Things Are Getting a Bit Fishy

April 30, 2013

About two weeks ago, Nate let me know that we were getting away for the weekend once he was done with classes.  He had purchased an amazing Portland Perks (the Portland version of Groupon) that allowed us to stay at the Mt Hood resort for next to nothing.  It seemed far too good to be true.  Fun fact – when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Nate went to pick up the coupon and was told that there had been a miscommunication and that Perk wasn’t going to be honored.  We got our money back (plus a ten dollar credit for a future Perk) so it wasn’t too bad.  We were super bummed, though, because we had really been looking forward to a weekend away together after a long, busy semester.

Nate got the wonderful idea to ask my uncle if we could stay at his beach house near Cannon Beach for the weekend and he graciously allowed us to!

What a wonderful way to end Nate’s semester!


Nate and I headed to the beach on Friday after work and got there in time to watch the sunset.  Yeah, it was kind of lame.  The pictures are about a million times better than the actual sunset was.  I made Nate be romantic with me nonetheless.


The next morning, Nate and I took it easy.  We slept in, had a wonderful breakfast (made by Nate), and got to sit around reading.  At some point we decided we wanted to head out and hit the town.  First stop – a coffee shop.  Yes, we know how to live it up.  It was fun to just sit with my love, sipping coffee, getting caught up on emails, and reading even more.

PicMonkey Collage

Once we finished up our coffee, we went on a walk on the beach.  It was COLD and WINDY but still lots of fun.  See Haystack Rock there in the background?  Quite the Oregon Coast landmark!  No day at Cannon Beach would be complete without fish and chips.  We decided to switch things up from our norm and tried out The Fireside Restaurant.  It was pretty good but probably won’t become our new go-to restaurant at the coast.

When we got back to the house, we spent the night watching movies and cuddling.  Yeah, pretty much the greatest.


The next morning was similar to the first.  Lots of sleeping in, yummy breakfast, reading, and relaxing.  We got the house all cleaned and locked up and headed out to Astoria.  Nate had never climbed the Astoria Column so that was the first stop.  See little me at the bottom of the tower?  Yeah, it was HIGH!  We climbed up the spiral staircase all the way to the top!  Because of the climb, my legs are KILLING me!  What a great was to show how out of shape I am!  I should probably work on that…


Throughout Astoria we could hear the sound of sea lions barking.  Of course, we had to track them down.  There were so many of them at the marina!  It was so fun to see! 

No trip to Astoria is complete without visiting the house The Goonies was filmed at yet neither of us had ever been there.  In case anyone is wondering – it’s kinda a letdown.  Sorry.  Dinner, though, was NOT a letdown!  It was a place after my own heart since they served their drinks in mason jars!
We then loaded back into the car and headed back to Portland.  All in all, it was such a wonderful getaway.  I love spending time with my love!


  • Stephanie

    April 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Aw, what a fun little getaway! 🙂

  • Kayla Peveler

    April 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I'm so glad you two were able to have a fun getaway…for free!! 🙂 YAY.

  • Jodi

    April 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Glad you were still able to get away for a weekend. I love relaxing weekends away when you can sleep in, read, watch movies. . . sounds like you guys had a nice time.

  • Ginny

    April 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    This looks great! I soooo love the Goonies and recognized the Goonies and recognized the house immediately. 🙂 bummer it was a let down.

  • Bailey @ Becoming Bailey

    April 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Looks like you two had fun!

  • Elle Sees

    April 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I'm glad it worked out for yall

  • Z

    April 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Wow, it looks a great quiet place for two love birds to be 😉

  • Nadiya

    April 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Aww what a cute get away 🙂 It's great that you guys turned things around when your first plan didn't work. Honestly, who wouldn't love to spend some time at a beach house 😀

  • Amy

    April 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Looks like y'all had so much fun & got some needed relaxation! IT's always great to get away for a few days (especially if you've been super busy) and just unwind! Glad y'all were able to do it!

  • Ali of Dressing Ken

    April 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Oh I have been to Cannon Beach, I went through there when I lived in Seattle it is awesome!

    Ali of

  • Katrin

    April 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Sounds like an awesome weekend. Even when it wasn't what you originally planned. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the great pictures!

  • Sunny & Star

    April 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    It is great that you got to have a weekend getaway. It sounds like it was relaxing and you had a nice time.


  • Juju at Tales of

    April 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Sounds splendid!

  • Kelly Lamborn

    April 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    How fun!!! I didn't know that the Goonies was filmed on the Oregon coast. Fun fact! Thanks for sharing the pictures and making me want to go on a mini-vaca!

  • Amy

    April 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    So fun! Looks like a wonderful time!

  • tiarenie

    April 30, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    i love these sunset pics! PS – i used your "how to install a blog button" post yesterday and fiiiinally have one up and ready! thanks so much for the help!

  • Optimistic Existentialist

    April 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I am visiting through Rachel's Tweet just now in which we were both mentioned. Great blog you have here!! I am now following you on Twitter as well 🙂

  • little t

    April 30, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    So nice to just chill together after a really busy semester! Lovely idea!

    Confession: I've never seen The Goonies. It's on my to-watch list!

  • Mojo Giorno

    April 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    fun and lovely photos! happy for you :)) beach looks amazing..

  • Ashley

    April 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Awesome getaway to the beach house!! So fun. We're going to the beach this weekend and I can't wait!

  • Veronica Lee Burns

    April 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    awww looks like such a sweet time!

  • Jen

    April 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  • LB

    April 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    This looks like so much fun!!!


  • Rach @ This Italian Family

    April 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Looks like a wonderful trip! So glad you guys got to go! 🙂

  • Judy

    April 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Looks like you both had a great weekend. Have a great week. 🙂

  • Katy {and Kahler}

    April 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    bummer that you didn't get to use your "perks", but looks like y'all made it a great weekend, regardless!

  • Becky Dougherty

    April 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Sounds like an amazing weekend!

  • Lala H

    April 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

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  • Rachael SparkFire

    April 30, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    What a wonderful and relaxing weekend! I am so glad you and your adorable hubby got to have a little getaway! You two are so sweet! 🙂

  • Ashley

    May 1, 2013 at 2:31 am

    What a fun and relaxing trip. Looks like you guys had fun and ate some really good food. So jealous.

  • Faith

    May 1, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Looks like such a great getaway. I love when we do this. I'm even more excited for out little getaway ending of May 🙂

  • Betty

    May 1, 2013 at 2:50 am

    I'm glad you were still able to go to the beach (especially after that fishy offer…how annoying!). We took a trip to Cannon Beach last November…definitely one of my top 10 places in the whole wide world. Beautiful!!

  • Meryl

    May 1, 2013 at 4:07 am

    That sounds amazing! Good for you for taking some time with your sweetheart!

  • Whitney Cypert

    May 1, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Garrett really wants to live in Astoria. Ever since he saw the Goonies, he thought it looked gorgeous and now says that's where he wants to live lol.

  • Anonymous

    May 1, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I tried to figure out what you're reading. Watership Down? Great choice!

    – Peter

  • ThistleAshD

    May 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

    The Goonies! One of my all time favorites! I didn't realize it was a real town though, nor that I could actually see the house. Life made. Even if it would be a let down 🙂

  • Katie

    May 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

    glad you were still able to go away! what a great weekend! love the beach pictures!

  • Katie

    May 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    i love cannon beach! it's so beautiful there… i love walking to haystack rock and finding those little forest paths with a view of the sea. but i have never been to astoria or seen the column!!!! now it's on my list 🙂

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