A couple of weeks ago, my three blogger friends (Cortney, Stephie & Mckenna) and I went on a weekend (36 hours to be exact) to Portland, Oregon. We had an A M A Z I N G time! We gossiped, spent hours talking about blogging, eating our face off, a couple of photoshoots, a late night rom com (romantic comedy) movie and delicious donuts to top it all off. By the end of the trip we were spent. Can’t believe how much we packed in, with such short time!
Here is a list of places we recommend to EAT, PLAY & STAY whenever you’re in the infamous Stumptown.
I LOVE the dining experience in Portland, at times, more so than Seattle. There are way too many cuisines to choose from, New American, Food Trucks, Guam, Thai and the list goes on. They take their food with pride and consistency. Every time I visit, it never disappoints.
Cheryl’s On 12th: We were so hungry after we arrived, that anything served in front of us, WE ATE! This place was very convenient from our hotel and they serve delicious brunch-y food. From Croque Monsieur, Eggs Benny and all the scramble options you can imagine.
Olympic Provisions: Found this expert charcuterie on Yelp and glad we came here for dinner. We love the cured meats, short ribs, seared scallops and the green salad are ALL excellent. The food is no fuss, straight to the point and had our bellies happy by the time we were done stuffing our faces. Can’t make it out there? They sell ALL their products on line and they’re perfect for at home entertaining/gifting.
Opal Cafe & Bar: Located in the Dossier Hotel, where we stayed, it was an easy place for us to grab a quick bite to eat. They serve deliciously crafted breakkie and lunch. I had one of the best avocado toast ever! They put orange rind on top of a poached egg, savory and tangy! SO GOOD!!! Oh, don’t forget to grab a few quick photos there. The retro luxe decor is gorgeous and you don’t want to miss the photo-ops.
Public Domain: Right in the heart of downtown, I found this local coffee shop by accident. It was a very hot day and all I wanted was an iced coffee to cool me down. And it did just that! Their specialty coffees are handcrafted to perfection and satisfies all coffee addicts.
Voodoo Doughnut: I can’t leave Portland without stopping by the infamous pink box doughnut shop. Judging by the name of these treats, you got to expect nothing less than quirky and cheeky humor. Some of my faves are Old Dirty Bastard, Gay Bar, Voodoo Doll, Memphis Mafia and Cock-N-Balls. Vegan options are available. Tip: CASH ONLY.
Salt & Straw: Another PDX spot you can’t miss. Our hotel served their ice creams, so we didn’t have to go to the shop. Call it lazy or VIP, either way it satisfied our sweet tooth. We tried the Chocolate Brownie Chunk and Vanilla Brittle. They also have other locations and make home deliveries. These guys make it really hard to miss them…..
We had limited amount of time so we only hit a couple of things on our agenda. Which means we’ll just have to come back and finish off that list.
Jarbo: A Seattle based clothing brand had a store in Portland, right next to our hotel. Perfect place to find well-designed and high quality staples that holds the test of time. Hint: Some of the outfits on the photos were loaned by Jarbo.
Goodfoot: Recommended by locals, we felt like we were in “good hands” to checkout this bar. We were dressed to the nines, or more like a bridal party with our long gowns. Everyone were staring at us. We didn’t feel the vibe for this place, so we left early. Later on, we learned the music scene was in the basement. Our lost!
Nordstrom: While we’re all from Seattle, we’ll always be Nordy girls, especially when there’s no sales tax in Portland. We go where it’s familiar and of course, shop the Anniversary Sale. I always save the big ticket items, like designer bags, so I can avoid the Seattle 10.1% tax. It makes a huge difference in my wallet! Do the math ladies!
Dossier Hotel: It was our number one choice when it came to accommodations. We wanted a new, boutique-y hotel and easy to get around. Dossier did not only had the perfect downtown location, we were in the heart of everything. Tons of bars, restaurants, shopping and desserts spots were in walking distance. Since we took the train down to PDX and didn’t have a car, it was a major score!
The retro luxe decor with a touch of art deco throughout the hotel played another important of why we stayed there. Its elegantly decorated walls hung paintings by local artists, as if your walking through art gallery halls.
Their world-class service was some of the best I’ve encountered. The staff took such care of us, we almost didn’t want to go home!
Let’s talk about the rooms. I stayed in their Loft Suite King sleeping in one of the most comfortable beds. Maybe because I got to sleep in a huge bed all to myself (sorry Pete and Kins). Whatever it was, I had one of the best night sleeps ever. HANDS DOWN!
The ladies and I had so much fun getting to know each other and created memories to last. I wrote below caption last Monday on Instagram:
“Four women in different stages of their lives, age, jobs, backgrounds and culture. We barely knew each other. In 36 hours we learned, supported and listened each other’s stories enough to build a lasting friendship (with tons of laughter in between).
I was lucky to spend it with 3 amazing women @mckennaherzog @thegreyedit @stephie_meyer All inspired me and made me realize we are all unique.”
Our trip was to CONNECT, and Portland, brought us all together. We’ll be back!
Special thanks to Provenance Hotels for taking well care of us. We hope to stay with the properties in the near future.
Thank you Jarbo and their stylist, Pua, for lending us outfits for the photoshoot.
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