From the Publisher's Desk: Putting a few miles on the Valentine Express

By Michele Grgas Thomas The Triplicate February 16, 2011 05:19 pm

 My granddaughter Kayla carries the basket of sand toys to the beach in Lincoln City.
My granddaughter Kayla carries the basket of sand toys to the beach in Lincoln City.
Rick and I woke up on Valentine’s Day in Eugene, Ore. But we started in Crescent City Friday morning driving up the coast to Lincoln City, Ore., to meet up with our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. We took our time and made getting there part of the adventure as we stopped along the way at some of our favorite places.

First it was coffee and a perusal of the best sellers at Gold Beach Books; in Bandon we had lunch at the bakery that sells the fabulous cranberry bread and stocked up on desserts from the Fudge Factory.

We made stops in Winchester Bay and Yachats before arriving in Lincoln City just before dark. Unfortunately, we did a  pitiful job of packing this trip. I remembered Kayla’s tea set, but forgot the dog food. I grabbed some snacks, but left the cooler behind. Rick and I had some serious shopping to do before the kids arrived.

The weather was awful Saturday so we spent the day indoors having a tea party and playing other games with Kayla. Rick and I volunteered to babysit so Dana and Holly could go out for a romantic dinner, but the sideways rain and belligerent winds turned them back and we settled for pizza delivered to our room. The Looking Glass Inn has a spacious two bedroom, two bath pet-friendly unit for us and it was more than adequate for four adults, two dogs and a toddler.

Sunday the sun poked out and the wind died down so we went across the street to the beach. I brought the basket of sand toys from home and Kayla immediately latched on to those. I took photos while the dogs swam and Kayla discovered the feel of seaweed and wet sand.

Later the kids went home to Salem and we headed for Eugene. We always frequent the same neighborhood there, convenient to both Trader Joe’s and Borders. We chose California rolls for our in-room dinner and we each had new books to read.

 The Famous French Toast at Studio One Cafe in Eugene.
The Famous French Toast at Studio One Cafe in Eugene.
Monday morning we went to my favorite place for breakfast. Dana discovered Studio One Café when he was a student at the University of Oregon. We’ve been going there for over 10 years now and I always order the same thing: their “famously fabulous French toast made with Humble Bagel Bakery’s challah bread dipped in a spiced creamy egg batter, topped with almond custard, creamy Romanov sauce and berry compote.” Yum.

Our waitress was Abby, a Grants Pass native who went to high school and U of O with my son, and married Seamus, his college roommate. Abby’s worked there for seven years now and it’s always a bonus to be able to catch up on what’s going on in her life. 

Rick and I ate by the poster of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in “Key Largo” across from a couple sitting under a classic graphic of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”). Studio One is located off of Agate (the road that runs right through the U of O campus) and East 19th. It’s an older home converted into an eclectic cafe with additional patio seating outdoors. They only serve breakfast, all day, every day. Dana says the Eggs Benedict are to die for, but since I only get there a couple of times a year, I stick with the famous French toast!

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