Ugh, I have been going crazy without blogging the past two weeks. I traveled with my boyfriend and the basketball team he coaches for tournaments in Beaverton, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois. Supervising ten teenage girls around the clock is exhausting. I have a whole new respect for teachers. The day we got home we picked up Callie from Jeff’s aunts house, got Togo’s on our way home, then fell asleep on the couch for several hours – waking up only to move to bed. Then we had so much unpacking, laundry, and house cleaning to take care of. I was also working really hard on the vlog of our trip which you can see on Youtube here!
The first stop on our trip was Beaverton, Oregon. We stayed at the beautiful Courtyard by Marriott Portland-Beaverton which was conveniently located near several shopping centers. Apparently there is a train closeby because the hotel leaves complimentary ear plugs and sleepy time tea to help you sleep through the night, but I never heard the train nor woke up to it. There were ducks and geese all over the hotel lawns and it was pretty cool, they were very comfortable around people.
There were some restaurants in the shopping center neighboring the hotel. Einstein Bros Bagels was a great option for breakfast despite the poor reviews on Yelp. It was clean, the staff extremely fast and friendly, and the food delicious. The girls kept wanting to go there as well so they must have thought it was pretty good too. There was also a Panda Express, Subway, and a cute little pizza place – Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizzeria.
We flew in on the 4th of July so we headed out for dinner and fireworks. We ate at the Oswego Grill, which was a nice, quiet restaurant in Lake Oswego. I felt a little out of place there with twenty obnoxious teenagers talking and laughing loudly and we were all dressed in workout clothes (thankfully we all got to shower after the flight). The food was pretty good but I felt like it wasn’t enough. I ordered the chicken alfredo oswego, it was tasty and aesthetically pleasing but there just wasn’t a lot of food on the plate.
After dinner we watched fireworks at Lake Oswego. We lucked out finding parking spots for both vans and walked down to the lake. Lake Oswego is an absolutely beautiful area with large, gorgeous lake houses surrounded by trees.
The girls had early games so we took them to a grocery store to get stuff for breakfast. They ate in their rooms because we wouldn’t have time to take them to eat beforehand. It was nice because Jeff and I were able to sleep in or just not have to deal with needy teenagers yet.
We had to plan some activities for the girls during the downtime between games and before the older teams games. Being teenage girls, they just wanted to go to the mall so we took them to Clackamas Town Center two days in a row. I tried to tell Jeff that they probably shouldn’t be spending their food money on clothes but he didn’t have any other ideas. So we went to the mall. On the third day, we took them to the Woodburn Outlets. Different location but still a mall. At this point the girls weren’t even spending their money they were just walking around looking bored. The next time we had free time we decided to take them to SuperPlay which was a really nice bowling alley in Beaverton. There’s also a laser tag area there as well, but we didn’t get to play.
Jeff and I also got to go to the Nike Employee Store which was really exciting. The Employee Store has all the newest stuff AND it’s all fifty percent off. I’ll be filming a fashion haul this week for it!
Our last night in Beaverton, Jeff and I were able to meet up with one of my best friends who lives there. She came to dinner with us at Spaghetti Factory and after dropping the girls off at the hotel we went to her place to hang out and play with her kitties.
Other information about Beaverton, Oregon:
Where to Stay in Beaverton:
Crowne Plaza Portland – Lake Oswego: We’ve never stayed here but we passed by as we drove around and it looks really nice.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland – Beaverton
Hilton Garden Inn Portland/Beaverton
Places to Eat in Beaverton:
Tom’s Pancake House: We had a day where the girls didn’t play any games so we took them out to breakfast here and everyone loved it!
DeCarli: Italian food
Golden Valley Restaurant & Brewery: American/traditional, burgers, brewery
Things to Do in Beaverton:
Powell’s Books: If you love reading and book stores then you should definitely add this to your list. Take some time to relax and read while on vacation.
Explore outdoors: One thing we never got a chance to do was explore the beautiful outdoors of Oregon! I was hoping to get a chance to go hiking while we were in Beaverton but we were too busy with basketball games. And the one day we didn’t have any games it was pouring rain. Some options for hiking in Beaverton are the Tualatin Hills Nature Park and the Hyland Woods Natural Area (formerly Hyland Forest Park).
After Beaverton we went to Chicago, which will be another blog post. Have you ever been to Beaverton? What did you like best about being there?
Don’t forget to check out the vlog from our trip to Beaverton here and give it a thumbs up if you liked it!
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