April 15, 2014

Little Passports: Passover Begins + Facebook Giveaway

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Did you know the Jewish holiday of Passover began last night, April 14th, at sunset and continues until the night of April 22nd? This important holiday commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people in Ancient Egypt. If you have a minute, check out the post on the Little Passports Blog where a Little Passports employee details one of her favorite childhood memories of the Seder during the first night of Passover. Do you have any fun family traditions you'd like to share with us?

Little Passports is also hosting their own Facebook giveaway this week! Use this link below to sign up to win a 1 year Little Passports subscription and a 1 year NatureBox subscription. (That is almost $400 worth of goodies!) The deadline to sign up to win this prize is April 18th. If you miss out on this weeks opportunity, don't fret...There are 2 more weeks of giveaways to enter.
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April 14, 2014

French for Kids: Dedans et Dehors DVD Giveaway



Parlez-vous français?" Now your child may answer “Oui” as Whistlefritz, the award-winning producer of the Spanish for Kids language immersion media, announces the launch of French for Kids, where kids are introduced to one of the world’s most spoken languages. Available May 13, 2014 the initial titles in the launch are Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD (SRP $19.99) and Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) musical CD (SRP $14.99).

Recommended by parents, teachers and critics, Whistlefritz language immersion DVDs blend live-action with lively animation and amusing characters that catch the eye and engage the imagination. CDs feature catchy original tunes and native speakers for an authentic flair! Whistlefritz’s programs continue to win honors from some of the most trusted names in children’s media, including Parents’ Choice Foundation, Dove Foundation, KIDS FIRST! and Dr. Toy, as well as top reviews in such prestigious publications as Booklist, School Library Journal and Video Librarian.                                                                                    

Fritzi’s in the house! But où est Fritzi? Finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi is just part of the fun in Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD, the first release in a series of lively language learning programs, which is “highly recommended”(Video Librarian). 

Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD welcomes les enfants (children) to Fritzi’s house, where up or down, inside or out, there is lots to learn and plenty to do. Explore every area of Fritzi’s house, from la chambre (the bedroom) and la salle de bain (the bathroom) to le salon (the living room) and la cuisine (the kitchen). An engaging interactive format teaches children greetings, parts of the house, positional words, food, daily activities, numbers, and more. And that’s not all! Nous allons chanter et danser! (We’re going to sing and dance!) This DVD will have children on their feet dancing along to upbeat rhythms. 

Designed for children ages 2-7, Dedans et Dehors DVD has French subtitles and includes an easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers, who are first time learners of French. Dedans et Dehors has won a Parents’ Choice Silver Award, Mom’s Choice Gold Award, Dove Foundation’s Family-Approved Seal and a Mr. Dad Seal of Approval. Booklist praises, “Catchy music, cute kids and clever animation make this a great choice.” 

Get in the language-learning groove with Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) musical CD, a delightful collection of catchy original tunes and beloved traditional favorites performed by internationally acclaimed vocalists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird. From “Bonjour Les Amis” to “Au Revoir,” kids and adults will be happily immersed in irresistible rhythms and catchy songs that introduce French words and phrases such as numbers (“Un, Deux et Trois”), parts of the body (“La Tête), Les Épaules”/Head, Shoulders) and children’s favorite topics “Quand Je Serai Grand”/When I’m Big.” A rollicking rendition of “La Vieux MacDonald” (Old MacDonald) puts a French twist on a beloved classic. Recommended for ages 2-7.
 
 
 
All Whistlefritz programs including French for Kids are available at www.whistlefritz.com.
 
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April 12, 2014

C!RCA Review

C!RCA
Brisbane Company Circa is one of Australia’s greatest contemporary circus exports. The cast combines dance with physical theater to produce a combination of acrobatic and tumbling sequences which make up a show that’s extraordinarily energetic, powerful and sexy. Circa has been re-inventing circus as an art form since their creation by renowned director Yaron Lifshitz. Since 2006 Circa has toured to 24 countries across 5 continents, leaving audiences exhilarated at just what the human form can do. 

I was fortunate to attend C!RCA at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall last night, and it was quite an amazing show!

For approximately 75 minutes, 7 individuals performed spectacular feats of strength, agility, and flexibility that were awe-inspiring.

There were no elaborate sets, no colorful costumes, and no words spoken. 

With just the use of a few props and sometimes aided by music, the performers simply relied on their own physical strengths and that of their fellow performers to tell stories that were poetic and sometimes humorous. 

There were some segments that I thought were a lot more intriguing than others, specifically the more energetic ones, but even during the slower segments it was pretty incredible what the performers could do with their bodies.

There were bits of humor sprinkled throughout the show, but for the most part
C!RCA relied entirely on the physical and mental abilities of the performers to engage the audience.  There were moments I cringed (it seriously looked as if one performer was going to break while being swung like a jump rope), there were moments I laughed (what one performer does with a long piece of elastic was unexpected and very funny), and there were many, many moments I was simply in awe (the hula hoops performance was my fave!).

The 75 minutes went rather quickly, and once the finale ended, I thought about how these 7 performers jumped, twirled, flipped, danced, balanced, and more for over an hour.

That is pretty darn remarkable.

C!RCA continues tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 2pm.

Tickets are available from the Blaisdell Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, from Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

C!RCA is presented by Tim Bostock Productions, and is supported by KSSK Radio and Aqua Hotels and Resorts.

Complimentary tickets were provided for review purposes.

April 11, 2014

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Review

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), a facility that serves over a million visitors a year, engages the minds of both the young and young at heart through numerous hands-on exhibits and labs through which visitors learn all about the wonders of science.

Highlights of Our Hosted Visit
The first exhibit we visited was the Tony Hawk / Rad Science exhibit (continues through May 4).

Tony Hawk / Rad Science
With more than 25 interactive experiences, visitors could test their balance on skateboards, learn all about skateboards and gear, and even play some video games.

One of my kids' favorite experiences was Friction Hill, where on one side of the hill kids could race up different surfaces to see which surface was easiest to climb, and on another side of the hill kids could slide different materials down various surfaces to see which combination would be the fastest.

In the Earth Hall, we learned about energy, weather, the environment, geology, and more.  There was a fun recycling game, a cool pinball machine with eco-friendly tips, and a human power display complete with a mini treadmill to emphasize the benefits of walking when it comes to the environment.

Earth Hall Exhibit
In Life Hall, we learned all about our bodies, our development, our growth, and how to live a longer, healthier life. My oldest son enjoyed What Can We Do About Aging?, which allowed him to take a peek at various stations to see what can be done to live healthier lives, such as floss your teeth and protect yourself from the sun.  My younger sons really enjoyed the puppet theater and the exhibits that involved food, such as the Eat a Rainbow puzzle.
Life Hall Exhibit
Turbine Hall, which focuses on technology, was one of my kids' favorite places.  They had a lot of fun shaking around in the Earthquake House, building an Arch Bridge, and transporting blocks in the Port of Portland. 
Building an Arch Bridge
Transporting Cargo in the Port of Portland

The biggest draw was the Inventor's Ball Room, where kids could get creative with materials to send balls flying in the air.

Inventor's Ball Room
By far their favorite exhibit at OMSI was the Science Playground (the area is specifically for kids 6 and under, but those older than 6 may enter if a sibling 6 or under and an adult accompanies him/her).

In the Science Playground is a Water Area, Sandland, a Kids Market, and so much more!
Water play
Building blocks
My kids repeatedly asked to go back to this area so they could build, play, and pretend.

Throughout OMSI there are also many Science Labs where kids can learn about chemistry, get a closer look at fossils, or even build things.

My husband's favorite exhibits were the brain teaser stations. He wished he had more time at each station, but my kids kept wanting to explore other areas.

There really is something for everyone at OMSI!

Dining
On site is Galileo's Snack Bar and Theory.  We ended up dining at Theory for lunch.
Side Penne and Cheese



Grilled Cheese - Provolone, Swiss, American, and Havarti on Brioche

Cubano - Roasted Carlton Farms pork loin, shaved ham, pickled zucchini, provolone cheese with Dijon aioli on ciabatta
The food was reasonably-priced, delicious, and satisfying.

I thought the ambience was very fresh and inviting, and I also thought the booth benches were really neat (they slide out, which is great if the person on the inside needs to get up for whatever reason, and the other diners can simply stay seated).

There was also a cool science experiment going on at the eatery where kids could learn about the acidity of different foods.

Our Experience Visiting with a Special-Needs Child
My oldest son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and although I know kids on the spectrum all behave and react differently in various environments, I always try to share our personal experience when visiting attractions.

Upon arrival we asked for a map since my son loves maps and looking at one gives him a sense of calm so he can familiarize himself with a new place.

However, it was evident that my son felt a bit overwhelmed by all of the exhibits.  Initially he did not want to participate in any experiments, but after a while he started to get comfortable, and he started to interact with more and more exhibits.

It wasn't until we went into the Science Playground, where he saw the water play stations, did he really feel at ease.  He stayed in the water play area for a very long time, and he did the same at the water play area in Turbine Hall.

More water play
Other exhibits he really enjoyed were the Inventor's Ball Room (he enjoys exhibits that involve balls), as well as the building blocks area in the Science Playground and the Port of Portland area in the Turbine Hall because of the huge maps on the floor.

There were times he did seem to get overstimulated, especially because of the number of people at the museum, or because of interacting with an exhibit that was out of his comfort zone, and during those times we'd tell him he could go back to one of his favorite areas, or we could take a break somewhere.

There are several places to sit within OMSI for rest breaks, and even some areas that were quieter than others (e.g. the Discovery Lab in the Science Playground or upstairs in the Turbine Hall).  We also went outside a couple of times for a break - there's a beautiful view of the Willamette River and a couple of bridges (he loves bridges).

Overall he really enjoyed himself at OMSI, and it was great to see him interact with so many exhibits.

Final Thoughts
OMSI is definitely a must-see for any visitor to the Porland, Oregon area, and I'm quite envious of those who have annual memberships.  I could see our family going to OSMI very often, learning something new each time.  We were there for about 5 hours, and there was still so much more we could've done and learned.

I was very impressed with the clever and fun ways that the various exhibits taught us about science, and the OMSI staff and volunteers were very friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic.

It's no wonder that OMSI serves over a million visitors a year.  It's an amazing facility that keeps visitors engaged with exhibits showcasing the wonders of science.
  
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 797-4000


Click here for admission prices, hours, and parking information.

Thank you to OMSI for hosting our visit.  Meals were paid on our own.

April 10, 2014

Review: SHOLDIT Clutch Wrap Purse

Disclosure: The below Clutch Wrap purse was provided free of charge from SHOLDIT for review purposes.

FASHION and FUNCTION don't always go together, but when they do... it's sure exciting!  That's why SHOLDIT 's clutch wrap purse is such a fabulous product! It's a product which allows us to be fashionable while still being very functional!  The fashionable part: it can be worn as an infinity neck wrap, shoulder wrap, head wrap, or even folded into a clutch...very versatile, depending on your mood!  The functional part: you can carry a cell phone, wallet, passport, or keys...all while keeping your hands-free!

 
The pocket is very discreet & items are tucked away in a secure spot!  Visit SHOLDIT's website
 for an insight on the variety of colors that they offer!  It's a sure way to add a fun & fashionable accessory to your outfit!
 

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About SHOLDIT
 
SHOLDIT products give you the freedom to enjoy a hands free lifestyle so you can do more of the things you love. 
Growing up rural, she began with a one-room, eight-student school and a grandfather saying marry rich to be successful, Angela Lee took this foundation to fight for her dream in fashion. With a twenty dollar sewing machine and no industry connections, SHOLDIT, in one year, has been featured nationally including The TODAY Show, GMA, Forbes, and sold by top retailers. Now the mission is to inspire freedom beyond products: to encourage others to accomplish their own impossible dreams. 
In creating the idea for the SHOLDIT brand and its product line, many things came to heart. Being a fast paced woman, always on the go, I grew tired of carrying a traditional bag. I soon realized I wasn’t the only one. I kept hearing about the same frustrations from others of lugging a heavy purse, the strap cutting into the shoulder causing neck and back strain, having to dig around forever trying to find something, the constant worry of leaving it behind or fear of it hanging on a chair back for someone to swipe or dig in while not paying attention. Also, every woman will cringe at the thought of setting it on the floor only to get dirty, wet, or sticky and whatever else stuck to it. The idea for a new style of purse struck me after two particularly frustrating events: almost losing my passport in the airport and then actually losing my cell phone at a sporting event because I didn’t want to carry a bag all day. I thought, “There has got to be a better, more fashionable way!” Then I thought, “I love the look and feel of a scarf, the security of across the body bags, and the simplicity of a clutch. Why not incorporate everything to create an entirely new and different style of purse!” It may be worn in a variety of ways and has the added value of converting back into a clutch when desired. The SHOLDIT Clutch Wrap purse prevents so many problems and frustrations including: making one limited to carrying only the necessities, giving hands free movement with out the strain, keeping valuables secure, and it’s a fashion piece! So from the center of my heart, I wish for SHOLDIT accessories to bring true love and freedom to those it touches.  

Thank you to SHOLDIT for the information and Clutch Wrap purse free of charge.

Mabel's Labels Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs - Save $2

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The season for summer camp preparation has begun! By now you're already scrambling to sign your kids up, and soon you'll be sorting through the piles of sunscreen, swimsuits and sneakers. Make their lives a little more organized (and yours a little easier) by picking up some Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs from Mabel's Labels . These UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags are designed for kids camp equipment — clothing, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more — and ready to take a summer beating. To complete the outfit of adventure, receive 20% off of an insulated water bottle from Eco Vessel with your Limited Edition Camp Combo Pack purchase.

Let Mabel's Labels help you to get them sorted, tagged and prepped for a summer they won't soon forget. Plus, save $2 with early bird pricing now through April 30th! Happy Camping!

Even Monsters Monster Art Contest and Book Giveaway

Even Monsters by AJ Smith
Everybody knows monsters can be...well, MONSTERS. But did you know sometimes even monsters get scared? They can also be sad, they can be kind, and they can miss their mommies. Sometimes, they're just plain silly. And even monsters need to brush their teeth! Join AJ Smith’s delightful monsters Glubb and Skeebu as they go to school, play outside, brush their teeth, and read bedtimes stories… just like your kiddos do! The moral of the story: EVEN MONSTERS need a kiss goodnight!

Bonus Digital Components: Young readers can explore beyond the pages at EvenMontsers.com, where kids and parents can download and play with features such as songs, age-appropriate games, how-to guides for drawing, coloring sheets, videos, (including a "making of Even Monsters" clip), monster trading cards, a make-your-own-cootie game and more! EvenMonsters.com will also feature a short weekly web comic, featuring Glubb and Skeebu.

A.J. Smith makes silly stories and funny drawings for kids (and immature adults). When he's not scribbling up books, he's usually animating/designing for cartoons like Courage The Cowardly Dog, Sheep In The Big City, Word Girl, and Sesame Street. AJ lives with his wife Karen and daughters Mirabelle and Chloe a little bit north of Boston.


Monster Art Contest
http://www.evenmonsters.com/artcontest_bottom.jpg
 

To help kids overcome their fear of the dark and see how silly monsters can be, AJ invites them to participate in the Monster Art Contest. Children ages 2-9 can send in their best monsters drawings for the chance to have their art animated into their own music video! The best 100 drawings will appear in a special Even Monsters art gallery, and the top 20 drawings will be animated into their own music video. Visit http://www.evenmonsters.com/artcontest.html for more information.

Win: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Even Monsters!

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April 9, 2014

Crazy 8: 20% off Markdowns

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Warmer weather is quickly approaching, but not as quickly as your kids grew out of last year's clothes! It's time to start stocking up on this season's styles for spring. Luckily, Crazy 8 is offering 20% off markdowns so your kids can get everything they need (and some they don't!) without cleaning out your wallet. That's up to 60% off! The sale starts tomorrow (4/10) for a limited time, so hurry before it's gone!


April 8, 2014

The New Goods at The Counter®

If you have yet to try The Counter®, you don't know what you're missing.  And with the new menu items that they have recently added to their menu, there is no better time than now to give them a try (or revisit them if it's been a while since your last visit).

For the past ten years, The Counter® has been known to be the place to go to custom-build your own burger.  Every aspect of your burger is determined by you.  You select the bun, meat, sauce, and toppings.  If you are the type that does not like to make decisions, you can select from one of their "Expert Build" burgers, where the ingredients are pre-set for you, so all you have to do is sink your teeth into your burger and enjoy the combination of flavors and ingredients that have been pre-selected by their experts.

The Counter recently revamped their menu, adding new Expert Build burgers to the menu:  
  
Red Eye:  hormone and antibiotic free beef topped with melted tillamook cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, ripened red tomato, a sunny side up egg on an English muffin with a side of sweet sriracha
Un-Brie-lievable:  100% natural ground turkey on a bed of organic mixed greens topped with soft-ripened brie, ripened red tomato, dried cranberries on a multigrain bun with a side of apricot sauce
Bison with Bite:  organic bison topped with tillamook cheddar, spicy pickles, sliced red onion on a brioche style bun with a side of house mustard and spicy worcestershire
Southeast Asian Ahi:   ahi tuna topped with pickled carrot and daikon slaw, ripened red tomato on a brioche style bun with a side of nori-soy sauce and sweet sriracha
Anaheim Jack:  100% natural chicken breast topped with jalapeno jack, Anaheim peppers, red onions on a ciabatta bun with a side of roasted garlic aioli

I recently visited The Counter with a friend to try a couple of their new Expert Builds - here's what we ordered:

The Red-Eye: perfect for those who enjoy breakfast, thanks to the egg and muffin.  The sweet sriracha sauce is a perfect blend of sweet and spicy.  It'll gives the burger a nice kick. 


Cross section of the Red Eye


The Un-Brie-lievable: you almost don't notice that you're eating turkey and not ground beef.  Pairing this burger with a side of apricot sauce was a brilliant idea. 


Cross Section of the Un-Brie-lievable


No meal at The Counter® is complete without Shoestring Fries and Crispy Onion Strings 

Learn more about The Counter® at http://www.thecounterburger.com/ and find a location near you by going to http://www.thecounterburger.com/locations/.

Disclosure: Complimentary gift cards were provided for review purposes.

The location I visited:
4211 Waialae Avenue E-1
Honolulu, HI 96816

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Planes: Fire & Rescue New Trailer

Check out the new trailer for Planes: Fire & Rescue below!  The movie opens in theaters on July 8!

Show Some Tech Love this Mother's Day with These 6 Must-Have Gadgets for Her

AT&T’s List of Mommy Must Haves
 
1)      FiLIP
 
AT&T’s FiLIP is an award-winning colorful, wearable phone and smart locator for kids and is available at select Hawaii AT&T stores and online. With FiLIP, moms can easily stay in touch with their children with the push of a button, giving kids the ability to explore, play, and create their own adventures during family travel. Available for $199.
 
 
 
2)      AmberAlert
 
This Mother’s Day, set her mind at ease by giving her The Amber Alert GPS® Smart Locator. The device enables parents and caregivers of children ages two through 10 to stay connected through GPS location awareness and two-way mobile voice communications. Now you can see where your children are, where they’ve been and for how long, all from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Available for $129.
 
 
3)      Belkin WeMo Baby Monitor
 
With the WeMo Baby monitoring device from Belkin, moms can conveniently use their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch as a baby monitor. The device works with Wi-Fi routers to wirelessly stream audio from her baby’s room to her mobile device. Moms will appreciate being immediately alerted when their baby needs them, without having to carry around a second device. Available for $69 with free 2-day shipping from ATT.com.
 
 
4)      Samsung Galaxy Mega
 
With little ones running around, mom needs all the help she can get to stay productive. With the Samsung Galaxy Mega, she can have a device that combines both a smartphone and a tablet, helping her stay organized at home and on the go. With access to AT&T’s 4G LTE speeds plus an easy-to-carry design, this device is the perfect partner for a mom’s busy life. Free with 2-year contract and instant online discounts at ATT.com.
 
 
 
5)      Belkin Chef Stand
 
A mother’s hands are always full and one less thing to worry about makes all the difference. With AT&T’s Chef Stand + Stylus, moms will have an easy way to create delicious dinners for the family without having to fumble through cookbooks or worry about touching the device with messy hands. The Chef Stand’s wand allows you to follow recipes and browse the Internet without every laying a finger on your screen. Available for $40 with free online shipping at ATT.com.
 
 
 
6)      NXE ActiveRIDE Mount
 
While on the go, mom can stay connected with the NXE ActiveRIDE mount, ideal to hook onto bikes and strollers. The mount provides protection for her personal media device and offers numerous attachment options. The ActiveRIDE also includes a storage unit where mom can store everything from snacks for the baby to her ID and wallet. The device also has a headphone port for mom to rock out to her favorite tunes while sleeping babies catch some Z’s. Available for $40 with free online shipping at ATT.com.  
 

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April 7, 2014

Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach Review

It wasn't until three years ago that I first heard about Red Lion Hotels, and ever since it's a brand I've grown to trust.

To me, Red Lion Hotels is synonymous with great service, clean and comfortable rooms, and numerous amenities, which is why our family decided to stay at the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon, which is located just 15 minutes away from Portland International Airport with easy access to I5 and numerous shops.

Check-In
As we drove up to the Red Lion on the River - Jantzen Beach, my first impression was that it was a HUGE hotel (4 wings with 320 guest rooms and suites), but the exterior looked a bit dated. However, once I stepped into the lobby I was very impressed with the fresh, modern interior (and would soon find out the rooms would be just as fresh and modern).

Check-in was quick and friendly.

As a Red Lion R&R Club Member I received a couple of bottles of complimentary water, and we were directed to our hosted room.
R&R Club Members get complimentary water upon check-in
Lobby Seating

Room
We stayed in a Premium 2 Queen Beds Non Smoking Room which overlooked the pool, and we had a nice view of the Columbia River.

Whirlpool and pool
View of Columbia River
The room itself was spacious and clean, and the plush pillow top beds were SO comfortable. 
Plush Pillow Top Beds
I thought the flat-screen TV was a bit small for the room, but it sufficed, and I loved that there was a large work desk, as well as a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker.

Work desk

Microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator
I thought it was great that the hotel offered eco-friendly bath amenities as well as a bin for recyclables.   I also really liked that there were two sinks in the room.
Bathroom
Second sink
Shower
Occasionally we could hear the sounds of airplanes or trains late at night or early in the morning, but any noise, even from other guests, was minimal.
 
Dining
Although I was a bit disappointed that the hotel no longer offers the Roaring Start Breakfast Buffet, Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill, the on-site restaurant, does offer a breakfast menu with great options.

Kids Hayden Island Breakfast - One egg, hash browns, bacon, toast

Kids Pancakes with Fruit, Syrup, and Oregon Sweet Cream

Columbian Omelet

Bacon Mushroom Omelet
Not only was the food good, but the service was great, the prices were very reasonable, and the view was absolutely stunning!
View from Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill
Other Services and Amenities
  • Complimentary Parking - LOTS of free parking.  Even during conferences and other special events at the hotel we never had a problem finding parking
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center - perfect for printing out our boarding passes
  • Tennis Courts
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Airport Shuttle
  • Swimming Pool
  • Laundry Room
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Recycling Stations - the hotel is very conscious about sustainability and the environment.
  • Plenty of Seating Areas - in addition to the in lobby, there are numerous sofas and chairs for guests to sit and relax throughout the hotel
  • Books to Borrow - the hotel offers many books for guests to borrow
  • Jantzen Beach Café/Espresso Lounge
For more information and a list of amenities click here.

Fitness Center
Business Center


Tennis Courts
Laundry Room
Recycling stations
Seating area with books to borrow

Jantzen Beach Café / Espresso Lounge

Final Thoughts
Once again we had a wonderful stay at a Red Lion Hotel.

From check-in to check-out, we received great service.  The convenient location, clean and comfortable room,  and the numerous services and amenities made the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach the ideal hotel for us during our Portland vacation.

Just outside the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach

 Thank you to Red Lion on the River - Jantzen Beach for hosting our stay.  Gratuities and meals were paid on our own.

 
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