restaurant reviews

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.

Gorgeous Gorge

I was soooo looking forward to my long weekend over the 4th of July! It’s no secret that I’ve been feeling a bit burned out at work and needing a break. This was just what I needed. Saturday morning we drove out to Hood River. We rented a little cabin on the Washington side this time, and it was so cute! We were 10 minutes from Hood River, so it was a great location.

I went to the gym early, we packed the car and then hit the road. We arrived in Stevenson, Washington, at lunch time. Perfect timing!

We went to Walking Man Brewery. It’s funny–I think our second anniversary when we were dating we stayed at these super cute log cabins in Stevenson a block from Walking Man and it was kind of a funny memory because we were literally right next to the train tracks and the train went by HOURLY. No exaggeration. So when we went to Walking Man for lunch we went by the cabins and had to laugh about that disastrous weekend. 🙂

Anyways, we got to Walking Man just as they opened and the outdoor patio was open and empty so we got a table in the corner where Bella could hang out (and she miraculously did great!) and we set up Logan in his high chair and we enjoyed a beer and some pizza for lunch! It was kind of the perfect day.

Logan LOVED pizza (and pepperoni) but was not a fan of olives (still). The pizza was great. It was small enough for the three of us to share and it was smokey and good.

After lunch we walked a block to the waterfront park and walked around for awhile. It was a gorgeous, sunny day. The kind of day you just want to hang out in the park for hours in.

After awhile we drove out to Syncline Winery . We had an hour or two to kill before we could check into our cabin. Two separate people had recommended this winery to us recently so we checked it out.

It was SUCH a cool place! There were wine tasting stations outside, there was cornhole set up, adirondeck chairs placed around the grounds, there were private tables in the shade and a bunch of hammocks and gardens. It was such a fun, relaxing vibe. We LOVED it. It was right near our place, too.

We played some cornhole, Logan played too :), I did a little wine tasting and we played in the hammocks (if you follow me on instagram, I posted some videos).

We ended up becoming members! It was such a cool place that we wanted to go back and we really enjoyed all the wines.

After that we checked in at our little cabin. It was in Underwood, Washington, 5 minutes from the bridge to Oregon and Hood River. It was kind of the perfect location! It was a little A-Frame loft above a garage in the woods.

There was a nice kitchen, bathroom, living room and upstairs in the A-frame loft was the bedroom. It was nice because the owners had a pack n’ play set up for us and a high chair. It was a great place!

The best part? The deck outside. The deck overlooked the trees and yard where there was a hammock and a family of deer that meandered through (and apparently wild turkeys??).

We had a few hours to kill before dinner so we went over to Hood River to pick up our half case of wine from Cathedral Ridge (we had a membership that we’ve since cancelled, we just want some variety!) and let Logan run around the yard for a bit.

Then we drove to Big Man’s Rotisserie in White Salmon. It was a BBQ joint that Michael found online and we made a note of wanting to go there. We got the chicken and pulled pork combo to go and went back to the cabin for dinner on the deck.

O.M.G if you are in the area, you MUST go to Big Man’s Rotisserie. That pulled pork was absolutely amazing! We even discussed wanting to go back and getting more before going back to Portland! It was smokey and delicious and reminded us both of Franklin’s BBQ in Austin.

Eating dinner and drinking wine outside in the shade on the deck was pretty freaking awesome!

It was great just hanging outside on the deck while Logan slept! 🙂