Here are some brief highlights from our short time spent in Portland + Astoria + at the Oregon Trail.
Where we stayed:Hi-Lo Hotel, Autograph Collection, Portland. This hotel offered polished rooms and suites in a modern hotel, refined Mexican cuisine, a gym and a lobby lounge. We really enjoyed the lobby lounge area where we were able to get two days of work done while staying at the hotel. The long bar wooden table centered in the room had laptop and cell charging ports underneath for ease of charging while spending so much time on our laptops. This 120 room hotel is located in the historic Oregon Pioneer Building which has been respectfully nudged into the 21st century. We also didn't mind ending the year earning our #starwoodspoints / #mariottpoints to continue our hotel status into 2019.
Downtown Quick Shots:
Where we ate: PORTLAND EATS!
Pine Street Market, which opened in the Spring of 2016 located in downtown Portland in the historic Carriage & Baggage Building which features nine of Portland's best chefs and purveyors, in a casual, open layout. Built in 1866, the Carriage & Baggage Building was originally used as a horse-drawn carriage storage facility, after it was used as storage and retail for Mallory Logging then home to Portland's Old Spaghetti Factory. We ate over several days here at a few of the places which included: Checkerboard Pizza, dessert at Salt and Straw, Ramen at Marukin Ramen and of course we sampled the french fries from Bless Your Heart Burgers (and they were delicious), everything was! We would recommend a try at all of these locations. See out pics below highlighting our faves!
Cheese and pineapple and onion pizza.
Salt & Straw.
We also tried the upscale Mexican cuisine at the Hi-Lo Hotel, Alto Bajo for dinner, and it was delicious! Fast service, in a great spot, we had a seat by a large window and we give it two thumbs up. We like our Mexican foods, salsa and chips so this was a win as well! Great Margaritas too!
Lasly, we had a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts breakfast of champions. When you don't have access to a Krispy Kreme you drive 25 minutes out of your way to get an original glazed and BONUS! The HOT SIGN was on!
Where we visited: We only had one day to get our activities in so we split the day between going to see The Oregon Trail and visiting Astoria, Oregon.
The Oregon Trail -The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Center
The Oregon Trail was the most popular way to get out to Oregon Country from 1843-1870s. The trail started in Missouri and covered 2,000 miles before ending in Oregon City. Pioneer Legacy - with flowing rivers and thick forests Oregon has long been a destination for pioneers with a sense of adventure. Nearly half a million pioneers traveled along the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail in the mid 19th century.
Many pulled up stakes and headed for the farms and fold fields of the West. The End of the Oregon Trail Historic Oregon City, chronicles the hardships, rewards and dangers of life on the Trail. Where did the trail really go? It didn’t follow a single path. The answer is there was no single route just a destination: Oregon’s Willamette Valley.