“I had the privilege of being hosted by Getaway House. All opinions are my own. “
I knew during the summer that I didn’t want to do normal tent camping with 2 small kids because air mattresses aren’t really ideal for me nor is sleeping on the ground. I am constantly being woken up by my 1-year-old through the night already; add tossing and turning into the mix because the air mattress is uncomfortable and I get a nightmare that I didn’t want to endure.
So I decided to look into cabins and stumbled upon the Getaway.house which had “tiny home” options that were about a 2-hour drive from Portland. This specific location is near Mount Adams in Glenwood, WA and it was just the perfect environment to escape from everyday city life, so I knew we needed to stay a couple of nights to get some “glamping” in.
Since my husband had a couple of solo trips planned during summer, I decided we needed to do a summer beach trip with the kiddos while the weather is actually nice. We ended up deciding on Long Beach, WA even though I love Oregon beaches more for the scenery. And I haven’t been to Long Beach in over 10 years, so it had been long overdue.
We ended up booking our stay with Best Western and although it was right next door to everything on the main strip, I probably won’t stay again because our bed was broken and they did nothing to fix the problem and we paid over $500 to stay there. Definitely a convenient location though.
When it comes to family-friendly ski areas, unfortunately not all are created equal. Thus, for families looking to maximize both their time and hard-earned dollars, it’s important for parents to identify which areas will be the best fit for them, their kids and their budgets. To help demystify all the options throughout Oregon, we’ve consolidated experience and expertise from the crew at Evo Portland – a local ski and snowboard shop in Portland – to give you the most accurate and up to date details. With winter fast approaching, it’s time to round up your kid’s rental skis, snow gear, and put that rocket box back on the car! Alas, without further ado, here’s a round-up of Oregon’s most family-friendly ski resorts:
I’ve had my eye on Great Wolf Lodge for a few years now since I love water parks. We used to go to Wild Waves every year with a group of people and it was a ton of fun. Now that we have kids, I figured I’d use it as an excuse to take them to Great Wolf Lodge for our oldest daughter’s almost 4th birthday last month since it’s indoor and we don’t have to worry about the weather ruining our fun if it were to be cold and dreary with the PNWs fickleness.
Before baby girl #2 arrived, I wanted to take a beach trip with just the 3 of us as a mini vacation because once she actually does arrive, we probably won’t be doing too much of anything, which seems to be the norm when you become a parent.
We set out our sights on Depoe Bay, Oregon area since we always head to Seaside, Oregon for it’s close proximity to us. Depoe Bay is a nice area and there’s plenty to do and see, even if you have to drive a little way north or south depending on preferences of activities.
We ended up staying the weekend at the Clarion Inn Surfrider Resort because you literally have the best view of the ocean as the hotel sits on a cliff. I was planning on taking some maternity photos on Fogarty beach, so the Surfrider Resort was the perfect spot to wind down for the night!