Enjoying the Last Weeks of the Summer – Visiting Portland

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As the end of the summer quickly approaches and back-to-school is closer than ever we are still trying to squeeze in some family fun while the weather is still warm. This week we decided to take a last minute trip to Oregon and ended up spending four days in Portland.  We live in Vancouver, BC so we are not too far. It took us about 6 hours to drive there, including several pit stops.

This was our first family trip as a family of four, traveling with two kids for the first time. I remember the days of going on vacation and packing a bag for just myself! Nowadays I end up packing clothing, toiletries and everything we need for two children and myself, thankfully my husband still packs his own bag!

Being on the road was easy. Both of my kids (almost 4 years old and 8 month old) love car rides and they actually sleep when we go on long trips. What we found a bit challenging was nap time and bed time. Sharing a room and getting both kids to sleep at the same time was hard! At home they have an early bed time and we have a routine but they ended up finally going to sleep at 10pm. They kept waking each other up, specially on the first night when the hotel and everything was new!

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Other than sleep things were pretty easy and we had a great vacation. Portland has a lot of fantastic places to visit and we had a chance to go to the Oregon Zoo, Children’s Science Centre and hit some great touristic spots. We did a bus tour of the city as well and on our way back home stopped in Seattle for a day to visit the Museum of Flight, a bit hit with our pre-schooler. We had a lot of fun with the kids, ate some delicious food, explored some new places and enjoying some time off before the routine of school/work starts again.

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Do you have any trips or outings left to do on your summer bucket list?

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Angela V

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Hi, my name is Angela and I am a Canadian mom living in Vancouver with my wonderful husband and two happy little boys. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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28 responses to “Enjoying the Last Weeks of the Summer – Visiting Portland”

  1. Ema — August 22, 2014 @ 12:18 pm (#)

    Lovely photos!

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  2. MrDisco — August 22, 2014 @ 7:22 pm (#)

    i’m not ready for summer to end

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  3. Daniel L — August 22, 2014 @ 7:57 pm (#)

    ^ yes! I don’t want it to end! 🙁 Looks like a fun trip!

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  4. Jeannie — August 23, 2014 @ 8:37 am (#)

    Oregon a perfect road trip destination from Vancouver. It’s not super far and different enough from Vancouver that the kids really feel like they are on vacation! I hope you do a post on all the food you ate in Portland!!

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    • Angela V — August 23rd, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

      I should eh Jeannie! So many wonderful restaurants! Our favourite area for food was Alberta St.

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      • Jeannie — August 25th, 2014 @ 7:24 am

        You totally have to do a Portland food blog post. Did you get to explore the farmer’s market or check out all the awesome food trucks?!? I am so itching to go back to Portland after reading your post!

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 23, 2014 @ 9:36 am (#)

    yes, it can be very difficult getting children to sleep when you’re away from home and the normal routine. Luckily yours are both good travellers, one of my daughters has 2 small children and both get car sick they’ve recently discovered!

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  6. Anne Taylor — August 23, 2014 @ 10:18 am (#)

    The look on your little guys face with the astronaut is priceless!

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  7. DARLENE W — August 23, 2014 @ 10:50 am (#)

    Those last summer escapes are usually the most memorable

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  8. Laurie P — August 23, 2014 @ 2:34 pm (#)

    We are spending the last bit of summer with as much outdoor water play and painting as possible…
    My little girl loves to spend hours pouring water all over, creating then splashing in puddles, and going nuts with paint!

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  9. Florence C — August 23, 2014 @ 3:10 pm (#)

    Lovely Photos. It seems like summer ended for us 2 weeks ago. Nothing but rainy, drizzle and fog.

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  10. Elva Roberts — August 23, 2014 @ 5:15 pm (#)

    It sounds like it was an enjoyable trip for all of you. I love the picture of you, your pre-schooler and the astronaut gear. Your son couldn’t look more pleased if he tried.

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  11. Melinda L. — August 26, 2014 @ 9:16 am (#)

    can’t believe the summer just flew by. Looks like you guys had a wonderful trip!

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  12. Alexia H. — August 26, 2014 @ 11:18 am (#)

    Great photos~ looks like you have a lot of fun!

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  13. darlene w — September 1, 2014 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    each day when the sun is shining and you don’t have inclement weather , get out there even if is for a short while

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  15. kathy+downey — November 13, 2014 @ 7:01 am (#)

    By the look on his face,,,,hes sure enjoying his self

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  16. kathy+downey — December 19, 2014 @ 5:44 am (#)

    Winter is slow setting in here still +5 overnight

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  17. Elaine Buonsante — January 9, 2015 @ 10:37 pm (#)

    Thanks for some great ideas for visiting Washington and Oregon…I too live in Vancouver!

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  18. kathy downey — March 27, 2015 @ 5:44 am (#)

    Its been such a long winter,i’m ready for summer to begin

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  19. kathy downey — April 1, 2015 @ 9:38 am (#)

    Looks like you have a lot of fun!

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  20. kathy downey — May 5, 2015 @ 6:24 am (#)

    Love the photos and also your dress

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  21. kathy downey — May 19, 2015 @ 12:07 pm (#)

    May 19th and I went shopping with a winter coat…..boohoo we need heat

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  22. kathy downey — November 18, 2015 @ 7:52 am (#)

    Had our first snow-fall last night,im going to miss you Summer.

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  23. kathy downey — December 28, 2015 @ 8:44 am (#)

    Oh Summer i am so going to miss you,grrrrr i hated to see the winter wind blow in

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  24. kathy downey — January 28, 2016 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    I hate winter all ready…………yuck

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  25. Debbie White Beattie — September 8, 2017 @ 8:35 pm (#)

    I’ve never really thought of a vacation in Portland but there’s great things to do

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  26. Bruce L. — May 22, 2018 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    I read this because in Victoria we’re always looking for places that aren’t too far to go. This would be ideal… not sure why we haven’t thought of it before. Seattle we loved, especially my wife as she is a big fan of blown glass and the Chihuly Gardens are there.

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