What a whirlwind of a vacation- Portland and Seattle in 8 days! Trying to explore two cities in one week is not easy, especially when charting unfamiliar territory. My travel bestie, Marisa, and I were ready for an adventure to the Pacific Northwest. We had an unending bucket list of restaurants, breakfast joints, and siteseeing tourist destinations, and we accomplished almost everything!
When we landed in Portland, we picked up our rental car, and drove straight to our AirBnB. (Check our where we stayed here.) We had an entire basement of a house to ourselves complete with a kitchen, enormous bathroom, living space, and big bedroom, perfectly decorated with barn doors and fresh flowers. Portland is known for their food carts, so we stopped for fish & chips for lunch at the Piedmont Station Food Carts.
After freshening up, we made our way to the Portland Aerial Tram for breathtaking views of the city. It was only $4 round trip. However, the tram leaves from the Waterfront District and arrives at the Oregon Health and Sciences Campus. At the top, we realized everyone had badges, and we are definitely not students there, so we didn’t get very far before taking the tram back down. Whoops!
Then we made our way downtown, shopping at Nordstrom (because- no sales tax!) and leisurely explored Powell’s Bookstore. As the sun was setting, we made reservations at Departure, a rooftop sushi restaurant in the heart of the city with more incredible panoramic views. We ended the night at Salt and Straw, waiting 45 minutes in line for White Toast & Apple-butter ice cream. Every bite was worth the wait.
Day two in Portland essentially consisted of eating pastries for every meal. We walked from our AirBnB to Woodland Coffee for Breakfast, balancing our muffin with avocado toast. After we checked out, we made our way to Mississippi Street where we then had Blue Star Donuts for lunch. I tried their famous blueberry donut, but actually preferred their horchata glazed donut! It was so light and delicately flavored.
Mississippi Street was filled with antique stores, nurseries, and speciality shops where we bought souvenirs and were killing time. We suddenly realized we still needed to try Voodoo Donuts before we left the city! So 45 minutes later, we found ourselves at Voodoo Too (the less crowded location on the outskirts of downtown.) The entire outside of the building is painted hot pink with stained-glass windows depicting different donuts. The inside is very urban and slightly grimy, but it was an experience I had to check off my list! I ordered the ‘Voodoo Doll Donut’ which is a raised yeast donut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake! (See my Instagram @Style_Servant for more photos of Voodoo). I have to admit, I was donut-ed out at this point! Night two we were staying with a friend about 30 minutes north of Portland where we hiked around Lacamas Lake and enjoyed a home cooked meal!
Stay tuned for the breakdown of our road trip to Seattle next week!
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Unlike New York City, Portland is a city on a hill. From a distance, you can see the tall buildings, construction, and freeways connecting one part of Oregon to another. Just as this city on a hill cannot be hidden, Jesus shines as the light of the world. The media is always showcasing the negativity in our country, but seeing how friendly everyone was in Portland, there is definitely a light in this city!
Have a blessed week!