Back to Portland

My parents have been visiting this week, and our planned getaway to Bellingham (we have family friends there) fell through. We had so much fun in Portland a few weekends ago, that we've decided to drive back down for the weekend and spend a few more days. My parents will be able to leave for their roadtrip back to California from there.

We leave tonight after dinner. We'll get the kids nice and sleepy, do their regular bedtime routine and then get them in the car and tell them it's sleep time. That should work, right?!

We booked a last minute room through Priceline and ended up at Hotel Monaco (we stayed there years ago when it was the 5th Avenue hotel, so I'm excited to see the renovation). Wanting to avoid the two twin beds fiasco we had in Vancouver, my husband called this afternoon to secure a room with two queen beds & was told they were all out. They were willing to upgrade us to a suite with a king bed for an additional $20/night though, not bad!

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  1. Karin on April 30, 2008 at 10:56 p.m.

    Hi, I don't know how often you get down to Portland but next time you're in town you might want to check out Grandma Leeths ( It's a GREAT restaurant. My husband was out of town and being a stay at home mom I about had it and needed a break. I found their website as a fluke and decided to check it out. My toddler had a blast in their performance area and I got to eat dinner (and take my time, and have dessert, and a cup of coffee, and read a magazine). When my husband got back into town I took him there for a "date night." It was nice to still have an evening with our child but also have dinner together.

    Thanks again for your website, I really enjoy it.