As a lover of quests, travel, discovery, scavenger hunts, exploring and relic hunting, I find many things that are not on travel brochures and are off the tourist’s routes. This most recent trip to Oregon, I discovered a medieval cathedral that has been built into a restaurant and decorated inside most exquisitely. There are large stone towers, in which medieval nooks with benches and table have been set up. There are floor to ceiling tapestries and coats of arms, as well as knights standing guard in full armor. This is truly a place everyone should visit. It is called John Barleycorns, the name reflecting both nature and magic, which this establishment embodies.
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We had an amazing time watching “The Count of Monte Cristo” live on stage at the Oregon Shakespeare festival in Ashland, Oregon this summer. It is such a wonderful place, community and is thriving with creative energy so much so that it is palpable. The shops and restaurants there remind me so much of my time I lived in England. And the Black Sheep pub makes a killer English breakfast. I recommend this experience to every artist and lover of theater, literature and the arts.
We recently took a road trip through central and southern Oregon. My son did most of the driving. He did an excellent job driving over a mountain pass, with roads with no shoulders and barely enough room for two cars to pass each other, sheer cliff drops on the right, and he was rewarded with stunning views.
We actually drove over the cooled magma, lava from centuries before, and found our third American castle, our fifth North American castle. It was quite the reward. The views of the Three Sisters, Mount Washington and Black Butte were amazing. It was a wonderful trip and was exhilarating to be out in the wilderness again.
We toured multiple wineries in the Oregon wine country, including Trisaetum, Styring and Redman. Redman had the best food and the most tastes, variety and view. Strying had the best chocolates and a great Port. Trisaetum had the best view and the best wine cellar. All in all it was a great tour, good food and wine, everyone was very festive and it was a relaxing time. I highly recommend a wine tour to anyone.
Each year, my family and I take an Autumn drive to take in all the fall color, the foliage, the beauty of the season. In the past, we have taken drives south to California and east along the North Cascades Highway. This year, we are taking little roads from Seattle out to the coast at Cannon Beach, Oregon.
I have been looking forward to this trip especially since it will involve an overnight stay at Gearhart Hotel, a McMenamins hotel, on the coast. We will take walks on the beach and play golf at the lovely course at Gearhart, one of the oldest and most historic courses in America! I look forward to the drive, the color, the food, the drink, the golf and the coast. We are leaving soon!