|Sweet Life in Eugene!|
Not to break with tradition, I made my third trip out to the Aufderheide Scenic Byway this week. I loaded up the trunk with picnic baskets, teacups, snacks, blankets, girlfriends and an overnight bag. It would be a two day trip this year.
Driving from Portland to Albany, I headed out Wednesday afternoon and stayed with a friend over night. It would save a bit of driving the next morning since I was the tour guide on our trip even further south on Thursday first to Eugene and then on to the Aufderheide Scenic Byway ending in Oakridge.
Every year I take this route, the trip gets better! Last year we took the boys and picnicked along the route next to a rushing stream under the cool sunshine and lichen covered trees. Making this year even more interesting, we took it as far as we could and packed up a true tea party for this trek just east of Eugene. We began our drive from Albany about 9am with plans to stop at the Sweet Life Patisserie. We stopped and as you can see from this photo above, we didn't make it very far before loading up on provisions. Those provisions included lovelies like baked apples, cinnamon rolls, macaroons and more! This place is a "must stop" if you are anywhere near Eugene. The coffee is great too by the way and is of course roasted locally.
Back in the car we headed east to the Aufderheide Scenic Byway!
|Christmas Treeasures on the McKenzie Hwy!|
Back in the car and on our way once again, we took the turnoff for the Aufderheide and sat back to enjoy the ride.
|Constitution Grove on the Aufderheide!|
|Lots of hiking!|
Be sure to pack a picnic or at least some snacks. We took the packing a picnic to a whole different level by breaking out the chintz, Stash tea and other treats. Finding a few fallen leaves some lichen dripping on the trees nearby, a few candles and some local wine, we laughed ourselves silly at just how silly this must have looked to the outsider or others at this horse camp we pulled in to. In the rain, we barely noticed the drips as the tall old firs acted as our canopy and umbrellas and we sipped and ate and laughed some more and enjoyed this special time, memories shared on the Aufderheide Scenic Byway.
|Yes… we had a tea party on the Aufderheide Scenic Byway!|
|That's me sipping tea at a horse camp on the Aufderheide!|
We finally tootled in to Oakridge and stayed at the hostel there. Dining at the new bistro in the hostel dining room, it was delicious but you can't go to Oakridge without a stop at Union Brew Pub. So, we headed that way on foot a few blocks down for a beer and a few berried ciders. Retiring soon after, we droned on, four of us snoring away in our bunks.
|Pumpkin Hollow, Albany, OR!|
Odell Lake Lodge was quiet but we walked around and ducked in out of the rain for a quick tour around and view of the lake itself. We jumped in the car out of the weather and drove on back through Oakridge and on into Eugene stopping for a bite and some antique shopping in Coburg before a pit stop at Thistledown Farm in Santa Clara. Cookies, apples, jam and caramel corn were found and shoved in to our bags and again, we hit the road back to Albany to drop the gals off.
Saying good bye and I had one last stop to make alone. Pumpkin Hollow is just a short drive drive from downtown Albany, Oregon. Looking for honey, jams, candles and prims? You can find all of that at Pumpkin Hollow! Recently sold and then purchased by a local Salem couple, this Salt Box replica home and shop are something out of an eastern United States era. Complete with a buttery and water mill surrounded with gardens, pumpkins and decor that exudes Autumn, this place is also a "must see" stop on this route.
|Near the Terwilliger Hot Springs!|
Have fun, drive safe and enjoy the rest of this Autumn in Oregon. Let me know if you go on the byway. I'd love to know what part you liked the best!
|The Aufderheide Scenic Byway!|