Portland, Oregon is definitely an incredible place. It quickly won a huge spot in Sean and I’s hearts, in fact, it really didn’t take long. Before the end of our first day in Portland, we were already head over heels for this city. It makes me pretty bummed to not be there right now and that my mini vacation is over, but not to worry, I will definitely be making at least one more trip there this year to see my sister in her fall production at UP.
Now you might be thinking, “wow Allie really got on with Portland fairly quickly.” Well I’m going to share with you an overall summary of my four day trip to the Pacific Northwest and let you in on some local gems, which ultimately will help you understand why I fell in love with this place.
Sean and I are so in love with Portland that we are hoping that we have the chance to be able to move there one day. I have imagined a nice little life for us there. Want to hear what I think it would be like? Well we would get a nice apartment in the downtown area because I like being in the hustle and bustle so obviously I want to be in the busiest part of Portland. We could get super fresh produce/groceries and flowers every Saturday at their farmers market because there is only one Saturday a year where the farmers market is not going on. That’s right! It even happens if it’s raining (that’s a hardcore farmer’s market if you ask me). When I eventually establish a bigger collection and produce more masterpieces, I could set up my own little table to sell/display my paintings there when I wanted to. That also isn’t limited to just this market; I could have my paintings displayed in coffee shops or bars or many other venues to choose from! Of course Sean and I would fit in perfectly fine because we are weird and nerdy and all of my creative artsy cravings would be fulfilled by the amazing culture of this city.
Alright! Now that I have let you in on my little day dream of moving to Portland, I’ll let you know how my trip went. On Saturday, my sister and her boyfriend picked Sean and I up from the airport and then they proceeded to be our personal tour guides for the day (and they did an amazing job too!). They took us to all the great spots: Little Big Burger was a great choice for lunch as it was just the right portion size in order to leave room for an afternoon snack that was incredibly delicious… Yes, I’m talking about Salt & Straw, which definitely lived up to the hype. Way way WAY better than Lottie’s here in the Bay. Sorry Lottie’s, you are amazing but Salt & Straw wins the award for best ice cream I’ve ever had. I got the Honey Lavender flavor, and I’m really wishing I could have that now!
Please enjoy and get a laugh of these photos. Exhausted travelers, big ice cream, and sun directly in our eyes is the recipe that lead to this photo.
We ended Saturday by going to the Living Room theater and seeing “Hello My Name Is Doris.” Living Room Theater is just one of the many movie theater/dining/bar experiences in Portland. If you love movies and well… eating and drinking… I highly suggest you check this out if you make a trip to Portland.
Portland has a really big drinking culture there. They had some awesome bars here with one of my favorites being the Clyde Common in the Ace Hotel. They had great cocktails and I loved the style and open atmosphere. Next time I would like to stay at the Ace Hotel. I just really want to know what the inside looks like; it’s a really old fashioned styled hotel and in their lobby they have a vintage photo booth and it’s connected to Stumptown coffee. That’s another thing that won me over was the historic/vintage feel and architecture. I loveee old style, in fact, one thing I was gushing about was the light fixtures. Now if you are a design and art obsessed person like I am, then you will totally get this, the light bulbs were so cool. It was the little unique and vintage details like this that really made the environments and atmospheres of the locations we happened upon stand out. To put it simply, it tied everything together. I told Sean if we moved, we would have to get all of our lighting from this store on N. Mississippi that sells old fashioned lighting.
Another obvious reason I fell for Portland was the amazing coffee shops. Sean and I tried three, but our all time favorite was by far Case Study. It was conveniently across the street from our hotel so we made a trip there every day. Their iced lattes are amazing! They have a location downtown and on Alberta street.
Overall, it wasn’t hard to love Portland. Everyone I’ve talked to about my trip who has also been there say they love it as well. It really is a unique and cool town little town with a bit of weirdness. There’s always something to do, great food and drinks wherever you go, and it has a personality built by its unique culture. I feel like there is a little something for everyone here. If Portland wasn’t on your list to travel to at some point, you need to add it. Stay tuned here for the rest of my content covering my trip!