Sunday, April 08, 2007

Weekend wrap-up

So we had to get out of town for a few days: our wood floors were being redone and evidently the fumes were not something we should inhale. So we headed off for a weekend away, something we haven't done in a long time. Dropped AdRi off at work on Friday then Wink and I headed to the suburbs to hang with RSG, her wife, and Wink's sister, Ginger, for the day. It was a ladies who lunch day, complete with pedicure and lunch at Bridgeport: lots of fun. We plan on doing that once a month now through the end of summer. Next time we'll have more time to shop! Wink is still there, probably playing endless hours of bitey mouth with Ginger...

I picked up AdRi from work and we headed northwest to Astoria, towards the very tip of Oregon. It had been some time since we'd been there, and never for a whole weekend. Astoria is undergoing some changes, and we found the Finnish steam baths underneath the bridge closed, but a wonderful gallery downtown and an awesome bread co-op next door to a new brewery. We stayed at a former cannery turned hotel, right on the water, and that was the most relaxing element of the weekend. The water was right outside our window, the beautiful Astoria bridge, and every once in awhile a huge barge or ship would cruise right by. Still very much a working town, the mix of newcomers and oldcomers is apparent. We loved it. Here's a little bit of the oldcomer Astoria for you...
Moose
Our hotel even had complimentary cruisers you could hop on and ride. There's a biking and walking path running along the trolley tracks all along the waterfront. When the rain stopped for an afternoon, we were off...
view from my bike...concentrating
bike riding in Astoria
So now we're back, and it's like we have brand new wood floors in our living and dining room. I won't mention that we found our bathroom door shut and locked, and had to call our contractor to come take off the doorknob....but they really are beautiful. The crabapple trees are in front, in full bloom, and I'm glad to be home. We'll definitely go back to Astoria...

8 comments:

Daniel said...

I'm a Pergo man myself...

patti_cake said...

Ahhh nothing like a week-end get-away with the One You Love! Glad you had a good time and yay for the beautiful new floors!

pack of 2 said...

Sounds like a fun weekend.

Congrats on the floor...you must be thrilled!

Shelly

witchtrivets said...

That sounds so fun. And that hotel is on my list of Portland todos. And I look forward to the next installment of your remodel pictures.

witchtrivets said...

I meant "Oregon" todos. For the record, I do know that Astoria is not in Portland. Obviously I need to get out of the city.

Rozanne said...

I love Astoria! What a great place for a weekend getaway.

I may need to get the name of that hotel from you. Free cruisers! I wouldn't want to take one of those up those Astoria hills, though!

Rozanne said...

Doh! I just noticed your helpful link to the hotel.

Recovering Straight Girl said...

We adored having Wink, as always! The girls were trying to hold her hostage when AdRi came to get her, thanks for letting her stay an extra day so they could see her! So glad you had fun.