FALL IN THE PNW
We’ve had a pretty amazing fall with temperatures keeping us warm in the day and feeling that autumn chill at night. This is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy this gorgeous time of year while we can. Here are some of my favorite things to do in the Pacific Northwest in the fall.
VISIT A LOCAL FARM
I love visiting this place anytime of year, but this time of year is especially festive. This farm has it all… Corn maize, barn animals, pumpkin picking, free hay rides and more.
I look forward to this farm’s apple cider donuts every year. Pro tip – get them warm and enjoy right away! You can also pick some pumpkins, grab a cider slushie, visit the goat hotel, hold some baby chicks and go for a hayride.
This Beaverton farm hosts a bevy of activities and goodies! Explore their 10 acre corn maze, 5 acre pumpkin patch, train rides on The Scholls Valley Railroad and delicious treats.
TAKE A SCENIC DRIVE
This 70-mile scenic byway originally connected Troutdale to The Dalles before I-84 was built. It was once known as the most beautiful road in the United States and was the first scenic highway in the U.S. to be designated a National Historic Landmark.
This 60-mile drive through Washington County, will take you through historic sites, scenic views and have you stopping at wineries, farms, restaurants and shops. All the while, you'll be enjoying the views of the Cascade Mountains. What's not to love?
This is one of the best day trips to take in the fall. Enjoy the wilderness, views and stops along the way. Don't miss the Fruit Loop where you can enjoy lavender farms, alpacas, wine tasting and fruit stands. There are also some amazing waterfalls to visit along the way.
If you can't take a full day trip, there are still a ton of fabulous activities to enjoy that are much closer to home.
Fall colors typically peak mid to late October. This place is truly a splendor to behold this time of year.
Whether you drive or choose an urban hike to get there, the Pittock Mansion offers amazing views of Portland and the surrounding areas. You can take in all of the remarkable colors of the changing leaves.
This outdoor soaking pool is heated to 102 degrees and is filled with soft, buoyant saltwater. You can enjoy a pint or a pot of tea as you soak. Afterwards, explore the Edgefield grounds and visit one of their many restaurants and bars!
Enjoy this year's fall!
All my best - Matthew