Travel Diaries: Weekend Getaway to Portland

Where to Stay:

Woodlark Hotel– Located in downtown Portland and walking distance from some of the best shopping and restaurants is the Woodlark hotel. It is the perfect spot to stay and I fell in love with every nook and cranny of this place! It is decorated to perfection and thoughtfully designed to meet the guests needs. As a light sleeper I was a little nervous sleeping on the second floor with city facing views, but I did not hear a peep! I slept like a baby in their comfortable bed and wished I would have had time to get a workout in. Their gym is fully equipped including a Peloton bike. They have fresh coffee downstairs, flowers you can pick up in the lobby by Colibri and down the hall is Abigail Hall a cute spot for food and drinks! I can’t wait to go back and stay at this cute hip hotel again!

Where to Eat:

Mother’s Bistro– this place is a breakfast lovers dream! As a noterious breakfast lover I was very excited to try the popular Mother’s Bistro. The restaurant itself is huge and even on a busy Sunday morning we didn’t have to wait more than 15 minutes before being sat. I loved that they offered half portions on the menu letting us try more on the menu! Not to miss: fresh squeezed OJ, French Toast (coated in corn flakes for extra crunch!) and the biscuits and gravy.
Blue Star Donuts– this wasn’t my first time trying their delcious donuts and it certainly won’t be my last! We opted to bring some back with us for Chris’s co-workers on Monday before we headed out of town. They have an eclectic flavors all that merry very well together. I opted for their traditional old fashioned but some other delicious flavors included: Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Valrhona Chocolate Crunch, and Cointreau Crème Brûlée.

Portland City Grill- On the 30th floor in a downtown high rise this restaurant has gorgeous 360 degree views of the city and is perfect for a nice romantic dinner. They had a great wine selection and a delicious lobster mac and crab and avocado roll- served with no rice and packed with fresh crab.
Burrasca (not pictured)- We stumbled upon this gem when trying to have dinner at another restaurant in the area. When the place we attempted to go to said it was a 2 hour wait we decided to try the Burrasca located across the street and all I can say is WOW! This place is a real hidden gem. Every dish we tried was absolutely amazing and whatever you do- get double or triple the order of the Coccoli- a light airy fried balls of dough with prosciutto, stracchino, arugula & frisée. I promise you won’t regret making the couple mile trek outside of downtown to check this place out!

Departure PDX: Don’t miss this spot for a great happy hour and killer city views! If you get hungry they also have some great bite size apps including crispy pork belly and their roll of the day!
Abigail Hall (located in the Woodlark!): dreamy decor of velvet textures and blush decor make this spot instagram worthy! Great spot for a late night cap before winding down the evening.

What to Do:

– Ride the electric scooters around: this is a fun way to get around the city! The scooters are located every where around downtown and after a quick app download we found ourselves scooting around the city to spot where we wanted to check out some local spots for the day.
– Check out the Saturday market- the name is misleading, but this outdoor farmers market located in the Tom McCall waterfront park is ran every Saturday and Sunday. It’s fun to walk through and checkout local artists works, pick up some fresh florals and eat some local bites including some homemade ice cream!
– Shopping on 23rd avenue- cute little neighborhood and a quick Uber ride from downtown is a street packed full of cute shops and restaurants. Perfect place to shop if you’re looking for great home decor and a few fashion boutiques- plus Portland is tax free so it’s hard to resist not splurging a little!
– See the Portland Sign- Most of the sign was barricaded off when we stopped by, but the sign is walking distance from the market and iconic to the city!
– Wine taste at local wine tasting rooms- known for their Pinots, Oregon’s wine region is located not too far outside of Portland. It was on our list to try but we enjoyed downtown so much we decided to stop in a couple of local wine tasting rooms instead to try the local wineries!

Portland is such a unique city with so much to offer. We can’t wait to go back and explore the city more! Next trip we plan on exploring more outside of downtown including going on a few hikes and checking out their wine region!