Summer in the Pacific Northwest means plenty of great weather, festivals, farmer's markets, music in the park, hiking, and a drive to see beautiful waterfalls. Or, it could mean a leisurely stay reading a good book on a lounge chair in the backyard under a shady canopy of trees.
Vancouver, Washington is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Portland, Oregon where food carts abound and the Willamette River offers plenty of green space for walking or riding a bike. Take the Portland Spirit on a nice lunch or dinner cruise or speed away on a jet boat on the Columbia River. There are tons of things to do here, if you like to keep busy.
About a mile from our house is a park with a swimming and fishing pond and a three-mile greenway, or cross into Oregon and drive along historic Columbia River Highway where you can view stunning waterfalls--some right from your car. Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls, or bike and walk numerous trails and greenways in Vancouver.
Vancouver has a variety of movie theaters. Cinetopia, at the high end, is where you can sit in the "living room" theater, have dinner brought to you while watching the movie, and sip wine, beer, or sodas. Of course they have popcorn with several flavors of butter. Carmel butter, anyone? Prices are higher than other theaters, and for a cheaper outing, an older Regal Theater shows second run movies for $3.50. Regal has three other theater complexes in the area too.
Or check out Portland's McMenamin historic theaters, such as the Baghdad, the Mission and the Kennedy. All are for the over 21 crowd and serve food, such as pizza, beer, wine during the movie.
If you are ready to explore Portland, head south on I-5 to Portland where you can stroll downtown, pick the perfect lunch spot, learn something new at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), explore the little shops along 23rd Street where you can indulge in a cup of Moonstruck hot chocolate or awesome pastry at Papa Haydn's. Browse Powell's Bookstore, the largest used and new bookstore in the world--it covers an entire block. Sip coffee in the bookstore cafe while reading. For lunch, check out the many ethnic food carts Portland is famous for. (We have a few downtown Vancouver, too!)
The Vancouver Farmer's Market will be underway in our downtown Esther Short Park (rain or shine!). Enjoy a yummy gyro, grab some fresh baked bread, or scoop up a bouquet of fresh flowers.
Portland has several farmer's markets (my favorite is at Portland State), and the eclectic Saturday Market, known for handmade arts and crafts, sets up under the Burnside Bridge--not far from Voodoo donuts. There are farmer's markets in the area every day but Friday.
We live in a split level home in a quiet neighborhood. If you don't have a car, we will pick you up at the airport. There is a market about a quarter mile away, and two larger grocery stores within a mile. A bus stop is about a quarter mile away too. We have Direct TV and cable with a wi-fi router so you can work on your laptop wherever you choose to sit, including out on our covered deck.
We are looking for someone who will water our yard and care for our very shy elderly cat. We would like someone who actually loves cats and would be willing to befriend him and pet him when he is willing. He isn't a cuddly cat that you can pick up, but he is very sweet and doesn't bite or scratch (unless picked up!). He will spend a lot of time hiding under a bed somewhere, and yet he is actually a social cat who needs to be around people and loves to be petted--if only he weren't so shy. We hope someone will take the time to coax him to come over to be petted as we are leaving him for a pretty long time.
Bandit likes breakfast early--around 6:00 a.m. (not MY idea! I'm a night owl), dinner between 5:00 pm and 6:00 p.m. and a late night snack when you go to bed.
We are leaving on July 4, but would like for you to come July 3 so we can show you around our house and area. Your bed will be ready! We plan to return July 25.
If you want to celebrate the 4th of July in Vancouver, there will be fireworks at Fort Vancouver, along with music starting around 6:00 p.m. and food vendors. You can also explore the fort and other historical areas around the Fort--for free! This year is expected to be one of the biggest firework shows in a number of years.
Thank you for wanting to care for our sweet Bandit.