After feeling overwhelmed by the sudden growth and sky-rocketing prices in the Bay Area, Matt and I decided, essentially on a whim, to move to the Pacific Northwest. We visited both Seattle and Portland and almost instantly fell in love with the slow vibes in Portland. We chose a random suburb 20 minutes outside the city center, found an apartment, and said we’d stay a year; if we hated it, we’d try Seattle. Well, here we are 2.5 years later, still in the Portland area (but in a totally different neighborhood). Every time I step outside, I think or say out loud, “I love it.” Why? The nature views, the fresh air, the gorgeous hikes, the food. Oh, the food! Click the images below to see the places we keep going back to time and time again: