Annual trek to  Northwest Regional Championship for Masters.  Did I mention how much I love this regatta?  It is a multi-day event, lots of racing, hang time with my crew mates and taking in the Northwest vibe.  We didn’t get to spend much time in Portland, so I’ll have to go back!



Early morning arrival allows us time for breakfast at the Tin Shed, a neighborhood place where you fill your own coffee cup and settle in for a hearty breakfast.  Make sure you try their biscuits, definitely a highlight!

From there we head across the river to Vancouver where we are staying.  Anchoring the area is a small park, the heart of the town.  On weekends the park hosts the Farmer’s Market, craft fairs and kids play in the water fountain.  The area is in transition with new businesses popping up, I’m guessing a little more affordable than downtown Portland or Alberta Street where we had just come from..






Favorites this year in Vancouver include Treat Bakery, Tommy O’s and Woody’s Tacos. Treat serves up unbelievable cookies like  Salted Chocolate Chip, their version of Dorie’s Jammers and Peanut Butter cookies. Delicious!  Also found a little ice cream place on Main Street, Ice Cream Renaissance.  Not as hip as Salt & Straw but a nice place to go, especially when the temperatures reach 100 degrees!  Try their honey vanilla!


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