{We’re Moving! + A Portland Summer List}

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, this is old news… But, we’re moving home to Portland! We always knew we wanted to live in Amsterdam 2-3 years and somewhere along the way it just became clear that two years would be best for us for a mutltitude of reasons. I can’t say enough about the experience of living abroad, especially as a carefree newlywed. We really lived it up and traveled our hearts out, and now it’s time to go home. 

This is a little earlier than we were anticipating to move, but Corey got an amazing job offer back home that he would’ve been crazy to pass up. Luckily I was also able to land a job back home, so things have already started to fall into place. We have plenty to sort out with our move coming up in less than a month… Corey’s finishing grad school this week, my in-laws arrive in Amsterdam tomorrow and I’m off to Italy next week. It’s going to be a crazy few weeks, but I’m excited to soak up every last second here.

As we deal with our mixed emotions of leaving Amsterdam, we are also getting really excited to return to Portland. To get us a bit more excited, we put together a quick sumer bucket list. It’s a work in progress, but so far it’s looking like it’s going to be one super fun summer in the Pacific Northwest! If you’re familiar with the area, I’d love to know… What would you add to the list?



{1} We’re planning a weekend at the Allison Inn & Spa to celebrate our 3-year wedding anniversary in August! It looks incredible and I’m so excited for a weekend of pampering in Oregon wine country!

{2} A trip to the Oregon Coast – always a summer must!


{3} A trip to the Portland Art Museum. We haven’t been in ages and all our museum trips in Europe inspired us to plan a trip to our local art museum.


{4} Go to a Portland Timbers game (our local soccer team) – there’s that European influence again!

{5} Go to the Organic Brewers Fest. We went a couple years ago and had so much fun, we’re looking forward to going again!

{6} Visit Smith Rock State Park. We want to expand our horizons and see new places in Oregon – we’re both natives and have never been to this beautiful state park. 

{7} A vist to David Hill Winery – the place we said “I do”

{8} Go to the Portland State University Farmers Market. A favorite summer weekend activity!

{9} We want to try at least 5 new restaurants in Portland. A lot of great new places have opened in the last two years and we’re excited to give them a try!

{10} Attend an Oregon Zoo Summer Concert. The perfect way to enjoy a beautiful summer night.

{11} Go to Hood River – maybe go for a hike, definitely visit Double Mountain Brewery – who happen to make one of our favorite IPAs 🙂

{12} Participate in the Color Run on September 7th in Portland. I’ve heard so many fun stories about these runs around the U.S. and can’t wait to finally participate in one!

Do you have a summer bucket list? I’d love to see it! Maybe I’d get some good ideas from it 🙂

{image credit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 {me}, 6, 7 {me}, 8 {me}, 9, 10, 11, 12}

38 thoughts on “{We’re Moving! + A Portland Summer List}

  1. So many exciting things to do! I imagine it will be difficult to leave, but also so much good stuff waiting for you at home that it will be easy to be excited too. I think our hearts can live in so many places. When we left South Carolina last year, I was ready to go and start the new phase of our life, but I find myself missing so many things. I didn't think I would miss it quite as much as I do. I've left my heart all over the place, and overall, I think that's a good thing!

  2. Ah this is amazing! Congratulations! Moving can always be a little bit stressful, but soak up every moment you have left there 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  3. Good luck with the transition back home (and enjoy the last few weeks in Amsterdam)! When you go to Smith Rock, be sure to hit up nearby Bend, OR. It was one of our favorite towns to discover when my husband and I did our US road trip last year – so many amazing breweries, and a wonderful little downtown area with great restaurants!

  4. Good luck with the move back home! 🙂 It's great to see how things fall into place and I hope you'll have an easy time transitioning back into life in the US. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your time in Europe and will leave full of happy memories!

  5. Congratulations on moving back to Portland and America! I think living abroad would be wonderful for a set amount of time, but probably not forever.I love going to outdoor movies and concerts during the summer 🙂

  6. 🙂 And coffee in Seattle.

    Very excited although I know the emotions are mixed. I am sure your family is, however, over the moon.

    Dani // andbubblegum.com

  7. I know I already asked about this on Instagram, but that is AWESOME that you are moving back to Portland! I have loved keeping up with your blog while you guys have lived abroad and it seems like you definitely made the most of your time in Europe! My husband and I are actually hoping to move to Portland this summer as well (he's from there originally) and we're just hoping things fall into place. I love this summer bucket list though, I'm sure I'll be turning to your blog for lots more suggestions on things to do in Portland in the months to come! But for now enjoy your last month abroad! xoxo

  8. I absolutely loved Smith Rock and hope you guys make it there. We lived in Portland for a year and are going back this month for a wedding. We already have a bucket list built for the week we'll be there. There's no place better in the summer than the Pacific NW.

  9. You're going to be so much closer to me when you get back to Portland! hahaha, like only a 16 hour plane flight!!

    So excited for you guys.

  10. As you said, an emotional and busy time ahead, but wow, you gave done so much in your short time as an expat . You've made great memories.

  11. We went to the Organic Brewfest last year & will definitely be back again this year, too! A weekend getaway in Hood River is a MUST, also! I just went a few weeks ago for my bachelorette party & we had the best time – I didn't know there was so much to do there (wine tasting, beer drinking, etc), not to mention the gorgeous views!

    Welcome back to Portland soon!! 🙂

  12. Congratulations to both of you on a move and job! You're Europe travel posts will be sorely missed though.. Im booking my Santorini stay based on your recommendations!

  13. I love Portland, my boyfriend and I are considering it as our middle ground since I am from Vancouver, BC and he is from California. The temperature would be juuust right! It looks like you had a great experience abroad though, very inspirational 🙂

  14. yayaya! what a great list. i hope the four of us get to do some of this stuff together (“when we're best friends again”)! tee-hee. enjoy your last couple weeks in amsterdam!

  15. We're going to see Lee Brice at the Oregon Zoo this year! I've never been to a concert there but it seems like a great venue and I love his country music.

  16. How exciting that you're moving back home!!! My boyfriend and I moved from our hometown of Cleveland to Denver with the same intentions as you guys. We wanted to live somewhere different for a couple of years to have some new experiences. It was amazing, but we also knew that after our 2nd year across the country from friends and family, it was time to go home. Although we didn't deal with as much distance as you, I totally understand the feelings of homesickness even when living in an amazing place. We are SO happy to be back home but also grateful for our experience in Colorado. Happy for you!

    Feel free to read about my decision to move home:

    http://beautifuldaysgoneby.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/rust-belt-chic/

  17. I participated in the Color Run in Phoenix last fall, and I loved every moment of it. As someone who truly does not like running, this made the exercise actually fun, and totally worth it. Be prepared to part with some of your clothing you wear. About half of my attire never fully recovered from the color explosion!

  18. Wow, I can't believe your time in Amsterdam is coming to a close! I've loved following along on your european travels and can't wait to follow you back home! I've always wanted to visit Portland, it seems like there are so many outdoor activities, you guys will have a great summer back!

  19. what an amazing bucket list!! liz – you have officially made me want to plan an immediate trip to portland!! and i was born in seattle – and i haven't been back since. need to make that happen. xoxo so excited for yall!!

  20. Hey just found your blog! I'm in Portland! 🙂 Hiking is definitely on my list of to-do's this summer – haven't picked any spots yet though. PS. I'll be doing the color run for the first time – very excited!

    Great list – I'm inspired!

  21. Ahhhh the Pacific Northwest!! My destination wedding was in late May on San Juan Island, so of course I'd have to recommend you make a trip there. It looks like you'll be primarily in Oregon, but if Washington is on the agenda at all, the San Juan Islands are so worth the trek!!

    Have fun!

    -Amy

  22. I just wanted to stop by and say I miss your blog posts lately.
    Not to nag you at all though, just to say hi!

    Luckily I follow you on instagram so that is holding me over until your next post; whenever it happens to be 🙂

    Continue to enjoy your summer back “home” to the fullest!

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