Lewis and Clark National Park in the Pacific Northwest – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 23rd, 2019

Lewis and Clark National Park

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve always been familiar with the history of the area and some key figures in its settlement, including Lewis and Clark, the famous 19th century explorers. In southwestern Washington and part of the Oregon Coast, there is Lewis and Clark National Park. We’re going to tell you all about this little known National Park and give you some great ways to experience it all.


Most people are going to be visiting Lewis and Clark National Park as part of an Oregon Coast road trip. The park includes a collection of sites, not just one big square, so planning a route is key. If you are coming from Portland, it’s about two hours to the Northwest Coast or Oregon. If you’re driving from the south, such as Newport, it’s a bit over two hours.

For visitors driving from the Seattle area, you’ll have about a five hour drive, as you’ll have to abandon the interstate early on and take a series of rural highways to get to the coast and cross the Columbia River. Wherever you begin, the drive is beautiful and no doubt you’ll find some great stops along the way.

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Oregon Coast Road Trip – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 8th, 2018

Oregon Coast road trip - 2TravelDads

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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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Bellaterra B&B, Portland, Oregon

Author: , November 12th, 2015

Bellaterra B&B

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Bellaterra bed and breakfast invites you to take a trip in time as well as place at our lovingly restored 1893 Victorian inn. Each room has a unique theme and mood. Perhaps you’d like to be transported to the sultry romance of Scheherazade’s Arabian palace, or maybe the tranquil forest of the Woodland room is what you need to restore body and soul. The blue and white Aegean room evokes the classic columns and sunny seas of Greece. For the traveler who wants to relax while enjoying views of Mount Hood and the Willamette River, the Sunrise Room offers a California king bed and lots of morning light. Our smallest room, the Borealis, features a claw foot tub surrounded by colored glass tile, and the shades of blue are meant to bring to mind mountain peaks and snowy northern climes. It has a twin bed with a trundle, so it’s great for those traveling with a friend or child as well as solo travelers. All rooms have attached bathrooms and amenities including mini-fridge and microwave.

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Our Ten Favorite Things In Portland, Oregon

Author: , October 7th, 2015

We just got back from another great trip to one of our favorite places in the world – Portland. So we thought we’d share our favorite things – the must-sees if you visit downtown Portland.

Downtown Portland

10. Take the Free Downtown Tour

Secrets of Portlandia Tour

There’s a great free tour of Downtown Portland that meets every day, rain or shine, in front of the Portland Courthouse at 11 AM. Run by Erik Kennon and called The Secrets of Portlandia, it’s a two hour and fifteen minute tour (easy walking) that gives you so much information about the city, including many things we didn’t know. And we’ve taken a lot of tours here. Learn why the city is called Stumptown, where to see the famous penny, the history of the smallest park in the world, and what famous world plazas inspired Pioneer Square. it’s a great tour, and if you like it, you can tip Erik at the end. He does work awfully hard.

9. Dinner at Serratto or 23Hoyt


We always try to make time for a meal at Serratto up on 21st, but this year we also found a new place just around the corner on 23rd. Both of these are excellent restaurants with meals second only to Andina in Portland. 23Hoyt has more of an American Lodge feel and cuisine, while Serratto has a more Mediterranean-inspired menu. Visit both if you have the time.

8. Wander the Stacks at Powells

Powells Books

Portland has, hands down, our favorite bookstore anywhere. Powells fills up a whole city block, having taken over several buildings and merged them into one gigantic store. They sell new and used books – and you can literally wander around in there for hours and hours.

It’s the place true booklovers go to die.

7. Grab Breakfast at Tasty and Alder

Tasty and Alder

T&A is a great restaurant on the edge of downtown, close to Goose Hollow. It’s great for any meal, but breakfast is our particular favorite. They start seating at nine, but there is always a line – we recommend getting there and putting your name in at least a half an hour early. We were there for dinner this trip, and as they seat everyone at once, as soon as the tables were full, the wait time jumped to an hour and a half. But the food is worth the wait, if you have to.

6. Tea Ceremony at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Hidden away in Chinatown, you’ll find the wonderful Lan Su garden – a full city block that’s been sculpted and planted as a formal Chinese Garden. The place is a delight to walk through – adults are about $10 for entry, while a year pass for two is just $60. But what’s really special here is the Tao of Tea House – where you can sit down and take in the surroundings with a formal tea ceremony. Check their schedule in advance and try to come when there’s music. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and at peace.

5. Grab a Gelato at Allotto Gelato

alotto gelato

One of our favorite gelato places anywhere. It’s up on 23rd between Kearny and Johnson – grab a cone and explore this great little neighborhood, often called the Alphabet District. It runs up 21st and 23rd from about Couch to Lovejoy, and has a bit of a Berkeley flair.

4. Hang Out at Jamison Square

Jamison Square

This is our favorite people watching place in Portland. It’s in the heart of the Pearl, and has this really cool fountain – a half bowl that ebbs and flows every 15 minutes or so. Camp out here for a bit on summer day and watch the kids delight in the fountain when the water comes flooding back.

3. Pizza at Hot Lips

Hot Lips Pizza

There’s only one pizza place in downtown Portland.

Okaym so we’re lying. But there’s only one worth visiting. Hot Lips Pizza is in the pearl – grab a slice or two of their innovative pies (I had apple, walnut and gorgonzola this trip) and one of their patented Hot Lips fruit sodas and head over to Jamison Square to people watch at the fountain.

2. See a Play at The Artists’ Repertory Theatre


There’s a great community theatre here called the ART – the last time we were here, they had a fascinating play featuring Scott Lowell – the actor who played Teddy on the American version of Queer as Folk.

This time the theatre had a play called The Understudy – the work was great, and the actors were simply amazing. If there’s something playing here while you;re in town, go see it.

1. Eat at Andina


OK, so we’ve made it all the way down to number one. Andina is a Peruvian restaurant on the edge of the Pearl that serves some of the most fantastic food we’ve ever had. And it’s all in the sauces. We ordered our meal family style – potatoes, chicken skewers, scallops, and empanadas. Each of these dishes came with one or more sauces, and we were lucky enough to have the owner stop by and spend about ten minutes with us, discussing the food and how it is made.

The ingredients are authentic, brought in from Peru, and the flavors were simply amazing. The Salsa de Rocoto was featured on several dishes – a hearty red chile pepper sauce. The Aji de Maracuya combined a gorgeous color with a wonderful sweet flavor. And the Salsa Ocopa was something completely new to me – a flavor I thoroughly enjoyed and still can’t entirely describe.

The restaurant itself is beautiful as well – warm and welcoming. There are 6 booths along the front window – the best seats – but only available for parties of 3 or more.

This is our must-stop for every trip to Portland – but call ahead as soon as you can because it books out early. Simply amazing food.

City Sundays: Portland

Author: , May 31st, 2015

Hey all,

We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

First up, one of our favorites, Portland, Oregon. Blessed with mild weather and green year-round, Portland is a progressive oasis that has so much to offer.

City Sundays: Portland, Oregon

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Check out our Portland page here: http://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/oregon/orportland.html

Our Portland articles on the blog here: http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=portland+oregon

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Featured Gay Accommodations: Portland’s White House B&B, Portland, Oregon

Author: , March 15th, 2015

Portland's White House

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Situated in Portland’s North East Historic Irvington District, Portland’s White House was built as a summer home in 1911 by Robert Lytle, a wealthy lumber baron. The house was billed as the most expensive home built in the district for the period. This Greek Revival Mansion boasts a lifestyle of past years with 14 massive columns, circular drive and fountain to greet you.

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Stephen Galvan of The Heathman Hotel on Gay Portland

Author: , December 28th, 2014

Stephen R. GalvanStephen R. Galvan was no hospitality-industry rookie when he moved to Portland, Oregon to join the historic Heathman Hotel (1001 SW Broadway. Tel: 800-551-0011. www.portland.heathmanhotel.com) in June 2004. With more than 25 years experience, he previously served various hotel properties in the San Francisco Bay Area, including two Embassy Suites Hotels and two boutique hotel propertiesthe Hotel Bijou and the Commodore Hotelwith Joie de Vivre Hospitality Group. Galvan now oversees the general operation of the sales and marketing departments at Heathman.

Built in the 1920s in popular Italian Renaissance style, the Heathman Hotel is a beautiful, sophisticated 150-room premier luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Portlands Financial and Cultural Districts. The Heathman Hotel is a National Historic Landmark, and has been an icon of the citys skyline for eight decades. Just recently, the hotel completed a four million dollar landfill-free green upgrade. The Heathman Hotel ranks among the worlds prestigious Top 500, Top 50 Large City Hotels in the United States, Cond Nast Traveler Gold List, and recently received the Four Diamond award for the 27th consecutive year! This grand, lavish boutique and historic hotel is a prominent supporter of the citys education and arts communities. It is the only hotel in gay Portland’s designated Cultural District, and a place Where Service Is Still An Art.

According to Galvan, Heathmans appreciation and dedication to history and the arts are immediately apparent as soon as one enters the lobby of the hotel. It is a commitment that does not end on Heathmans walls. It extends to the community around us, and I am fortunate to be involved with organizations that share in our enthusiasm. He said for each second he spends working with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Literary Art of Oregon, Oregon Historical Society, Historic Hotels of America or the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, he has the opportunity to bring valuable insight and connections back to the hotel.

By Trudy Knockless – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Portland Gay Travel Resources

The Cuisine of the Pacific Northwest

Author: , November 1st, 2014

Portland SignIt’s a good thing the Pacific Northwest’s cities are so bike-friendly–what better way to work off all the calories from the endless array of amazing restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and food trucks that await? One of North America’s most abundant regions, you can easily spend entire days here grazing on everything from quintessential Pacific Northwest fare and coastal seafood to far-flung international flavors and fusion. To get a diverse taste, we ate our way up from Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington to Vancouver, B.C. Here are some of the places you definitely need to try.


The mothership of the artisanal locavore hipster movement, Portland is inexpensive to boot, with no sales tax and some dining spots offering slashed-price early or late-night happy hour menus. While the city’s East Side percolates with neighborhoods undergoing all sorts of exciting developments and brand-new restaurant concepts, the West Side, where downtown’s hotels and much tourist infrastructure are based, has seen a number of incredible, innovative additions over the past year or two.

One of the West Side’s most original, upscale newcomers is Racion (1205 SW Washington St. Tel: 971-276-8008. www.racionpdx.com), which opened in spring 2013. This is Portland’s El Bulli, and one for avant-garde cuisine enthusiaists must lists.

Chef Anthony Cafiero brings a fine arts background to cookery, and conceives incredible, scientific ways to temper flavors and ingredients. The menu includes a mere dozen or so items per service, and a five-course tasting is just $55. He’s particularly fond of adding dashes of flavored meringues for texture, and utilizes sous-vide cooking, which involves vacuum sealing ingredients in pouches and heating them in water baths. He also uses this method in cocktails, helping to mellow the alcoholic bite, resulting in more harmonious flavors.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Portland Gay Travel Resources | Seattle Gay Travel Resources

Portland Queer Film Festival

Author: , August 22nd, 2014

Portland Queer Film Festival

One of our favorite LGBT film festivals is coming again in October:

Film is a dynamic medium with the power to educate, inspire, intrigue and bring people together. Now in its 18th year, Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival brings thought-provoking and entertaining queer cinema to Portland during the week of 3-9 October.

We’re going!

Full Story at Rainbow Tourism | Portland Gay Travel Resources

Gay Portland: The Portland Art Museum

Author: , July 20th, 2014

On our last trip to Portland, Oregon, we visited the Portland Art Museum for the first time.

While we’ve been by there before – there are some great pieces you can see for free in the courtyard outside the building – this was the first time we’ve gone inside.

On the five or six floors of the building, there are several ongoing exhibits, and also some rotating ones – one of these was an exhibit of sculptures and art from a French palace – amazing.

And check out the lifelike naked statue below – the artist rejected the perfected cold sculpture techniques so common with statues of people – opting instead to make something so lifelike it fools the eye.

The museum is well worth a stop the next time you’re in Portland.

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Portland Art Museum


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