A Holiday Getaway Near Portland Oregon

As Graydon is getting older, and our family is growing, the holiday season has become an incredibly fun time.


To make this year extra special we planned a special holiday getaway to Hood River Oregon.


Just an hour outside of Portland, it’s the perfect place to escape. We arrived to a winter wonderland with a beautiful dusting of snow and a beautiful river view at the Hampton Inn Hood River.


The Hampton Inn in Hood River is located right on the Columbia River. With an amazing staff, great breakfast, a pool for fun and a nice clean room, we had a great stay!


That night we walked over to the Polar Express for a train ride to the North Pole. Thank you to the Mt. Hood Railroad for a wonderful ride! You can book a ride trough December 28th!


The train ride starts with Christmas music, hot chocolate and a cookie. They then read the Polar Express Story. When we reached the North Pole, we saw Santa’s house, the workshop, Santa and the reindeer with the elves.


For the second half of the train ride, our tickets were collected and we had a nice visit with Santa himself who had a special Bell for each child!! The ride ends with more music for all to sing along.


We had so much fun on our Holiday Getaway and can’t wait until our next visit to the beautiful Columbia river gorge!



Seeing Graydon’s eyes light up and the joy on his face made the whole experience even better than I could imagine! Packing for two kids and an hour drive with a child who does not like the car is a difficult adventure I could easily say no to, but saying yes was the best decision. We had so much fun and created so many amazing memories.
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  1. Kelly King says:

    So pretty. I have always wanted to go to Portland

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