What does Paul Bunyan and beer have in common? Well fun of course!
Not only am I a sucker for parades; I’m a sucker for tourist traps! So, we had to stop at the infamous Paul Bunyan and Babe exhibit while driving up 101 on our way to Springfield, Oregon. This road side attraction is a great place to take a break from driving. You can walk around, use the bathroom and actually talk to a two story high Paul Bunyan and Ox Babe. Yes, that’s right, he talks. I’ve always tried to figure out where the person who is Paul Bunyan’s voice sits to talk to people walking by. I haven’t figured it out yet. Any thoughts on this? Talk about the best job ever. The highlight of this visit was watching my kid's reaction when Paul Bunyan shouts out, “Tie your shoes! Yes I’m talking to the blond curly hair girl with purple glitter tennis shoes!” SO F-ing awesome!
After this little detour, we continued to Springfield, OR. We could definitely had stayed in this town longer than 24 hours. It was super family friendly!
Our first stop in this great town wasSplash! At Lively Park. This in-door park (run by the cities parks and rec department) had a wave pool, a wading pool, a water slide and a regular lap pool!) The wave pool was a big hit for the prego lady (me!) It was great to feel as light as a feather.
We ended the day with beer… at Hop Valley Brewing restaurant. We recommend trying the Citrus Mistress and the Alpha Centuri. The service was quick, which is always a great thing with small kids! But the best part was that we didn’t have to drive back to our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express. We could walk across the parking lot and we were there! Family Friendly Rating: 5 stars Beer Rating: 4 stars. See rating system explanation here.
So if you are ever traveling up 101 to Springfield, you have to make these stops! For the full itinerary, click here!