Our Weekend on the Oregon Coast
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This past weekend I took baby D (who just turned 6 months) with me to the Oregon coast. It was one of the bravest things I’ve ever done; traveling with a baby by ma-self! It wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be and thankfully the flight was a quick one.
I was surprised and blessed by how many people offered to help me with my stroller, carseat and bags. If you were one of the kind souls that made my trip smoother, thank you!! Baby D was a natural at flying. She napped on the flight there, made everyone smile and was a happy little traveler.
So why in the world did I go to Oregon? We went to a blogging retreat with a group of food-loving gals. Here’s the crowd (left to right: Mom’s Dish, Baby D and I, Valentina’s Corner, Let The Baking Begin Blog, and Little Broken.
Our VRBO Rental:
We rented a gorgeous house through Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO). It was 3 stories high and had an amazing view of the beach – it was so close to the water you could hear the waves when you opened the window and there was sand swept up against the house.
P.S. The entire trip was captured on my iphone. In packing light, I didn’t bring my big camera.
That kitchen though! So bright and beautiful. We spent most of our time on the top level. Talk about breakfast with a view! Baby D was happy to get plenty of attention. Valentina, I think you were her favorite ;).
The top floor had panoramic views. The living areas faced the shore and the back patio and kitchen faced the mountains.
And the beautiful Oregon beach; a little windy and chilly but the roar of waves that break and curl up to your toes, the salty air that messed up any chance of nice hair, fog that enveloped the morning air and made sipping my coffee feel like a Folgers commercial, the squawking seagulls and that striking boulder in the water all really took my breath away.
I so badly wished my hubby and son could have been there; standing on the beach with me. I’ll just have to take them there.
Towards the afternoon, the fog lifted and the view was nearly majestic.
I was thankful to have this Ergo Baby carrier with me. She nuzzled her face into me and napped while I strolled along the beach.
There was alot of Facetime happening with my hubby and son. I sure missed them.
Now as a group of food bloggers, ofcourse there was plenty of fantastic food! From gourmet breakfasts to fancy dinners; we ate well :).
[Crepes by Natalya of Mom’s Dish]
[Salmon dinner by Marina of Let the Baking Begin]
[Cake Roll by Valentina of Valentina’s Corner].
[Zuppa Toscana by Mom’s Dish, Shrimp Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce by me]
We also ate out and took pictures of taking pictures of our food #totallynormal ;).
Then we toured the Tillamook Cheese factory and our guide really rolled out the red carpet for us. He was so nice. Yes that is deep fried squeaky cheese!
Also, Portland is where I fell in love with macarons. I tried macarons in the past and thought; what do people see in these? Then I gave them another chance and boy oh boy were they amazing. I can’t stop thinking about them! #MustRecreate!
P.S. Our twinsie outfits were not planned ;).
So that was our trip in a nutshell. I hope you enjoyed the photos. Have you been to the Oregon Coast?
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Late to the party…. But can you tell me what beach town you were in? I’d love to rent that house. My daughter goes to college in Portland so I’ve been trying to plan a trip to Oregon. Thanks.. Love your blog. I’m half Russian and my mom and aunt never wrote down the recipes so your blog has been a great resource.
Hi Tina! Click on this link and type in Kiwanda Shores in Pacific City Oregon. The description of the house is: “Kiwanda Kove in Pacific City with Amazing Views of Ocean”
Great pictures Natasha as I enjoyed seeing them and reading about your trip. Your baby girl is the sweetest!
Anu, thank you for the sweet comment :).
Happy baby, happy mommy. Such a great looking pair. The rest of your group weren’t too shabby either. :’)
Thank you, Bev! We had a great time!
Loved all the pictures. Btw ur daughter is so precious!! How do u like the ergo baby carrier? I put it on my registry after reading many good reviews about it
I do like it and my daughter does too. She fell asleep in there on a couple of walks which was wonderful since she doesn’t usually do that. 🙂
Your daughter is a pretty girl-just like her mommy!!! 🙂
Thank you for such a sweet comment LaTrice, we can’t get enough of her :D.
Your daughter is beautiful! I need to visit Oregon with you ladies. The food looks scrumptious
Thank you so much Sveta 🙂
I live just across the river from Portland, in Vancouver, Washington.
My friends refer to me as the Pieman I have had many people, including the Wife, say I make the best pie ever – so I took her to the Pacific Pie Company in Portland. If you ever get back here again and you do not get to try one of my pies; you should try theirs. Hands down the best commercial pie crust I have ever had.
Our church hosts a marriage retreat on the coast every year and the Wife ‘O My Life and I walk on the beach and see that same rock. We stay at some people’s home in Rockaway Beach.
Now I really want to try your pie! I’ll have to go to that Pie place next time I’m in Portland. I really liked Portland! It’s quite a food scene!
I love to see the pictures of you & your family. These pictures of your little girl were wonderful. My girls are all grown up & I miss my little babies. I have 2 grandsons & no little grand girls. Thank you for all your great recipes. Jillxx
Thank you so much Jill! They grow up fast, don’t they? Mine is still a babe, but I can’t believe she’s already 6 months!
Even though I was there, it’s still so cool to see your perspective on what the trip was like 🙂
Now back to praying for a cruise 😉
Yes!! A cruise would be so much fun!
I’ve never been in the USA 😉
your pics are so nice and I should say my hubby loves macaron. I’m waiting for your recipe…
My husband has been encouraging me to make macarons for a long time. Stay tuned. I’m pretty determined 🙂
What an amazing trip you guys must have had! I haven’t been to Portland yet, but it’s on my to go list.
Portland and Oregon coast were on my go to list also. And I discovered Portland is a major food scene :).
Love all your pics! Very impressive for an iPhone 🙂 And I miss your little stinker. She is so precious. I waited to read your post until I wrote mine as I didn’t want it to be same. Now off to Natashas…
I did the same thing with Natasha’s! It’s awesome how we each had something very different to write about. Yeah my iphone did a good job. 🙂 Thanks Katya!
Yes, Natasha, please please please recreate the macaron recipe 😀
I have it in my planner :).
I live in Salem OR,I wish I would be their to see you.
Anna, I never been to Salem but it sounds like a place I would like to visit some day :).
What a lovely looking trip! So glad you could go and take baby D along with you to such a beautiful location.
Travelling with kids is addictive 😉
Hi Rachel!! 🙂 It was so nice to have her with me. I think it would have been much harder to leave her at home.
What such a great couple of days. You are so down to earth and sweet. Little D totally store my heart and these pics just cannot fully show how adorable she is..
Thanks for all of your wisdom in the blogging world and sharing it with us..
It was so nice getting to know you better. You inspired me in so many ways! Thanks for helping me with baby D and she sure loved the attention! 🙂
We went to Oregon Coast Aquarium couple of years ago. Also had a chance to experience walking on the sandy ocean shore. We loved it too! I’m glad you girls had lost of fun. I wish I could have been there too. My baby is still to little. You are a brave mama 🙂
Thank you Valya! It was a very brave thing for me but it wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be. We didn’t go to the aquarium there. Was it a good one?
I love how each one of us describe our trip differently. 🙂
I had a ton of fun with you and happy that you enjoyed our company. You know you had me worried there 😉 Looking forward to your visit in fall.
You worry to much girl! It was a great trip 🙂
Natasha I love ur blog! And I enjoyed reading ur story
I can tell u had a great time- good for u, I’m glad ur girl enjoyed it too:)
Thank you Alina! I’m so happy you enjoy the blog :). It was nice and I’m thankful the little lady did so well.
Cute, cute, cute. I love that you dress your li’l sweetheart to match you.
Looks like you ladies had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing!
Aww thanks :). I know you won’t believe me but it totally wasn’t planned! I only noticed it after I put her in the outfit 🙂
We live in Vancouver, WA and the Oregon coast is one of our favorite places to go. One of our favorite beaches/camping spots has been SandLake. You must go here sometime 🙂 It is a family friendly place with lots of activities, including camping, fishing, and quadding. By the way, your blog is AMAZING! I LOVE how it is setup and how you post so often, so there is always an alternative similar recipe, just in case I don’t have something on hand (like all the pancake recipes)! May God bless you and your super cute family!
It sounds like a dreamy spot! I bet my husband would really like it too. He’s very much the outdoorsy type 🙂
Squeaky cheese curds are amazing!!!!!
Glad you had an amazing time!!!
I know it! Especially when they are fresh; the best!