Portland | Seaside BeachPortland, Oregon is one of my favorite places that I’ve visited this year. If I lived in Portland, I would spend so many of my weekends at the beach or hiking the Columbia River Gorge area. And don’t even get me started on all the tasty food the city has to offer.
Portland | Cannon Beach

Portland | Seaside Beach

Portland | Seaside Beach

Portland | Cannon Beach

Portland | Cannon BeachAfter spending a couple of days in Seattle, my friend Ashley and I rented a car and drove down the west coast. It’s a little out of the way to drive along the coast, but every bit worth it. We stopped at Seaside and Cannon beach along the way to get out of the car, stretch a little, and put our toes in the sand. The sun wasn’t out, but the fog and mist were their own kind of gorgeous. Portland | Clyde Common at the Ace HotelMy sweet friend Amanda met up with us for the Portland half of our trip, and we had dinner at Clyde Common, a trendy tavern next door to the Ace Hotel. We split the grilled chicken feast that came with the most incredible macaroni salad and fried jalapeños.Portland | The Society Hotel

Portland | The Society HotelStop in the Society Hotel for a few drinks (preferably as the sun is setting). You order in the lobby of the hotel, which is adorable, but the rooftop patio is perfect for a beautiful day and a view of the city.Portland | Oneonta Gorge

Portland | Oneonta Gorge

Portland | Oneonta Gorge

Portland | Oneonta Gorge

Portland | Triple FallsEarly Saturday morning we woke up and drove east of Portland about 45 minutes to the Columbia River Gorge area. The Lower Oneonta Falls is one of the most famous hikes in this area. The creek bed is quite literally the trail, and at one point we were up to our chests in freezing cold water. I didn’t take my nice camera for this reason, but I regretted it immediately. It was such an exhilarating experience. You forget all about how cold you are once the stream dead ends into an astounding 100-ft waterfall. There are waterfalls and hiking trails for miles and miles in the Oneonta Gorge area.

After a morning of hiking, we had a much deserved brunch at Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie in the Alberta Arts District. I absolutely l o v e d this area. There are cute boutique shops and restaurants on every corner. The coconut chocolate chip cookie from Petite Provence was so so good.Portland | Bistro MargotMy favorite dinner by far was on Saturday night at Bistro Margot. We really lucked out with this one. We later found out that it had only been around for a month or two, but I have no doubt it’s bound to stay in Portland for a long while. The atmosphere was quaint, but modern, and I was terribly tempted to take home their bar stools.

You must get reservations for drinks at Pépé le Moko! It’s a cozy and intimate 36-seat bar in the basement of the Ace Hotel. Craft cocktails, a speakeasy vibe, and fresh oysters… what more could you ask for?

I’m grateful to have friends that love to travel. I can’t wait for all our future travels together, wherever they may take us. This weekend will involve a whole lot of settling in and getting used to being at home after a hectic month of so much traveling, but being exhausted and living out of my suitcase has been more than worth it. Speaking of, where should I travel to next?


  • Tamara Goyette

    I have only been to Portland once, and now I really want to go back.

  • Rachelle Rosenblit

    What a gorgeous place! I’m pinning this to my travel board!

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    I LOVE Portland. We went last year and it was an absolute blast!! Your photos are beautiful and you have given me so many ideas for when we go back.

  • Melissa

    Beautiful pictures! I have always wanted to visit Portland, now I have some ideas where to go when I do visit. Where is the blue shirt you are wearing in the picture overlooking the waterfall from?

  • Wow, these photos are amazing! It sounds like you had a perfect trip! I’ll be adding Portland to my North American bucket list now! 🙂 -Kayla

  • Portland sounds amazing… actually Seattle too! Hoping to hit both with the kids this year after earning our Southwest Companion passes. That hike looks super fun!

    • It’s the perfect way to combine two places into one trip! My husband and I are working our way toward earning companion status as well. It’s a lot harder than anticipated, but I know it will be so worth it! xx

  • I want to go to Portland so bad! I’ve never been. Your pictures make it look so dreamy!! I love it!

  • Ashleigh

    I’ve never been to Portland but always wanted to go! My bestie just moved close to there so now I guess I’ll get tot go! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • I love Oregon so much, and I miss it too! Glad you had such a great time, you and your photos look beautiful!

  • Shannon Paige

    Looks amazing- Portland is definitely on my list and seems like you ladies really made the best of every minute! Those waterfalls look like such a dream…. thanks for sharing! *thegoodthingscomin.wordpress.com

    • We did, Shannon! I think I’ve mastered the art of making the most of your time when traveling due to all my weekend trips as of late. The waterfalls, the hiking trails, all of it – so dreamy. Definitely worth a trip. 🙂

  • I’ve been to Portland a few times but haven’t done any of the outdoorsy stuff. It’s on my list for next time now!

    • YES, Lisa! The outdoorsy parts of our trip were my favorite. It’s just so beautiful. Photos don’t even do it justice!

  • Portland is the best! I lived there for a year after college and loved it so much!
    Lee Anne

    • Ah, so fun! I would love to live there at some point. There was so much to do outdoors, and so much tasty food! Have a wonderful weekend. xx

  • gorgeous photos..the PNW is just so lovely. I live near Seattle and love to spend weekends in Portland, Seaside is one of my favs as well…great post!

    • Thank you, Valerie! Seaside was beaaautiful. Even without the sun! I couldn’t get over all the lush evergreen trees as we drove along the coast.

  • Kathryn

    This makes we want to visit even more!! Great post!