About a month ago, we visited my sister and brother in law in Portland, OR. We went for 8 days and made use of all of our precious minutes there.
We got to do so much fun stuff and the weather was unusually warm and sunny for the area, so it was very pleasant.
We did have Maggie along, as we always do, because I believe traveling with kids is one of the best gifts to give them. My sister hadn’t seen Maggie since she was four months old, so it was also a bonding experience. Every time I see my family members loving on my daughter, my heart feels like it’s going to burst from happiness.
Anyways, here is a little bit about our trip, what we did, where we went, and what I’d do differently. I split the info into two posts, so the next post will focus on activities to do with a toddler and where we ate.
Places we went:
- Cannon Beach
- Rented recumbent bikes at low tide from Family FUNCycles – they were wonderfully accommodating and we had a FANTASTIC experience with these bikes. A trailer was an extra like $5, I think, but well worth it because Maggie had a great time too.
- It was really windy and cold and even though we were warned, not at all like any beach day I’ve ever had before. It was extremely foggy and made for a great view.
- Ate at the Pelican Brewery – everyone else enjoyed flights of local brews.
- Waterfall Tour
- Drive down the Historic Columbia River Highway starting at the Vista House
- A great FREE activity (besides gas)
- Go over toll bride to WA side if you have time
- We did a bit of exploring (all Ryan’s idea) and ended up in the mountains with incredible views and high blood pressure.
- Mt. Hood & Trillium Lake
- My sister called an audible from our plans and we drove to Mt. Hood on the clearest day of our visit. The view was just amazing and the weather was perfect.
- We went at about 10am on a Saturday and the park area was pretty empty still. We were able to claim a picnic table with probably the best view in the place. By the time we left (around 1pm), there were tons of people around and it would’ve been more difficult to find a good spot.
- They don’t open the road to the lake until Memorial Day, so we had to hike about 2 miles, but it was so worth it.
- Council Crest
- A little park high on a hill with a great view of the city and mountains.
- It was always busy when we were there so it must be a popular spot! I did see a hiking path, but we didn’t explore it
- A quaint space to hang out near my sister’s place with area for play and picnics
- YoYo Yogi
- My sister and I went on a date for an intimate prenatal yoga session (we ended up being the only ones at class on the holiday weekend).
- They had an awesome deal where new members get a free class, so I got to enjoy some me time for nothing!
- Brewcades (Ground Kontrol)
- It’s really strange to be in a city that caters to the young generation.
- Bear and my brother in law explored a brewcade one night with unlimited play on vintage arcade games for a $5 cover fee.
We stayed downtown at the Hotel DeLuxe which ended up being within walking distance of my sister’s apartment. We liked to pretend that we actually lived that close for the week. It was so sweet to see them so often during out trip. We loved being able to just run over for breakfast or dinner.
We also were able to nab a high quality used double stroller off Craigslist and fly it home for free, so we had lots of success on the trip!
Stay tuned for another post on Portland with kids activities!
Thanks to my sister and brother in law for taking pictures and also sharing their camera so I didn’t have to pack mine. Be sure to check out their pictures of adventures in the PNW on houseoffigs.co