PDX Weekend

Could I Have ThatBefore spending a weekend in Portland (ahem, PDX or P Town if you will) there were only a few things I knew about the city. First, it rains a lot, second there’s good beer and third my brother went to college there. I blindly went into a weekend with friends to explore the city and left completely in awe of the food, landscape and donuts—Blue Star Donuts had me at hello. We stayed at The Nines downtown which was centrally located and a sweet spot to doze off every night. My favorite element was a powdery blue couch in our room that I lounged on every morning with coffee to look out the window. Aside from my deep morning thoughts on a velvet couch, we dined like kings (three times a day), ventured to the Willamette Valley for wine tasting and did some shopping. Could I Have That{ An obvious must—trips to Stumptown Coffee. }Could I Have That{ Hands down, the best donuts I’ve ever encountered from Blue Star Donuts. }could i have that{ Baby’s breath displayed in a pitcher. }Could I Have That{ Beer break at Apex. }Could I Have That{ A cocktail at Secret Society before having dinner at Toro Bravo. }Could I Have That{ Shopping at Blake—loved this street for shopping and an ice cream at Salt & Straw. }could i have that{ I’ve discovered that breakfast is my thing—Potatoes Bravas at Tasty n Alder. }Could I Have That{ Wine tasting at Soter Vineyards in the Willamette Valley. }could i have that{ An exclusive tasting with winemaker Maggie Harris at Antica Terra. }could i have that{ Enter through… the kitchen at DOC. }Could I Have That{ At our last brunch at Screen Door we waited in line for over an hour, but it was definitely worth the wait to have their Farm Grits with poached eggs. }

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  1. Looks like such an amazing time! I’ve never been to Portland, OR but I was in Portland, ME last week and their food was so good…the donut shop was one of the best I had ever been too! Maybe donuts are a Portland thing?!

  2. So glad you are in love with my hometown! Portland is a hidden treasure that most people never visit!
    Hope you have some repeat visits!

  3. This makes me want to go back to Portland so badly! What a cool city (and The Nines is the best). I love all of the pictures. We went during the Tulip Festival and inadvertently spent most of our Saturday frolicking amongst the flowers. Will have to go back and try some of your suggestions!

  4. My uncle owns Antica Terra! I’ve never been to the winery, but I’ve had my fair share of samples of their wine. It’s very good!

  5. 1. That couch is a little bit of magic, and 2. I live in Seattle and have yet to visit Portland, but this post just got me all excited and ready to hit the road.

  6. How fun! You visited all of my favorite Portland spots– Salt & Straw, Toro Bravo, Soter Vineyards. I’ll need to try Blue Star next time I’m there!

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