experiences while visiting these amazing locations.

Check back often for updated content and pictures! I will post on instagram when I’ve added more places, so make sure and follow me there to get all the updates!

If you have any favorites I’ve missed or need to check out myself, shoot me a message on instagram and I’ll be sure to add it to the list!


Where We Wander Best of Oregon Travel Guide


The Best of Oregon


Click which area you are interested in wandering to and check out all our favorite spots!


Oregon Coast

Wine Country/Willamette Valley

Other Areas – Coming Soon!

Last updated: June 29, 2018






Eats + Drinks:


Mother’s Bistro – Portland, OR

Hands down one of my Portland faves

Biscuits & gravy (B&G) is a little different than the southern style I’m accustomed to, but really good

Fresh juice mimosas are delicious

TIP: Order the half orders – I always want a little bit of everything and this is the perfect solution


Screendoor – Portland, OR

This place definitely lived up to its reputation. We left the coast super early to get in line at 7:30am (doors open at 9am on the weekends), and although we waited almost 2 hours in line, it was sunny so the wait wasn’t too bad and the food was amazing.

Chris got the chicken and waffles – the waffles are sweet potato waffles and better than any waffle we’ve had. I got the veggie hash and cleaned my plate (this never happens) – it was that good. We also sat on the patio so if you have the chance and the weather is nice, we definitely recommend it!


Stepping Stone Cafe – Portland, OR

Mancakes. Huge biscuits.

Salty’s – Portland, OR

All you can eat brunch seafood buffet. And $10 bottomless mimosas. This place is a little pricey, but so worth it if you love fresh seafood. And bottomless mimosas. I ate my weight in crab legs, Chris ate to his heart’s content, and I had a fewish mimosas.

The view of the Columbia River is amazing. We went in February, and although it was sunny, it was still a little too chilly for the patio. So we are definitely going back this summer to enjoy the full experience and amazing patio atmosphere. There tends to be a wait, but we got there shortly after they opened and hardly had a wait at all. I recommend getting there as early as you can, and try everything! It was all delicious. Oh, and maybe plan a walk afterwards 🙂


Besaw’s – Portland, OR

Coffee & Donuts

Pip’s Doughnuts & Chai – Portland, OR



Blue Star Donuts – Portland, OR



Voodoo Doughnut – Portland, OR

The famous pink box


Barista – Portland, OR

Great lattes, limited menu but custom milk and flavors, Chris loves their iced tea 🙂 not to mention their decor lends for pretty Instagram pics… all the marble, brass, and vintage penny tile





Salty’s – Portland, OR
Portland City Grill
Mothers (lunch)

Things To Do + Places To See:

Powells Books
Portland Flea + Food (last Sundays of the month)
Portland Sign – both





Oregon Coast:

Eats + Drinks:


Otis Cafe – Otis, OR

Max occupancy of 28 – tiny, but so worth it

Molasses toast – you either love it or hate it, but it’s worth trying to find out! (Add butter :))

Pumpkin Bread French Toast – Chris’s favorite

Known for their German style potatoes (HUGE – order a 1/2 or 1/4 order – even for sharing)

Cinnamon rolls

Everything is amazing and homemade



Wildflower Grill – Lincoln City, OR

All the seafood breakfast faves – crab cake eggs Benny – YUM

French toast – they make it with some of their fresh squeezed orange juice – I know, it sounds strange, but it’s so delicious. Just trust me.

On the fresh squeezed OJ note, they don’t list it on their menu, but order a mimosa here. So good. The OJ makes it. And if you’re not a drinker or can’t drink, order a glass of the juice. I’m not even a big juice drinker, and this stuff is liquid gold.

Coffee & Donuts

Pacific Grind – Lincoln City, OR

Left Coast latte – I don’t know what their mix is, but it’s so good and not like any other latte flavor I’ve had.

Food is also delicious – the egg Sammies are my go-to; any of their sandwiches are good and the seafood bisque is my favorite – so good


Mojo Coffee – Lincoln City, OR

Chai latte – 1/2 spiced, 1/2 vanilla

Fresh, daily baked goods – if you go in the fall, get the pumpkin bread!

Breakfast burritos are BOMB


Black Squid Tap House – Lincoln City, OR

Dogs welcomed! Games, byof (bring your own food), beers and wines on tap – rotating, trivia nights



Yachtas Farmhouse – Yachtas, OR

Fave summer spot – great outdoor patio when it’s nice out

Yummy food too


Pelican Brewery – Pacific City, OR


Tidal Raves – Depoe Bay, OR

Amazing cocktails (the Concord Sangria (?) is money), gorgeous views, delicious food

My go-to is the Thai BBQ Shrimp – sweet and spicy, the coconut risotto is creamy and crunchy, and I always have leftovers for the next day


Luna Sea Fish House – Yachats, OR


Clearwater – Newport, OR


Inn at Spanish Head – Lincoln City, OR





Things To Do + Places To See:

Cape Kiwanda – Pacific City, OR


Secret hike Gleneden Beach

Awesome views off the cliffs – so many good pictures and insane views


Fogharty Creek


Heceta Head Lighthouse – Florence, OR


Yaquina Head Lighthouse – Newport, OR


Cape Perpetua


Drift Creek Falls – East of LC

Can be muddy after a rain, short and easy hike, beautiful views of falls at end


Knoll Hike – Roads End in LC









Wine Country/Willamette Valley:

Eats + Drinks:


Word of Mouth – Salem, OR

BEST biscuits and gravy and the most southern I’ve been able to find here in Oregon, and I’ve tried a lot…

Cottage Cheese Pancakes – try them, just trust me

Blueberry Pancakes – if you’re not feeling very adventurous with the CC pancakes, you can’t go wrong with their blueberry pancakes – they load them up with blueberries

TIP: they’re located in a small, old house, so the wait is usually pretty long.. we usually give our name and phone number and then run to target to pass the time. If you have a smaller party (like 2), you can try and stay around and they may call you up sooner – this has worked for us once before and we were in in like 15 min, as opposed to the 1-1.5 they gave us when we showed up.


The Block House – Dayton, OR

In a cute, old updated church

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes!!

Skip the B&G, try the stuffed French toast if you love dessert for breakfast

Drink of choice – Dayton Sunrise


Stoller – Dayton, OR

Love this winery! The grounds are beautiful, views of Mt. Hood on a clear day, dog-friendly, bring your own picnic if you want!

Willamette Valley – Salem, OR

They recently remodeled the tasting room, gorgeous, rustic but classy! Amazing views of the grounds.

The best Rose (a true rose) – I recommend trying and buying a bottle if you are a rose all day fan


Sokol Blosser


Hawks View



Coffee & Donuts


Ancestry Brewing – Tualatin, OR


Things To Do + Places To See:

*See Wineries above 🙂
Lavender Fields – Summer months – Chehalem Market
Berry Picking – Summer months
Peony Garden – late April-mid May is the best time
Tulip Festival – same season as peony
Always check the local calendar for the week/weekend you are here – there is more than likely always something going on in the area!
Last updated: June 29, 2018
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