Pacific Northwest

In April, I boarded a plane to Portland, Oregon and from the moment the plane landed and I exited the terminal, I instantly fell in love.
Every single person I met while in Oregon was so friendly and kind. There is greenery everywhere and I mean everywhere! Everyone takes care of their yard, takes care of their plants, takes care of the environment, it was a dream come true for any true nature lovers out there.

I planned this trip ahead of time and wanted to share the details of this trip and encourage everyone to visit Oregon at least once in their life. I personally felt this trip made me appreciate Jehovah’s creation so much more and it deepened my appreciation for taking care of the environment I live in.

I found this charming cottage on Airbnb and it was even cozier in person. Click here to receive $40 off of your first stay when you book with Airbnb!

My hosts were incredible, very respectful and the cottage had everything I needed. This Airbnb was about 15 minutes away from the airport and it was within walking distance to many coffee shops and neighbor hood cafes. It is in a safe and quiet neighborhood and I highly recommend this Airbnb to anyone who stays in Portland.

While in Portland, I visited Helser’s on Alberta.

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I ordered the “Special of the Day,” which was a breakfast sandwich. The biscuit was made from scratch, with fresh greens from the garden, farmhouse eggs, vegetables from the local farmers market and a sausage patty from the local meat market.

Even months later, I’m still dreaming about this breakfast sandwich. It was delicious.

After breakfast, I walked around the neighborhood for awhile and was so impressed with all the colors, the flowers and even the soil. Oregon has the best soil.

I made my way to the International Rose Test Garden and even though the roses had not bloomed yet, I was able to see a few flowers in bloom. The garden is near Washington Park so I was able to take in the scenery as well.

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Later that day I visited Solabee where the staff is very polite and knowledgeable. I really loved this cute shop and had a bouquet made.

Each day I was in Portland, I walked around the neighborhood simply to admire it and take in as much things as I possibly could. The trees, shrubs and vans were my favorite objects to photograph on this trip.

Salt & Straw is a must when visiting Portland, literally the best ice cream I have ever tasted besides Bluebell ice cream. #texasforever


I had the Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons flavor.


Everyone knows you can’t leave Portland without visiting Powell’s Books. I was so occupied here that I didn’t even take pictures but for any book lover who visits, please do yourself a favor and visit.

Downtown, I spotted the bakery, St. Honore Boulangerie. I picked up the Puit d’Amour. It was amazing! Good amount of sweet, tart, and even with the different textures of layers, it was perfect.

Multnomah Falls was also on the agenda and just the trip to this part of Oregon was beautiful. The greenery and lush in Oregon is unlike anything I have ever seen before. If you visit, make sure to bundle up and wear hiking boots for the waterfall. You will get wet.

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Later that day, we met with our Airbnb Experience host Garrison
Our experience was making our way to the wonderful Oregon Coast near Pacific City, hike four miles up Cape Lookout State Park to whale watch and after our hike, we made our way down to the beach for a picnic and watched the sun set over Haystack Rock around a bonfire.
This was literally the best part of the trip and I have never been happier in life and I owe it all to Airbnb for having these kind of opportunities for everyone to eenjoy and my new friend Garrison for hosting this amazing and unforgettable experience. It was worth every single penny.


This trip was unforgettable and I pray I never forget the memories made here in Oregon.

Oregon will forever have a place in my heart and I can’t wait to visit again.

Until next time!

-R.Vargas

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