The Pacific Northwest is not typically a dream destination for many when planning a vacation but I would argue that it should be. Back in October we hopped on a plane and headed on an adventure to the Pacific Northwest. We fell in love with Portland and Seattle! We found an awesome area of the country where bookworms, foodies, and hipsters congregate in cute little cafes to escape the rain. Here’s a little recap of our favorite parts of our Portland adventures.
Where to stay:
One of the best parts of our trip was our little apartment we found on Airbnb. It was close to everything and had the cutest little bay window that looked out on the yard at the changing leaves. We love having our own space when traveling.
Where to Eat:
Zeus Cafe – We loved this little gem, the staff was friendly and the food is good. Their truffle fries are a must! The cafe is cozy, a great place for lunch, get a table by the window to look out the window and people watch.
The Picnic House: One of our favorite restaurants of the trip was the Picnic House. It was a casual dining restaurant with top-notch food. Brian had the croque madame and I had the meatloaf and we were both impressed with the food and service. It comes highly recommended from us. As an insider tip, do make a reservation.
Voodoo Donuts: You can’t visit Portland without visiting voodoo donuts. Even though it’s a touristy thing to do, it’s well worth it. We would recommend the grape ape donut, capitan, my capitan, and the butterfinger donut.
Stumptown Coffee: This was one of our favorite places to get a cup of coffee. I loved the cold brew called winter cheer. It had cinnamon and clove in it, Brian loved their regular cold brew. There are a few Stumptown coffees in Portland but we loved the one connected to the Ace Hotel.
Khao San: This was a fun little place to eat. It was good fresh Thai food with generous helpings and a fun environment!
Food carts: Portland is known for their food carts. To be honest we could have eaten here every day and been completely happy. No matter who you are I’m sure you’ll find something to love.
What to do:
Cathedral Park and the St. John’s Bridge: The St. Johns Bridge is one of the most iconic sites in the city of Portland. When we visited Portland the leaves were just changing and the view behind St. John’s Bridge was stunning with the fall foliage. Under the bridge is Cathedral Park, it’s a great little place to take a walk and take in the sights of the pacific northwest.
Portland Art Museum: One of our favorite things to do on vacation is visit art museums. The Portland art museum has a great collection of modern art. We were so excited that during our trip to the Portland Art Museum we got a chance to see the Andy Warhol exhibit on display.
The Pearl District and Powell’s Books: Make sure to visit the Pearl District for some great shopping. Powell’s bookstore is the largest independent bookstore in the world, I could have spent my entire paycheck and whole vacation there. For other great places to shop I would recommend: the buffalo exchange, flairwalk, and sabina style.
Ace Hotel: As I previously mentioned Stumptown coffee is a great place to get a cup of coffee. Connected to the coffee shop is the Ace Hotel, a little boutique hotel with a cute lobby. Bring a book, grab your coffee and relax for a little while. Make sure to also check out the lobby for the old-fashioned photo booth. Brian and I had a blast taking photos!
Living Room Theatres: Portland has a lot of really cool movie theatres that serve food and drinks and screen a lot of independent films. Brian and I chose to go to Living Room theatres and see Girl Asleep! It was a fun thing to do on a rainy evening in Portland.
And there we go, those are my recommendations! I know we only scratched the surface of what Portland has to offer. We will be visting again soon. I hope that you will find these reccomendations useful in your travels! Let me know in the comments what your favorites of Portland are!