Salishan Resort Weekend

SALISHAN RESORT - March 9 - 10, 2019

As you all know, last weekend I got out of town to the Oregon Coast for a fun girl’s weekend with my blogger besties Julianne and Gia! Oregon is amazing in the fact that there are so many cool places to visit that are all under 3 hours from Portland. The Oregon Coast is one of my favorites and is only a 2 hour drive from the city. The reason for this trip was to celebrate Gia’s birthday and have a chance to all hangout and gather content. Salishan Resort, located south of Lincoln City, graciously hosted us for the weekend which was absolutely amazing! We also got the pleasure of driving down in this Voodoo Blue 4runner TRD Pro that was lent to us by Toyota.

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After stopping by Starbucks and the beach on our way south, we arrived to Salishan at about 2pm. I did get a few questions about what the pink drinks are that we got, and they are the Starbucks Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers with coconut milk. So refreshing and I love how fruity they were!.

When we got to Salishan, they had two conjoining rooms waiting for us with some champagne and cupcakes. In each room were two full sized beds, a fireplace and an outside deck overlooking the forest and expansive golf course. Although there were other rooms right next to ours as well as above, we never once saw or heard our neighbors which was really nice! Thinking back, although there were other guests around the resort, I don’t think we talked to a single person during our stay besides the Salishan staff.

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By the time we had checked into our rooms and unpacked our stuff, we were starving!! We drove back to main building where the two restaurants are located. The Sun Room is the fancier of the two and located on the ground floor right off the main entrance. By the looks of it, the Sun Room is a little fancier with a formal, sit-down atmosphere. On the second level of the main building is The Attic. They both have the same menu but The Attic is more casual with a bar and bar stools on one wall and also an outdoor seating option. The deck outside helps bring a ton of natural light into the room which was so nice after all the rain we had had. Both places served the same menu but they did have different hours. When we arrived to have lunch, it was around 4pm so only The Attic was open which is where we had our lunch.

All of our food was absolutely amazing!! Honestly one of my favorite parts about this trip was the food! For lunch we ordered the local fish tacos, the steamed clams, the crispy brussels sprouts, the salishan burger and the clam chowder (clockwise). I’m a huge fan of brussel sprouts and these ones were amazing! I ended up ordering my own serving for dinner! This was also my first time ordering clams and they were surprisingly good! I’m not a huge shellfish person but I couldn’t pass up eating at least some seafood while we were at the coast! We weren’t ready to starting drinking yet so I ordered a freshly squeezed raspberry lemonade and Julianne and Gia got “mystery drinks.”

Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade

The two mystery drinks and my lemonade

The two mystery drinks and my lemonade

The Magic Mikey (changes from purple to pink)

The Magic Mikey (changes from purple to pink)

After lunch, we checked out the bike rentals at the front desk and then headed to Lincoln City to watch the sunset! The bike rentals are completely free and in the summer, Salishan is also adding a rope course and a zip line! We have already decided that we need to come back for that! We totally lucked out with the weather because it had been snowing the night before at my place in SW Portland. So to have sun and clear skies was so refreshing! We then made it back to the resort just in time for Gia’s birthday dinner up at The Attic again. This time we did get some alcoholic drinks and our waitress had the best suggestions! Julianne got one with chocolate liqueur that arrived on fire and I got the Magic Mickey which had a shot that made the whole drink change colors!

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Sunday morning was Spring Forward so we took our time getting up and ready before packing our stuff. Even though the rooms are separate buildings away from the main building, they do still offer room service! For breakfast we ordered some mimosas, breakfast sandwiches and pastries and hung around in the comfy robes on our two decks.

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After we packed up the car, we headed across the street to the Spa! When we got there, the staff was so welcoming and had been expecting us. Right away they got us set up with spa robes, sandals and lockers for our stuff before giving us a tour around the facility.

Down the hall from the Women’s Locker Room were private showers, sinks and fully stocked hair products and styling tools. On this side of the spa was the women’s only amenities that included a sauna, steam room and then this beautiful heated pool (pictured below). The pool overlooked the lawn and Siletz Bay.

After spending some time in this indoor pool, we headed outside to the infinity pool. This section of the spa is open to both genders and there were some lounge chairs outside as well!

Even though we went on a sunny weekend day, the spa was not too crowded or loud. We did see a few other guests using some of the amenities but the spa is definitely geared towards providing “me” time to each visitor.

In addition to massages and facials, the spa also offers nail services, waxing and even cut and color options.

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Our last stop at the spa was a room called The Hearth. It is technically the “waiting room” if you are getting a service but there is also a lounge area s well. Two of the walls are made completely of glass and give an amazing view of the surrounding nature and the bay. Set up at the front of the room are a row of lounge chairs where you can sit back, relax and sip on some wine or champagne.

At the back of the room is a fireplace and some surrounding chairs and magazines to read while you wait. This is the only room where you are allowed to drink and the staff is great about bringing you your choice of red, white and sparkling wine.


Overall the weekend was so fun but way too short! Since we were working most of the time to create content, we did not get to relax as much as we had hoped. This trip definitely has us already talking about our next girls trip which will hopefully be sooner rather than later. I know all of us want to go back to Salishan with family or friends for a longer stay especially when the weather is even nicer! For anyone looking for a relaxing getaway or a girls weekend, I highly recommend Salishan! It was a literal dream and there are so many fun things to do at the resort and in the neighboring beach towns. This resort is also dog friendly and you can bring up to two furry, canine friends so it is perfect for the WHOLE family : )

[While our stay and this post were sponsored, all opinions are my own]

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PNW showers bring a lot of beautiful flowers

 
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If you have ever been to Portland Oregon you probably know that it rains A LOT. One benefit of all this rain though is the beautiful flowers that we get. I for one absolutely love flowers (bees, not so much) and am always on the hunt for where to view some beautiful blooms. Below I wanted to share with you some of the must-visit flower festivals in and around the Portland area that I have found over the years! Trust me, your eyes and your Instagram followers will thank you


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The first one of the year is the Cherry Blossoms. Every year, once the cherry blossoms arrive, I know that spring can't be that far behind. There isn't a festival surrounding these flowers but the most well known location to view them is along the Portland Waterfront between the Steele and Burnside bridges. Think NW portion of the waterfront. For those of you who have never been, it is pretty much a long stretch of trees that create a magical "hallway" parallel to the river. The cherry blossoms usually appear around the end of March/early April but do not last that long! Pretty quickly the blossoms fall and are washed away with the rain. These flowers are definitely a must see but you have to make sure you visit in time. If you do miss them like I did this year, there are tons of other cherry blossom trees scattered around the city. 

 
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Next to arrive would be the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival! Located only about 45 minutes south of Portland (kind of near the Woodburn outlet), the tulips fields are perfect for the whole family as well as canine friends. I have gone to this festival for four years now (check out the gallery below for some fun throwback photos) and it is always a good time although I can imagine it being quite muddy if you happened to go on a rainy day. The festival costs $5 per person or $20 per car and I am always shocked by how many cars are in the two parking lots! There are around 40 acres of tulips so although it might be packed, it is still possible to get some pictures without people in the background if you walk to the further ends of the field. In addition to taking photos and enjoying the colorful flowers, they also have many entertainment options for children as well as food and artisan booths. This festival goes on for several weeks with a wide range of events that take place on different days.

Learn more about the festival here

 
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The next festival that I discovered is the Sunflower Festival at the Packer Orchards in Hood River, Oregon. It doesn't take place until about mid-August. Last year was the first time I attended and the sunflowers were in full bloom. We went earlier in the morning so it wasn't very crowded. I'd say that this sunflower festival is definitely smaller than the others but it has a cute, home-y feel to it. While taking photos with the many sunflowers, there was also some acoustic guitar playing and the option to try a lot of amazing honeys and jams that are all made locally. There is no admissions fee but make sure to bring some money if you want to purchase any sunflowers (it is a U-Pick farm) or any food from their little market. This festival is only during two days of the summer so it is easy to miss. You can learn more information here

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The last festival of the summer is the Swan Island Dahlia Festival. This actually may be my new favorite out of all these beautiful flower events. Last year was the first time I had heard of it and I am SO glad I went! This festival is located in Canby, Oregon and is the largest festival since there were also so many tents in addition to the acres of flowers. The many tents sell an assortment of foods and drinks for purchase. During the middle of the day you can also enjoy some live music. Although there are less carnival styled games compared to the tulip festival, this is still a family friendly event. One thing I really appreciated about the set up was that each row of dahlia's had a sign with the name of that flower. Reading all of the names was honestly one of the best parts of this festival. There is also a room set up inside where you can view all of the dahlias as well if you aren't one to want to walk around in the hot sun. Little did I know, dahlias come in so many shapes and colors and sizes! This festival is completely free but is only open two weekends of the year during the end of August and the beginning of September. You can find out more information about the dahlia's here

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Thank you so much for reading! If you end up attending any of these, please let me know what you thought! I am also constantly on the hunt for new places to view flowers so let me know of any other local florals worth seeing. Hopefully I can attend the lavender festival this year in which case I will make sure to post an update!