Christmas Holiday in the Pacific Northwest – Portland, OR and Seattle, WA

Just got back from my Christmas holidays sorry had no time to post while traveling with kids. While California will always be my first love as I grew up there, I realised the Pacific Northwest has its own natural charm and cool relaxed vibe with the friendly people and less traffic and hustle and bustle.

First stop Seattle which amazingly was sunny for once!

Finally got a seat in the Portage Bay Cafe Sunday brunch as last year we couldn’t get a seat at all Travel tip: Always reserve at least 2 hours before by calling them and if traveling with a group of 10+ then go to south lake union


The avocado toast with Dungeness crab was not only healthy but delicious. You can really taste how fresh the ingredients are. Pancakes are AMAZING! I had the buckwheat Pancakes. Loved it!


Pancakes have unlimited berries called the BREAKFAST BAR. Travel tip: You can also do 6 single trips if you want to go light without an entree.


My husband ordered the Bananas Foster French Toast which he said was sweet yet not overwhelming. The kraken rum blended nicely with the caramel sauce to balance out the sweetness.

On to Oregon… 


Just 45 minutes away from Portland OR is the Silver Falls State Park has 10 waterfalls all within walking distance of each other! A truly undiscovered gem in my opinion. A great place to spend Christmas holidays.

Finally to cap off the trip literally! We went up to Mount Hood which is only a few hours from Portland, OR


Grab a big breakfast and hot cocoa from Zigzag mountain store before hitting the slopes at very decent prices and great service!


No skiing for us this year as we had the little ones but will definitely be back next time!


The sign board below says it all… AMAZE! Mount Hood stands out and dominates the skyline for miles as the only mountain in the area. Travel Tip: Check snow conditions before going up but per my husband if you can book an AWD (Yukon XL was what we used) then you usually do not have to worry about snow chains. We did not see any check points though.

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A mother of 3 adorable young girls, a minimalist collegian and a geeky husband who travels the world with particular interest in the quality details of unique experiences from delicious food and daring adventures to clean bed sheets and toilets.

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