Where tie dye is still in style, weird is hip, and the home to great local food and craft breweries. I loved Portland since the first time I visited in 1999, but I’ll admit I’ve always visited in the summer/fall, so I’ve never had a taste of the Oregon winter. My last visit was in August 2015 and I’m already itching to go back. I will always heart you Portland.
Here are my must see and eat while visiting the Portland area:
- Walk around Hawthorne District- grab a bite to eat, check out the original Powell’s book store, or have coffee at Stumptown or in a church (Taborspace).
- Get outside- whitewater rafting, hiking, or take in the scenery at a number of gardens and scenic areas. Try hiking the Ape Caves; it’s the third longest lava tube in the U.S. Dress warm and bring flashlights.
- Portland Saturday market- the perfect place to get a taste of Portland food trucks and local arts and crafts. There’s also a place you may have heard of called Voodoo Donuts nearby. It’s super touristy but the experience is way fun.
- Get caffeinated- the Northwest knows their coffee and Portland has a ton of great coffee shops.
- Visit craft breweries- McMenamins has brew pubs all over Oregon and each are unique in their own way. The Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard is worth checking out. It’s on the outskirts of Portland and set right next to the hop fields and you can play corn hole while you drink or grab a bite at the food truck.
Pine State Biscuits– who knew that biscuits and gravy were so popular in the Northwest? After seeing them on the Food Network, I knew this place was at the top of my list for my next trip to Portland. I went for the Reggie Deluxe – fried chicken, bacon, cheese and a fried egg. Heaven.
Pip’s Original Donuts– I can never say no to mini-sized anything. They mix up the flavors so be sure to visit often 🙂
Olympia Provisions– WOW. I’m not usually totally blown away, but this did it for me! One of the best meals out I’ve ever had. Jasmine rice with avocado and green beans, pickled eggs, and Octopus salad.