Portland Travel Diary

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Here’s the first of three posts from our trip to the Pacific Northwest. I’m hoping to have one each Wednesday for the next few weeks: one for Portland, one for Seattle, and one for Guemes Island (where our friends’ wedding was).

First up, Portland! We flew into Portland from Indy and rented a car, so that we could drive up to Seattle and explore the two cities on our own at our own pace (which is incredibly fast). We left Indiana super early and got into Portland right around 9:30am Portland time, so we had two whole days ahead of us in weird, but proudly weird Portland.

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Top Eight Things to Do in Portland (in the order we did them):

  1. Portland Farmers’ Market – Vendor after vendor of awesome produce, pastry items, etc. The cherries were in season (I think?) so almost every vendor was offering samples, and I took them all.
  2. Stumptown Coffee Roasters – Coffee, coffee, coffee. Every bit as amazing and every bit as good as everyone says. We had this at least 3-4 times in the 2.5 days that we were in town. Addicted, much?
  3. Powell’s Books – Room after room after room of books. It’s incredible how many books are in this place, and you can definitely get lost in here. I could have spent hours here, but The Husband gets bored easily, plus we had just caffeinated at Stumptown Coffee Roasters.  ;)
  4. Rose Garden – Talk a walk through here and marvel in the beauty of every single type of rose ever. Skip the Japanese Garden like we did (it costs money, while the Rose Garden is free).
  5. Velo Cult Bike Shop – This was actually near our Airbnb (let me know if you need a recommendation), so we kind of stumbled upon it, but it was part bike shop, part bike repair shop, part coffee shop, and part bar. It was amazing, and on top of all of that, it had bingo when we were there. A place where a bike lover can be with her people! ;)
  6. Voodoo Doughnuts – I’m not a huge doughnut fan, but this is apparently a can’t miss in Portland. The main location is downtown and always has a line outside, even though it is open 24/7. We had a second location near our Airbnb that was practically empty, so we scored our doughnuts without the wait. I tried an Arnold Palmer doughnut, and it was pretty good.
  7. Columbia River Gorge – We hiked this for an entire morning. We saw Multnomah Falls, Angel’s Nest (the view is unreal), and the bridge that Reese Witherspoon crosses at the end of Wild. Definitely worth the drive to take in some serene nature.
  8. Salt & Straw – Delicious, delicious ice cream. We tried Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache and Stumptown Coffee/Burnside Bourbon (told you, addicted!). If you’re in town (or in Los Angeles), you have to check it out!

I also ended up forgetting to take outfit photos, per usual, so I had to recreate them at home. Both of our Airbnbs (which I highly, highly recommend and might do a post on) in Portland and Seattle had a washer/dryer (which is beyond genius), and we utilized them to the fullest! I wore this outfit at least once in both city. It was perfect for layering and walking around the city. Polka dots in Portland, y’all!

ps. Hilariously, we also watched a few episodes of “Portlandia” on Netflix in our AirBnb. It just felt right! I had never seen it, but laughed out loud during several parts (mostly because it was pretty spot on with our experience)! Have you ever seen “Portlandia”?



  • I’m obsessed with Portlandia. So funny, and even though it’s over-the-top, it’s still pretty spot-on!

  • Kaci

    I adore Portlandia! I don’t have any experience myself using AirBnb yet, so I’d love it if you wrote a post about your experience.

  • Voodoo doughnuts and Powell’s are a must when you go to Portland! I am surprised it wasn’t raining! Great Photos!
    The Pepper Express

  • I didn’t know Voodoo had a second location! We didn’t want to wait in line but I really wanted to try one. People had Voodoo boxes throughout the airport, too, it was ridiculous. Next time you should visit the Oregon Zoo! They’ve got such exhibits!

  • You definitely hit everything you needed to in Portland! My sis lives there and I travel there for work a ton, and I still haven’t been to the rose gardens! :/

  • Wasn’t Multnomah Falls and the area gorgeous?? That was our favorite part of our time out there!