A Weekend in Oregon

We decided to take a quick weekend getaway and head to Oregon! The drive to Portland is about 6 hours so we spent most of the day Friday driving. 

We arrived around 4 and checked into our hotel which was just south of downtown. 

Dinner on Friday night was at the Laurelwood Public House. We chose to go there because they have a special kids area where Carter and Clare could play while we enjoyed a “date night”.  And it was amazing! The kids had a blast and the food was great. 

As we were walking out, a mom with a baby stopped us and said that she was watching us talk and eat and she was thinking how we must be newly married but then our kids ran over! She was so nice and it was so genuine for her to take the time to share that with us! 

After dinner I ran into the grocery store to buy some snacks and the man in line in front of me started small talk and told me that he was going foraging for mushrooms tomorrow! Isn’t that great? And the cashier was so friendly, it seems like everyone in Portland is genuinely caring and authentic!

Saturday morning we had to get up bright and early so that I could attend a HIGH fitness certification (which took up most of the day). 


While I was busy, Matt took the kids to the Portland Science Center. They had so much fun! We have a membership with the Discovery Center in Idaho and the pass allowed them to get in for free (huge perk!). For lunch, they went to the Tin Shed Garden and Blue Star donuts and raved about both. 


Saturday night we went to VooDoo Donuts and Pine State Biscuits. I haven’t been able to find good fried chicken since I left the south but this place did not disappoint! I ordered “The Chatfield” which was topped with apple butter and Matt had their most popular “The Reggie”. Anywhere that serves Cheerwine is just fine by me! And I actually don’t like donuts so I didn’t have any, but the kids loved their VooDoo dolls and Matt had the maple bacon which he really enjoyed. Not sure it was worth the wait, but how can you go to Portland and not go, right?

While we were at VooDoo, the couple in line in front of us started telling us about all the different flavors and which ones were the best. We let the kids play pin ball and ride an elephant ride which made everyone in line laugh! Honestly, the best part of our trip was meeting all of these fun, friendly people! 

Sunday morning we woke up and headed to the coast. We knew it would have to be quick but we didn’t want to miss the opportunity while we were so close! First stop was a little town called Astoria. We had lunch from a little boat called The Bowpicker and they only serve fish and chips. Luckily we got there right when they opened so we missed the line, but it was amazing and definitely would have been worth the wait! Carter (our picky eater) even loved it!! 


We didn’t really know what to expect in Astoria and didnt realize there wasn’t a real beach there, so we walked around for a bit then drove to Sunset Beach. Beach access was so convenient and it wasn’t crowded at all. The kids played and the weather was a little misty and chilly but we hardly noticed. 

Clare was playing in the ocean, letting the waves chase her when one knocked her over and she got soaking wet! Even after that she enjoyed playing in the sand on the shore. Eventually Carter fell in too and everyone was really wet and sandy by the time we headed back to the car. 

On our way home we stopped by Multnomah Falls since it was on our way and right off the freeway. The kids had fallen asleep for a nap but we could see it from the car and it was breathtaking! Hopefully we’ll have time to take a hike up next trip. 

We had such an amazing weekend and we loved exploring Oregon! It was such a short drive so I’m sure we’ll go again soon!