Recently, we were able to spend a long weekend in Portland, Oregon. It is a destination we have been looking forward to reaching for a long time. Many of our friends have visited and had nothing but great things to say about this PNW oasis. Now we can confirm, this is a must visit!
It seemed like everywhere we turned there were great restaurants. Whether it was a parking lot full of food trucks, a local brewery, or hole in the wall restaurant, everything was great. We suggest starting the day off with a bottled Stumptown cold brew and incredible doughnut at one of the Blue Star Donuts locations. If you're looking for something more hearty, head over to Mother's Bistro & Bar. A cute, homey atmosphere with great service and an even better menu. When hunger arose at any time after 12PM, we found 10 Barrel Brewing in the Pearl District to be a great spot for a beer and burger. Another wonderful spot was Stella Taco. We visited the SE location on Division. We are a couple who really love a good taco and we can guarantee Stella Taco will not disappoint! If you have a sweet tooth like Cody, Salt & Staw is the place to go. There are tons of ice cream options and each one is special.
Portland has a plethora of drinking options. From micro-breweries to dive bars, you won't go wrong. 10 Barrel is worth mentioning again, we loved our seasonal brews while there.
Most of our time in Portland was spent in the Pearl District, but each neighborhood we visited had it's own great vibe. We found the best way to explore what Portlandia has to offer was by renting bikes and just going for it. Powell's City of Books is a must stop for anyone who loves to read as much as Sarah. Be warned, you'll get lost inside for hours! If you are looking to get outside, the obvious answer is going to be the Columbia River Gorge. We loved our hikes at Bridal Veil & Multnomah Falls. Portland is also home to the largest wooded urban park in the states known as Forest Park. It features more than 70 miles of hiking trails, allowing you to get some quality nature time while still close enough to jog to a coffee shop.
We had an incredible time in Portland and are already itching to head back. If you have any questions or suggestions, let us know!