36 Hours in Portland

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.

Fried Frog Legs

Fried Frog Legs

Leftovers should never be boring

Leftovers should never be boring

Stumptown Coffee

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.

Stumptown Coffee

 

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.

Jen devouring Mac and Trees

Jen devouring Mac and Trees

Mac and Trees please

Mac and Trees please

Powell’s Books

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!

 

Powell's Books

 

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.

I'm a sucker for a good waterfall

I’m a sucker for a good waterfall

Always take time for a photo

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.

Deschutes Brewery

Do something wild!!

Learned how to fly over the weekend

Learned how to fly over the weekend

 

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!

PNW Skydiving

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!

 

She had fun I promise

She had fun I promise

 

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 [...]

26750 S Airport Rd
97042 Mulino

» get directions on Google Maps
Recent Posts
Showing 4 comments
  • Arnie
    Reply

    Jo and I were there over the Thanksgiving break last November, and really enjoyed our experience. Well, except for getting soaked through. Oh, and being at Powells on Black Friday. I’m not sure that I have ever seen such long lines. The food trucks are unbelievable. Nothing like that in Seattle that I’m aware of. Really interested in the Mac and Trees. Not at all interested in jumping out of a plane.

    • brie.goumaz@gmail.com
      Reply

      Hahaha well not everyone needs to jump out of a plane for a thrill. Just a friendly suggestion 🙂

      Yeah it makes me a bit sad how few food trucks we have in Seattle, although Ballard is starting to have quite a few outside of our breweries. Not too shabby!

      What did you enjoy about Portland in particular?

  • Danielle
    Reply

    Being a Seattle native, I completely understand the resistance to fall in love with Portland. It’s like we’re always in a competition for SOMETHING! (ah hem, *Go Sounders! * )
    But, I have to admit, Portland is pretty great. It’s still got that quirky vibe that I feel Seattle is loosing everyday. LOVE Stumptown too! The best. Point Portland. 😉

    • brie.goumaz@gmail.com
      Reply

      Hahaha well I am going again at the end of September, so maybe Portland has one more chance to change my mind. I think maybe I keep missing all the great neighborhoods where I will get to really experience Portland. Anything you suggest I do?

Leave a Comment

Contact Us

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Start typing and press Enter to search