Ahh, Portland. Take me back. Really though, Portland was amazing. In case you didn't know, about a week ago I got home from a week long trip to Seattle and Portland with my best friend Erin. I already recapped our time in Seattle so if you are interested you can check out that post. Today I am going to show you a bunch of pictures from my time spent in Portland and fill you in on how we spent our time.
So Erin and I arrived in Seattle on Tuesday and then Wednesday morning rented a car and set out for Portland. For some reason my mind likes to picture that drive as going northbound so every time I said things like "we're heading up to Portland" or "once we get up to Portland..." I was saying something that didn't make sense. "Heading up to Portland" just sounds right though doesn't it? I guess this is a pretty unimportant detail but I just wanted you to know it took me way too long to accept the fact that Portland is south of Seattle.
Anyways. We arrived in Portland early afternoon and immediately went to a neighborhood and started exploring. I think exploring is the best term for what we did every day of our trip. Literally each day was packed with walking around areas and neighborhoods we had never been and seeing what we could find. I loved every second of it. This area in particular was really cute with lots of shops, thrift stores, cafes, restaurants, etc. Which actually we found out was pretty much the norm for anywhere you were in Portland.
So over the few days we were there, we went in and out of lots of shops of all kinds. One of my favorite things to do was to talk to shop owners (and locals in general) to see how they felt about Portland as a place to live and some of their favorite things about it.
We ate a ton of good food on our trip too. It seemed like Portland had endless options for food and I think we found a couple good spots. One was an Indian place called the Bollywood Theater. That was recommended to us and I loved it, although I couldn't necessarily tell you what it was I got. One dish was a cucumber salad, but the other, not so sure. Though, it was surely delicious. The inside of the restaurant was awesome too. I love when places have huge windows so when they are open it basically feels like you are sitting outside.
Another place worth mentioning was the sushi we got one night. It was at Samurai Blue on Mississippi Ave. and it was so, so yummy. Erin and I both love our sushi and this did not disappoint.
And in case you were wondering, yes I got coffee everyday.
Isn't she purdy? That lady was my dinner date every night for a week. As well as breakfast and lunch, too. You can be jealous.
Aside from the great food, another aspect about Portland that I absolutely loved was the fact that art is so prevalent in daily life. Murals were painted on the sides of buildings all over and it seemed like there were galleries and studios on every block. It was awesome to walk into so many different stores selling local artist's work. It's a city that truly seems to not only accept art and culture but really encourages it to be a part of the community. It was exactly what I would want for the place I live and work.
We spent our night life portion of our time in the city doing a couple things. The first night, we went to a book talk for Cheryl Strayed held at the art college. Erin and I both read her book Wild and really loved it (you should read it, especially before the movie comes out!) so it was cool to see Cheryl in person talking about her experiences. I love being able to go to events like this and it was awesome that it was free as well.
The second night we went to an event on Alberta St. called Last Thursday. On the last Thursday of every month there is an artists festival on this street and in the summer months can bring out a lot of people. We went on a colder night so I guess it wasn't as busy as usual but it was still cool to see a bunch of vendors selling art of all kinds, vintage clothes, food, etc. and they had the street closed off so we could meander wherever we pleased. Yet again, another example of art being encouraged and supported in the community.
After the events on both nights we went to a couple local bars, got some drinks and chatted with the bartenders and other random locals. They were low key nights spent with friendly strangers and they were great. Everyone we encountered in Portland were so nice to us and they always answered all of my questions about living in the city without seeming annoyed. Success.
On our last day we went hiking. Both being girls who love us some fresh air knew that we needed to spend a little time on a trail. We ended up driving about 25 minutes out of Portland to a place called Horsetail Falls and went on a lovely hike. The weather was perfect and the views were too. Living out there is definitely a hiker's dream, that is for sure. You can bet I was in my happy place.
Well that's a wrap on my time in Portland. In case you couldn't tell, I fell in love. Don't you worry Portland, I'll be back.