It was hard to believe this was Oregon’s winter with sunny, warm temps in the mid 60’s. I’d forgotten how charming this coastal town and surrounding area is, and was delighted to see how many local high quality seafood restaurants were thriving like Local Ocean with fresh locally sourced seafood caught daily.
My kind of travel: perfect mix of adventure sports, spa bliss, and farm to table delicious and healthy meals – all shared in an intimate setting of this magical 24 room boutique property. Wish all my photoshoot assignments were this much fun!
Every year I search for a new place to ‘detox’ from the stressors of my everyday fast paced life. I may have just found the perfect place to return to on a regular basis for my creative renewal. Life in Laos moves slowly, artfully – a beautiful silk wall hanging may take a year to meticulously hand weave, a pedicure two hours. The bus ride from Luang Prabang to the northern Luang Namtha province is a tortuous 12 hour ordeal, but when the road ends the two day trek through jungle wilderness to visit to the Lanten tribal village was priceless. After three weeks of enjoying constant exercise outdoors rock climbing, hiking, & walking, eating eating only fresh produce & fish, disconnecting from the internet, and a dozen relatively inexpensive deep tissue Thai / Lao massages, I was completely rejuvenated.
Alloro Vineyard Whole Farm Dinner at Alloro Vineyard prepared by award winning chef Cathy Whims of Portland’s Nostrana Restaurant. 95 % of ingredients sourced from the Alloro estate property.