Inspiration : The Oregon Coast

Three-ish years ago, for our anniversary., Ryan and I were going to take a trip to Oregon to do all the things: deep sea fish, whitewater raft, wine tasting, enjoy the Portland food scene... the whole spiel.

And then we found out I was pregnant.

We had already bought the plan tickets but we cancelled most of the activities and let me just say from experience, that seeing any town for the first time whilst in the middle of the first trimester is a horrible way to say, "hello."

So for our fifth anniversary we did a make-up trip of sorts: back to Oregon, but with a schedule much less intense and much more focused on relaxing.

As it turns out: Cannon Beach, Oregon is probably the best place to relax in the entire world. And I've been fortunate enough to go to a fair share of places. It has the laid back vibe of the west coast but the hardier scene one would expect to find in Oregon. ie. It's not a beauty contest, There is absolutely no expectation of one getting in a bathing suit in October... or maybe ever. When we went the weather was cool - high of high 50's perhaps?  Just the kind of weather that asked a body to sit on the balcony and watch the birds and bunnies {crazy story there} and read one's book and listen to the waves and watch the mist come and go and take a lot of deep relazing breathes.

On the other side of the coin, it was also an amazing place to be active. The mist creates these amazing moss covered forests. We actaully hiked through tree that were standing when Lewis and Clark came through and first saw the Pacific Ocean.

Just typing that gives me chills ya'll. Our lives are so tiny- but look at the beauty we can experience during it!

Below is a highly paired down phone dump. I'm pretty sure I maxed out the storage on my phone and have no regrets about that. Scroll through to see my recommendations.




Be back in a few days to talk about Oregon Wine country, i.e. World's Most Relaxing spot #2.