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Portland, Oregon!!…

Posted Apr 08 2013 7:15am

Hi there!  Long time, no see!  I apologize for completely falling off the face of the earth.  I had every intention of blogging while Melissa and I were away but I just didn’t get around to it.  It was a very quick trip and I am still getting back into the swing of things especially with the time difference.  I find myself feeling like I am still three hours behind in Pacific time.  I think eventually I will get back to normal.

So let’s catch up, shall we?  Melissa and I left for Portland, super early on Wednesday morning.  I picked her up bright and early at 3:30am.  We shared a suitcase and a second carry on-bag.  We didn’t check any luggage which was really nice.  It was my first time traveling with just carry on luggage and I don’t think I could go back to checking luggage.  It’s so much easier and you don’t have to worry about losing your bags or anything.  I liked it.  We left from Newark, New Jersey’s airport.  We took Alaska Airlines to Seattle.  We couldn’t find a direct flight to Portland from either there or Philly that wasn’t a ton of money.  So we ended up having an hour and a half layover in Seattle.

View of mountains from the plane

View of mountains from the plane

Another look out the window

Another look out the window

Melissa and I noticed several rude people in the Seattle airport.  People would walk right up to our table while we were eating and talking and asked to sit with us!  Rude much?  It was so odd.  I couldn’t wait to get out of that airport and board our next plane.  The flight to Portland was only 45 minutes long and we were in a super small plane.  It was really scary but I knew as long as I was sitting with Melissa, we would be alright.  Before we knew it, we had arrived to our destination after a VERY long day of traveling.

We couldn’t wait to get the rental car and go to our hotel and relax until our dinner reservations.  Unfortunately, our hotel turned out to be NOTHING like the pictures of what we had thought.  It was absolutely repulsive and in a really bad part of town.   The room they gave us reeked of mold, cigarettes and anything else you could think of.  We both started sneezing and coughing.  It was really bad.  I knew that we had to get out of there.  We didn’t even want to touch a thing in the room, it was that gross.  I spent an hour and half on the phone with my dad, the travel agency, and other hotels.  After all of these conversations, we were finally able to check out, get the money back and find another hotel.

Luckily, I had contacted a hotel weeks prior but it was a little out of our budget.  I made a phone call and they had room for us and were able to work with us! This hotel was right in the middle of the city and definitely made up for our terrible experience!  We stayed at Hotel Modera .

When we checked into our room, we were immediately greeted by a very sweet package from the woman I had been speaking with from the hotel.  It was super nice of her!

Special gifts!

Special gifts!

My pictures of the hotel didn’t turn out good so I am going to show pictures from the hotel’s actual website because mine don’t do it justice.

The hotel was very modern and trendy!  Everyone that worked there was very helpful and so nice to us.  It was a huge change from the first hotel for sure.  We both fell in love with the hotel and really enjoyed our stay there.  We were even able to print out our boarding passes and access the internet for free.  That was a really nice perk!  It was also within walking distance of many restaurants and shops because it is in the downtown area of Portland.

After we checked in, we ventured to dinner where we had reservations.  I’m going to feature that restaurant tomorrow on my blog because it deserves an entire blog post dedicated to it.  It was that good!

The next morning, we woke up early and went to a super cute place for breakfast.  It was called Marco’s Cafe & Espresso Bar .  They feature vegetarian, and vegan items on their menu in addition to just regular food.  The decor of the restaurant was beyond the point of cute!

Umbrella's in the ceiling!

Umbrella’s in the ceiling!

You can bring umbrella's to donate for them to put on the ceiling!

You can bring umbrella’s to donate for them to put on the ceiling!

 

More of the restaurant

More of the restaurant

Cute quotes!

Cute quotes!

 

Me enjoying my morning coffee

Me enjoying my morning coffee

After breakfast, we took a two-hour drive to Eugene, Oregon so that we could do family things which was the reason of our entire trip.  It was a long day.  Eugene is a very interesting town.  I’m not sure that I would fit in there.  I felt very out-of-place in Oregon in general.  It’s a very eclectic and artsy state.  It is filled with lush greens and wooded areas.  I’m not much of an outdoorsy person.  It was nice to see another part of the country though.

We stopped at outlets on our way back to Portland and saw a healthy vending machine!  It was so cool!

Healthy vending machine

Healthy vending machine

We both wanted to eat somewhere familiar to us so we decided on Ruby Tuesday for dinner that evening.  It was in the town of Beaverton which was beautiful!  The Ruby Tuesday looked unlike anyone I’ve ever seen!  It looked like a log cabin!

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We drove around the city once we got back to the area and tried to go to Voodoo Doughnuts but sadly couldn’t find anywhere to park.  It didn’t seem like a very safe part of town for two females to be walking around at night so we passed on it.  It was unfortunate but I wanted us to be safe.

We stopped at the hotel bar for some coffee before going to bed for our early flight the next day.  On Friday, we woke up at 3:30 am and went to the Portland airport.  We had a two-hour flight to Los Angeles and ended up sitting in that airport for a while.  The terminal that we sat in was horrible and didn’t have very many food options.  It was disappointing.  We finally got on our flight from Virgin America which is an awesome airline by the way to Newark!  It was a long and exhausting day and we both couldn’t wait to get home.

I spent the rest of the weekend looking at houses with Mike, trying to catch up on sleep and fixing things around the house.  It was a very long and stressful couple of days.  I was glad to spend time with Melissa though.

Have you ever been to the West Coast?  Do you find yourself more of an East Coast or West Coast person?  I think after this trip,  I am definitely an East Coast girl for sure.

Have a great Monday!

 

 

 


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