Occasionally wanderlust, Sara and I decided it was time for our next weekend adventure. I had airline miles, she had a car, Portland was in between Seattle and San Diego, I was craving an Instagram picture of Multnomah Falls and boom we were off.
I had very few preconceived notions of Portland other than:
- There are a lot of hipsters
- It is green, wet, and beautiful
- People are (relatively) young
Things I didn’t know about Portland (that I'm sure I could have researched):
- This town revolves around beer, food, and coffee. It’s awesome.
- There are a shitload of food carts/stands/trailers (one source said there are more than 700)!
- Homeless people are BOLD. Striking up conversations, standing too close, and telling you their life stories. It was 95% uncomfortable and also very sad.
- Portland is home to Powell’s Bookstore which claims to be the world’s largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Pretty snazzy. (Yes, I bought a book)
- It’s REALLY beautiful. Drive 20 minutes outside of the city and gorgeous mountains, waterfalls, and moss covered trees await you. (I actually knew this but, like woah dude…)
- People are very friendly. Waves, smiles, and polite gestures were the norm.
I hopped off the plane at PDX (with a dream and my cardigan) and was greeted by the infamous, horribly ugly Portland airport carpet. Apparently everyone is bent out of shape because they are ripping it all out later this month, but hey, times are a changing (http://oregonoptimist.com/community/farewell-to-beloved-portland-airport-carpet/).
Upon arrival to our hotel, we stepped into the elevator to find that there was a Gay Christian conference in town. The largest one in the country to be exact (#what). It was hilarious and awesome. Side note: they were very friendly people and we obviously support their cause. We then spent the rest of the night aimlessly walking around the Pearl District and found an awesome pizza place. We attempted to go to the bars but the Portland bar scene is scattered and hard to read. Drunken karaoke was not our thing so we bounced (minus one point Portland).
Saturday = walking, walking, some hiking, and more walking… my Fitbit logged 21,473 steps and 9.69 miles. Our first stop was Multnomah Falls where we took pictures (below) of the infamous Benson Bridge and then hiked to the top *cue started from the bottom now we here*. The mini waterfalls that feed the larger waterfall were beautiful (also pictured below) and the view from the top was a tad unsettling *but awesome obvi*. We spent the rest of the day exploring different parts of Portland and ate some bomb Thai food. Some more exploring and a short nap later, we were ready to take the town. We visited several dive bars and settled on a club with $3 cover. God, I love Portland. We danced the night away with the locals and several of the Gay Christian Conference attendees #lol. A good time was had by all.
We attempted to explore Mount Hood Sunday, but the fog foiled our plans. With only 48 hours to explore the city for the first time, we figured it was less strenuous to try and plan every moment than too just go with the flow. And the flow is where we went. We went back to Hawthorne to explore the shops and people watch. We had donuts and food cart food for lunch and called it quits on our Portland experience. Wet and cold, I headed back to San Diego to reminisce on our nature filled, hipster weekend in Portlandia.
We shall meet again Portland (But hopefully in the summer next time).
Scroll through my favorite pictures from the weekend below!
Places we ate that were AMAZING:
- Oven and Shaker. BOMB pizza. We ordered the Spicy Salami pizza as per the waitresses recommendation and paired it with a local Oregon Red Ale. Delicious. (http://ovenandshaker.com/)
- Samui Thai Kitchen on Hawthorne Street. We tried to order and the delightful owner suggested we try their egg and pork soup and paired it with Pad Kee Mao Noodles. Also delicious. (http://www.samuithaikitchen.com/)
- TILT. Amazing burgers and craft beer. Both of us got the Carne Jefe which had jalapeños, avocado, cilantro, lettuce, onions, Monterey cheese, mayo, lime, and tortilla strips. My mouth is drooling as I write this. I paired that sucker with an IPA that was on tap. Divine. (http://www.tiltitup.com/)
- Blue Star Donuts. Hipster donut and coffee joint where we got a hard cider apple fritter and some second-rate coffee. But the donut was A+ (http://www.bluestardonuts.com/)
- The Grilled Cheese Grill. Gourmet grilled cheese out of a tiny stand. It had four different kinds of cheese. Satisfaction at its finest. (http://grilledcheesegrill.com/)