I’ve been wanting to visit Portland for quite some time and I can’t think of a better time of year then in the fall. So when Matt finally had a weekend off and we wanted to plan a quick trip, Portland was our top pick.
We decided we wanted to do this trip without renting a car. In order to be central to most locations, we stayed at the Dossier Hotel in downtown. Since Matt had been out of town for work, we both flew out separately and met out there. So when I flew in, I just caught an Uber to the hotel. We later learned that you can take the MAX Red or Blue Line into the downtown area straight from the airport. You just have to allow yourself about an hour if you choose to go this route.
The first day we took off on foot to explore what the city had to offer. First stop was for some good coffee! We decided to try out Case Study Coffee, which was right by our hotel. Not only do they roast their own beans but they also make their own syrups. I had the toasted hazelnut latte and it was delicious!
Next stop was for donuts. Portland has many options when it comes to these treats. Based on recommendations and proximity, we decided to head to Blue Star Donuts to see what the fuss was all about. We tried the Hard Apple Cider Fritter (my fav!) and the Blueberry Bourbon Basil donut. I loved that they weren’t too heavy and had such fresh flavors. Great thing is that they’ve been expanding to Southern California and just opened their third location in Los Angeles County. Now I can enjoy them back home too.
After coffee and donuts, we spent the afternoon wandering the city. We walked north, just being led by cute shops we saw along the way while also enjoying the historical architecture mixed in throughout the city. The leaves have also begun to change colors, which gave the city a warm glow.
Heading back south, we walked along Tom McCall Waterfront Park and took in the sunny afternoon. Portland really is one of the most walkable cities I’ve been to and we definitely took advantage of that. After all that walking, we hit up Killer Burger to re-fuel. These burgers were so good that we ended up coming back the next day before heading out to the airport.
The next day we tried out Heart Roasters to get our day started. This is another one of the many great Portland roasters. I had a delicious almond latte and shared a pistachio-rose croissant with Matt.
We were still a little tired from all the walking the day before, so we utilized the Lime Electric Scooters that can be found all over the city. With a quick download of the Lime app, you can unlock a scooter and be on your way. This really is a great way to see a city without renting a car.
We took the scooters out to Washington Park. From the park entrance, we explored some of the trails within the park leading up to the International Rose Test Garden. The gardens have over 10,000 rose bushes and despite being overcast, it was an absolute dream to wander around the gardens.
Our two day trip came to a close quickly but I feel like we got to see a lot of the city and spend some quality time together. Next time, we plan to venture out of the city and see more of the gorgeous landscapes that Oregon has to offer.
Let me know if you’ve ever been to Portland in the comments below. And please share what your favorite spots are in the city!