The Charming Town of Carlton

cArlton foodcart Nearly everyone has taken a day trip to the coast or Mt. Hood, but if you head just a short drive southwest of Portland, a delightful town awaits. Carlton is one of the true gems of Oregon’s Wine Country, highlighted by a charming, picturesque main street. On a recent visit, I enjoyed rich, buttery shortbread at the Carlton Bakery and fell in love with Carlton’s first food cart, Henry’s Diner where I had some of the best pancakes ever, full stop. If you’re enticed to stay longer than the day, a number of stylish retreats offer lodging for every taste, whether that be a classic Bed and Breakfast, modern loft, or even a silo!