AirBnB

On The Lake

I had the pleasure of a girl’s weekend with my bestie, Rachel! Last year we rented an Airbnb on the water in Shelton (very remote, very peaceful). This year we rented a place on Lake Steilacoom in Lakewood, Washington. It’s between Olympia and Tacoma. I’ve honestly never been–I’ve just seen signs off the freeway. 😉

The place we rented was the basement apartment of a house right on the lake.

I arrived a little before Rachel on Friday afternoon and after unpacking, I sat outside in the sun and read my book next to the lake. It was peaceful and quiet and beautiful.

When Rachel arrived we got some food at the nearby Trader Joe’s and then cooked dinner while catching up. We made goat cheese ravioli topped with Autumn Pumpkin Alfredo sauce–sounds a bit weird but it was tasty! Not too overpowering in either direction.

We drank wine, we talked late into the night, we ate the homemade popcorn the owners gave us and then went in the hot tub. It was a really nice, relaxing evening!

Saturday we both slept in (amazing!) had breakfast and lots of coffee:

And then I went for a run. The place we rented was right on the water and the neighborhood was very nice, but the streets were narrow and windy and not safe to run on. I asked the owner if there was any where I could go and she recommended Fort Steilacoom Park.

Apparently it’s a nice place for all kinds of activities and when I showed up there were tons of people doing stuff. There was some kind of event going on, then there was a soccer tournament and there was a huge dog park area, which looked cool.

There were a bunch of trails. I ran on the gravel/dirt trails a bit until I found the paved path:

It was a beautiful fall day, slightly crisp but not too cold. The sun was out, the leaves were turning. The paved path went around the lake and it was flat and clean and very nice. There were lots of other walkers, runners and bikers. It kind of reminded me of Greenlake in Seattle.

 

It was a nice run. I felt pretty good. I wasn’t in a rush, either, just enjoyed the scenery. Rachel was going to the store to get a few things and she said no rush, so I looked around a bit and found a cool old ruin:

I did a little more running and then headed back to the car. I did just under 3 miles and felt great!

I stretched and then drove back to the house (about a mile or so away), showered and then we kicked back with Pandora tunes and played board games a bit. Then Trader Joe’s honey goat cheese on crackers and some soup for lunch. We played a few rounds of Ticket to Ride.

Then chick flicks on Netflix! We decided to order takeout for dinner and picked up Italian food at Casa Mia. It was pretty close to where we were staying, so that was nice. Rachel got the mushroom risotto and I got spaghetti noodles with pesto and Caesar Salad. The portions were pretty big so we had lots of leftovers. It was a weekend full of carbs!

Then more hot tub time:

And bed. Sunday I hit the gym and then drove home to Portland. It was a fantastic weekend! I really needed the girl time and time to catch up with Rachel (and time to relax and do NOTHING) but I was feeling a little homesick. I missed my boys! I got home just in time for Logan to wake up from his nap!

It felt good to be home. 🙂

Eugene Part 1

We got to get away from Portland for a little bit!

Last weekend we went down to Eugene to explore. We’ve only been once, basically just for lunch, on our way to Crater Lake 3 years ago. It seemed like a cute town so when we wanted to take a mini break somewhere, I looked into Eugene. I found a super cute Airbnb in the Whiteaker neighborhood–walking distance to Ninkasi Brewery, Hop Valley and a bunch of really good restaurants.

I posted some videos on my Instagram of the Airbnb house we got. It was so cute! It was an old-craftsman style similar to the old Portland houses. Super charming little details. The owner decorated it with lots of interesting pieces and antiques. And quirky things. 🙂

The kid’s room was super cute and had murals painted on the walls. There was a twin bed and a twin bed with a trundle pull-out. So lots of kids could stay!

The master had a LUXURIOUS king sized bed that felt like sleeping on a cloud. It was SO nice.

The kitchen was nice for being small and old. It had a lot of charm and the owners stocked it well with everything you’d need.  You never know with a place what you are going to get. They also had chocolate and a bottle of wine as a gift!

 

We checked into the house and unpacked the car. The one downside was that the house didn’t allow dogs so we had to leave Bella with her foster mom, Jen, for the weekend. It was kind of a bummer but I know she was SUPER excited to have her own “Vacation.”

Then Michael went out to get our growlers filled.

After that we went to The Wheel Apizza Club for dinner. My cousin Di met us there, and it was nice to see her and catch up.

The pizza place was really cute. Michael got us whatever their house IPA was and it was pretty good. We ordered a pepperoni pizza and a cheese pizza. Logan ate like 3 pieces of the cheese!

After dinner we went back to the house and got the stroller that came with the house (they also had a highchair, toys, and a pack n’ play–so lots of kid stuff!) and then walked around the neighborhood and explored.

It was such a cute area. Lots of cute old houses. Lots of art everywhere!

Lots of hippies. I used to be kind of a hippie back in the day so it’s not like I’m against it, but it was a tad startling to see SO MANY hippies in such a small place. LOL! Lots of tie dye, lots of dreadlocks, unfortunately also a lot of homeless. But maybe that’s just the area we were staying in? I don’t know Eugene well enough to know.

Friday night was a pretty early night for us. It had been a reeeeealllly long day and we were all beat.