So, ladies, love to travel? Want to save money? Do a girls' weekend and do it off-season. It's the perfect way to travel. How do I know this? Personal experience, of course!
I Just got back from a fun trip to Portland, OR. Sheila's assessment? Efficient transportation system, huge Saturday market (got the cute cupcake bath bomb th, lots of wonderful restaurants - a great getaway. And going with girlfriends makes it affordable. When you get wonderful off-season rates and can share a room with a friend, well, what's not to love about that?
We took the train down from Seattle, which allowed us to visit and play cards - the time flew! We stayed at the Benson Hotel, which is gorgeous and has a wonderful staff. We ate breakfast at Mother's. Twice. IMHO, this restaurant serves the best breakfasts in the Northwest. And they are not stingy. Both times I split a plate with a buddy and not only saved money but came away perfectly satisfied yet not stuffed to the point of explosion. (Which is more than I can say for how I felt after consuming the incredible happy hour hamburger at El Goucho!) Before we left on our trip three different people told me I absolutely had to visit Voodoo Donuts. Well, we went to check it out but the line to get in stretched around the corner and halfway down the block. So no voodoo for me and no adding to the fat colony on my hips. Probably just as well. And in between the shopping and eating what did we do? Well, this group of friends is The Game Girls, so naturally we staked out a table in the hotel and played games. And since playing games is my favorite thing to do, well, let's just say the weekend vanished in a blink.
Now I'm home, doing laundry. Ah, the glam life of a writer! Why does the time go so fast when you're having fun?! It is a mystery. Sooo, how about you? Have you been to Portland? Somewhere else? What was your favorite spot to visit?