Saturday, January 20, 2018

Marijuana Regulation

There have been lots of questions sprouting up regarding what is and is not legal in regards to marijuana possession and use in the city of Portland and on the hostel property. To be clear, neither drugs nor alcohol are not allowed on the Hawthorne Hostel property, which is a policy that has continued even […]

Spring flowers in the PNW

Being new to the Pacific Northwest means that I’m allowed to talk about the weather, even more so than native Portlanders. The weather in Oregon is quite different than the weather in my home state of Wisconsin. I’m slowly learning to adjust to the Pacific’s ‘wet cold’ winter conditions, which are much different from the […]

Meet Sierra!

Sierra loves art and history and has just recently moved back to her beloved hometown of Portland after studying out East. She is by far the most in love with the hostel cat and is a great conversationalist when discussing all things Portland-related. Welcome to the team, Sierra! Name: Sierra Conniff Hometown: Portland, OR Year […]

Meet Leah!

Leah has joined us from HI-Madison after completing a degree in Community and Environmental Sociology. She is looking forward to taking over the hostel blogging, meeting people from around the world, and learning about the great city of Portland! Name: Leah Hometown:  Madison, Wisconsin Year moved to Portland: 2016 Has Worked at the Hawthorne Hostel […]

HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel recognized by Portland’s Sustainability At Work

City of Portland Sustainability at Work list Hostel sustainability info

Now with new mattresses and bedding!

We are proud to say we recently got all brand new mattresses and bedding at the hostel. The new mattresses were actually locally made in Oregon with the top two inches of memory foam. The driver (pictured here) who delivered them helped to make them himself! All of our sheets are now at least 250 […]

Saying Goodbye

I hate saying goodbye. Leaving people and places you love, knowing you probably won’t make it back to visit, that’s kind of the life of a vagabond. You settle in, create roots, then head on somewhere else. I’ve done it so many times, but still have a hard time getting used to it. I’ve lived […]

Giving Tuesday 2014: An Antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Do some good this season! Support your favorite non-profits by giving a financial contribution. Support  HI USA’s mission–“to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling” –this Tuesday, December  2. HI USA educational programs help kids learn about different cultures and understand the world around them. Support […]

All Saints Day: Remembering Bailey the Cat

Though the time to celebrate and honor the dead has ended, this quote my friend posted reminded me of a very special presence to the hostel:  Bailey the Cat. An integral member to the hostel staff in days gone by, she still lives on in the hearts of those who have worked within these walls […]

The Independent Ladies’ Guide to Solo Travel | TRAVEL. PAINT. REPEAT.

Being a female who loves to travel, and a bit of an introvert, it annoys the heck out of me when I say I want to go somewhere like Tajikistan, and I’m asked if it’s safe to go alone. If I wait for a friend, I’ll never go! So refreshing to read and see in […]

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