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Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, quiet, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
Bend, Oregon!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
New Zealand, but we did it as a couple. We are looking forward to taking our son there one day!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Heading to the Philippines in January! Yeah!
Favorite Vacation Memory
We are always happy in Hawaii, but then, who isn't?
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Traveling to the Oregon Coast for my birthday, and our guy having hand-foot-mouth disease and we didn't know it. He was screaming nearly the whole time and was having such a hard time eating and sleeping.
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December 08 2015
1 family found this helpful
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park | kids travel, kids activities
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
84505 Hwy 101 S,
Oregon 97439
"Great part of the Oregon Coast"
This summer we were exploring the southwestern corner of our state in our little teardrop. As a young girl I used to go to summer camp at Camp Cleawox, and the closest I could get my son to that camp was camping at Honeyman State Park. Plus we had plans to go on a dune buggy ride the next morning. This State Park is a great one. It has a big playground (we had a bully situation, but when the weaker kid's mom showed up, the tough kids took off and peace was restored to the playground).

Our campsite was 277 and things were tight for us to get in, but it was a cozy little spot and we did fine with it. Most of the camp sites are packed in tighter than in many of the other campgrounds.

Swimming, hiking, biking and many other adventures are available for your with this state park and it is a great one and conveniently located just outside Florence, Oregon.
December 08 2015
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Sandland Adventures Family Fun Center | kids travel, kids activities
Sandland Adventures Family Fun Center
85366 Highway 101,
Oregon 97439
"Awesome fun on the Dune Buggies!"
During a camping trip on the Oregon Coast I booked a Sandrail Tour with Sandland Adventures. This is the fast version of their dune buggy rides and lasts a half hour. It was like being on a roller coaster and was thrilling! Our driver was a real expert and took good care of us. While the sand wasn't in prime condition we really enjoyed our experience.

They have a slower version as well for folks who might not be as adventurous, but still want to go out and have fun.

We would highly recommend them for your dune buggy adventures!
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December 08 2015
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Carson's American Kitchen | kids travel, kids activities
Carson's American Kitchen
Sunriver Lodge,
17600 Center Drive,
Oregon 97707
"Delicious lunch with a lovely view!"
We met Wanderlust Tours at Sunriver Lodge for a caving adventure. After our adventure they returned us to Sunriver Lodge and we were starving! We decided to head inside and see what was on offer for lunch. The nice lady at the front desk suggested we check out Carson's American Kitchen right there in Sunriver Lodge.

Our food was really good and my son and husband are convinced Carson's has some of the best french fries they have ever had. My son had the kids hamburger with fries, my husband had their chicken sandwich, and I opted for the Garden Beet Salad. Everything was made to order and tasted so fresh with items being seasonal. They were excellent about accommodating our allergies and the service was very good and very friendly.

The view overlooks the golf course and on clear days you can see Mt. Bachelor in the distance. It was a really relaxed and casual lunch and we will definitely go back next time we are in Sunriver!
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December 08 2015
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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
625 SW Powerhouse Dr,
Oregon 97702
"Family friendly restaurant in the Old Mill District"
When we are in our home town we don't usually eat at many chain restaurants. While on a trip in Bend we were given a gift card for Red Robin so we could give it a try. It has been a long time since I had been in a Red Robin, so it was fun to check things out.

When we got there they said our wait would be about 10 minutes, but we were seated quicker than than. Our server was fantastic! He was very friendly, helpful and honest about the dishes he would recommend (I had questions about which dessert was the best!). Our food came out quickly and was piping hot. I think we all enjoyed our meals. The staff is also very lively with birthdays and celebrations!

The one thing I would recommend to them is to improve the cleanliness of the restaurant. I had to wipe grease off my seat before sitting down, my sons chair had a big tear, and the rag they were using to wipe down tables was smelly (our table had a smell about it and we smelled it again when they wiped the table down next to us).

Outside of that, I think this is a pretty typical Red Robin and serves the same menu as their other restaurants. If you enjoy Red Robin, you will enjoy the one in Bend too!

We want to thank the Visit Bend and Red Robin for hosting our meal! As always, the opinions expressed here are our own and we were under no obligation to leave a positive review.
December 08 2015
1 family found this helpful
The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center | kids travel, kids activities
The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center
3075 N. Business 97,
Bend, Oregon
"Refreshed hotel perfect for a family stay!"
During out trip to Bend last weekend we stayed at the Riverhouse Hotel for 2 nights. The hotel is currently undergoing a HUGE $10 million renovation where they are updating everything! I hadn't been here since the 1980's, so it was fun to see the improvements made so far. Things should be finished in the Spring of 2016, but there was no noise from the renovations where we were, so don't let that deter you from staying here! The refurb on the pool had finished the day before we got there and they were able to open the pool for the first time that weekend. It looked really great and the hot tub felt fantastic after a day of adventuring!

We stayed in one of their newly updated rooms on the opposite side of the river from their front office. Our room had a view of the Deschutes and you could hear it running through the night. It was lovely white noise that lulls you to sleep. Even though you are conveniently in the city, you feel like you are out in nature.

Our room was massive! It had a standard queen bed, as well as a queen sized murphy bed that folded out of the wall. You could easily sleep 4 in beds. There was a sitting area with a big desk and a fireplace stocked with Duraflame logs. We also had a little kitchen in our room with a small range, dishwasher, tiny fridge, microwave and all of the dishes and extras! It was awesome! If you wanted to save a bit of money by eating in, it would be easy!

Breakfasts are included in the price of your stay. There is a buffet of warm items (we enjoyed eggs, toast, oatmeal, waffles, sausages, bacon, and potatoes). There are also several "continental" items like cereal, muffins, and all sorts of juice and coffee.

The thing that really stood out in our minds though was the staff. Everyone was incredibly nice and really went out of their way to help us out. They were very friendly and always greeted us with smiles. One of the ladies in the breakfast room always asked if we would be there tomorrow and then would let us know what was on the breakfast menu for that day. You felt kind of like family!

We want to thank the Riverhouse Hotel for hosting our stay! As always, the opinions expressed here are our own and we were under no obligation to leave a positive review. They earned it!
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