Travel

Disney’s Aulani Resort in Oahu, Hawaii

Disney’s Aulani Resort in Oahu, Hawaii

We saved Disney’s Aulani Resort for last on our Hawaiian adventure. I saved a few bucks by booking an Airbnb for the first half of our trip. Why? So we could splurge on the second half. Disney’s Aulani Resort It’s sooooo pretty. Our cruise ship […]

International Market Place in Oahu, Hawaii

International Market Place in Oahu, Hawaii

Many, many years ago I visited the International Market Place on Oahu with my friend. We held parrots. I remember it being a very Hawaiian version of our Pike Place Market in Seattle. There were Hawaiian natives everywhere painting nails, offering photo ops, and selling beautiful […]

Dole Plantation in Oahu, Hawaii

Dole Plantation in Oahu, Hawaii

I’m not completely sure what I expected from the Dole Plantation; but, I knew I had to go. And I’m so glad we did. Dole Plantation Dole Whips I was hesitant to get a Dole Whip because the last time I had one at Disneyland, it was […]

International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon

My grandmother had a beautiful rose garden. I’ve always loved roses because they remind me of grandma. I called my dad one day to get the scoop on grandma’s garden years after she had passed away. “Oh, no.” he said, “That wasn’t grandma’s rose garden, […]

Laurelhurst Market in Portland, Oregon

Laurelhurst Market in Portland, Oregon

If a place impresses me, I will post it for you. If not, I will just simply move on and wish them the best. In other words, you won’t actually find reviews at The Old Hen, just recommendations of places that wow me enough to share […]

Pizzicato Pizza in Portland, Oregon

Pizzicato Pizza in Portland, Oregon

When I arrived in Portland for one of my visits, my dear friends had given me a gift of Pizzicato Pizza. I judge a pizza by its crust… then its sauce… then the cheese… then the other toppings. As my friends predicted, I was pleased. […]

Re-Feather Your Nest in Mount Vernon, Washington

Re-Feather Your Nest in Mount Vernon, Washington

Re-Feather Your Nest is one of those stores you never forget. With big business making its way through our towns, it is so important for us to shop at places like Re-Feather Your Nest. I for one, don’t mind if I do. Re-Feather Your Nest […]

Food Trucks in Portland, Oregon

Food Trucks in Portland, Oregon

“Oooo a police car. What’s going on?” I asked my friend, a Portlandia resident. “Oh, see that car over there with cameras on top?” “They’re filming Grimm. Happens a lot.” “Oh, I should get pictures! Dotter will be so excited.” I said like a dork. […]

Calico Cupboard Old Town Cafe and Bakery in Mount Vernon, Washington

Calico Cupboard Old Town Cafe and Bakery in Mount Vernon, Washington

Mount Vernon, Washington is lovely for oh so many reasons. Mount Vernon has everything you’d expect in a reviving old downtown district with nearby seafood and tulips, all in the middle of beautiful farmland. While you are visiting, you can enjoy the fruits of the […]

Screen Door Restaurant in Portland, Oregon

Screen Door Restaurant in Portland, Oregon

One of the best cocktails I’ve had yet was from this place, Screen Door Restaurant. Screen Door is surrounded by cozy homes and small businesses. For the record, it’s worth checking out the housing nearby just so you can hang out here during happy hour. […]