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View of Portland and the Cascade Mountains from Pittock Mansion - 3 Days in Portland, Oregon - 3 Day Portland Itinerary - Things to Do in Portland Oregon

3 days in Portland, Oregon – 10 things to see, do and eat

More than anywhere I’ve ever been, Portland is a city where the food, the people and the atmosphere shine brightest.

Even with all the interesting places we visited and sights we saw, it was during the time spent wandering different neighbourhoods, interacting with wonderfully polite and friendly residents and eating too much delicious food (number 4 on my list especially!) that I felt really got to the heart of the place.

If that sounds like your kind of city too, read on for 10+ ideas to spend 3 days in Portland!

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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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20 awesome things to do in Wellington

A few months ago marked our one year anniversary of living here in lovely Wellington.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a local yet but I have come to feel at home in this city and seen more of its tourist offerings than any other part of New Zealand. And most parts of the world, come to think of it!

So today I’m going to put my knowledge of the coolest little capital in the world to good use. Read on for my list of top things to do in Wellington, including plenty that are 100% free!

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An afternoon in Russell, Bay of Islands

I get such a kick out of the fact that Russell was formerly known as the ‘hell hole of the Pacific.’

I’m sure its unsavoury past fully justified the label, but it’s just so incongruous with the quaint, historic port town as it stands today!

I enjoyed my first visit so much that I jumped at the chance to hop on the ferry and head back to Russell when we returned to Northland last December.

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Fairytale Ainokura in the snow

As soon as I first read about the gassho-zukuri thatched houses in Ainokura, I knew we had to squeeze in a stay at a traditional minshuku guesthouse there. It might seem out of the way when you look at the rest of our east to west itinerary, but I’m so happy I made that call. It turned out to be my favourite part of our time in Japan!

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