Portland, Oregon

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ah portland. what a cute, surprisingly trendy (more like hipster?) city. i've long been obsessed with it since watching portlandia on every flight i've ever been on. so, once i finally had the chance to go, it was actually better than i imagined. portland reminds me of a mini-brooklyn with beautiful nature close by.


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the first time we visited, we were lucky enough to stay at the heathman hotel - it's one of the oldest hotels in the city, centrally located, and had these awesome loner bikes (for free!). everything in the main part of the city is somewhat close--other cool hotels in the area are the ace hotel and the nines hotel (our second stay - super beautiful and fancy!).

all of these spots are on the west side of the river; if you're in town for a short amount of time i would stay there - though nothing is truly that far apart. 

 

move

portland is really easy to get around. biking is pretty common, and lyft/uber are easily accessible. it's also a pretty walkable city, so that's an option as well.

if you’d like to explore the amazing hikes and wine country (both of which are super close by) I would recommend renting a car. it’s super easy to get around!

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eat

portland has lots of breweries, dispensaries and deliciously indulgent food. but the good thing is that there are many socially conscious eaters, too--so worry not! this list won't get to everything, but these are a few spots we tried.

  • clyde common: this hipster-style bar/restaurant is perfect in between breweries, or even as a brunch option. their food is all locally sourced and changes quite frequently--but always delicious.

  • prasad: vegan eaters - this place is a must! so delicious and healthy. it’s also located in one of the best yoga studios (yoga pearl) in the city. highly, highly recommend!

  • mother's bistro: this is a must-have for brunch. definitely get there early (no reservations), because it's adorable grandma's house vibe is everything you want on a cozy sunday.

  • food truck park: food trucks basically originated in portland, and there are plenty to choose from. there's a food truck park in downtown portland with so many choices, you could go for whatever your heart desires.

  • stumptown coffee: this is a must-try...just because this is the hometown of stumptown. there are plenty of other more hipster spots, but give this one for good measure.

  • heart coffee: really cute (and yummy!) coffee shop downtown. it’s great if you need to get some work done or want to enjoy a beautiful portland afternoon - they have outdoor seating!

 

do

with the constant rain, it didn't feel like we had too much time to explore. but, there are a couple of can't miss things to do:

  • bike to forest park

  • explore powell's city of books

  • try out some breweries (ten barrel is awesome; try cascade brewing for a unique taste)

  • go to the chinese garden

  • hike in the columbia gorge (see multnomah falls)

  • take a day trip to willamette valley wine country (our favorite: domaine drouhin).

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