Saturday, January 20, 2018

Before We Say Goodbye

Last month we said goodbye to front desk staff, Leah Rainer. This month Eddie Barnheart is also moving on–what?! Does it smell here or something?! And though Eddie has only been with us a few months, we’re sad to see him go though excited for what he’s up to next. So here are his thoughts […]

Peace One Day?

Yesterday was the International Day of Peace, and as posted earlier all of Hostelling International commemorated by hosting #SleepForPeace in an effort to raise awareness. Hawthorne Hostel was no different. In true Hawthorne style we put up the “the sheet of peace” the week leading up to the event, giving guests a chance to paint […]

HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel: Your eco-home away from home

If you have walked by the hostel recently, you may have noticed our lovely garden in front. That’s thanks to Steve, our night staff, who has lovingly overseen it’s growth over the summer. It’s hard to pin the guy down, but I was able to catch him for a couple of minutes to talk about […]

2014 Bike in Movie Recap

So you didn’t come to our Bike in Movie Event this past weekend. Hmmm…. Well, we’ll forgive you this once and share a little bit of the magic that happened. So look on, weep for you loss and resolve to go next year….           Dan Austin was also interviewed on KBOO […]

My History with Pickathon–by Eddie Barnhart

  One weekend, the first summer after graduating high school, I got a phone call from my dad. “There’s a festival at the farm this weekend, you gotta get out here!” I had no idea what festival he was talking about, but I knew “the farm” was the Pendarvis Farm, about 20 minutes outside of […]

World Cup 2014: Quotes and Pictures

I heard about the World Cup game after I woke up–yeah the joys of working overnight–so I thought to relive all the joy-and pain-people are feeling after the fact, I’d post some quotes and pictures from everywhere. Savor. Reminisce. And get ready for the next World Cup in 2016 in France.   We are very […]

Traveling via hostels or Couchsurfing?

This past week I had the pleasure of going on vacation to Michigan via Chicago to tick one more state off a bucket list my friend and I dreamed up to see all the continental United States by the time we’re 30. I’m just one year away and had 6 states to see, so I decided […]

How travel regresses you, in the best possible way

I saw this post and thought it was so appropriate. Travel teaches you to step out of the self you thought you were! Posted May 10th, 2014 by How travel regresses you, in the best possible way ***   “Lompat saje” my Indonesian captain tells me. “Jump” he says again in case I didn’t […]

Cheese and What? A Review

      I had heard of Cheese and Crack first from the Food Cart Festival OMSI puts on every year–which by the way happened last month. If you ever have a chance to go, it’s worth the $20. At first, I wasn’t too impressed. They just served little bites in cute plates, but I […]

Wide Open Spaces

Goodbyes are a regular part of hostel life. We see them on the daily. It’s no exception with the staff. Hostels are known for high turnover, which makes sense because staffers are also travelers, who want to go and do things. But this hostel is pretty unique in that most of the staff have been […]

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