Its been over a month since we packed up the car and set our sights on Portland for a girls trip. It was all set into motion by an impromptu decision to buy tickets to the Portland Trail Blazers and the LA Lakers basketball game. What an adventure!
Our trip started with a visit to the famous Multnomah Falls. Just off the highway, it is a quick stop to take in this breathtaking view. It is Oregon’s #1 nature stop, and Ally is a bit of a nature-holic, so we had to stop and take a look. Totally worth it.
After our quick stop, we decided to head to the our hotel, the Kimpton Hotel Vintage to check in and get ready for the big game. Kimpton has a few hotels in the Portland area, but we really loved Hotel Vintage because of its trendy decor, generously sized suites, and close proximity to everything. Centrally located, walking distance to the Pearl District, and a quick 5-8 USD Uber ride to Portland’s hotspots.
Some of the notable intrigues of this boutique hotel, are the nightly wine tastings in the lobby, the game lounge, and live music from Thursday to Sunday. The social aspects of this hotel made it the perfect place for our get away. I also found it impressive that there is a 24 hour fitness facility, pets are welcome, and if you forget anything…..the hotel has you covered. Oh, they also have bikes you can sign out! Felt like home away from home, and I definitely recommend staying here if you get the chance! Check out my highlight reel from this trip! You will get a closer look at the hotel, and see how much fun we had on this trip!
Portland Eats & Coffee Shops
Food and coffee are staples in my daily life. Food is obvious, but I definitely have a slight addition to coffee. Portland has more options in these areas than I knew what to do with, and did not disappoint.
My favourite breakfast spot was Proud Mary Coffee, hands down. Founded by a husband, and wife team from Australia, this Instagrammers dream has the most delicious flat white and a space you could spend hours in. I had the Avo Toast with two flat whites (yes two) and left content. Proud Mary Coffee is definitely popular among locals, so get there early especially on the weekends! Stumptown Coffee, being closer to our Hotel, was where we picked up our morning brews the rest of the trip.
For lunch, we usually hit up a popular Food Truck pod where you can find anything, and everything delicious to eat. Portland houses over 500 food trucks at any given time, so your options are endless.
Our most memorable dinner was at Tasty n Alder. This restaurant came highly recommended, and having experienced the food, I can see why. First, it is advised that you make a reservation as wait times can be an hour for walk-ins. The environment is upscale-rustic, and was dimly lit for the perfect ambiance. Servers were welcoming, and very knowledgeable with the menu – able to make quick suggestions for dietary restrictions. As a table, we ordered a bottle of Prosecco to kick start the evening, and between the 3 of us had enjoyed the Grilled Octopus, Seared Scallops, Steak Frites, Grilled Broccolini, Brussel Sprouts, and the Panna Cotta. Our mouths were watering when the food arrived, and we left feeling fully satiated. I will definitely return to Tasty n Alder the next time I visit Portland.
Who loves doughnuts? WE DO! While our mission was to visit the popular Voodoo Doughnut, the massive line up was a deterrent for us and we quickly gave up to explore a Sunday farmers market down the street. That said, we found another popular spot, Blue Star Donuts that was mega delicious. I had a seasonal special, a traditional honey dip and at them both within an hour. Don’t judge me! I quickly fell in love with their bright, airy, Instagramable vibes, and crave their donuts from time to time.
What girls trip would be complete without a cocktail, or two, followed by dancing? Exploring a city you have never been to can be challenging to find a place you want to hang out at for hours at a time. I’d like to say that we adventure to many places, but once we found Dig A Pony, it seemed the be the spot that we felt most at home. The crowd was diverse, it was easy to grab a drink, and the music had us moving until the bar closed. We visited Dig A Pony twice in our weekend stay. That should say a lot!
Girls Trip Review
Portland was arguably one of the best girls trips I have ever been on, and a hard ‘YES’ for a revisit. Its a short drive from Vancouver, and has everything you could possibly need to have a full weekend. Great vibes, great food, great drinks and a solid spot to have fun with friends while connecting to the culture and people of Portland. A huge thanks to Kimpton Hotel Vintage for hosting our stay, and making this trip extra special!