Geiser Grand, Baker City - Weekend itinerary - Baker City, Oregon, USA

2 days in historic Baker City, Oregon

My weekend in Baker City did not have the most auspicious of beginnings.

First, I’d chosen the destination practically at random. My only criterion was proximity to Sumpter Valley Railway, where Ben was attending a steam locomotive event. Second, I’d done no research whatsoever. This bout of what I can only call “travel apathy” is very out of character. What was Baker City like? Was there anything to do in town, especially in October? I hadn’t the faintest idea.

How surprising, then, that this weekend became one of my favourite parts of our Pacific northwest trip! Baker City’s blend of history and charming architecture alongside rugged natural beauty won me over almost immediately.

Here are 4 lovely things I got up to during the course of my visit…

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View of Vista House and the Columbia River from Chanticleer Point - Things to do in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA

4 awesome things to see in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

We just arrived back from our first ever trip to the Pacific Northwest and it was brilliant. So many places exceeded my expectations. Cutting through the Cascade Mountains, the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Oregon was high on that list. If you’re planning a trip to this area, here are my must-see recommendations…

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Wellington Chocolate Factory Tour - Hot Chocolate

Wellington Chocolate Factory Tour

Decked out with bright yellow chevrons, oversized light bulbs and the angelic faces of Ziggy Stardust, the Eva Street laneway in Wellington is undeniably a visual treat. It’s also home to some of my favourite food-related spots in the city: Six Barrel Soda Co’s tasting shop, Leeds Street Bakery, Pomodoro Pizza and of course, my subject for today, the wonderful Wellington Chocolate Factory

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Paradise Sandbar in Aitutaki Lagoon - Cook Islands 10 Day Itinerary, Things to do in the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands Travel Guide – our 10 day itinerary

Who among us isn’t curious to taste a slice of paradise? I’m not usually a beach person (with this exception) but I’d heard such great things about the Cook Islands that my interest was piqued. And in many ways it lived up to or surpassed my expectations. So following our trip last year, I wanted to pull together a Cook Islands travel guide to share all my research and help others plan a dream Cook Islands getaway!

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Fruits of Rarotonga - Cook Islands 10 Day Itinerary, Things to do in the Cook Islands

Things to do in the Cook Islands – Aitutaki and Rarotonga

My full guide to the Cook Islands is coming soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some of the main things we got up to during our trip to the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki…

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