Portland - Part One

It's been awhile since I've blogged personally, I love the weekly family photo series, and I feel like I share little snippets in them, but a personal, vacation type post? It's been too long. 

For our 15th wedding anniversary we decided to travel to a city that was new for both of us. We've never been to Portland, Oregon, and I've heard such amazing things about the beauty and food, scenery and people. I checked flights one afternoon, saw that they were pretty reasonable, got an ok from my mom to babysit for the weekend and just clicked purchase. Then I researched where to stay. My cousin lives in Portland so I checked in with her, and we decided to stay at Hotel deLuxe. It was walking distance to a lot of the areas I knew we wanted to see. The rooms were cute and clean, it was quiet, and it had a beautiful lobby and bar. 

We arrived on a Friday afternoon, picked up the rental car, checked into the hotel and then grabbed our jackets and walked walked walked. We walked to NW 23rd Avenue which had amazing shops, restaurants and just the cutest neighborhood I've possibly ever seen. There we ate at Ataula, which was incredible, got dessert at Salt and Straw (worth the line, everytime), and then did some shopping at the Levi's store and a few other boutiques. No sales tax in Oregon means shopping is a little less guilty of a pleasure. It's just a pleasure. No guilt!

Our first full day in Portland we were up by 7am, which is huge for me because I hate waking up early, ESPECIALLY on vacation. But I had so much I wanted to see, I just couldn't sleep in, so we were up, got dressed and out of there. We stopped by a farmers market on Park Avenue. Then we grabbed coffee at Stumptown next to the Ace Hotel, got a big breakfast to go from an amazing deli on the corner, right near the Ace and were off to the falls. 

Multnomah Falls was high on my priority list. The crazy part was there were waterfalls right off the freeway you could see, like right there, waterfalls! About 20-25 minutes later we arrived at Multnomah Falls, and it did not disappoint. I mean. Just incredible. 

To get to the falls is so easy, strollers and wheelchairs could access it. But then we did the little hike to the right which takes you up to the bridge, and then we kept going to the left. We did another half mile up which gives you a beautiful view of the Columbia River. 

After the falls we stopped by the Pendleton outlet in Troutdale, grabbed lunch at St. Honore Boulangerie and went to Indigo Traders to pick out a beautiful set of turkish towels for the house. It exceeded all my expectations. The store has walls and walls of the most beautiful textiles I've ever seen. Worth the drive!

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the Pearl District which reminded us a lot of Chelsea in New York. We stopped by the famous Powell's bookstore, had way too much coffee at way too many spots. Then ended the night with dinner at Firehouse with my cousins, which was delicious.

In case you didn't notice, Portland weather was no match for my hair products. My hair was curly and curlier the entire weekend. But I didn't mind, I eventually just put the flat iron back in my suitcase and embraced the frizz. 

I'll share Part Two of our trip soon! Promise.