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I know you were probably expecting a long blog about the Royal Wedding that occurred this morning, but I couldn't bring myself to bring you more coverage of this extravaganza. Besides, it's being called the wedding of the year and we all know that YOUR wedding is the wedding of the year.

So, in other news, if you aren't familiar with Portland Picks, then it's time to get introduced. The gals that run this hilarious weekly email blast about fashing, local happenings and their trials for the week are precious. They make you giggle and get you ready for your weekend to come. This week, Skamania Lodge is showcased. See our moment in the lime light:

April 29, 2011
“We are planners, and love knowing what's going to happen in advance. We love our big ole paper desk calendar. It has big white squares for every day of the month so we can, get this, write things down. It's like a security blanket for our social life. Unfortunately, not a lot of other people use our strategy, or else they play along with us (Wouldn't miss it for anything!) and then they don’t show up. (Portlanders? You’re on notice for that, btw. Forget ‘Rose City,’ we’re going with ‘Flake City.’ Just say ‘no’ if you don’t wanna go!) The point is that we have a huge list of unbelievably fun & festive sales & events this week in our Hip Happenings, listed below. Don’t miss a single one, and be sure to mark your calendars.

Live Your Adventure
We don’t enjoy camping. Like ‘The Princess and the Pea,’ we can feel every pebble underneath our sleeping bags. That whole ‘don’t shower until you get home’ thing is total bunk. And what’s with the bad food? Just because we’re in the middle of nowhere doesn’t mean we want to eat ramen. So when we feel the need to relax, rejuvenate, and get back to nature, we head to Skamania Lodge. Um, hello? They have a spa! Just 45 minutes east of Portland, Skamania is in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, so we can get our nature on, then find our bliss with naturally inspired signature treatments at the Waterleaf Spa & Fitness Center. Afterward, we’ll savor some of the region’s most celebrated dishes and award-winning cuisine in The Cascade Dining Room or the River Rock. Sure, there’s hiking, biking, fishing, golf, rock-climbing, whitewater rafting, you know, adventure, right there for the taking. But we’ll be taking in the breathtaking views of the Columbia River and Cascade Mountains, and catching up on our Jackie Collins.

To be added to this weekly happenings and giggles galore, go here: Log onto www.portlandpicks.com and check out past newsletters (archives). If you like what you see, forward to a friend and encourage them to log onto www.portlandpicks.com and become a free subscriber.



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