We were just recently in Portland, Oregon for a little four-day holiday and it was just wonderful. We brought Kea with us, and had great weather. If I had to sum up this trip in one sentence, I would say ‘I ate Portland’.
We spent our days wandering around, eating, and people watching. We even went to a Portland Trailblazers game (NBA, for those that don’t know….hey, I won’t judge, I didn’t know either). The game was certainly a highlight of the trip, the fans in Portland are super into the game and it makes for a really fun atmosphere.
I thought I’d break down our itinerary a little bit because everywhere we ate, shopped, and stayed was just the best. So, if/when you go to Portland you need to reenact our exact holiday and you’ll see what I mean.
Stay: The Ace Hotel – this hotel was totally my jam. They gave us the warmest welcome, absolutely loooooved Kea, and were just so helpful with everything. The hotel itself has Stumptown Coffee attached to one end (can we say Chai Lattes everyday? yes? oh good…try multiple times a day actually) and Clyde’s Common on the other (a restaurant we had on our list, but actually failed to make it to), so the vibe in the shared lobby space is just so cool. Not to mention, the style and decor in there is so on point, and just hipster enough that even A liked it. Reasonably priced too.
Eat: just eat everywhere. It’s all good, no matter where you go. Because we had Kea with us our choices were a bit narrowed, but still very manageable. Some of my favourites to mention were Sizzle Pie, for great pizza slices for on the go, Kenny & Zuke’s Deli for sandwiches and fresh bread, Storm Breaker Brewing for beer (obvs) and have the Juicy Lucy Burger, one reason Red Onion & Bacon Jam, Grassa for homemade pasta, and Tasty n Alder for the best brunch.
Shop: walk Mississippi Ave and just go in all the shops. I had it recommended to me by a friend and it’s an area we had never been to and I just loved the shops. Animal Traffic was cool, tons of super soft vintage t’s, Pistils Nursery was full of terrariums, garden decor and plants, and Manifesto Shoes had well, shoes! Also, I couldn’t resist the City Target and the Nordstrom. And of course Powell’s Books, a Portland landmark, you can literally get lost in there.