Best of Bend, OR in the Fall

Fall hikes in Bend, OR

Fall hikes in Bend, OR

With a town like Bend, Oregon the peak times are in the summer, with all the water sports, lakes, fishing, hiking and the list goes on. And in the winter, with the skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and anything else you can think of.  The falls seems to be the “off season” if you will. But don’t let that keep from enjoying this great town. We got to experience Bend with all it’s outdoor splendor without having to share with a lot of other people. The restaurants that are usually packed, were just quite full. The hiking trails that are ever so popular, had a crowd, but parking spots were easy to find. The the breweries pour beer all year long and that’s really all that matters, right? And you can follow the Bend Ale Trail to all 14 breweries.

Let’s get the food out of the way, since you all know we love to eat, but don’t worry I won’t skip the hiking. I had done my research ahead of time and even asked [Read more…]

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…]

How Far Would You Drive For In-n-Out?

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I wish I could say the reason I haven’t posted in awhile is because I have been off traveling, but it’s not true.  We have just been getting settled into the school routine, but I did want to share the trip my husband and son took to In-n-Out.  That’s right they drive 6 hours, grab a burger, see some sights, grab a burger and come home. They drive from Portland, Oregon to Redding, California just for In-n-Out Burger.

This is the 2nd year they have done it.  This year they stopped in the Redwoods.  [Read more…]

The Weekend in My City

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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 Romantic Side of Hood River

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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…]

More Cheap San Diego

There were great discoveries we made on this trip.  I love it, because she lives there and knows all the great places and then we stumble upon something so great that neither of us knew about.  It makes it like a vacation for both of us and that’s fun.

Our first stop of the last day was not a new discovery, but when you live in Oregon you have to make a stop at least once when in California. [Read more…]

San Diego on the Cheap

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My best friend moved to San Diego over a year ago, so I make trips down to see her on occassion.  Our trips really just end up with us eating our way through all of San Diego, but we have also found some great hikes, walks and of course EATS.

For nearly all my purchases I use my Alaska Airlines Credit Card. That way I can earn FREE miles.  I have gone down to San Diego 3 times to visit my friend and each time I have used miles, so each time it costs me $5 to fly.

We did lots of hikes

This is at Torrey Pines.  My friend has a year long parking pass, but even a day pass is not more than a couple of bucks, but it’s work it, fun hike. This is the 2nd or 3rd time we have done this hike.  I love it.  It’s also very easy.  Trust me, I would know.  I might look fine, but I am going in for back surgery soon, and I still did this hike.

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Beach walks

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We do these hikes and walks because they are FREE or nearly free. If you are in San Diego why wouldn’t you do those things?

After all those great hikes and beach walks we need good food.  San Diego is not short on great food.  Before I got there my friend went online and ordered some gift certificates from Restaurants.com.   If you don’t know what that is go check it out HERE and look for the latest deals. We ate really good while we were there.

cody's

Our first meal there was at Cody’s.  This is such a cute place and the food was good.  Not my favorite meal, but nothing to really write home about.  We might try it again, it could be that we just ordered wrong.

lockwood-table

Check this out.  How cute is this?  This is the owner of the restaurant Lockwood Table doing a delievery.  I love this!!  The food here was so amazing.  It was a light lunch of hummus,salad and a veggie sandwich, plus we shared a dessert bar.  We shared all 4 things, used our gift cerficiate and it cost us $6 each with tip and tax.

zinc-cafe

Everyday we would head over to Zinc and get our afternoon latte.  I make my own lattes at home, so I am super picky.  This latte was so good we kept going back.  Not only that, but before I left I bought a 1lb bag to take home.  So good.

sbicca

My favorite find of the trip was this restaurant, Sbbica    The food was amazing. We each got a bowl of Lobster/shrimp bisque, we shared caramelized onion, brie, smoked salmon on toast, and an ahi tuna salad.  Again we used the Restaurant.com gift certificate and with tip and tax this meal cost us $12 each.  Oh, I almost forgot to tell you about the bread and dipping sauce they bring out before your meal.  It looks like salsa, but it’s tomatoes with basil, pureed and you add it to your bread.  My mouth is watering just thinking of it.

What we discovered after talking with the owner is that his sister lives in the same place I do and she just opened up a restaurant in Lake Oswego, Oregon, just minutes from my house.  She needs to know I will be comparing her to her brother.  His food was to die for.

So if you are ever in La Jolla, California look for this restaurant.  You won’t be disappointed.  The view is not super great, but you can see the water if you sit outside. Plus it sits next door to a great surf shop.

Ahhhh, San Diego.  It’s a beautiful place.

Review of El Cid Mazatlan Mexico

View from our room

View from our room

We were greeted at the El Cid with drinks, which was nice and the kids could not believe it.  From that moment on they decided they wanted to stay forever.

Our room was fine.  There are pictures on the web that make it look much more luxurious that it really was.  But it was fine for us.  We chose the most inexpensive room you could purchase and we were very pleased.  We had a view out of our room that was spectacular. [Read more…]

10 More days Until we leave for Mexico!!

So I was going over my stuff.  We booked this trip back in March and have been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to even think about all that we are going to be doing.  So today I got online to reaquaint myself with the trip we have planned, specifically the dining.

So we are staying at El Cid Castilla Beach.  Here are a list of the restaurants that we have to choose from [Read more…]

Ohio Road Trip

We have only been to Ohio to visit Cedar Point. But this time we decided to fly out of Cincinnati and hit Kings Island for a day or so. So that meant a 4 hour road trip right through the middle of Ohio. We had opened up Cedar Point that day, done a few rides, then hit the road. So as we drove we were looking for a place for lunch. Do I need to say it again…we wanted good food and the search began. We ended up in a town called Bucyrus, and they were having Hobo Days. It was quite fun with a few vendors on the streets. What stopped us was a coffee shop, since sandwiches are a hit at our house this seemed like the perfect place. Plus we are from the NW and we do like our coffee, so had to test it out.

First off it was inside of an antique/amish furniture/gift shop that was all a buzz. At the coffee counter were 3 older ladies taking orders and making sandwiches. We all ordered our favorite coffee drink, and got these great sandwiches with chips and a giant pickle. The whole meal cost us $24. And the coffee was great. We ended up talking with one of the ladies and she found out we were from Oregon and she gave my husband a huge to go cup of coffee, which he thought was really good and very sweet.

Full stomachs and on our way to Kings Island…..