A Weekend In: Portland

Patrick and I spent Valentine’s Weekend exploring the great city of Portland, Oregon. We both started new jobs this fall so it’s been a crazy season for us and we were looking forward to our weekend away. How appropriate to spend V-day weekend in the City of Roses! We spent three days eating delicious food, walking the waterfront, indulging in rich desserts and cocktails, and people watching on the streets of Stumptown.

Here are some of the highlights of the weekend. (Disclaimer: As you can see from the list below, we are foodies.  As much as we love to take in local culture, sight see, shop, etc, we tend to eat our way through the cities we visit, seeking out and devouring all the best local goodies.)

(photo via GlutenFree Portland)
Fabulous desserts at Papa Haydn (they have gluten-free cheesecake!)

Fresh and locally grown brunch at Tasty N Sons - try their bacon wrapped dates, to die for!
Lovely walks through the eclectically weird and wonderful Pearl District and lovely Portland waterfront.

(Photo via Flickr)
Sipping Stumptown Coffee and browsing the endless books at Powell’s.

One-of-a-kind cocktails and delicious local seafood at Beaker and Flask.

Things we want to do next time we visit: tour Portland's famous rose gardens, spend a night at the luxurious Nines or hip Ace Hotel, check out one of the local brewery’s (Deschutes looked like a fun place to hit up! Did you know one of Portland’s nicknames is Beervana?!), and eat a few strangely delicious Voodoo Donuts.

PS. Portlandia hit the nail on the head with this one:


  1. I was pleasantly surprised when I visited Portland for the first time as an adult last year, so many great things to do! I'd suggest adding Rogue Brewery to your list. They have TONS of beers to try (you can even make up your own sampler) and the food is pretty good too.

  2. Yes! We will have to hit that place next time - Hopefully with you and Vic!