Oregon Coast Camping With Kids – 2TravelDads

Author: , July 25th, 2019

Oregon Coast Camping

We have had our first Kampgrounds of America (KOA) camping experience and are thrilled to share it with you. Before this trip we didn’t really know what to expect at a KOA, even though we’d reviewed the website and seen many campgrounds. You just don’t know what the feel of a place is going to be and how it’ll fit with your travel style until you’re actually there. I’ll tell you it was great. When it comes to Oregon Coast camping, the Astoria / Warrenton / Seaside KOA Resort was perfect for us.

LOCALE OF THE ASTORIA / WARRENTON / SEASIDE KOA

We spend a lot of time in Oregon, and particularly on the Oregon Coast. At least once a year, this year it’s been twice already, we do an Oregon Coast road trip, either from tip to tip or just one part of the Oregon Coast. If you’re coming from Washington State or the Portland area, the practical first stop for you coastal getaway is Astoria, Oregon. About two hours from Portland and 3.5 hours from Eugene or Seattle, WA, Astoria or Seaside are totally doable for an easy weekend escape.

You do have to either drive along the Columbia River for a good portion of the trip or you’ll cross the Coastal Range. Either way, the drive is beautiful and there are plenty of stops you can make along the way, from hiking in the hills to visiting small towns full of wineries. If you’re coming from Washington, you can add a little side trip to Cape Disappointment State Park either on your way to or from the KOA Astoria to get your lighthouse fix, because there are two just off the Columbia River. However you get to your Oregon Coast camping destination, you’ll enjoy the full travel experience.

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Peerless Hotel – Ashland Gay Friendly Hotel

Author: , July 6th, 2019

Peerless Hotel

The Peerless Hotel in Ashland, oregon, has a storied history – originally built in 1900, it was known then as the Peerless Rooms. It has now been lovingly restored, and is on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being featured in the bestselling book “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”.

Our Ashland hotel is conveniently located on Fourth Street, in the Historic Railroad and Gallery District, just three blocks form downtown and six blocks from the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. You can walk from here to many great restaurants, shops, boutiques and art galleries.

Our guests are pampered with Italian Frette bed linens, Lynova 5-Star towels, Pharmacopia natural and organic bodycare products, an in-room spa or clawfoot bathtub, and a gourmet two-course breakfast every morning during the mid and high seasons.

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Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast – Gay Friendly Parkdale, Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Author: , April 25th, 2019

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Stay at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast and you’ll wake to fresh brewed coffee from our local roaster and a delicious breakfast prepared with locally grown fruits and veggies, organic whenever possible.

Only minutes from the Mt. Hood National Forest we are the perfect base for outdoor adventures and quiet retreats. Our grounds have been recognized as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and many varieties of birds feed and nest in our gardens. From the inn set off on the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile driving tour through the valley, visiting the country farms, fruit stands and wineries along the way.

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Southern Oregon Road Trip – 2TravelDads

Author: , April 25th, 2019

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We love our road trips, you know that, and living in the Pacific Northwest, we’re at the gateway to some of the best road trips in the United States. Oregon is our neighbor and we visit it a lot, but it’s rare that we really explore the south part of the state. This is our (future) award winning southern Oregon road trip that takes the best of the Cascades and pairs it with the Oregon Coast. This road trip itinerary is ideal in Spring and Summer and is great with kids!

When we found out we were heading to Southern Oregon we knew two things: the Umpqua National Forest and the southern coast are going to be fun and drastically different. The Cascade Mountains run from British Columbia to Northern California. They’re dotted with snowy peaks and dense forests, which when put together make for an epic collection of waterfalls. Doing a road trip with kids, we knew that we needed to pack in some big wow items, and waterfalls always do the trick.

For fun along the coast, we make it a habit to fly kites when possible, but when the weather doesn’t permit we do the next best thing: beach combing. Even in rainy weather the kids love searching for beach glass and interesting shells, so getting some time on the coast is perfect for us. In addition to the beach, there are lots of unique coastal experiences that are great for families. We made time to do fun activities we can’t do at home, including experiencing some of the natural phenomena of the Oregon Coast (see below).

If you’ve done a road trip with small to medium age kids, you know that being in the car is a bummer. We try to break up longer drive times with fun. Here are our top tips for ensuring every part of the road trip experience is awesome.

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Gay Portland, Oregon – The Gay UK

Author: , February 22nd, 2019

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For years, my former boss at South Florida Gay News would rave about Portland, Oregon. He loved the free-spirited nature of the community as well as the abundance of outdoor activities available outside the city. After years of seeing Norm and other friends post breathtaking photos on social media, I thought it was time to give Portland a try.

When I first arrived, I got the feeling that I was in a smaller version of Seattle, but as I spent time in Portland, I quickly discovered that it had a life of its own. I did however speak to some locals and they told me the city has been going through a bit of an identity crisis as of late as they try to compete with Seattle’s economic boom, mostly driven by Amazon and other tech firms. But, why try to be Seattle? Just be Portland.

The entire downtown area is pretty much walkable, with many of the city’s main attractions located within a few miles of each other. What was obvious from the start were the abundance of rainbow flags scattered throughout the city. I think it’s safe to say that Portland may have the highest concentration of rainbow flags per capita than any city I have visited thus far.

My first stop in Portland was The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Being of Jewish decent, I found it fascinating that this particular attraction would be located in Portland. I wasn’t aware of the city’s extensive Jewish community. The museum explores the legacy of the Jewish experience in Oregon and teaches the universal lessons of the Holocaust. The museum features rotating exhibitions that showcase Jewish contributions to world culture, issues of Jewish identity, and the forces of prejudice. They also offer an extensive program of films, lectures, and concerts throughout the year, which cover a wide range of topics relating to Jewish art, culture, and heritage.

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Dundee Manor Bed & Breakfast – Dundee, Oregon Gay Bed and Breakfast

Author: , January 26th, 2019

Dundee Manor Bed & Breakfast

Dundee Manor is truly a destination for discriminating treavelers. Originally built in 1908, with all the clean, elegant architecture of a four square Edwardian estate. Wander through our gardens and under massive trees, or just relax and ponder by the fountain. Sit in the Gazebo and deck areas and admire Mt. Hood & Mt. Jefferson in the distance.

Enjoy a gourmet breakfast in our antique-furnished dinning room, or outside on one of two private deck areas, surrounded by nature and all the glory of the red hills of Dundee. Savor a glass of wine from one of our local wineries, and let us spoil you during your stay.

Each room is filled with treasures brought back from four continents. There’s a private library with video collection, and the most delightful rocking chairs on the front porch to enjoy the garden view.

When your stay at Dundee Manor, you can enjoy the many amenities the area has to offer. Spend the day wine tasting and touring Mt. Hood or visiting the Oregon Coast, and return to the manor for the warmth and comfort we offer. And yes – Turn-Down Service is included.

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Painted Hills Vacation Cottages & Retreat – Eastern Oregon Gay Friendly Resort

Author: , January 14th, 2019

Painted Hills Vacation Cottages & Retreat

A paradise 20 years in the making, Painted Hills Vacation is not your typical lodging experience! Our retreat is made up of 3 unique, European-style cottages, delightful indoor and outdoor gathering areas, and awe-aspiring gardens where you can relax and recharge.

The thoughtful and creative decor, abundant original artwork, magical gardens, and spectacular Central Oregon countryside create an unforgettable experience. Come discover it for yourself and understand why our guests call us the “Oasis in the High Desert!”

The Painted Hills Vacation – Cottages & Retreat is family owned and operated by Barbara and Aruna Jacobi, a dynamic mother/daughter team. Natives of Germany, the Jacobi family has been living in the U.S. for almost 30 years.

After running a successful restaurant in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market for ten years, the Jacobi family felt that it was time for a change and, after much traveling, fell in love with Eastern Oregon. After settling in the small town of Mitchell, the family spent years remodeling 2 old houses inside and out, transforming them into works of art. Barbara, a writer and master gardener, created the beautiful gardens connecting the properties with many magic nooks and crannies. In 2008, Painted Hills Vacation was officially born.

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WildSpring Guest Habitat – Gay Friendly Port Orford Resort

Author: , November 19th, 2018

WildSpring Guest Habitat - Gay Friendly Port Orford Resort

WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small, ecofriendly resort in Port Orford, overlooking Oregon’s spectacular southern coast. On five acres of old Native American grounds set in a peaceful, secluded forest of 100-ft trees, WildSpring offers luxury accommodations in a quiet and serene, naturally beautiful environment.

With only five cabin suites built like small stylish homes with radiant-heated floors and vaulted ceilings, and filled with art and antiques, WildSpring will make you feel you’re visiting a private estate rather than a hotel.

Cars are not allowed in the cabin area, so the loudest thing you will hear all night is maybe an owl. Sleep to the sound of wind through the trees, and wake up to deer outside your window.

Relax in the Guest Hall overlooking the ocean where you can help yourself to beverages, fruit, popcorn and chocolates(!) at any time. Play a game, fiddle with a jigsaw puzzle or just gaze at the ocean on its expansive deck. And don’t miss the breakfast buffet each morning with specially made hot entrees that change each day.

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Queer Family Hiking in Bend, Oregon – 2TravelDads

Author: , October 22nd, 2018

Queer Family Hiking in bend, Oregon - 2TravelDads

Bend, Oregon with kids is an ideal vacation plan. Seriously. We just returned from a week long fall trip to Bend and enjoyed the culture and outdoors of Bend so much that we’re chatting about doing a return trip to consider and research moving there. We were based out of LOGE Camps Entrada Lodge on the Cascade Lakes Highway and couldn’t have been more pleased how it added to our Bend itinerary.

Check out our really cool, perfect family accommodations at LOGE Camps Entrada as well as our family friendly Bend itinerary for taking advantage of the outdoors. It’s the perfect vacation plan to make you fall in love with Central Oregon.

Staying at LOGE Camps Entrada Lodge

We first stayed at a LOGE Camps location in Westport, Washington and we were hooked. LOGE Camps are the coolest compounds perfect for outdoor lovers and families. LOGE Entrada is the newest member to the collection of family-friendly hotels in the group. Located just outside of the main downtown area of Bend, LOGE Entrada is on the way out to Mount Bachelor and the Deschutes National Forest. The location was perfect for us and our outdoors-focused Bend itinerary.

The rooms at LOGE Entrada are super cool, as they’ve been updated to incorporate outdoor elements like rustic wood and hammocks. Some accommodations have bike racks in the rooms themselves, others have exterior storage lockers with locks/keys provided. In the event you’re not prepared for the adventures, LOGE has everything you need for purchase, from Yeti coolers to metal coffee tumblers, charging cables to hammocks.

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Oregon Coast Road Trip – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 8th, 2018

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With so many ways to do a road trip you can take almost any approach. We just did it with two kids so we are ready to share exactly how to get the most from the Oregon Coast. Doing an Oregon Coast road trip is really fun and very easy. There are zero chances to get lost and 1000 opportunities to fall in love with the nature and nautical sights along the way.

Have you done the Oregon Coast with kids? Want to see what we did to keep them entertained as well as give us parents things to look forward to with each stop? Here’s how you do an Oregon Coast road trip with kids that’s good for the whole family no matter the season.

The Oregon Coast is gorgeous… even in the foggy rain which you might experience any time of year. When you’re packing for an Oregon Coast road trip be sure to plan for hot sun as well as chilling wet. As a rule when we’re touring around Western Washington or Oregon we always pack equally for rain or sun, erring on the side of the time of year. This includes activities we bring with us.

Like with any itinerary, take this one with a grain of salt and update it for your own family. We like to visit beaches, breweries and lighthouses, so this Oregon Coast road trip itinerary has a healthy mixture of nature and culture. And like any jaunt through small town America, you’ll be tempted to stop in places we don’t mention and to find your own foodie spots. Go for it! Road tripping is all about fun and new experiences and the Oregon Coast is no exception!

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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