And the road trip continues…

Vista House Crown Point Oregon

Twenty four miles from Portland, Oregon is the Vista House at Crown PointΒ 

Vista House ceiling oregon

View from inside

Vista House stairs oregon

Stairway to vistas

Vista House view Columbia River oregon

The Columbia River Gorge is gorgeous!

8 miles from the Vista house…

Multnomah falls Oregon

Multnomah Falls seems to be the must see waterfall in the Columbia River gorge area

but I really liked Latourell falls

even though the Multnomah stop had ice cream

Latourell Falls oregon

It’s a quieter spot compared to Multnomah

and you could feel the spray of the falls. πŸ™‚

skidmore bluffs Portland Oregon

After our hike we headed back to Portland,

and searched for a spot to watch the sunset.

Skidmore Bluffs overlook is tucked away in suburbia

and stay as long as you like because Voodoo Doughnuts is open 24 hours

Voodoo Doughnut Portland Oregon

Is it really necessary to put frosting on a fritter?Β 

Okay, so that question may be sparked by jealousy, as Voodoo doesn’t have gluten-free treats.

But I found plenty in Portland, my fave being theΒ Back to Eden BakeryΒ (for regular eats with gluten-free options we also really enjoyed Teote and The Tin Shed Garden Cafe).

Next post: Snow in June? Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

And if you want to see our first stop it’s here: Seattle

So do you think fritters should be frosted?

Happy Monday!


37 thoughts on “Gorging on the Columbia River Scenic Byway (and Doughnuts)

  1. Charissa

    I loved the Columbia Gorge when we visited it a couple years ago. I seemed to stop everywhere you did, but you took way better pictures! Glad you’re enjoying your trip.

  2. Teresa Robeson

    What a great area to visit and you make it even better with your gorgeous photos! I have a friend who lives very close to Multnomah Falls.

    But my favorite photo is the fritter! OMG! 24 hour donut shops would be my undoing. Good thing there is no such thing in my town. πŸ˜€

  3. Jay

    Looks like an amazing place to visit.
    I’m not sure about frosted fritters. I’m not sure about fritters period, so I’m not the best judge. Generally I think if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Yes, when it comes to frosted fritters, the if it ain’t broke saying works! I’m a fritter fan though haven’t found a gluten-free one. Yet. πŸ™‚

  4. Patricia

    You have definitely visited part of God’s country up there in Oregon. It’s beautiful and usually lush and green like that all year round.

    As far as frosting fritters I’m in favor. That makes me in favor or fritter frosting. (I just had to say that because it’s fun.)

    I’m anxiously awaiting the next leg of your journey.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. kath unsworth

    Coleen its 7.30 am in the morning here and I am craving something sweet now. Im a savoury person usually. Those waterfalls look amazing, looks like you are having a wonderful holiday, with great weather. Enjoy the summer and I will dream of it from a far-off foggy land.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I really like waterfalls. I think I’ve managed to fit one in on almost every road trip. I’m hoping to see one that I can walk behind next! πŸ™‚
      Thanks, Kath!

  6. Carrie Rubin

    Personally, a little frosting might be nice. Just makes the whole treat that much naughtier. πŸ˜‰

    Those waterfalls are gorgeous. So much of this beautiful country I have yet to see.

  7. Jennette Marie Powell

    I had not heard of Vista House, but now will add it to my list of places to see, along with the falls! I have heard of Voodoo Donuts, though! And sure, why not add frosting to fritters? Unless that makes you unable to eat them.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I forgot to mention that these attractions are also in the 1,000 places to see before you die. I didn’t know that until someone at our hotel pointed it out. So for sure put this on your list!! πŸ™‚

  8. Patricia Tilton

    Such gorgeous vistas which made for some beautiful photographs! I love the waterfalls, something peaceful and sacred about them. You certainly know how to pick your vacations.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks, Patricia. I love researching and planning a road trip just as much as taking one. So much fun. πŸ™‚
      And I agree with you, waterfalls do seem peaceful and sacred.

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  10. Karen McFarland

    That part of the west coast is just beautiful! What an amazing trip you had Coleen. Regardless of the doughnuts, the Columbia, the Falls…just gorgeous scenery. πŸ™‚

  11. Kate

    As a huge fan of frosting, I’d try frosting on fritters. Sorry you couldn’t get a gluten-free treat there. I really love the name of Voodoo Doughnuts!

    Pics are beautiful. What an amazing trip you had!

  12. Inion N. Mathair

    Beautiful pics, Coleen. BTW, Mathair and I are Food Network junkies and saw Voodoo doughnuts featured on a show. Ever since then we’ve been dying to visit their place. We heard there was one in Atlanta but we figure we can kill two birds with one stone by seeing Seattle and the doughnut shop in one swoop. lol

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