My favorite place to go for lunch when I’m at the Portland(PDX) airport is Cafe Yumm.This Cafe specializes in rice bowls and adds a special house sauce into the bowl. The sauce is called yumm, and its pretty yummy!!! They give airport employees a 10 percent discount. If you’ve never been to Oregon, this is a great food option to try on your layover. They even sell the yumm sauce at PDX so you can take the sauce home with you, and make your own yummy bowl. Here is a link below, so that you can take a look at the menu. Hope you stop here when your at PDX!
I have had a wanderlust for Fairbanks, Alaska, ever since I saw pictures of the beautiful Chena Hot Springs Resort. If you have to fly into Fairbanks, I would reccommend you get the Alaska Airlines visa signature card. This card allows you to take someone with you on the trip to Fairbanks for $121 round trip. The second way to cut the cost on your Fairbanks trip is when deciding on a vechicle. If you are a Costco member then I would reccommend going through them, because it will be much cheaper. FYI The roads are very well taken care of on the way to Chena Hot Springs. I would not personally upgrade to four-wheel drive, unless you plan on going off roading. The next way to cut down the cost is by staying at an air- bnb, which are way cheaper than staying at a hotel. When you get to the hot springs the fee to get in is super affordable. The ice bar tour is affordable as well. The one thing I did at the resort, that I wish I would have done when I was on the drive, was dog sledding. This was expensive at the resort, and along the way there was signs for more affordable dog sledding rides. Eating at the resort is also expensive, so I would plan on bringing your own snacks instead.
If you head back into town after a day at the resort there is a World Ice Art Championship during the winter. You get in for free if you work for the airlines or are a military member. This was really cool to experience, and if you have kids its like a giant wonderland, with ice slides and sculptures. I tried going down the slide and hurt my bum, so a good note to self if your an adult is to be careful, your not a spring chicken anymore! Lastly, there is a cute town outside of Fairbanks called North Pole. There is a shop called The Santa Claus House, and it has everything Christmas! This is a great stop if you are traveling with kids, or if you secretly want a photo with Santa yourself. Lastly, there is a really good affordable chinese restaurant in North Pole, Alaska. Who would have thunk it?! It’s called Pagoda Chinese Restaurant. Links below.
Travel Tip of The Day
Going away for a week and don’t want your suitcase to smell? Next time you travel, line dryer sheets on the bottom of your suitcase and then lay them on the top of your clothes. Dryer sheets remove static, and you can put them in your shoes to help with the smell after a long day of walking. Plus the sheets will help your clothes smell so fresh and so clean, even if you have been gone for a week.