April 4, 2013 by admin
It’s hard to go too long without a visit to one of our favorite Northwest cities: Portland. This city is so fabulously kid-friendly and so fantastically coffee-addict/foodie/site-seeing friendly that we can’t help but adore it. This time we added a couple new stops and I’ll have to remember how fun Easter weekend is when you spend it in a hotel.
We stayed at the Hotel Monaco which is great for kids (it’s now on our LOVE list!) but even more fantastic if you have a dog. There was a huge welcome board at the front-desk for all the dog-guests and I think there were at least twenty names on the board. The boys enjoyed the happy hour goldfish treats and so many puppy friends were lounging around too. I noticed there was a painting and a wii station but we tried out the special “Peeps” art station they had set up for Easter and the kids were happy making fun creations.
One of the mornings we were surprised with Voo-doo donuts at the morning complimentary coffee hour. And I really wanted to try the complimentary bikes which but we ran out of time. I tried out the gym one night which was clean and lovely with really cold bottled water. The boys loved their pet goldfish that we had in our room and they named him Bubbles.
This hotel was close to everything including Finnigans Toys where we found an amazing hockey puck that works on carpet. We also walked to Mamma Mia’s for dinner. (I still need to try Mother’s Bistro which is owned by the same group, but the guys wanted pasta so we went back to Mamma Mia’s and it was lovely.)
Of course we went to OMSI. OMSI is empty on Easter-especially if it’s a beautiful day in the mid-seventies. (Seattle people: If you have a Pacific Science Center Membership it only costs you 4 dollars for parking and entry is FREE!) We had a blast in our favorite ball area. And we tried out the chemistry lab for the very first time. This place is amazing: I made a glow in the dark solution with my guys and watched as another family played with FIRE!
We also got to see what happens when you put cola and a mentos candy together:
Produce Row restaurant is very close by and had a yummy kids’ menu. The patio seating area is gorgeous, but I thought this painting in the background looked very ‘spring’.
One afternoon we just paid a couple dollars and rode around the city on one of the light-rails. The boys thought this was the highlight of the trip. Of course.
I thought the highlight was Slappycakes. What a cool restaurant idea and it’s neat that they’ve also opened one in Shinjuku, Japan.
Someone may have played a trick on the family on April Fool’s Day. (OH I do wish we could have taken the wall-paper home.)
But what a lovely way to spend time with our little family just eating, toodling and playing the way we do best. Happy Spring!
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