Landing in Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city is a popular starting point for many visitors. From here, roads and railways lead northward to Denali National Park and Fairbanks, or south to the Kenai Peninsula. We didn’t stay in Anchorage overnight but our early flight from Seattle gave us an opportunity to grab lunch then visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. READ MORE

Laughing Planet Cafe

Portland offers a fabulous mix of healthy living, inventive cuisine, and eclectic fun. One of our favorite restaurant stops was at the Laughing Planet Cafe where they put the FUN in Portland’s Funky.

Bright artwork and old Godzilla movie posters, retro toys in a display case, and plastic dinosaurs scattered around on the tables provided ample fun for the kids and a cheerful atmosphere for all of us. Nutritious whole-foods are the specialty here and the modern-Mexican menu features inventive burritos, quesadillas, and salads plus plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian, and/or vegan options. The lack of mac and cheese and French fries on the kid’s menu was impressive, in fact the kid’s menu here is one of the healthiest I’ve seen. Of course, my kids still wanted a cheese quesadilla but pairing it with beans and guacamole for dipping made it relatively nourishing.

There is a casual outdoor seating area with picnic tables behind the cafe if you’re in the mood to dine al fresco (and it’s not too cold). Consider stopping here on your way to OMSI, it’s not too far out of the way.

Lunch and Dinner served daily, 3320 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR 97214, (503) 235-6472 (there are also 6 other locations in Portland, 2 in Eugene, and 1 in Corvalis, see their website for more information).



Family-Friendly and Pet-Friendly Hotel Vintage Plaza

I’m not sure if it was the complimentary glass of wine that was offered upon arrival (they host a daily wine reception from 5 to 6pm in their stylish and welcoming lobby) or the friendly valet who volunteered an easy, affordable parking option rather than selling us on the Hotel’s valet service but Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland had me at “Hello.” READ MORE