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Medieval architecture lives on in the Northwest of America.

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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Attending an amazing play in Ashland is so legal!

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.

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Driving over cooled magma in the wilderness

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.

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We toured multiple wineries

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.wine tour

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It’s almost time for the Autumn color drive!

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!

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This is our McMenamin’s hotel on the beach!

This is our McMenamin’s Gearhart Hotel that we are staying at on the beach in Seaside, near Cannon Beach.  We walk to the beach every day and golf in the afternoon.  The golf course, which is also just outside our hotel, only a short walk away, is one of the oldest in America.  And the hotel is run by McMenamin’s so you know it is good! They have great food, art, and just like me, they brew their own beer, wine and cider!

We had a delicious time at the beach, going in the warm water, walking on the warm sand, soaking up the sun and enjoying the great sand art at the Sandcastle festival.  It is a great way to spend Father’s Day and to celebrate graduation.

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