Happy Memorial Weekend! Many (most?) times in Oregon this start-of-summer holiday weekend is gray, cool, and rainy. This year my weather app is telling me it’s sunny and 70s-low 80s for the next week. Yay! An actual summer-like weekend. Maybe it’s weather-payback for the record rain we received this year? Whatever it is, I’ll take it!
We don’t have any big plans. We’re just going to relax, work in the yard, spend time with family and may break out the kayaks for the first time this year. I hope you get to do something you enjoy, too!
On to this week’s three things and links I think you’ll love! (As always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links and I receive a small percentage if you buy through them – at no cost to you.)
Birthday getaway. I planned a short trip to the coast for my birthday (a deal I found on Groupon getaways – do you use Groupon? I’ve found some good travel deals there!) and we were blessed with beautiful sunshine the entire 3 days we were there. A couple of the days were pretty windy – like we couldn’t hear each other to have a conversation walking on the beach windy (if you’re familiar with the Oregon coast, you know what I’m talking about). But one day was mild and in the morning there was hardly any wind at all, it was like walking on a California beach.
Brian and I hadn’t been away together for quite a few months, so it was a wonderful time to recharge and just get out of our same-old, same-old. Plus, we discovered this new-to-us place:
Nye Beach in Newport Oregon. How have we missed this little gem in all our years living a couple hours from the coast? Newport we know well and usually go to Old Town on the bay or the main 101 strip. But our daughter told us about Nye Beach and thought we’d love it – and she was SO right.
It’s a small area right on the ocean’s edge full of hotels, quaint shops, and small old beach cottages, all mixed together. The thing we loved the most was that we could park our car at the hotel and then we didn’t need it again until we left days later. We could walk from our hotel, along the beach, up the steps to the shopping district and get dinner, coffee, salt water taffy (a couple pieces are a tradition for me at the coast, ha!) and then walk back along the street or coast. It was like we were in a small, quiet coastal community instead of bustling Newport.
One of the places we really enjoyed was a restaurant called The Taphouse which had really good pub-like food for reasonable prices. And I just had to share with you the “plates” everything was served on – the wooden boxes you see with our salads above. Isn’t that fun? Parchment paper covered the wood, but everything from salads to burgers to fries were served on them (oh, and those salads? SO good – grilled romaine with blue cheese and bacon and a house salad with smoked almonds and a to.die.for house dressing). Maybe I should DIY a set for outdoor parties?
We also ate at The Chowder Head, which was recommended by my daughter and her friend, where we got our fix of tasty chowder and fish and chips. I think people may come to Nye Beach just for this restaurant because it was busy (waiting lines) every time we walked by – on weekdays.
So, have you been here? Do you like it as much as we did?
Cute farmhouse chalkboard tea towels. I can’t remember where I first saw these towels – I do know it was one of the blogs I subscribe to and I think it was a picture of a store where the author saw them. I was so glad to see they were available on Amazon because I love the chalkboard versions and haven’t seen anything like these before.
Not only are they cute, but black tea towels = no stains, am I right? 😉 I ordered the coffee towel (which I actually learned from – I don’t think I knew the difference between a cappuccino and a latte before!) and the joy mason jar towel and they are thick and lovely in person. I included a picture of the white with black lettering mason jar towel just to illustrate the options, since I know not everyone may be into stain-busting black like me.
Links To Check Out:
Free plant illustration printables from Fixer Upper’s Magnolia Market!
Why choose? Put avocado, spinach and artichoke all in one dip.
What a new, wonderful way to bake chicken breasts.
Wondering the best way to sow tiny seeds? Here are some tips and tools to use.
Honey mustard salmon in foil to bake or grill.
Homemade gluten free bread – that doesn’t suck.
Trick to get the perfect white paint color every time.
Need a Memorial Day recipe? This is a fun way to do pasta salad (plus, there’s more veggies than pasta!).
Like these links? I’m always pinning these and lots more – follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration and ideas!
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