Thursday, December 22, 2016

17+ things to do on a weekend in Portland

Spent a quick 48 hours in Portland and will definitely visit again in the spring. It was freakishly cold for PDX at between 28 and 35 degrees Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the ground was covered in snow (and ice, which led to me to eat it on the pavement a couple hours into my trip). A lot of eating and drinking was done (possibly too much, and more than usual) and it's important to note that if you're not a drinker, Portland's probably not the city for you.


The city is divided into four quadrants (NW, SW, NE, SE) and much of it can be explored on foot. I'd recommend taking cabs or Lyft/Uber to get from quadrant to quadrant.

Eat/drink 

Go to:

Tilt for a burger or the biggest, juiciest, most savory bacon, egg and cheese biscuit at lunchtime.  

Sizzle Pie for a great late-night slice. 
 
Han Oak for a prix-fixe ($35) family style (communal tables) Korean dinner. 

Multnomah Whiskey Library for fancy cocktails and a selection of 1,500+ spirits. 

Coquine, Le Pigeon or Little Bird for bomb French food (although I didn't make it to any of these and will blame the snow, all three came highly recommended and I'll make it a point to visit at least two on my next trip to PDX).  

Trifecta Annex inside Pine Street Market for breakfast pizza (yes, it's got eggs on it).

Heart Coffee Roasters, Coava Coffee RoastersStumptown and the Society Cafe for a latte and/or cappuccino. 
Brewvana bus for a a 4-hour beer and barrels tour that takes you to three breweries and one whiskey distillery. On this tour, I learned that there are 72 breweries in Portland and 20% of the world's hops (one of beer's four ingredients) are produced in Oregon and Washington. 

Tasty n Alder for killer brunch potatos and violet-colored (and flavored) bubbles. 

TesoAria Vineyard & Winery if you're ready to taste a ton of delish reds and whites and/or join a wine club. 


Stay

The Society Hotel- a 19th century maritime hotel in Portland's Chinatown, that's been recently renovated as a hip hotel/hostel hybrid for the cool, budget traveler. Some rooms have bathrooms en suite, others have shared restrooms in the hallway. Open-air rooftop with an awesome city view and the Society Cafe in the lobby with coffee, food, drinks and Fireside Fridays complete with a DJ. 

The Ace Hotel- yeah, a bunch of cities have an ACE and yeah, they're always comfy cool. This one's a block from Powell's Books and Portland's Pearl District. It's got a Stumptown Coffee AND a photo booth in the lobby. 

Play 

Portland Art Museum- if you're a fan of Warhol, visit before January 1, 2017. 

Portland Saturday Market- loads of soaps and other artisanal stuff 

Lan Su Chinese Garden (conveniently located across from the Society Hotel)

International Rose Test Garden, a beauty and the oldest testing garden of its kind in the US, which is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2017.

Portland Japanese Garden (across from the Rose Test Garden)- I, unfortunately, didn't make it into the garden because it was closed for some odd reason during my stay. 

Powell's City of Books- an adventure in itself and supposedly the largest indie bookstore in the world, Powell's is color-coded for your searching pleasure and sanity. 

Spruce Apothecary- pretty little store inside Union Way - I wanted every single perfume and cream and men's shaving thing in there (Santa Maria Novella, Malin + Goetz, D.S. & Durga)

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