Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Vintage, Borzois, Picasso and Brooklyn

Snuggled into a slice of a downtown Portland city block bordered to the west by Broadway and to the south by SW Washington St. is the Hotel Vintage Plaza. Extremely dog friendly with affordable rooms and suites, it is now a favorite business and pleasure destination for KT and Lady. We spent two very rainy days there thinking we were going to explore downtown Portland and all it had to offer. There were many dogs and their bipeds staying at the Vintage. Lady made a special friend named Valenteen, a happy go lucky male Borzoi. We ran into Valenteen and his owner on the same hotel floor we were staying at. Come to find out, they were staying next door! It was very cute how they did their dance of romance, but he was a little too big and young for Lady. We went to their room for a short visit when Valenteen's sister and peeps were visiting. With 10 bipeds and three dogs in a hotel suite, chaos ensued (all fun and games). They wouldn't hold still long enough for pictures (damn).

Hotel Vintage Plaza, pet friendly, nice rooms, great restaurant
Weather aside, the Portland trip was very nice. Saw some old friends, made some new ones. Look forward to returning soon. New Years Eve, back to Seattle in time to take in the Picasso private collection exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. I am no art critic and I understand the importance of his work, but Picasso's simple pieces, whether that are paintings, sculptures or media are my very favorites. Well worth the effort and price of admission. Highly recommended. Here are a few pictures from that day; pictures strictly prohibited in the Picasso exhibit, so I snapped a few at the other SAM exhibits.

Breakfast at Lowells in the market - nice view!

A wonderful place and (finally) a beautiful day - the 10AM group to see Picasso

Made entirely of military dog tags - beautifully done

Amazing bead work - the patience it must take to create this.
Late lunch at the always great Brooklyn, 2nd and University in Seattle

Best oyster selection in town. Seafood reigns supreme.


Samantha said...

Beautiful pic up top, Lady! Loved reading and looking at pix of your Portland adventures - what a wonderful hotel! Sounds like you both had fun there! Also loved the pix of those pieces in the SAM - amazing beadwork, yes! And incredible dog tag sculpture - must have taken years; incredible. Thanks for the tour of two wonderful NW cities!
Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie and Avalon

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

It has been years since I've been to Portland, but have very fond memories of this lovely city, as I do Seattle. It sounds like your New Year is off to a great start as you've been hitting all the basis of 'fun and culture!' I'm not sure which one I would have enjoyed more! :-)

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks fur the GReat and GRand tour!

Of khourse, we do feel robbed by the lakhk of Lady and Valenteen pikhs!


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Remington said...

LOVE your new picture! You are beautiful! Sounds like a great adventure. Really neat pics too!

bbes tribe said...

Lady, you are very beautiful and have a wonderful kind face. We enjoyed all the pics and felt like we were on the adventure trip with you. Thanks for sharing.

Wrigley said...

The dog tags are really cool! The hotel looks very nice - may have to take a road trip....

Wags N Kisses,

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