Looking to visit Portland but only have limited time? I recently visited my friend Jen on a whirlwind weekend trip to Portland and am giving you my top things you must do!
I will warn you that there is no love lost between Portland and I. As much as I tried to fall in love with Portland, it simply could not be done. Seattle will always have my heart. However I won’t tell you that I didn’t have fun, because when you have a good friend by your side you can always find trouble.
Portage De Montage
Looking for an unusual but delicious meal? Check out Portage De Montage a fun Cajun restaurant situated right under a highway. The atmosphere is fun and the food is delicious (The Jambalaya was lacking that spice I really crave but the frog legs were perfectly crispy and flavorful). The prices are fair with the portions big enough to share between two people. There is also a fun bar connected to the restaurant where you can drink and order food. Although the dining room was fun and the staff was great if I went back I would probably eat in the bar which has a more cozy laid back feeling which I prefer.
Have I mentioned my love affair with Coffee? Ever since moving to Seattle it is as if the very stereotype took over me and insisted I become a coffee snob with the rest of the city. If you do one thing on this list I must insist you try Stumptown Coffee. There are a few locations, we personally had the one on Hawthorne but I can’t imagine being disappointed by any of the shops.
Food Trucks and more food trucks
Do you work out just so you can eat more? Well we have more in common than you originally thought. I love food just like I love coffee. If you don’t know what you want to eat but know it must be delicious, go check out some of the many food trucks Portland has to offer. We went to the section downtown that has food trucks lined up on all four streets surrounding a block. It was a beautiful sight to see for a foodie wannabe like myself. There are many options and a simple Google search will allow you to see several neighborhoods in Portland offer a few streets lined with food from all over the world. Check out http://www.foodcartsportland.com/maps/ if you are feeling a bit lost on where to start.
Are you an avid book lover? Well make sure and Check out Powell’s book on Burnside. This mecca center of books has every kind of book imaginable. The place is so big they have to name the rooms by colors so you know where to go!
Go on a hike
The Northwest has so much to offer that it would be a crime if you visited and didn’t attempt to get a quick hike in. There are several hikes only 30 minutes from the city that offer an amazing view with minimal effort. We chose “Latourell Falls” a 2.15 mile roundtrip hike with stunning views of a waterfall starting at the bottom all the way to the top. Make sure and look for the trail to the right after the waterfall that dead ends but offers a nice view of the mountains.
Check out a brewery
Saturday afternoon came after our beautiful hike and we found that we had seen enough of the city and needed to see the bottom of a beer glass. There are tons of local breweries to check out with so many delicious beer options. We were able to hit up the Deschutes Brewery as well as Fat head. If I had a do over we would try for a smaller brewery as the Deschutes Brewery felt pretty commercialized and not quite like the local breweries I prefer at home.
Do something wild!!
No matter what city you visit there is always something adventurous to be found. Jen decided it was a good time for us to go skydiving and considering I’ve always wanted to go we immediately booked! We went with Pacific Northwest Skydiving center and I am so glad we did. The staff was incredible and they made sure we had the time of our lives. They were the most economical and the experience was better than I could have imagined!
You don’t have to go far or spend a ton of money to have a good weekend. If you are feeling cabin fever onset grab a friend, check out flight prices or consider a city that’s only a few hours away. There is always something new to be explored!
Pacific Northwest Skydiving
Looking to visit Portland but only have limited time? I recently visited my friend Jen on a whirlwind weekend trip to Portland and am giving you my top things you must do! I will warn you that there is no love lost between Portland and I. As much as I tried to fall in love [...]
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