It is kind of a goal of ours to make the blog more personal this year. It’s not that we have been holding back in the past, it’s just that the business has been our life since we got married almost 4 years ago. It is still our life, but this year we were actually able to take a semi non-work related vacation! 2011 is shaping up to be our best year yet – big things are happening and we continue to grow as a business and as a couple. There is nothing we love more that going to a new city and exploring it from the inside out. We love the west coast – and are particularly fond of California. It was oh-soooo tempting to go back and retrace the steps of our beloved Cali-coast vineyard filled honeymoon but we opted to fulfill another dream which is Oregon. After years of reading about how awesome the city of Portland and the Oregon Coast are, we folded and made ourselves check it out. We will spare you all of the vacation stories and just make you look at our vacations photo’s! Portland is an unbelievable city – clean, vibrant, easy to navigate, zero sales tax, and possibly above all else it is a food and drink lover’s paradise. You may notice from the photo’s that we stayed at the Paramount Hotel in Downtown Portland, rented a Kia Soul, and bought Voodoo Doughnuts (crazy tasty/kind of naughty doughnuts!) Check out all of that good stuff and our romp around the hazelnut orchards, pinot wineries, and the different districts that make up the city. Portland left its mark on us and we will definitely be back as soon as possible.