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Travel | Portland

Back in April, our little family took a mini vacation and headed to Portland for a few days. We stayed at the Residence Inn in Downtown Pearl District in Portland. The hotel was great, very kid-friendly, and close to public transit and restaurants. That week, the weather was gorgeous—it was actually hot enough in Portland to need ice cream every day! It was our first time in Portland with Nick, and now that he is officially a preschooler, he can actually enjoy and, quite possibly, remember the places we took him to.

It was nice to have a little break before the (wedding) season started.

Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi | Yilan County, Taiwan

While visiting Taiwan this past January, we took a mini trip to Yilan and stayed at the Hotel Royal in Chiao Hsi. It's a stunning hotel, minimalist in style, with beautiful, soft lighting, and gorgeous views of the surrounding hills. The Japanese rooms were spacious and elegantly simple. We even had our own in-room onsen (hot spring).

We've stayed at many different hotels around Taiwan, and I must say, this was one of my favorites.