We have a new favorite place to stay for this kind of trip, where we went last June. Found it through a Groupon, but it's a super cool eco-friendly, modern, simple, relaxing place. The Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, in super southwestern Washington, just north of Oregon. We've been needing some down time, and figured a quick trip away with lots of good books to read would be perfect!
I took Friday afternoon off. We got so lucky with the weather, clear and sunny! But cold. On the way up we drove through Astoria, Oregon, and visited the house where The Goonies was filmed. Never been there and always figured we should.
Then we got to our hotel in Long Beach, right on the beach by this nice, remote little boardwalk thing.
We had dinner at the restaurant on the top floor of the hotel, then settled into our room and played gin, and got a bottle of wine from the little organic/local market in the lobby.
Saturday morning we did the same thing we did last time we stayed at Adrift--cozied up in the lobby enjoying the indie Pandora mix and organic coffee... while reading for a solid chunk of time!
Seriously so happy in this moment. Calm music, beeeeeautiful view out the window, the whole weekend ahead of us, and time to read!
I finished The Happiness Project. Gol, I love that book.
After a very relaxed day, we strolled along the beach around sunset. It was super cold but so beautiful and clear.
Oh, those warm beachy, grassy colors just kill me. All weekend I was exclaiming, wow, look at these colors!!!
Sunday after breakfast, more reading, and lunch at a restaurant we also went to last time!, we drove back into Oregon again and stopped by Cannon Beach, which is such a cute little town. Fun pedestrian layout, little coffee shops, all that. More gorgeous sunshine so we had a great walk on the beach.
Very sunny but cold!!
On the drive back we passed a lot of snow, heading over the mountains and through the farmland on our way back to Portland. We stopped at a farm in Yamhill to pick up a farm share and everything had an eerie purple-ey grey tint with the layer of snow.
It was a very peaceful weekend, which we definitely needed after the busy holidays!
And now I have a three-day weekend, so hope to keep the relaxed atmosphere going and chill out a little--but also have some projects I'd love to get done! Ah, that's always the dilemma, isn't it??
Hope you have a great weekend!