My travel buddy and I decided to check out Portland, Oregon for a couple of days before Thanksgiving. We had never been, so it was an adventure within itself. We chose to stay at a quaint Airbnb – Brand New Studio – close to Mississippi & Alberta!. The studio was perfect, new and clean and would highly recommend it! The streetcar station was just about a block away and there is a convenient store right around the corner.
Portland is small enough to get around easily enough by foot or streetcar. The folks are friendly and always willing to help out their visitors. We spent our days in Portland soaking in the fall foliage, good food and exploring the city.
We found some great eats all around…The pics below show:
- Voodoo Doughnuts: Coconut Guava filled doughnut
- Lan Su Chinese Garden Tea House: Jasmine Pearls & Chrysanthemum Teas with Almond cookies & Coconut Tarts
- Imperial Restaurant: Eggs Benedict
- Salt & Straw: Chocolate Gooey Brownie & Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons (half scoop of each in a waffle cone)
- Gravy: Chili Verde. Pork shoulder braised with tomatillos, green chiles, and cilantro, topped with cotija cheese & sour cream
- Hot Lips Pizza: Spud & Bacon Pizza Slice
- Stumptown: Coffee, Espresso, you name it! Soooo good!
- Mo’s: Cup of Clam Chowder
- Tillamook Cheese Factory: Breakfast Grilled Cheese
The weather was great! One of my favorite spots was the Lan Su Chinese Garden in the city. Very relaxing and beautiful.
After a couple days in Portland, we drove out to the coast where we had reserved another cute Airbnb, Beachfront home, private yard, & stunning views!. It was a two bedroom, one and a half condo off the water. Very clean, modern and cozy.
At the coast, we stopped at Ecola Park, Cannon Beach and made our way down to Newport, stopping along the way. There’s plenty of turn offs to check out, some require a little more effort to make it to the water, but the views are priceless!
Hope you enjoy the photos.
It was overcast for most of the trip, with some light to heavy rain at times, but nothing that rain boots and a water resistant coat can’t handle. The city was interesting and all the people were nice. We got some nice tips from the locals when we could. Overall it was a great trip. Highly recommend the city and coast to any curious travelers out there.
Portland reminds me a little of Austin, Texas. While both cities are uniquely “weird” they are both beautiful and inviting to all who enter.