Spending a Day in Portland

The Stone House in Forest Park Portland, OR

The Stone House in Forest Park Portland, OR

I love my city. There is so much to do here, and when the sun is shining there is no place I would rather be. My all time love of the city is the food scene, but I love to combine that with some of the other great features of our city…Hiking, right in the city. [Continue reading]

5 Great Day Trips Out Of Portland

Sunset at Pacific City

There is so much to see and do within Portland, but the best part of Portland is the fact that it's so dang close to so much you can experience all kinds of adventures.  As summer winds down these are some great places to get to before the school … [Continue reading]

Painted Hills in Oregon

Painted Hills

The Painted Hills are considered one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. I had seen so many pictures I finally decided to pack my family in the car and check it out. Now these are not easily accessible and are they are pretty much out in the middle of … [Continue reading]

Prague

Along the river in Prague

I had very fond memories of Prague from 20 years ago. We had actually been twice and each time was quite the adventure. Think small winding streets with no GPS. Finding the place you had rented, from a shack about 20-40 minutes out of town, was not … [Continue reading]

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Beautiful Rothenburg Germany

Out of all the places we visited on our Central European Driving Vacation this was our favorite place. I know kind of crazy that we would choose a small, very small, town over some of the beautiful big cities we encountered, but the slower pace won … [Continue reading]

Cesky Krumlov

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Things To Do In Cesky Krumlov? Stroll through the streets and enjoy plenty of shopping. Visit the Cesky Krumlov Castle and even tour the tower Look for the bears in the Bear moat surrounding the castle. Eat Trdelnik There are a few … [Continue reading]

12 Things To Do In Astoria

Astoria, Oregon

We drove down from Long Beach, Washington and arrived in Astoria on a Sunday and their Farmers Market was going on. We wandered through and decided to just stop and grab a bite to eat while we waited for our room to open up. We started with lunch at … [Continue reading]

Hiking and Eating in Long Beach Washington

Stunning day at the coast

For our anniversary we decided to head to Astoria, Oregon since we hadn't been there in a few years. It's a great little town on the Northern Oregon Coastline with great food options. There was a hotel we went to a few years back, that we loved, and … [Continue reading]

Mirror Lake Hike

Mirror Lake with Mt. Hood in the background

Portland!  You not only have the city, but the beach and the mountains can be reached within just over an hour. This is a great hike for those in or around Portland or even those that are visiting Portland and want a great view of Mt. Hood. You … [Continue reading]

7 Ways to Score that Hotel Upgrade

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It seems like scoring that great upgrade used to be a little easier than it is nowadays, but don't fear, it can be done with a few simple tricks. There are many travelers that say it's just the luck of the draw, but others say there really are … [Continue reading]