Sep 18, 2008

Adventures in Oregon

The doggies are staying with the grandparents for a few weeks so J and I took advantage of it and took off for a last minute vacation to Portland, Oregon.

We stayed at Hotel Modera in downtown. I like to stay at boutique hotels for our leisure travel because I spend so much time in the Hilton's, Westin's and W's of the world when I travel for work. Most boutique hotels are quite lovely but for the price you pay, it better be! Hotel Modera was actually a fantastic deal for the quality. The decor was beautiful, the outside courtyard with the fire pits were amazing and the people were quite friendly. We recommend to stay there if you go to Portland!

I completely forgot to take pictures of the inside, this is all I got!
modera

What's the first thing that you do when you go to a state that has zero sales tax? Go shopping!
stores

And of course, this girl did not leave empty handed. (neither did the boy.)
LV bag

After shopping it was time to explore the city.
We are picture taking fools!
cameras

I love going to different cities and spotting all the details that make the city unique.
details

Brick Sidewalks.
Bricks with funny phrases.
read me/>

Roses on their sewer covers.
sewer

Drinking fountains all over the city.
water

Uh oh. Look who has the map.
(I have the awesome ability of being able to read maps backwards and always taking us the wrong way.)
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Where to next?
Stay tuned for part 2!


All pictures by me or J.

*click here for the wikipedia entry on the man responsible for the fountains.

19 comments:

  1. i love seeing pictures of all of your adventures! the brick pathways and drinking fountains make it sound so quaint! i certainly hope to make a trip out there sometime soon.

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  2. what's in the bag??!?!!? nosy tam wants to know :-). i find it amusing that you classify W's with Hilton's...in my opinion, W is definitely boutique-y...just on a larger scale.

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  3. Emily - thanks! It is a fun little city. Definitely check it out!

    tam pham - it's my birthday present from the boy. It will have to be revealed at a later date! :)

    I know what you mean about the W and I will never ever complain when my company wants to put me up in a W Hotel but I still love me a smaller more intimate hotel.

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  4. lovely photos! you guys have such a great eye for cool shots. now I must bump Portland high on my list of upcoming travels...

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  5. How great is that...I bet you had fun..especially shopping...make sure you post a pic of your find at Louis Vuitton (aka Birthday gift)...we can't wait to see.

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  6. Tara - thank you! Glad I was able to help bump it up your list. :)

    Rachel - yes, we had a fantastic time. Will def. fill you in on what's inside the bag soon!

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  7. eep! i'm thinking of taking a day trip to portland next month!

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  8. im curious to know..... whats in that lv bag ;)

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  9. lrb - fun! It's one of those things where it's so close to us but we never go down there. I'm so glad we did, we had such a great time.

    autumn mornings - too funny! you and a few others are so intrigued by what's in the bag. hehehe. guess you'll just have to check back! I'll take your guesses though! =)

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  10. ah lv, you are my type of savvy gal. i am debating on a burberry red trench. i have a quilted in berry but somehow red is calling out to me.

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  11. You two took some really lovely photographs! I love the one with the "Do you read me?" on the brick and the one with the rose on the sewer cover.

    I'm currently running a contest on my blog to win a $25 gift certificate from a lovely online boutique. Hope you'll check it out!

    Have a great day tomorrow :)

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  13. How fun! I love exploring new cities!

    P.S. You've been tagged, my dear :) See my blog!

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  14. I love seeing your pictures. The fountain pictures looks like you could frame it!

    My fiance and I are staying in a W hotel after the honeymoon. I really want to stay at the Mandarin Oriental. Never been yet but can't wait to go. Heard their spa treatments are crazy relaxing. They should be for the price!

    P.S.- Thanks for the "dress" comment. People are so touchy!

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  15. savvy mode - oooh the quilted in berry sounds gorgeous.

    danz - thank you! Ooh, the contest sounds great, will pop over there soon.

    markessa - fun! will check out the details...

    pissed off bride - thank you! And thanks for saying that about the fountain picture - that was one that I took! =)

    It sounds like a great honeymoon! You can't beat the W. Quality and Service is always impeccable there.

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  16. Such great shots!!! Whatdidyouget?!??!?! I so wanna know.

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  17. maegan - you will find out soon!! this amuses me, like I should post a "what did I buy" picture more often. hahaha!

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  19. Good to see you guys having fun!

    You two have some serious cameras don't you?

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