Dog Sledding at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, OR

One of the best things that we did on our visit to Bend, OR this year was dog sledding.  Mt. Bachelor happens to be home to Rachael Scdoris, the first legally blind person to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska. Her family now operates a dog sled tour company on Mount Bachelor. This was the highlight of our trip.

As the dogs wait to be selected for the ride, they are anxious and loud, begging to be chosen.  Then once the sled takes off with the passengers, they are silent until they see another sled being set-up for a ride.  These dogs obviously love what they do.  It was a great experience that […] Continue Reading…

Hiking the Deschutes River in Bend, OR

While driving to Mt. Bachelor, Ms. Siri on our iphone took us to the Mt. Bachelor Village Resort instead of the actual mountain on our first try.  Mt. Bachelor is a national park and so there is much less development on the mountain, including resorts.  So, most of the accommodations are about 20-30 minutes from the mountain.  It is necessary to rent a car.

But, thanks to this very minor mishap, we discovered an access point for the Deschutes River Trail. The trail system is very extensive and can lead to all kinds of wilderness, but we opted for an urban route that was close to town.  There is a 2.5 mile loop that can easily be accomplished by using […] Continue Reading…

Snowshoe Tour in Bend, OR

I had my mind set on a snow vacation this year and after much research and debate, my husband and I decided on Bend, OR.  Bend was a great fit for us for a few reasons.

First, we did not want to have a long drive in the snow.  Many ski resorts require flying into a major airport and then taking a long trek by car.  We decided that we would rather do two easy flights than drive.  The Bend airport, actually Redmond to be precise, is an adorable, small, clean airport.  Not only that, but United offered great mileage deals into the city.

The other factor that we strongly considered was the craft beer community.  The independent, small batch brews […] Continue Reading…

Staying at Casa Madrona in Sausalito, CA

Finishing up the hotels from our 2014 visit to the Bay Area, I finalize reviews from the trip with our stay at Casa Madrona in Sausalito, CA.

Postcard Plans to San Francisco, CA

This was a very different stay for us because we decided to ride our bikes over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco to get to Sausalito.  You can read my earlier article on biking the bridge to learn about that experience. But, we were excited for the adventure as we have stayed in town before and really enjoyed the quiet charm of the scene.  While San Francisco offers more options for activities, Sausalito offers the chance to rest and relax.

Postcard Plans to San Francisco, CA

For this visit, I decided to try Casa Madrona which had a nice […] Continue Reading…

Staying at the Harbor Court Hotel San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

When booking San Francisco hotel stays, I was determined to stay one night by the Ferry Building for easy access to the Saturday Farmers Market. We have stayed in the Financial District several times and I always enjoy waking up to have breakfast and lunch at the market. It is the highlight of our visits over the years and something that I will not miss.

Postcard Plans to San Francisco, CA

Postcard Plans to San Francisco, CA

After much research, I was impressed to find the Harbor Court Hotel which was reasonably priced, located right across from the market and had views of the Bay Bridge too.

Postcard Plans to San Francisco, CA

Postcard Plans to San Francisco, CA

In addition to the lovely price tag, they also offer a lot of extras. The front lobby during the day is stocked with ice waters and […] Continue Reading…