Ruby Receptionists’ Top 10 Northwest Getaways!

One of Ruby's virtual receptionists' fave destinations!
Oregon coast – photo by tibchris

In celebration of Labor Day, I thought I’d share some of my fellow Rubys’ favorite places for those anticipated three day weekend getaways. We’re based in the verdant terrain of Portland, OR, so it’s no surprise quite a few of our favorite retreats are in the good old outdoors.  If you’re local, you may just want to head out to one of these spots, and if you’re not, maybe it’ll convince you to take a trip out West and visit your favorite virtual receptionists!  Here are our top 10 favorite recommendations:

1. Oregon Coast — Some of our favorite coastal cities are Lincoln City, SeasideAstoria, and Yachats.And if you find yourself a little further south, I recommend checking out Bandon, OR, where you can hold a baby tiger!

Baby Tiger!
Yep, that’s me holding a baby tiger!

2. Columbia River Gorge — Less than a half-hour outside Portland city limits, the Gorge offers the natural wonders of camping, hiking, and fishing. It’s also home to breathtaking waterfalls and about 50 elegant wineries and vineyards.

3. Seattle, WA — Just an easy 3 hour drive north!  Receptionists particularly love Seattle for Mariners games, visiting the EMP, and shopping at the famous Pike Place Market.

4. Mt. Hood — Best known as a beautiful winter wonderland, Mt. Hood has plenty to offer in the “off season.” Mt. Hood National Forest includes hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and you can also go mountain biking, bungee jumping and try an alpine zip line at Mt. Hood Skibowl. Intermediate and advanced skiers can even indulge in lift-accessible, summer skiing at Timberline Lodge!

5. Taking a relaxing float down the Clackamas River — Sunshine, nature and friends…what more could a virtual receptionist need on her day off?!

6. Bend, OR & Sunriver — When we need a break from city life, Rubys head to the high desert for some outdoor adventures: rock climbing, whitewater rafting, hiking — you name it!

7. Vancouver, BC — Such a beautiful drive and not nearly as far as you think!  Vancouver is a weath of diversity and is often called the “city of neighborhoods.”  While you are there, you can even stay in a sphere suspended above the forest!  How cool is that?!

8. Redwood State Parks, CA — Nothing brings a Ruby closer to nature than sleeping under thousand-year-old redwood trees!

10. Enchanted Forest — This fairytale theme park located just outside of Salem, OR is a magical playground for kids of all ages. Perfect for our Ruby team members with little ones!

We hope these travel tips might inspire you to make a trip out to the Pacific Northwest, or maybe just inspire you to think about the favorite getaways in your own state! Tell us about your plans for the Labor Day weekend. We would love to hear about the special places in your region!

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