Saturday, February 24, 2018

Meet Brent!

Brent is one of the newest members of the Portland Hawthorne Hostel team! It’s always a pleasure to work with him and we are so lucky to have him on-board! Like all good Portlanders, he loves his dog, high elevation views, and world-class donuts… Name: Brent Hometown: Brattleboro, VT Year moved to Portland:  2007 Has Worked […]

Hasta Luego Sierra

Tonight (almost) our entire hostel staff gathered together for a hot summer BBQ to celebrate Sierra’s next big adventure in life! Sadly for us, she is leaving Portland and heading to the other coast yet again, this time she will be jet setting off to Massachusetts! What’s in Massachusetts besides Boston you ask? Amherst College, […]

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 […]

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 […]

So long! Farewell! Au wiedersehen! Goodbye!

This time I have the unfortunate duty to inform you that another fellow staff member is leaving the Portland Hawthorne Hostel. Courtney Ream, after 3 1/2 years of working within these walls, is heading on to other things. For quite some time, she took the helm of the Girl Scout service projects, helping to educate […]

Staff Retreat: Long Beach, WA

We have just came back from our staff retreat to the Oregon/Washington Coast. After a pretty busy season–which technically still isn’t over. We’re still pretty full every night!–we needed some R&R, so Talbot and Shawn planned a nice little getaway up north to a little area just outside of Astoria on the other side of […]

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 New Guy in Town

With two staff moving on to other adventures–see earlier posts–we had to hire someone new. Luckily, we got someone from within the Hostelling International family: SF Fisherman’s Wharf staff, Parker Catalano. He just moved to Portland about 3 weeks ago, and we’re slowly breaking him into life in the NW. Here is is his Staff […]

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 […]

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