july 30. best western plus hood river, hood river, OR
we splurge & rent a suite exactly like this pictured from the hotel’s website, arriving here quixotically by an unmapped road, taken blindly, from detroit, a small town on the santiam pass, toward breitenbush hot springs. over the mountains thru wilderness on a narrow unmarked road with 1 bottle of water & 2 pieces of banana bread. at times choices…this weedy paved lane or that… both with equal encroaching wilderness & walls of trees. occasional views of mount hood our lodestar. blind faith leads us at last safely to the columbia river gorge & our sweet suite.
living room. a twin to our very room. website’s official photographer is shooting from the front of a black wet bar, sink, cupboards, dining table for 4. black framed enamel paint abstract art above the fireplace.
luxie tiled bathroom, chrome rain shower, double sink, tray of upscale complimentary toiletries, spa bathrobes, towels.
view downstream from balcony
unpeopled walkway in this official photo. balconies have 2 chairs & a small table. they overlook a stream of passers by below. wind surfers, kite boarders, barges & large ships of commerce navigating the columbia river beyond. & the stream of traffic crossing the bridge to washington state shores. long trains caterpillaring alongside cliffs.
a best western breakfast on the deck of the hotel’s restaurant, riverside. bloody mary mix made from scratch, a menu with local ingredients, freshly prepared. hearty, well crisped bacon strips, real sausages (delicious), crunchy toasted bread, organic eggs scrambled just for you with golden yolks. table service & more… all complimentary, except the drinks. best western hood river is a gem of best westerns. it has an actual chef. thanks to patricia young for tipping us off to dining here overlooking the mighty columbia.
cost : 1 night. suite + lunch, dinner & drinks $301.30
july 31. best western plus rama inn, redmond, OR
our room the following nite. we take highway 197 (97) from hood river to redmond. one of those panoramic swooping drives among golden hills that dives into the canyons of maupin. shanna above, my daughter. we are here to accompany family, our 10 year old grandson, nathan, his father, guy, to the deschutes county fair. you see here the end of the bed, shanna’s hips, & the front of the cabinet with tv, coffee maker, & buzzing mini fridge. lone tree art on wall.
dave & nate in the seating area. view outside, filtered by drapes & gauzy curtaining, parking spaces, a lot with rv’s for sale, & in the distance billboards.
we forgo the best western breakfast, & stop on the way home at sisters for breakfast before crossing the santiam pass.
august 24. best western greentree inn, eugene, OR
the first best western desk clerk to interrogate me as to why i was registered as government. are you kidding? he wasn’t. his people at best western.com had made my reservation. they aren’t my people he said. turned out seniors get the same rate as government so alls well that ends well?
sitting area from bed. flowers in a vase art. windows & balcony beyond the drapes opening onto trees, a bike/walking path & the willamette river.
looking back at our unit
view from the balcony
the university of oregon campus is across the street from the greentree inn. we take a sentimental stroll around the grounds of my old alma matter & up into pioneer cemetery. meet up with poets deb casey & john witte at the art museum & revisit the office building where i once shared an office with john. flowers handpicked by josie, deb & john’s daughter & blueberry crumble from deb.
sept. 8 best western plus ponderosa inn. sisters, OR
cowboy themed. tan & buckskin colors. cowboy art, log furniture. vast, lovely grounds with trails into the piney woods, a corral of llamas guests can feed, large pool & jacuzzi.
nate at the pool
taking in the collection of actual old prairie schooners out front of the lobby. authentic old pans, saddles, horseshoes, plaques, western paraphernalia in & around the lobby & the breakfast room.
1 of 2 rooms for breakfast. no scrambled eggs here only the cold hard boiled bw offering, but many choices for those who dig hotcakes or waffles or mush, cold cereal, bagels, english muffins, pastries, bananas, the usual breakfast offerings from bw’s. one additional item at the ponderosa we had not seen before, & nic had to try, a bean, egg & cheese tortilla he warmed by microwave.
we are staying at a best western in sisters since the best western in bend is no more. but our reason for being here is to watch nate, 10 years old, play his first football game of the season in bend. his team wins resoundingly. nate with grandpa dave & his stuffed llama from the lobby llamas for sale.
sept. 18 & 19. best western plus inner harbor, victoria BC
a city view room for 2 nites, 1 nite comped from our accumulated nites. in victoria, bc for the first time. our first passports. a handome older hotel building with parking underneath. wallpaper. mediterranean pictures.
looking toward seating area, kitchen off to right.
sitting area & “city” view, as described on the hotel website.
a separate room for the kitchen, an actual kitchen. & a new one on us, packets of coffee creamer here are labeled coffee whitener.
the kitchen nook table & chair. breakfasts are served in a lovely greenhouse addition with all the usual offerings, heaps of pastries, croissants, fresh fruit, waffles, pancakes made in a weird machine that conveyors perfectly shaped, hot pancakes from batter mix poured into it to plate, scrambled eggs 1 morning, omelets the next.
out the back of the bw is the inner harbor, james bay, many restaurants & shops & the historic buildings of downtown victoria.
we came to victoria for our final adventure of summer, to ride the ferry through the lovely san juan islands, & to see the work of artist emily carr. here emily sits with one of her dogs & her monkey woo & in the backdrop victoria’s other empress. a lovely goodbye to summer travels.
cost $177.26, 1 nite comped, plus $16.37 parking for 2 nites