I moved to Hood River 4 years ago after finishing grad school at Oregon State. I grew up in Madison, WI and went to school at Colorado State. I studied natural resources because I love the outdoors; hiking, camping, snowboarding and cross country are my favorite activities. I've traveled quite a bit in the Western US, mostly checking out ski towns, wine growing areas and hot springs. When I travel, I like to get off the beaten path and live like a local. I just got back from a 2 month trip to France where I tasted amazing wines, did a little work trade for a small organic winery and a bnb, and ate the most amazing food! I stayed with some wonderful airbnb hosts over there, as well as hostels, hotels and homes. I loved every minute of it! My other favorite travel experiences are my study abroad trip to New Zealand and a trip to Ecuador to volunteer on a Bioreserve.
When I'm at home, I like to play in the yard, I have a big garden in the summer and lots of plants and projects that always keep me busy. I love to cook with fresh, local foods and often have dinner parties for my friends. I work in the wine biz so my wine cellar is well stocked and wine tasting is a frequent activity. I also love to go out dancing when there is a good band in town.
I am a bit of an urban homesteader; I make my own soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, spice blends, teas, dog food, wine, vinegar, and I can or freeze tons of garden produce.
When people stay at the house, they often comment on how relaxing it is. I like the slow life, enjoying the coziness of the fireplace, beautiful view, good food and good friends. I hope you'll enjoy it too!