Oct 112016

Michael says I need to adjust my expectations for things now that we have a baby. Probably good advice. Over the weekend we went to Hood River with Bella and Logan–our first big family trip. We booked it over a month ago as a getaway, a family trip and an excuse to pick up our case of wine from Cathedral Ridge for our quarterly member pickup. And it took aย ridiculous ย amount of time to pack everything and the car and hit the road AND we had to pack aย ridiculous amount of stuff for one weekend away! I certainly need to get used to THAT fact for sure.

So…four hours later, we finally arrived (it’s only an hour drive from Portland). ๐Ÿ˜‰

We booked a little house in Hood River that was about 5 minutes from a few of our favorite wineries. The location of the house was perfect! So close to wine tasting, close to downtown Hood River and on the Fruit Loop.



We were a little early for check-in on the house so we went to Cathedral Ridge to pick up our wine and I got to do a little wine tasting! (We went to Cathedral Ridge back in August and I think that was the first time we’d been wine tasting in almost 2 years!) I was really looking forward to this!



Since we’re members we got to do our tasting in a different room (less crowded–mega benefit right there!), we got a tasting plate to pair with the wines and we could basically try anything we wanted. I’m glad we did because we ended up swapping out the Zinfandel for a Barbera Reserve that was fantastic!


After the tasting we hung out outside for a little bit and enjoyed the early Fall sunshine and warmth. Logan was doing great and not too fussy or bored.


After that we went to the house and got unpacked and settled and then Michael walked a few blocks to pick up take out Mexican food for dinner.



I ate almost half of my burrito but it was really big! The Mexican food was just ok–nothing outstanding but it had good veggies inside.ย We called it an early night because we were both tired and I had been sick earlier in the week and still wasn’t feeling fantastic.


Sunday we got up and Michael made us breakfast as I planned out our day. The Fruit Loop/Wine tasting map that you get anywhere in Hood River is super helpful and makes it easy to plan your day! It’s like a 35 mile loop through the mountains and valley in Hood River with spectacular views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams, the hills across the river and the rolling farms in the area. It’s so scenic and you can do it year round–either in berry season in the summer, or go in the spring to see the wildflowers and be sure to stop at the Lavender farms! Or in the fall where you can either pick or buy apples and pears.


We got an early start to our day. We made it to our first stop at 11 at the Packard Orchard Stand and Bakery.

They had stuff set up in front for the kids, which we of course took advantage of! Logan’s first Halloween! I was so excited to take the obligatory pumpkin patch pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚ He was a good sport, even if he didn’t really smile much. He seemed kind of confused and just curious about everything we saw.





We took Bella with us and left her in the car for the stops along the way that were not pet-friendly. The Fruit Loop/Winery Map does a good job listing out where dogs are welcome and where they aren’t. (Basically if it’s a farm with animals they don’t want you to bring your dog out of the car.)

The Packard Orchard stand had a bunch of samples. I tried a few of their jams and jellies and they had some cookie samples. Mmmm good!


After that we went to a few other fruit stand and then ended up at another Packard Orchard one but this one was bigger and had a pumpkin patch and tons of stuff for kids! Logan was too young, obviously, but we had some fun taking pumpkin pictures! He seemed to like it.

There was a corn maze, too, but it was really muddy so we skipped that. The pumpkin patch looked fun. I’ve never actually picked my own pumpkin. A few years ago Michael and I went to Sauvie’s Island and did a corn maze and it was really fun! When Logan is older it will be an experience we’ll have again for sure. But I do remember that one was REALLY crowded. The ones in Hood River were more low-key.


The Packard Orchard had sooo many yummy treats you could buy. Cookies, caramel corn, any baked good you can think of…all made there and from their fruits. I had way too many samples of everything and it tasted so good. In the end Michael and I split this amazing apple cider donut that was made right in front of us:


It was so delicious! Michael said it was good but he wished it was kind of greasy and fatty like donuts usually are. I kinda liked that it wasn’t greasy. It tasted fresh and perfect and I could trick myself into thinking it was healthy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ll write more about our outing in the next post.

Sep 202016

We had such a good time at Feastpdx! Our first experience there and it was a hit for sure. We definitely want to go next year. I think most of the events were sold out. There was a brunch event that sounded like fun to me. Maybe next year we can try that one.



After Feast we headed downtown to check in at the hotel. We got a room with a huge jacuzzi tub (so relaxing) and a view of the “park”. (It’s not really a park.)

We walked a few blocks from the hotel to Departure. It was still kind of early and we wanted to get a drink at the rooftop bar.



Great views of downtown Portland! Michael got an Old Fashioned and I got a glass of Pinot Gris and we stood outside for a bit and then got a table inside to finish our drinks and just relax a little bit.





Then it was back to the hotel for an early-ish night. I have to say, it was kinda niceย sleeping all night long!!!! Not that we didn’t miss our baby, of course, but sleeping all night and not being woken up multiple times to feed him was a nice little treat for both of us (especially for me). AND sleeping in!! We got to sleep in late the next morning. AND we got to be lazy in bed, taking showers…no real schedule or feeling rushed. Sorry Logan, but it was kind of blissful. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also got to go out to brunch! Something we rarely do. We went to the Bijou Cafe in downtown Portland. I’ve never been but Michael has been a bunch of times and likes it. (The line for Mother’s was insanely long so we didn’t even try it.)

The wait for a table at Bijou wasn’t bad, maybe 10 minutes. It was completely packed though, and after we got our table there was a big crowd of people that came in so the wait time definitely increased. We got there just in time.


I splurged and got a Bloody Mary to go with my coffee. Both were divine.

There were so many tasty sounding things on the menu. Lots of unique items, in addition to your traditional breakfast items. Michael got an omelette with a green salad and baguette.


I was so tempted to get the French toast, or the special tomato, basil and feta omelette but what I ended up getting sounded so unique I couldn’t pass it up. I mean how many times do you see a cauliflower and kale hash with eggs on a menu??


The flavors were so good. The potatoes were crispy. The cheese was perfect. The kale was chewy. The cauliflower was an odd thing in a breakfast but it worked so well. Topped with runny eggs. Perfection!

We enjoyed our breakfast and I drank multiple cups of coffee and then it was time to head back to the hotel, check out and go home.

Logan was GREAT overnight with my parents. I’m so glad. I was worried he’d have a hard time but he was a good baby. He started getting a bit of a cold on Friday, so I had worried about that too but he was doing alright. And he seemed happy to see us.

The rest of the afternoon was super lazy. Cuddles with the baby, the guys watched football, I worked on photos from the weekend…I had planned on going to the gym but I was just feeling kind of tired and lazy. It was pouring rain and gray out and that didn’t inspire me to go anywhere, either.

But we did take my parents out for dinner as a thank you. We braved the rain and went to Apizza Scholls:


They’d never been so it was cool to be able to share it with them since we’ve talked about the pizza for years. Bonus: we got there right when they opened and got a table right away. And Boneyard beer:


It was nice being able to spend a little time with them. We talked about family vacations and the ones I remember as a kid and whether or not Logan will remember trips when he gets old. I think it will be really fun exposing him to places! Even though he’s really young right now, I think doing that stuff early is good. For example, Michael and I both want to do a road trip down to the Redwoods someday in the next few years.


Logan was awesome at the restaurant. We finished all the pizza and then went home for an early night. Even though we slept so good at the hotel we were both SO TIRED! Sleep deficit I guess.

Sunday we were supposed to run a 5k but we decided not to. It was pouring rain Saturday and Sunday and we drove by the park where the race was going to be and it was one big mud pit. ๐Ÿ™ So a big fat DNS for us on this one! Bummer.