Years ago I read an article in The Globe & Mail about Portland's interesting vibe and culture and that made me so curious to check it out one day. Since I was heading to Vancouver/Whistler this January, I booked a multi city flight to Portland for 3 nights on the way! I had been excited to see the city and the forests and they did not disappoint. I even managed to dodge most of the rainy weather that Portland is known for.
The food and drink options in Portland were everywhere, and overwhelming at times. Everyone had a suggestion on where I could find the best of this and that, but it was so fun to eat my way through every day. The donuts, the beer & cider, the ice cream, the breakfasts.....everything was delicious.
A few things I loved about Portland:
- Every area of the city had something interesting, or somewhere amazing to eat
- Transit was so great and easy and day passes were only $5!
- Food trucks (or carts) were embraced and were all over the city, including circling an entire block downtown
- Forest Park (where all these forest photos were taken) was just a short ride away on transit and held a gigantic network of trails of all skill levels.
- Portland has the world's largest independent bookstore. Powell's City of Books is so fun to walk around and get lost in.
- Bike lanes were everywhere, Portland is referred to as "Bike City USA"
- Everyone drives a Subaru!
- There are around 70 microbreweries in Portland
If you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest, consider stopping into Portland. I plan to be back one day to check out more of the surrounding forests and mountains, and to drive out to the coast. Until next time!