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 can hike up just to Mirror Lake and hang out. This is a pretty easy 1.5 mile hike (3 miles round trip), with almost a 1000 ft elevation climb. If you want to keep on going you can jump on the Tom, Dick and Harry trail. Doing this hike will take your elevation climb up to 2000 ft and right at 6.5 miles round trip. You will go right past Mirror Lake, so take time to enjoy the view and the peacefulness.

You can see from the picture above how the lake gets it’s name. [Read more…]

Hood River Hotel

 

Breakfast from the Hood River Hotel

Breakfast from the Hood River Hotel

If you have followed along at all you know that we love to get away to Hood River for a relaxing night away with great food and good coffee shops. It’s such a romantic place to go, but it’s also very much an outdoorsy place to go.

This time we stayed at the Hood River Hotel right in downtown Hood River. It’s the best location since [Read more…]

2011 Hood River Hops Fest Giveaway

Hood River Hops Fest

One of the places that we visit often is Hood River, OR.  For those of us living in Portland it’s a great place to get away too. It’s only an hour away, they have hiking, biking, breweries, wineries, the Fruit loop and great places to eat as well. They even have some pretty great hotel accommodations. [Read more…]

Fairs and Festivals in the Pacific Northwest

The Tigard Balloon Fest is already over, but don’t worry with these lists you won’t miss another Fair or Festival. [Read more…]

Another Staycation in Portland

Wahclella Falls

Both of our kids are going to be gone for a whole week. We started to look through some options of where we could go. I started my usual searches with Living Social and Groupon. I even found some pretty good deals, we even had some free airfare.

But, in the end we decided to save the hotel money and do more things around Portland. There are several things we can do and many different directions we can go. So [Read more…]

Planning a Staycation in Portland, OR

It’s spring break and there is plenty to do in and around Portland if you don’t plan on leaving town.

One minute you can be shopping downtown, eating at a great little place that serve fresh local ingredients, hitting some breweries, laughing at a comedy club, then the next minute you can be driving out of town to a completely different atmosphere.

If you go east you will hit the mountains which have hiking trails, biking trails, obviously skiing and snowboarding.

Right now Mt. Hood Meadows is offering a spring unlimited pass for $139. That is a killer deal and a great way to spend spring break.

For those that just want to put there feet up, then you can head West to the beach. This time of year there are storms and whales to watch. Great chowder and salt water taffy to be eaten.

Really all it takes is deciding what it is you want to do. Deciding how much money or energy you want to spend.

I know Portland might be extreme and that is why people move here, but what about where you live? There has to be some fun things to do in your area. Trust me, I came from a town of 150 people and believe it or not, there were things to do in our area as well.

Looking for Ideas of What to Do In Portland If It’s Raining?

What To Do In Portland When It’s Raining

What to do in Portland When it's Raining

We have had a ton of rain this winter and spring. So finding something to do in Portland when it’s raining has been high on our list. Here is a list of 20 plus things you can do in Portland when it’s raining. [Read more…]

The Weekend in My City

frolicing-through-the-meadow

I had a great day planned yesterday.  It included hiking in a place I had never been, going to a theater I hadn’t been to either and ending the day watching the sunset from a great location.

All that changed when we woke up to almost rainy weather.  I decided I wanted to stay closer to home, but still get out.

If you remember my husband and son are in CA eating at In n Out, leaving my daughter and myself here to fend for ourselves.  I just wanted to make sure we had a good, fun day. [Read more…]

The Outdoorsy Side of Hood River

Triple Falls Columbia Gorge

I have easily passed through Hood River 100 times.  I kid you not, I have driven back and forth to Eastern Oregon and Portland for nearly 18 years now.  We did discover the quaint downtown and for a while our stop included the Taco del Mar.   I know, why would a foodie stop there??  It was easy and the place was so quaint, it was a fun stop, and always guaranteed fast.  Every time we drove in and back out, I would look around and just want to take my time.  But with 6 hours still ahead or 6 hours behind you, stopping to look was not an option.

Finally last summer I met up with a friend and we stopped in Hood River.  We had the the most amazing meal and I decided the next time we came through we would stop as a family and enjoy.  And we did!!  That was the stop that made me want to come back for a weekend. So here we are 3 months later enjoying Hood River again.  Before we even entered the town we enjoyed hours of hiking and [Read more…]

The Romantic Side of Hood River

columbia-gorge-hotel-view

Hood River is the Windsurfing Capital of the World, but it’s also very romantic.  If you want to get away there a few things that must not be missed.  To start you MUST stay at the Villas of Columbia Hotel Gorge.  HERE is how we got great pricing and upgrades.  The view was amazing, relaxing and beyond romantic.

The grounds at the Columbia Gorge Hotel are beyond romantic, as they are the settings to many weddings.  From the pictures you can see why.  What I never knew is hidden on the hillside is this beautiful [Read more…]