My old eyes don't care for driving on the freeway at night anymore (I totally get you now Grandpa John), so I had to find a place to stop in Oregon before it got too dark. On a great last minute recommendation from our friend Tim, we made the smart decision to spend the night in the college town of Ashland, OR. After our stay at the Poor Choice Inn and knowing we'd be spending the next year in an rv, I was inclinded to find a hotel/motel room with nicer linens, a sparkly bathroom and maybe even a hot tub...still on a budget of course.
First stop in town was Lithia Park. The kids got to run around, meet other kids and play. This picturesque park was right to a little creek (took all my might to keep Kaylie out of it so she wouldn't be all wet for dinner). It had an updated playground with fun things for both kids - the both liked trying to climb up this big man-made rock. One dad was there teaching his 3 year old real rock climbing techniques.
Comparing paint jobs on their rides.
After playtime we drove through the quaint downtown to a yummy sounding Mexican restaurant I found on Yelp called Taqueria Picaro. There were a couple of other more authentic sounding Mexican places (yummy and cheap) the next town up the road, but I just wanted to enjoy the downtown area. Taqueria Picaro fit the bill perfectly! The upstairs restaurant had a laid-back vibe and served up some tacos deliciosos! Que rico!
After dinner we checked in at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites and then ran to our room to put on our swim suits! It was cold outside, but was warm in the hot tub! And if you know Kaylie, you know the cold does not slow her down, it just gives her bragging rights.
Big thumbs up (not kidding, I have a huge thumb) for our stay here. The crisp bedding only made me reflect on how disgusting the room was the night before. Ack. Ashland Hills Hotel recently had a bit of a make-over. It was kind of like the hotel developers took an old motel, put in nice flooring, updated furniture, white bedding,graphic artwork, and then integrated some old-school retro pieces like the lamps and shower tile. Anyway, it was clean, had some style and included breakfast - yogurt, hard boiled eggs, fruit, granola, hot coffee and a diy pancake machine. Like I said, "Big thumbs up."
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!