Lately my hubby and I have been trying to travel and see more of the West Coast and surrounding areas. We’ve been living in California for about 5 years or so, and I feel like I haven’t seen much of this side of the states, what with having grown up in Pennsylvania, so we’re planning some little trips here and there.
This past weekend’s trip was to Portland, Oregon! We stayed in the Jupiter Hotel (which I really liked and highly recommend to anyone) and spent a lot of our time walking around and exploring the different neighborhoods.
To start, I absolutely fell in love with the Alberta Arts neighborhood!
We started the day with big breakfasts at Pine State Biscuits on NE Alberta and ate way too much biscuits and gravy.
Pine State Biscuits – holy shit that was so good!
Then we walked east and visited Close Knit
(a cozy yarn shop), Bolt
(a gorgeous fabric store), and Collage
(a bigger-on-the-inside paper crafts and art supplies store).
We also passed by several plant stores and coffee shops, and just when Kevin was almost fully convinced that this neighborhood was made for me, we passed a shop called Cupcake Jones and Kevin yelled “CUPCAKE JOAN” and that sealed the deal. The Alberta Arts district is just perfect. Absolutely perfect.
Cute sign in one of the shops
Mural outside of our breakfast place
Then we walked back to the hotel through Irvington, the historic district, and took in all of the cute houses with porch swings and backyards.
For dinner we went down to Por Que No? on Hawthorne and got taco bowls and sat down next to a statue of the virgin Mary that had a face like this:
She is smirking into your very soul
And we wandered around between the head shops and bars but didn’t really go in anywhere.
Then when we got back to our hotel area we decided to get some beers and people-watch at B-Side where I saw lots of 30-something-year-old punks and hardcore kids.
The next day we travelled to the Pearl District to do touristy things like visit Powell’s books and eat Voodoo Donuts.
I only ate half of this donut but it was really good
We finished the touristy stuff and were looking around for our next move, when we stumbled into the Saturday Market (which is a big farmer’s market type of thing on both Saturdays and Sundays in downtown Portland) where we just hung out and people-watched and alternated soaking in the sunshine and hiding in the shade. It was a super relaxing afternoon, and the stalls all had cool locally made crafts.
Lastly we visited Ground Kontrol which is an amazingly well-kept arcade with tons of games and pinball machines. It’s open to all ages until 4:30pm, and then 21+ when the bar opens at 5:00pm where you can buy beer and mixed drinks. Everything about this place is super cool including the die-shaped lights, and the black and blue Tron-like bathroom.
So that was our little vacation! We had a lot of fun, drank a lot of craft beer, ate way too much good food, and really enjoyed ourselves. Do you have any recommendations for the next time we visit Portland? Let me know!