The journey of summer will find its end today on the Autumn Equinox, especially here in the PNW. It's kind of a relief, like taking a big sigh and letting it go. For me as a business owner, it means that most of my clients are kicking into a higher gear. Together we are looking at fall to winter strategies to engage their audience. For me as a mom, it means routine and steadiness. For me as a wanderlust it means planning getaways through the season. This fall transition is a mixed bag of letting go and moving forward.
As for adventures, one of my favorite getaways is a retreat in the woods, a brief drive just 45 minutes east of Eugene - into the Cascades, amongst the trees, along the river.
At Loloma mornings are for slow integration and views of an ever flowing river. Being in the trees makes for a restful and super quaint time; exploring the grounds is a lazy stroll at Loloma, nestled along the eastern edge of the unincorporated town of McKenzie Bridge. From this cozy base camp you can take a hike along the river or trek to the local McKenzie Stage Stop Restaurant for a shrimp basket (it's incredibly tasty!) and a pint. If you are up for a very short drive you're just down river from heavenly Belknap Hot Springs. My advice is to get there 30 minutes before dusk for a walk in their epic garden, followed by a night soak, the perfect recipe for a very sound slumber.
A stay at this wooded retreat seriously leaves me overflowing with a sense of rejuvenation. When I was there last it was pretty quiet so I took time to walk around the historic site and snap a few pics of the quintessential features, including some from our stay in Cabin 4. Take a look....
Loloma is one of those places you can hear yourself think,
re-connect with nature, sip endless cups of coffee and play games by the fireside.
So let's see, the fall schedule ahead of me will be a busy one, to be sure - but, like the #bossbabe that I am, I have just the right amount of adventure in the works. Stay tuned if you want an inside look at more Oregon spots to escape to, practice self-care and cozy up for the season ahead.
XO ~ Holly JustHolly