Portland, 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.
After 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. My 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.
Stop 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.
Early 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.My 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?