Portland, OR, United States
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My love affair began in 1998. After traveling 27 states in 7 months, I knew I had found home as soon as I arrived in Portland, Oregon. It was fall and the leaves were crisp with color. That winter the snow covered the streets and I walked down the center of Broadway from my studio in the city. When spring arrived the cherry trees on the waterfront blossomed and filled the air with a fragrance I still look forward to annually. And then, summer arrived with its bounty and I was more than smitten. I could hike a mountain, float a river, raft rapids, bike wine country, climb a rock and still be home in time to get my heels on, catch a Broadway show and eat like royalty. Since then, I have grown up enjoying all of that year round and sharing it with others. I have worked with some of the best dinner houses and wineries Oregon has to offer as a server, sommelier and event coordinator. And still to this day, when a guest asks me what else they should do on their visit I love writing up lists of places to visit, hikes to go on and how they can get on our rivers & take in a live performance. When I travel other cities my favorite thing to do is walk or bike them. Many times with a vague idea of where I eventually wanted to end up, but always enjoying the journey of getting there with equal enthusiasm. My favorite day in Paris I spent walking, from Jardin du Luxemberg (where I drank a beer while watching a very serious bout of petanque) through neighborhoods of broken sidewalk uphill to Le Sacre Coure (where I ate cheese and chacuterie on the grass steps) down passed the carousel of Montmarte and down the hill to my apartment with a balcony where I sipped coffee as the sun rose and the bells of Eglise de la Trinite tolled.