Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Travel: Coast-to-Coast & PDX Ace Camp with Erin Loechner

Portland Skyline - PDX Ace CAMP
A Glimpse of the Portland Skyline from the Ace Hotel
Portland Skyline - PDX Ace CAMP
A Glimpse of the Portland Skyline from the Ace Hotel

In 24 hours I had flown from Minneapolis to New Jersey, back to Minneapolis, then out to Portland Oregon. I had two back to back, life-changing trips scheduled and only a little time to plan. Tuesday night was a blur - I finished teaching a digital pattern making class at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, came home, packed and then woke up at 4 to catch my early morning flight to New Jersey.

I was excited and headed to meet with a new client. New Jersey was a lot more green and lush than I expected, and though it was hot and sticky there, it was really beautiful. My meeting was a blip compared to the long flight I had been on in the morning, and it seemed that I was out of there and back on a plane to Minneapolis in no time.

The next morning I set out on my new adventure : Headed to Portland for a workshop with Erin Loechner from DesignforMankind.com. Excited, I landed and made my way to the Ace Hotel.

Ace Hotel - PDX Ace Camp
Entryway of Ace Hotel in Portland, Downtown - Erin Loechner & Katy Tunis chat it up

I had heard great things about these stylish hotels and was pleasantly surprised by my room (which was decked out with vintage pieces and lots of rustic / industrial flavor.

Ace Hotel - PDX Ace CAMP
My fabulous hotel room

Ace Hotel - PDX Ace CAMP

I had heard about their taste for hiring different designers to outfit the rooms and spaces and was excited to see that each detail was taken care of, from the breakfast nook, to the muraled stairway.

Breakfast Nook @ Ace Hotel PDX Ace Camp
Breakfast with Kristin in the Ace Hotel Breakfast Nook

I met my great roommates and headed to a meet and greet where I met a dozen other fantastic girls. Everyone was here to absorb Erin's wisdom, talk about giant goals and life plans, and make serious headway on both personal and business life.

PDX Ace Camp
Lunch on Day 2 with some of the girls from Camp

Everyone was such a sweetheart, full of gusto (a word I am going to adopt, thanks Ann) and ready to do big things. Our time was spent working through and discussing goals, plans, and common themes in our creative lives - as well as sitting down and getting to know each other over dinners and other fun events.

Food Carts - PDX Ace Camp
Food carts in Portland

Happy Hour at Matador with the girls

Matador - PDX Ace Camp
Looking down the table at Matador

Our last night in Portland with Tapas and good company

It was an adventure. I met some of the most wonderful people on this trip. I was a part of so many wonderful conversations, adopted so many amazing and talented new friends and found an even greater appreciation for those people that took the extra step to make their life plans grand!

Until next time!

Thanks, everyone at PDX Ace Camp! I can't wait until we meet again!

1 comment:

  1. So great to meet you Lindsay!
    Minneapolis doesn't count as an "Edge" destination, but I can always make detours! Is there any sort of Art Colony/Art retreat there? Or non-profit gallery you can think of? Email me!