Day trip to Grateful Vineyard & Mt. View Orchards

Are you looking for a fun summer day trip or date day? This weekend we took a drive out to Grateful Vineyard and Mt. View Orchards. This gorgeous little vineyard and orchard made a perfect day getaway. They are a dog-friendly vineyard and orchard located about an hour and a half outside Portland, in Mt. Hood, Oregon.

The you-pick orchards were full of apples, peaches, pears, flowers and more. The farmstand is full of jams, jellies, honey, applesauce and already picked produce to take home and enjoy.

Where and what to eat?

You can bring food or order food from the restaurant to go for a picnic. They have a large lawn and plenty of shady places to sit in the orchards. We brought our picnic lunch and were able to set up under a shady tree in the apple orchards.

After are picnic we went walking around the grounds enjoying the beautiful day, then headed to the vineyard side of the property for wine tasting and dessert! The restaurant serves good quality wood-fire pizzas and salads. (We’re going to come back for the pizza!) They have indoor and outdoor seating with a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood in the background. It’s a beautiful place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine, cider or beer.

I recommend making a reservation on Open Table before coming out since space is limited due to COVID precautions. (Their website has up-to-date info on their current COVID information.)

If you are looking for a perfect day trip not too far from home, this would be the one!

Don’t forget to stop by and see Carlos, The Steer. He is a big sweet character that enjoys a good scratch!



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Keeping your home safe while enjoying your vacation.

Summer is the season to stop and take a break and spend some time away from home. Don’t let the worry of the safety of your home ruin your well-deserved vacation. These are some tips to help you worry less and be able to enjoy your time off.

  1. Double-check that your windows, doors and pet doors are locked. It seems simple, but it’s always the simple tasks that get forgotten.
  2. If you ever start to worry that you forgot to turn something off, even though you most likely didn’t, take a picture of it before you go. Then you know for sure that you didn’t leave on the stove and can come back to it if your worry pops back up.
  3. Leave a car in the driveway but make sure you remove your valuables and garage door openers.
  4. Tell a trusted neighbor. We never mind keeping an eye out on our neighbor’s home, and I’m grateful for my neighbors who do the same thing when we are gone.
  5. Pick up the yard before you leave. Store toys, tools, and anything easy to grab in a locked garage or storage shed. If you’re gone for a long time, hiring some yard maintenance while you’re gone will make coming back easier! Nobody wants to clean and trim the lawn the day they come back!
  6. Don’t announce on social media that you’ll be out of town. Even though your profile settings can be set to private, info can be shared quickly.
  7. Pause your mail service. It’s easy, and you can do it online at USPS.
  8. Unplug electronics that don’t need to be on during your vacation. Save some money and energy on things that are not essential.
  9. Hire a house-sitter or pet-sitter to watch over your home while you’re away. A little piece of mind goes a long way.
  10. Sync your smart home electronics to be able to monitor your home from anywhere. I love being able to turn on my Nest Thermostat to run the AC or heat when were heading home from vacation!


Now it’s time to rest, relax, kick back and enjoy your vacation!


A sweet treat to scoop up on National Ice Cream Day!

Eating ice cream on a hot day is a staple in the summer months. Whether it’s a classic flavor like vanilla or a concoction of flavors and textures, these are some of our favorites.

Regular Ice Cream: 

  1. Tillamook Rocky Road– it’s a classic! 
  2. Baskin Robbins’s Jamoca® Almond Fudge– How can you go wrong with ice cream, almonds, coffee, and chocolate? You can’t!
  3. Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Half Baked– With chocolate, peanut butter, cookie dough and fudge brownie you’re sure to be up for hours! 

Non-Dairy:

  1.  Haagen-Dazs Spirits Amaretto Black Cherry Almond Toffee– Non-Dairy frozen treat guaranteed to make any day better! 
  2. Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Non-Dairy option for a great rich chocolate ice cream with chunks of brownies.
  3. Ben & Jerry’s Non- Dairy Caramel Almond Brittle– Vegan-friendly ice cream with crunchy almond pieces, almond brittle, and sweet caramel swirls. 

On the Lighter Side:

  1. Alden’s Organic Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich– Cute mini square packed with flavor and just the right size to satisfy your taste buds. 
  2. Skinny Cow Cinnamontastic Snickerdoodle– Really, I love anything cinnamon, but this is tasty as well! 
  3. Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars Peach– Light, sweet treat with a classic summer flavor of peach.