Jun 302015
 

Unbeknownst to us, we planned a weekend getaway to the beach at the perfect time! First heat wave of Portland –100+ degrees– and we were spending the weekend in Astoria. Michael’s dad gave us a giftcard for Christmas for the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria. They stayed there after our wedding last year and loved it.

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Bonus: they are dog friendly and have dog rooms available! We both took Friday off from work (I hit the gym and then had an appointment in the morning) and we drove to Astoria after lunch. It was a gorgeous day!

We got to our room to find a plush dog bed, a water dish and food dish, a toy for Bella, poop bags and dog treats! Fancy jerky and milkbones. B was super duper excited. Check her out:

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Are these for me?!

The room itself was really cute. King sized bed that was really comfortable, decent pillows, a small bistro table with two chairs, a loveseat with plush pillows and a small table, there was a wet bar with a sink, mini fridge, microwave. There was a huge bathroom with separate toilet room, a huge vanity and a clawfoot tub! I was SO looking forward to relaxing in the tub–especially because it had a view of the water. But I never actually used it because our room was across the hall from the spa where there was a salt water hot tub and steam room that was open 24/7 so we ended up using that all weekend.

The room also had a window seat with pillows and cushions so you could just lounge and look out the window. It was so relaxing.

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This was the view from our room:

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Not bad, huh? We got settled in and decided to take a walk to give Bella some time to get her zoomies out after the long car ride. There was a really nice walking/biking path along the water and a trolley.

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It was starting to get to dinner time and we were both hungry. Since we had Bella and it was too hot to leave her in the car, we decided to phone in a dinner order for take out. We ordered a pizza at Fort George and then had some time to kill. We went into the cute little downtown area. There was a ton of art everywhere, which was nice.

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We did some walking around and some window shopping and then walked back to Fort George. It was a super cool brewery pub. Huge! With outdoor patio seating (and you could bring your dog), indoor seating, and then the whole upper level had tables and a bar. It looked like there was a cafe and bakery inside too.

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We went back to the room with the pizza and a filled growler with their Vortex IPA. We sat outside on the small deck and enjoyed the sunshine, the cool breeze, the view and the good food. Bella wasn’t quite sure what to do on the deck. She was super curious about the water and the ducks and birds and seemed to be over-stimulated. 😉

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What a nice view for dinner! We saw tons of big ships and small yachts going by. Michael turned on some music and we just chilled.

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The pizza was a half and half– half sausage and peppers and half truffle oil pizza. I didn’t try the sausage and peppers half because the truffle oil half was so delicious! I had two slices and a few mugs of beer.

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Then we went across the hall to enjoy the saltwater hot tub. It was a cool space and we had it to ourselves. There were windows all around it so you could look out at the water, bridge and boats. There was a nice breeze coming in from the windows and the saltwater tub just felt so relaxing. After spending a good 30-45 minutes in there we sat in the Finnish sauna and then went back to the room. It was a good first night out.

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Jun 162015
 

On Saturday we met up with some friends at the Sandy River Delta park. I’ve seen it on our drives out to the Gorge to hike but we’ve never been there before. It’s a humongous dog park! 1400 acres of trails and off-leash dog fun! If you live in the Portland area and have a dog, definitely check it out.

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It’s a big park and it looks like all the trails connect. It’s really flat so more of a nature walk than a hike. We saw so many different breeds of dogs out there. It was pretty cool. One was a Pharaoh Hound, which I’d never seen or heard of before but it was a neat looking dog. We walked along the trail with our friends who had a 2.5 year old daughter and a dog and their friends with a dog joined us. The troop went down to the river to let the dogs go nuts.

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Bella is such a water baby! And it was a hot day (hotter than was expected) so the dogs were super happy to splash around and cool off. It was fun just watching them spaz out in the water. Bella was hopping in the water and having a blast. I took a short video you can see it on my Instagram.

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Bella was having a grand old time playing with her new friends. Getting filthy dirty and covered in sand. She was one ripe puppy! We spent a few hours with them at the park and then it was obvious the dogs were tiring out so we left. I went to the gym for a quick workout and then home to clean up. Then our friends invited us over to their place for dinner.

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We sat outside on their lovely patio in the nice summer evening. They had some really tasty sushi as an appetizer (I think it had mango, tofu and something else in it). It was really good!

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Dinner was grilled Korean short ribs (which we’ve never had before and loved!), brown rice and grilled broccolini with kimchi. Everything tasted so great. I wonder if Korean short ribs are easy to do? I kind of want to experiment on our own after trying them.

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It was such a lovely evening and we talked late into the night until it was dark and time to head home (after grilled peaches for dessert). I love late summer nights!

Sunday

On Sunday we had just enough time to do a quick hike in town before some friends were going to come over for dinner. I chose Marquam Trail to Council Crest Hike. We’d done part of this hike before and started at a different trailhead last time.  This time I think we picked up the trail about half way up Council Crest.

The trail was a bit steep in places and got my heart pounding. Bella was practically running up the trail when we first started out! We set a fast pace and in no time we were at the top, which I think was Council Crest Park. I’ve never been there before and it was a cute little park with fantastic views of the city in all directions!

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We stopped in the shade underneath a tree for lunch and to give Bella some water. Lunch for me was some curry chicken salad and broccoli salad. Michael had a sandwich. It was a really nice park. And it was only around a mile to hike up to it from where we parked.

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I didn’t realize how short the trail was (since we didn’t start at the beginning of it), so after lunch we decided to hike back down and then turn around and do it again. We saw a ton of other hikers, hikers with dogs and a fair amount of trail runners. It was a really popular trail and it connected to the Wildwood Trail, which is part of Washington Park.

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It was nice for a hot day because a lot of it was shaded and it felt cooler than it really was. We stopped a lot for water breaks for Bella. We ended up hiking just under 4 miles. I burned 609 calories.

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Sunday afternoon our friends Stu and Christi came over for dinner. She brought this gorgeous salad–strawberries, blueberries, hazelnuts and bleu cheese. It was a fantastic Oregon summer salad. I need to make this sometime. So light and refreshing.

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For dinner I made this recipe, PALEO BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN STRIPS. It was pretty good but of course mine didn’t look like the picture! Next time I made this I will broil it for a few minutes at the end. I also made a cucumber salad.

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We sat outside on the deck with some music and the fairy lights. Christi brought some tasty wine and a bottle of champagne. She also had this liqueur. A little splash of it in the champagne was really good! Not too sweet. But darn it, it was dangerous!

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We ended up playing Cards Against Humanity until it was so dark we could barely read the cards and the mosquitoes were starting to eat us. Then it was time to call it a night. But I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard! It was such a fun night and the kind of evening where you feel like summer will never end.

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