Friends, this post is coming a few days later than I had hoped for. We arrived home from our trip to Portland, Oregon Sunday morning and I was hoping to release this post Monday morning. But between getting home, seeing family for Easter dinner, and coming down with a nasty cold, there was just no way I was going to get this post ready any sooner than today. Thanks for waiting on me! Just so you know, for the month of May I’m going to be (trying) to work two weeks ahead at all times. Hopefully even if I do get sick or things go wrong, every Monday and Thursday posts will still be released as scheduled.
Does anyone else always get sick after vacation? 🙋🏼 I read somewhere that it’s fairly common to get sick on vacation because you are coming into contact with so many germs in public places + you aren’t getting enough rest. That just goes to show I should have taken my OnGuard more regularly! However, even with getting sick, it was a great, refreshing trip and we enjoyed every minute. Let me tell you a little bit about it.
What we did:
This post title is actually a little misleading, because while we spent time IN Portland, we actually stayed with Hubby Sam’s parents in La Center, Washington. La Center is a charming little town about 30 minutes north of Portland, and according to Google only has a little north of 3,000 residents. However, there isn’t a lot to do in La Center, so most of what we did was out and about in Vancouver or Portland.
My sister-in-law Tessa works for a company called Pretty Pallets that creates pallet art for sale on their Etsy site as well as at parties where women can make their own. For a fun girl’s activity, Tessa, my mother-in-law Lauri and I made pallets. Check out their website and, if you live in the Portland area, book a party! It is so fun, easy to do, and hard to mess up. My favorite kind of craft! 😉 For
my pallet, I made this “Verse of the Week” pallet that is a recreation of something I saw at Hobby Lobby. I am going to use an antique Bible and highlight each verse for the week and clip it up on the board. I’m really happy with how it turned out! If you want one for yourself, you can buy one directly from Pretty Pallets here.
I had other good girl time while on my trip, too. Lauri, Tessa, and I all went to see Beauty and the Beast. It was my second time seeing it and I actually liked it better the second time than I had the first. I was able to put aside the differences between the original and the new movie and just enjoy the story. Tessa and I also did face masks from Lush one night, as our sister tradition always involves some kind of face product when we’re together.
We also ate our way through the city. We did the Voodoo Doughnuts thing once befoe and found it to be a little overrated. You have to wait in a long line and when you finally get to the counter there is a rush to place your order. While the toppings are unique, the doughnuts themselves are pretty basic. We had heard good things about Blue Star doughnuts so we decided to go try that instead. We both tried the Blueberry Bourbon Basil doughnut and we were favorably impressed. I couldn’t taste any basil in mine but Sam said he could in his. Tessa got several to take home and try and says her favorite is the Meyer Lemon.
We also checked out some of Portland’s famous food trucks at Cartlandia in Southeast Portland. It was great how everyone got exactly what they wanted all in one place! I tried some tapanyaki, Sam had an amazing burrito that had french fries in it (!!!), Tessa’s husband Geoff got some ah-mazing brisket, and Tessa had Chinese fusion. Afterwards, we tried out Cloud City Ice Cream. I am lactose intolerant, so ice cream shops can be a struggle for me. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had no less than eight different kinds of sorbet! It’s a lucky day if I can go somewhere with three sorbet options! I tried the Blood Orange Rosemary sorbet and savored every bite.
Another day, we piled in the car and headed to the coast. Our plan was to be on the road by 9:00. Between getting ready, getting out of town, a McDonald’s break, a flat tire, and returning for a new rental car, we didn’t head out of Portland until noon!
It was still a great day. We drove to Cannon Beach where we walked on the beach and then had lunch at Mo’s. Next, we drove up to Seaside where we walked around the shops and picked up some caramel corn. Finally, we drove up through Astoria and back over to La Center. While the beach was beautiful, it was also freezing. It rained on us the whole time we were walking on the beach and I may have whined a little (okay, I whined a lot). Nevertheless, it was a good little day trip and it certainly made my Oregon boy happy to be back at the coast.
Other than that, we didn’t do too many exciting things. We played a lot of card games and watched movies and HGTV. We cooked a lot- including some new recipes I’ll be sharing soon on the blog. It was a great trip full of family time, which was just what our souls needed.
What we want to do next time:
- Visit Mt. St. Helen’s
- Check out one of the McMenamins Pubs
- Get the giant doughnut from Sadie and Josie’s, a bakery in La Center that makes a doughnut so fantastic it can only be ordered a day in advance to give the bakery time to prepare it
- Find the best cupcake place in Portland (if you have suggestions, please leave them below!)
That’s our trip! It may not have been terribly exciting, but it was a wonderful week full of family and relaxation. What about you? What are your favorite things to do in Portland that we can add to our list? Tell me in the comments below!