I think I’ll stay a little longer…

Portland Trees

I only intended to come out to Portland for the long weekend, but as Sunday quickly approached, I wasn’t ready to let go.  At the last minute I had my mom help me switch my flight.  I’m now leaving Thursday to head back to the real world.  I’m missing a little more work that I anticipated and it throws a wrench into my new work out routine, but I think I needed some time with my family.

If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram (@lostandfawned) to see photos from my trip in real time.  From a random flock of alley chickens to a memorable trip to the Schoolhouse Electric showroom I’ve had a lot of inspiration.

While my mom is at work, I’m going to try and get some blogging done.  I left my laptop at home thinking I would only be gone for a few days, but lucky for me, she has photoshop on her macbook, so I should be able to get things done.

Photo above from my family’s yard.  Now available on Society 6.


  1. Hope you’re having a great vacation! Got a question for you, if you’re so inclined to answer! Hubs and I are taking a road trip from Detroit down to Columbus and plan on visiting the zoo but will be staying two days… we were wondering if you have any recommendations on places to stay / eat or other things to do in the area! Thanks so much either way!

    • lostandfawned says:

      Hey Jen!

      Sure! I can make a couple of suggestions in the Coumbus area.

      Last time I was in Columbus, I stayed in the brand new Springhill Suites. It’s on the campus side of town, but it’s very close to the downtown area and you can easily get to the Short North area or German Village.
      It was clean, contemporary and new. I know it’s not quirky or trendy, but we were really happy with our stay.

      Both the Short North and German Village are really popular areas to eat, shop or get a drink. Both are great neighborhoods to just walk in. The Short North in particular has a lot of great galleries. In fact, every first Saturday of the month (in the evening hours) is Gallery Hop, when all the galleries debut new shows and there is lots of music, food and people. It’s a lot of fun, especially when the weather is good. German Village is especially pretty in spring when the trees bloom over the brick streets.

      Last time I was in Columbus some friends took us to Tasi for brunch. It was really delicious. It’s very busy, but worth it.

      For a good sandwich in German Village, The Brown Bag is a local favorite:

      If you are looking for a local dive, Thurman’s makes a pretty good burger. It was featured on Man vs. Food on the Food Network a couple of years ago.

      For a true Columbus experience, make sure you save room for ice cream at Jeni’s. It’s a Columbus original and there are plenty of scoop shops in the area now:

      If you are a book lover you must visit the Book Loft in German Village:
      It’s amazing.

      I hope that helps! Columbus has so many diverse neighborhoods! There is really something for everyone. :) Let me know if you have any other questions! I’d love to know how your trip goes!

  2. Enjoy those extended days! I remember heading down to Portland for the first time last summer… so much fun! I loved the hot weather, and no taxes shopping (it means a lot to Canadians, haha!). I wish I did more than just shop (we were there for about 2 days or so) but we did get to experience the famous Voodoo Donuts!

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