Thursday, April 15, 2010

West Coast Wonder: Day 1

As most of you know, Kevin and I are taking a vacation! We're off to the West Coast for 12 days, visiting Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. We are feeling so blessed and excited that we get the chance to do this, especially since these are all cities we've admired from afar for so long.

We've started in Portland, and flew in yesterday. After three flights, and a 3-hour time change,we were pretty tired.
The good thing is, our hotel is so fabulous, we were totally fine with taking the evening to just explore and soak up all the amazing features of this awesome place! We're staying at the Kennedy School hotel (which I wrote about here), and it's unbelievable! If any of you end up coming to Portland, please put this on your 'must-see' list.
So the hotel is in this old school, and all the rooms are in the classrooms, and there are six bars, a smoking room (in the detention bar...cigars only!), an in-house restaurant and on-site brewery.
That's just inside...we had no idea that Portland is so lush and green. Every house has the most amazing landscaping, and we came at just the right time, because everything seems to be in bloom. Here at the hotel, there is the most beautiful courtyard full of lush flowers and trees, two giant fire pits, and a huge soaking pool! The air is so clean here, that whenever we're outside, Kevin and I are taking such deep breaths because we can't get enough of the fresh smell!
Last night we were looking to relax, so we had dinner here, and just walked around the neighborhood for a while. It's very residential, and the houses all look like colorful cottages that belong on the East Coast of Canada. A few streets over, there is a little shopping district that was very reminiscent of our Locke Street in Hamilton. It started raining while we were out, so we ran back, and ended up watching a movie at the hotel's theater-bar. Today we hope to head downtown, and maybe rent some bicycles, and check out the city. The sun is shining, there's a great breeze, and we're so happy!


  1. sounds like SO much fun! I can't believe I grew up in Vancouver and never heard about this awesome hotel ... or even visited Portland (although it's on my to-do list).

    Have a great trip Meg & Kevin and enjoy your holiday!


  2. This is exciting to follow! I feel as though I am almost there!