Over the weekend I got to escape to the mountain with a dear friend! First stop: brunch. We went to Sweet Betty’s Bistro in Gresham and it was a super funky and cute restaurant. I definitely want to go back. I got the raspberry swirl french toast and it was delicious.
After that we drove toward Mount Hood. We had a few hours to kill before we could check in to our hotel so we did an easy hike that I like a lot, Salmon River Trail. I love this trail because it’s beautiful and really good for all ages/abilities. It’s not too steep and it’s really pretty right next to the river. It’s through old growth forest and so it’s shaded and cooler during a hot day. It can be a little buggy so use your bug spray!
You can make the trail longer and harder if you want. Also, there’s plenty of parking all along the trail and you can start anywhere.
It was a beautiful day for a hike. After that we went to the condo/timeshare we rented and were able to check in early. I was so happy because we got to spend the next few hours at the pool!
The condo was right on the golf course with beautiful views of the trees and mountains. It was super quiet and peaceful. The condo was really nice and clean and perfect. The grounds were clean and had everything! A playground for kids, a pool with hot tub, sauna and a gym. I definitely want to come back and bring the family.
After cleaning up from the pool we got dinner at a nearby restaurant and then headed back to just relax and have some wine, fruit and chocolate until bedtime. It was perfect.
The next morning I got to sleep in (!!!) we had a leisurely breakfast on the deck in the peace and quiet and then I had the pool all to myself!!!
I did not want to leave! It was heavenly! I could have stayed at that pool all day. I love an outdoor pool. But we had to check out. We walked down a trail that goes from the complex down to the river, and it was a nice little walk and beautiful views.
After that it was back to Portland. I had a great time and I am super excited that I found a spot that can maybe become a regular vacation spot for the family. It will be perfect for the kids!