It’s official, I’m planning my 30-Day trip for 2020.
Destination? The Pacific Northwest.
By Mary Charlebois
In May, I’m driving the backroads from my home on the Mendocino Coast of Northern California to Victoria BC, a roundtrip of over 2000-miles.
My first stop will be in the Mount Shasta/Lake Shasta area, about 280-miles from home. I’ll stay there a couple of days hopefully, in a Glamping Hub cabin. I’ll be staying in cabins at a few of my stops. I’m hoping to get one with the view in the above photo – Mount Shasta.
Oregon, I’m home
Bend Oregon will be home for 5—6-days. I’ll spend my first two days at McMenamins, Old St Francis School in downtown Bend. It will be my first time at the hotel and in Bend.
I’m planning a downtown ‘park and forget my car’ day, and a day in my car on the backroads. My hotel is 3-blocks from the river, and in the center of Bend’s lively downtown district. There is plenty to do and see, including a history museum, parks, live entertainment, breweries, wineries, dozens of restaurants, and of course, wonderful little shops. At the library I can pick up free passes to three museums around Bend. I’ll make it my first stop on my morning walk and shoot.
I’ve stayed at a McMs property before, McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove Oregon. The photo above was my room there. To call McMs unique is a soft sell. The properties overflow with character, dazzling art, live entertainment, food and libations. I’m eager to explore and photograph another one of McMs outstanding properties in downtown Bend.
Down by the river…
I’ll be at Riverhouse on the Deschutes for the Travel and Words conference for three nights. The Riverhouse is a resort on the banks of the Deschutes River in Bend. I hope to get time away from the conference to explore the property and riverbanks, but our schedule is packed. A sunrise walk and shoot might have to do. 🙂
Travel and Words is a Northwest travel and lifestyle writer’s conference for professional development and networking between writers, tourist bureaus, editors, and publishers.
On the road, heading north
From there, I’ll go to Mt Hood Territory, Tualatin Valley, Portland, Vancouver WA, Tacoma, Seattle, Whistler, Vancouver BC, Tofino, and Victoria. Other stops are being considered. I’ll keep you posted as I add new destinations.
For this trip, I’m driving my Honda Civic, Patty (see my little road warrior above). I’ll be solo most of the time, but I do have visits with friends planned here and there.
I’m thrilled to be staying at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver BC for four nights. Vancouver is an exciting city bordered by water on the west with forest and mountains to the east. This magnificent hotel has an apiary. I can’t wait to meet the bees. The Arc Bar serves Bridge Brewing- Rooftop Buzz, Honey Kolsch. It’s brewed with honey from Fairmont Waterfront rooftop apiary. – I can’t wait to give it a try. They also serve an Earl Grey+Honey Old Fashioned that has my name all over it.
There are lots of details to be organized, but I love the planning. I was the trip planner for my Nomadic mother. She taught me to read maps. “Thank you mom, it comes in handy.”
I still start all trips with a map. Now days it’s a lovely digital version that has tons of information. I mentally travel to places I see along my route. I noticed a place called Castle Crags near my first stop over. I’ll definitely be checking it out.
More details next month.
Thanks for stopping by, MaryGo
Folks Helping Me Plan My Trip
~ Local Experts – Travel Oregon | Visit Central Oregon | Visit Bend | Tualatin Valley | Travel and Words Conference ~
~ Transport – Patty, my Honda ~
~ Play Jo-Anne ~
~ Housing – Glamping Hub | McMenamins, Old St Francis School | Riverhouse on the Deschutes | Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver ~
~ Travel Insurance – Allianz ~
~ Trip Mapping – Roadtrippers ~
4 Comments Add yours
Not that is a true road trip. A driving one. Sounds exciting. My husband and I will be taking a cross country Amtrak vacation in May. I am a long way from working out the details.
I look forward to following you on this trip – and see you are using the Honda.
Sounds like a fascinating road trip. Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures with Patty!
As I’m looking at the map, I see so many places I want to go. I’m researching like crazy. 🙂