Coffee & Wine Aroma Wheels…

Have you ever considered the similarities between wine & coffee when it comes to aroma and taste? Both can be described as fruity, nutty, smoky, flowery, sweet, bitter, green, chocolaty, caramel, cinnamon, pepper, etc.

Coffee Wheel

Wine Wheel


Deschutes River White Water Rafting

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We aren’t die hard sporting people and we don’t do high adrenaline sports, but we do love the water and the outdoors. If rafting is on your list of things you want to do, we recommend checking into All Star Rafting the Deschutes River out of Maupin, OR.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our full day rafting trip, complete with lunch. It’s a mix of leisure and adventure all in one. We highly recommend our rafting guide, Cortney, at All Star Rafting out of Maupin, OR.

Prosser, WA: The Heart of Washington Wine Country

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This was our second visit to Prosser, WA, which is said to be the birthplace of the Washington wine industry. Prosser is definitely committed to their wine heritage. The town is dotted with wine tasting rooms. While driving around you may notice several of the streets have wine related names. Each year they host the Prosser Wine & Food Fair on the 2nd Saturday of August in support of Washington wineries.

This was also our second stay at Wine Country RV Park. The staff at Wine Country RV are pleasant. The park is well kept and quiet. We prefer the side of the park that is next to the horses because we love the view from our RV.

It is said that Prosser has nearly 300 days of sunshine a year. The quaint town has a few antique shops worth browsing through, plus several wineries. It even has a good coffee shop in town. And the sunsets can be amazing! Need I say more why we like to visit this town???

Of course we visited a few wineries while in town and we have to say, our favorite was Alexandria Nichole Cellars. Their tasting room is classy and their staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

Fruit Loop, Hood River, OR: Camping & Wine Tasting

Tollbridge County Park is a nice country park with full, partial and tent only sites. They also have group sites. Reservations can be made via email (their preferred way). It’s located in Hood River County, south of Hood River, OR right off Hwy 35 (along the Fruit Loop), next to the East Fork of Hood River where you can catch and release. We would definitely camp here again.

The Fruit Loop offers a variety of fresh, seasonal fruit. We love to visit during the various fruit harvest seasons. While in the area we picked up some fresh cherries and visited two of our favorite wineries located on the Hood River Fruit Loop.

Our first stop: Marchesi’s Vineyards. Their Italian style wine and Tasting Room atmosphere are hard to beat. Relax as they serve you your tasting while seated on their outside patio situated next to their vineyard. Wine Club members enjoy a complimentary cutting board of bread, cheese and sausage with their free wine tasting and 20% off their purchase.

Our second stop: Pheasant Valley Vineyard. This picturesque vineyard is situated with a view of Mt. Hood. They offer a wide variety of wines, including organic wine. Club members enjoy 20% off their wine purchases and free wine tastings.

We like to try different places to eat while out and about. That said, we tried Saw Tooth Roadhouse on Hwy 35, just north of the RV park. I have to say, this rural restaurant serves an amazing pulled pork sandwich with cold slaw. Jon enjoyed their meatloaf sandwich.

That’s Italian…

We were out and about around dinner time and this little restaurant caught our eye. Nonna Emilia, located at 17210 SW Shaw St, Beaverton, OR has a home like atmosphere. Their pizza has thick crust so you don’t need much to get full. Warning: The food left a hint of garlic on our breath!!

We enjoyed a bottle of Italian wine with our meal.