Dorks in Forks!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Last summer some of my friends and I stumbled onto the Twilight series and became totally obsessed. Seriously, we were like crazed 15-year-old girls. We couldn't stop talking about the books (much to the chagrin of Katie and Regina), we were constantly listening to the soundtrack and we were counting down the days until the first movie was released. We were, of course, at the midnight showing of the movie. And I'm not ashamed to admit that I saw the movie three times within the first 24 hours of its release. During this time Christine, Kate and I were also daily monitoring Stephenie Meyer's website for book and movie updates.

At some point during our near constant Twilight conversations we got to talking about the pictures of Forks and La Push on Stephenie's site. Some of the places looked really interesting, and so, big dork that I am, I brought up the idea of actually going to Forks and La Push. Of course, big dorks that Kristin, Christine and Kate are, they were thrilled by the idea. And there in lies the birth of an adventure. And as I've mentioned before, I really think that all good trips and events need a title hence Dorks in Forks! Somehow, it just seemed appropriate.

And now, after months of discussion, I am super excited to announce that Dorks in Forks is officially on! This past Monday we actually purchased plane tickets, so there is no going back now.

The plan is fly to Portland and then drive up into Washington. We'll be staying in Port Angeles for three days and while there we plan to visit all of the places featured in the book. On the drive back we plan on visiting Mt. St. Helen's. Then we will end our trip with two days in Portland.

Now that our airfare is booked I've turned my obsessive planning skills to finding hotels. I forwarded Kristin, Christine and Kate some options for the three legs of our trip and the discussion of where we should stay has begun. But I was wondering what everyone else thought.

For night one we will be staying in Portland and the goal is pretty much to find somewhere inexpensive to sleep since we will be getting up early the next morning to drive to Port Angeles. We will probably just stay somewhere near the airport.

For our stay in Port Angeles (near Forks and La Push) we are hoping to stay at the
Lake Crescent Lodge. I'm just waiting to hear back about our reservation request.

The Lodge

Crescent Lake

Another shot of the Lodge...isn't it pretty?

The tougher choice will be where to stay during our last two nights in Portland. I had no idea that there were so many amazing hotels there. We've pretty much got it narrowed down to three options. Here they are:

Option #1: Hotel Modera

This choice is about $60 cheaper per night than the other two. It's a bit further away from most of the places that we would want to go, but still pretty close to everything. It's got a cool modern feel that would be very fun.

Option #2: Hotel deLuxe

This choice has a 1930's Hollywood theme carried throughout. This one is more centrally located in the city and the rooms come with a pillow menu, an iPod menu and a "make it so" button (I haven't quite figured out what that is, but I'd like to find out). They also show movies on the roof.

This choice has a much quirkier feel than the other ones. It's located in the trendy part of town near all the boutiques, art galleries and restaurant row. The room would either have a balcony or access to the rooftop garden.

So, if these were your options, where would you stay and why?


Jo said...

It depends on how much time you're going to be spending at the hotel...

I would, personally, stay at #1. #3 is nice too though and it's really cool that the street car is right outside the hotel. #2 creeps me out for some reason.

Sounds like a fun trip.

tidymom said...

Well have fun!!! the Sept event will probably be too crowded any way!!



I am so excited I can't even blink! I already told you, but all three options are fine with me. I just really hope we can get into the Lake Crescent Lodge :)

Heather J. said...

You mom posted about your trip so I had to come over and check it out …

Ok, I don’t feel so bad for LOVING these books so much now. I read them all between Christmas and New Years … they are like literary crack.

I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle and Portland … not sure why, but there it is.

Oh, and if you are in Portland, you simply MUST go to Powell’s Book Store. I’ve heard from my book blogging friends that it is the most wonderful – and huge – independent bookstore anywhere. A full report with pics would be wonderful if you don’t mind. ~LOL~

marie said...

I vote for Option #3 ~ The Inn at Northrup Station. I think you would enjoy all the boutiques, art galleries and restaurant row.
BUT ~ I am very curious about the "make it so" button ~ so option #2 is tempting too!
AND you'd each save about $30 if you stayed at Option #1. You could each buy me presents with that!

Heather J. said...

me again ... one of my bloggy friends just wrote a post about Forks that includes some of the places to visit ... here's the link if you want to check it out :)

chartroose said...

It sounds like a fun trip! Go visit some of the places I posted about, okay?

Kathy said...

Why not stay in Forks? Some of the local hotels are offering Twilight themed rooms.