In our years of travel and campground stays we've never experienced a place quite like this.Crystal Crane Hot Springs is in the middle of absolutely nowhere... Burns, Oregon. It’s not fancy, yet it’s beautiful and incredibly peaceful (even with the yipping of the coyotes around 6pm). There’s a swimming pool size hot spring (clothing not optional) and it’s very affordable. It pretty much sums up the kind of campgrounds we wish we could find a whole lot more of around the country (if you know of them, please let us know in the comments below).
The sunsets dazzle us in one direction and the moon seduces us in another.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “if only there were a place I could go anytime of the year, with fantastic hiking, snow skiing, snowboarding, and that’s famous for scaring the pants off of millions”? ME TOO; one town to do it all! Ok, maybe not the last part, but I’ve always wished there were somewhere I could escape to whenever I wanted to get my snow bunny fix...that wasn't an international flight away. And had I known this perfect little town actually exists, I would have made a B-Line to Mt. Hood, Oregon a long time ago! Just a short two hour drive from Portland is the only year round ski resort in North America! Now, this isn’t just another resort town…Mt. Hood has a serious amount of Cascadian charm, creepy Hollywood history and a more than respectable adventure park.
Pacific City, Oregon is minute in size (population around 1000) and yet it is one of the most popular destinations on the Oregon coast. This quaint little drinking village has some spectacular monoliths to gaze at (best done with a brew in hand), beautiful beaches to play on, or drive on, and definitely has plenty of fishing. We spent almost a week meandering about Pacific City and found more than a few things to write home about, but here is our "short list".
Making our way along Oregon’s central coast we had heard lots about Florence. So, naturally we were expecting to be blown away with its small town charm, picturesque beaches and sweeping dunes...and we were. What we weren’t expecting was a micro culture of adventure junkies! Somehow in all my searching and quizzing Oregonians, nothing gave the impression that this was the place to get your adventure on! Oh yes, this quiet little town is much more than just pretty beaches.