Oregon’s Painted Hills – 2TravelDads

We travel a lot and make a point of visiting truly unique places. And living next to Oregon, we get to explore new and fascinating spots all the time. The Painted Hills are considered one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. And they totally are. Visiting the Painted Hills really is a treat and it’s perfect for nearly any sort of traveler. We’re going to share with you why we love the area and how you can visit the Painted Hills.

Have you been before? If not by the time you are done reading this article and seeing our photos you are going to want to plan a trip to the Painted Hills ASAP.

Where Are the Painted Hills?

Some might consider it Central Oregon and some might call it Eastern Oregon, but the Painted Hills is located somewhere between the two. One of the three major units of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument the Painted Hills is a combination rolling landscape and jagged canyons. The canyons are what lead to the hills themselves, but half of the splendor and fun of exploring the area is the diversity of the geology and sites.

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Queer Ashland and Southern Oregon

Central Point Sunset

In September, we drove up to Southern Oregon to visit some dear friends who live in Central Point – a little town just north of Medford. We spent a few days up there, and visited their town, a little bit of Medford, and the towns of Jacksonville and Ashland.

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McCall House Bed and Breakfast – Gay Friendly Ashland Bed & Breakfast

McCall House Bed and Breakfast

The McCall House, a luxurious 1883 boutique inn and a landmark Italianate mansion in idyllic Ashland, Oregon. We are home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and gateway to the Rogue Valley’s Wine Country, Crater Lake National Park, and so much more.

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Arden Forest Inn – Ashland Gay Bed & Breakfast

Arden Forest Inn - Ashland Gay Bed & Breakfast

Ashland’s best kept secret! Come see why our guests say, “the best keeps getting better.”

Upon your arrival, you’ll discover a unique and eclectic environment dominated by a collection of original art, curiosities, and an extensive library – all housed in an historic Ashland home. The folk Victorian farmhouse with adjoining carriage house, were both built in 1890 by one of Ashland’s founding families.

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Lewis and Clark National Park in the Pacific Northwest – 2TravelDads

Lewis and Clark National Park

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve always been familiar with the history of the area and some key figures in its settlement, including Lewis and Clark, the famous 19th century explorers. In southwestern Washington and part of the Oregon Coast, there is Lewis and Clark National Park. We’re going to tell you all about this little known National Park and give you some great ways to experience it all.

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Oregon Coast Camping With Kids – 2TravelDads

Oregon Coast Camping

We have had our first Kampgrounds of America (KOA) camping experience and are thrilled to share it with you. Before this trip we didn’t really know what to expect at a KOA, even though we’d reviewed the website and seen many campgrounds. You just don’t know what the feel of a place is going to be and how it’ll fit with your travel style until you’re actually there. I’ll tell you it was great. When it comes to Oregon Coast camping, the Astoria / Warrenton / Seaside KOA Resort was perfect for us.

LOCALE OF THE ASTORIA / WARRENTON / SEASIDE KOA

We spend a lot of time in Oregon, and particularly on the Oregon Coast. At least once a year, this year it’s been twice already, we do an Oregon Coast road trip, either from tip to tip or just one part of the Oregon Coast. If you’re coming from Washington State or the Portland area, the practical first stop for you coastal getaway is Astoria, Oregon. About two hours from Portland and 3.5 hours from Eugene or Seattle, WA, Astoria or Seaside are totally doable for an easy weekend escape.

You do have to either drive along the Columbia River for a good portion of the trip or you’ll cross the Coastal Range. Either way, the drive is beautiful and there are plenty of stops you can make along the way, from hiking in the hills to visiting small towns full of wineries. If you’re coming from Washington, you can add a little side trip to Cape Disappointment State Park either on your way to or from the KOA Astoria to get your lighthouse fix, because there are two just off the Columbia River. However you get to your Oregon Coast camping destination, you’ll enjoy the full travel experience.

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Peerless Hotel – Ashland Gay Friendly Hotel

Peerless Hotel

The Peerless Hotel in Ashland, oregon, has a storied history – originally built in 1900, it was known then as the Peerless Rooms. It has now been lovingly restored, and is on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being featured in the bestselling book “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”.

Our Ashland hotel is conveniently located on Fourth Street, in the Historic Railroad and Gallery District, just three blocks form downtown and six blocks from the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. You can walk from here to many great restaurants, shops, boutiques and art galleries.

Our guests are pampered with Italian Frette bed linens, Lynova 5-Star towels, Pharmacopia natural and organic bodycare products, an in-room spa or clawfoot bathtub, and a gourmet two-course breakfast every morning during the mid and high seasons.

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Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast – Gay Friendly Parkdale, Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Stay at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast and you’ll wake to fresh brewed coffee from our local roaster and a delicious breakfast prepared with locally grown fruits and veggies, organic whenever possible.

Only minutes from the Mt. Hood National Forest we are the perfect base for outdoor adventures and quiet retreats. Our grounds have been recognized as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and many varieties of birds feed and nest in our gardens. From the inn set off on the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile driving tour through the valley, visiting the country farms, fruit stands and wineries along the way.

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Southern Oregon Road Trip – 2TravelDads

Southern Oregon - 2TravelDads

We love our road trips, you know that, and living in the Pacific Northwest, we’re at the gateway to some of the best road trips in the United States. Oregon is our neighbor and we visit it a lot, but it’s rare that we really explore the south part of the state. This is our (future) award winning southern Oregon road trip that takes the best of the Cascades and pairs it with the Oregon Coast. This road trip itinerary is ideal in Spring and Summer and is great with kids!

When we found out we were heading to Southern Oregon we knew two things: the Umpqua National Forest and the southern coast are going to be fun and drastically different. The Cascade Mountains run from British Columbia to Northern California. They’re dotted with snowy peaks and dense forests, which when put together make for an epic collection of waterfalls. Doing a road trip with kids, we knew that we needed to pack in some big wow items, and waterfalls always do the trick.

For fun along the coast, we make it a habit to fly kites when possible, but when the weather doesn’t permit we do the next best thing: beach combing. Even in rainy weather the kids love searching for beach glass and interesting shells, so getting some time on the coast is perfect for us. In addition to the beach, there are lots of unique coastal experiences that are great for families. We made time to do fun activities we can’t do at home, including experiencing some of the natural phenomena of the Oregon Coast (see below).

If you’ve done a road trip with small to medium age kids, you know that being in the car is a bummer. We try to break up longer drive times with fun. Here are our top tips for ensuring every part of the road trip experience is awesome.

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Gay Portland, Oregon – The Gay UK

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For years, my former boss at South Florida Gay News would rave about Portland, Oregon. He loved the free-spirited nature of the community as well as the abundance of outdoor activities available outside the city. After years of seeing Norm and other friends post breathtaking photos on social media, I thought it was time to give Portland a try.

When I first arrived, I got the feeling that I was in a smaller version of Seattle, but as I spent time in Portland, I quickly discovered that it had a life of its own. I did however speak to some locals and they told me the city has been going through a bit of an identity crisis as of late as they try to compete with Seattle’s economic boom, mostly driven by Amazon and other tech firms. But, why try to be Seattle? Just be Portland.

The entire downtown area is pretty much walkable, with many of the city’s main attractions located within a few miles of each other. What was obvious from the start were the abundance of rainbow flags scattered throughout the city. I think it’s safe to say that Portland may have the highest concentration of rainbow flags per capita than any city I have visited thus far.

My first stop in Portland was The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Being of Jewish decent, I found it fascinating that this particular attraction would be located in Portland. I wasn’t aware of the city’s extensive Jewish community. The museum explores the legacy of the Jewish experience in Oregon and teaches the universal lessons of the Holocaust. The museum features rotating exhibitions that showcase Jewish contributions to world culture, issues of Jewish identity, and the forces of prejudice. They also offer an extensive program of films, lectures, and concerts throughout the year, which cover a wide range of topics relating to Jewish art, culture, and heritage.

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